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Equipamiento y gestión de las tecnologías de la información en las cooperativas agroalimentarias

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  • Ángel L. Meroño Cerdán

    () (Universidad de Murcia)

  • Narciso Arcas Lario

    () (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena)

Abstract

Information Technology is a key factor in any company’s competitiveness. Cooperatives are no exception, especially when technologies such as the Internet are so useful for promoting their participative philosophy. Furthermore, IT aids the coordination and control of the group’s activities, increasing the level of information and service provided to all the agents involved in the cooperative (members, suppliers, workers, collaborators and clients). The aim of this paper is to analyse the use of IT in agricultural cooperatives. A longitudinal study has been carried out for this purpose, collecting data from fruit and vegetable cooperatives in the Murcia Region in 1996 and in 2003. The research covered, among other aspects, the following points: IT equipment, types of information analysis performed, and the frequency of these, and responsibility for the management of IT systems. On the basis of an analysis of the situation, and bearing in mind the literature on Information Technology and Systems, the study ends with a number of considerations designed to offer specific recommendations for IT equipment and management in food and agricultural cooperatives.

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  • Ángel L. Meroño Cerdán & Narciso Arcas Lario, 2006. "Equipamiento y gestión de las tecnologías de la información en las cooperativas agroalimentarias," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 54, pages 5-31, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2006:i:54:p:3-31
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    1. Alfonso Vargas Sánchez, 2004. "Empresas cooperativas, ventaja competitiva y tecnologías de la información," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 49, pages 13-29, August.
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    Keywords

    Food and agriculture cooperatives; information technology; IT management; information systems; Internet;

    JEL classification:

    • P13 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Cooperative Enterprises
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development

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