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Middle Management in Agriculture: Roles, Functions, and Practices

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  • Bitsch, Vera
  • Yakura, Elaine K.

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The role of middle managers in agriculture and agribusiness has been neglected by applied - as well as disciplinary - research, while gaining increasing importance in practice. This study provides an overview of middle management research and analyzes middle managers' authority in human resource decision-making and human resource management practices based on in-depth interviews analyzed through a grounded theory approach. Results show that these middle managers use both traditional and participative management practices to accomplish organizational goals, but would benefit from training tailored to their industry and specific needs.

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  • Bitsch, Vera & Yakura, Elaine K., 2007. "Middle Management in Agriculture: Roles, Functions, and Practices," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 0(Issue 2), pages 1-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ifaamr:8187
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    1. Mugera, Amin W. & Bitsch, Vera, 2005. "Managing Labor on Dairy Farms: A Resource-Based Perspective with Evidence from Case Studies," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 0(Issue 3), pages 1-20.
    2. Bitsch, Vera & Hogberg, Michael, 2005. "Exploring Horticultural Employees' Attitudes Toward Their Jobs: A Qualitative Analysis Based on Herzberg's Theory of Job Satisfaction," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 37(03), pages 659-671, December.
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    4. Bitsch, Vera, 2006. "Job Attitudes of Agricultural Middle Managers," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21415, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. Bitsch, Vera & Harsh, Stephen B., 2004. "Labor Risk Attributes in the Green Industry: Business Owners' and Managers' Perspectives," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 3), pages 1-15, December.
    6. Bitsch, Vera & Kassa, Getachew Abate & Harsh, Stephen B. & Mugera, Amin W., 2006. "Human Resource Management Risks: Sources and Control Strategies Based on Dairy Farmer Focus Groups," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 1), pages 1-14, April.
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    1. Bitsch, Vera & Olynk, Nicole J., 2008. "Risk-Increasing and Risk-Reducing Practices in Human Resource Management: Focus Group Discussions with Livestock Managers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 1), pages 1-17, April.
    2. Bitsch, Vera & Koković, Nevena & Rombach, Meike, 2014. "Risk Communication and Market Effects during Foodborne Illnesses: A Comparative Case Study of Bacterial Outbreaks in the U.S. and in Germany," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 0(Issue 3), pages 1-18, September.
    3. repec:spr:irpnmk:v:15:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s12208-018-0193-7 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Rombach, Meike & Bitsch, Vera, 2015. "Food Movements in Germany: Slow Food, Food Sharing, and Dumpster Diving," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 0(Issue 3), pages 1-24, September.

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    Agribusiness; Labor and Human Capital;

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