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Human Resource Management Risks: Sources and Control Strategies Based on Dairy Farmer Focus Groups

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  • Bitsch, Vera
  • Kassa, Getachew Abate
  • Harsh, Stephen B.
  • Mugera, Amin W.

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Human resource management in agriculture and associated risks are under-researched topics. To identify the sources of human resource management risks confronting dairy farms, gain insights into how dairy farmers perceive the impacts of these risks, and identify control strategies, four focus group discussions were held with dairy farm managers. Managers’ perceptions served to develop a framework for the analysis of human resource management risks in agriculture and derive recommendations for reducing these risks. Results of this study have been used to tailor educational programs for farmers and suggest strategies for future research.
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  • 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, Cambridge University Press, vol. 38(01), pages 123-136, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:38:y:2006:i:01:p:123-136_02
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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 (IFAMA), vol. 8(03).
    2. 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. 36(03), December.
    3. Tauer, Loren W. & Mishra, Ashok K., 2006. "Can the small dairy farm remain competitive in US agriculture?," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 458-468, October.
    4. Bitsch, Vera, 2005. "Qualitative Research: A Grounded Theory Example and Evaluation Criteria," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 23(1).
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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. 40(01), April.
    2. 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 (IFAMA), vol. 10(02).
    3. Vera Bitsch & Nicole J. Olynk, 2007. "Skills Required of Managers in Livestock Production: Evidence from Focus Group Research," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 29(4), pages 749-764.
    4. Bitsch, Vera & Ferris, Ted & Lee, Katherine L. & McFadden, Mike & Ross, Dean, 2008. "Extension Educators Collecting Industry-specific Stakeholder Input," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 43249, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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    • B49 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Other
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M50 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - General
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management
    • M59 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Other
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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