Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Sandra Basgall


Introduction (excerpt): This thesis was undertaken to explain the theoretical and practical collaborative techniques applicable to the Empresa Comercializador Tunari (Commercial Enterprise Tunari-EMCOT), an entrepreneurial ag-marketing enterprise in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I am using EMCOT as the case study example and experiment which was originated from the ideas and intentions of the Director of Planning Assistance Inc. (PA), an intermediary US non-governmental organization (NGO). This document is a result of a sixteen month investigative research process conducted in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while working as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The information gathered and analyzed gives a concise account of how Bolivian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) collaborated to establish an entrepreneurial enterprise. The case study of EMCOT is used to understand the application of interorganizational coordination theory. PA's Director influenced the NGO to participate and create an entrepreneurial enterprise that would sustain their existence. The NGOs were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Planning Assistance (PA). PA initiated the experiment with technical assistance from Peace Corps/Bolivia. PA's objective was to assist its funded NGOs in marketing their agricultural products.


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations