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Technological and human resource management practices in addressing perceived competitiveness in agribusiness firms


  • Thomas I. Chacko

    (College of Business, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2063)

  • John G. Wacker

    (College of Business, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2063)

  • Mohamad Mahdy Asar

    (Department of Economics, Higher Institute for Agricultural Cooperation, Cairo, Egypt)


This study examines agribusiness managers' perception of the competitiveness of the marketplace and the degree of their firms' competitiveness on four typical competitive goals pursued by business enterprises: quality, cost, delivery, and flexibility. Use of technological and human resource management practices is examined in relation to the firms' success in achieving competitiveness. The results suggest that 80% of these managers perceive revolutionary rather than gradual and evolutionary changes in the marketplace. They also felt that their firms are more competitive on quality and delivery goals and less competitive in cost and flexibility goals. Finally, the results suggest that technological management programs are less influential in assisting firms' achievement of their competitiveness goals than human resource management programs. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Thomas I. Chacko & John G. Wacker & Mohamad Mahdy Asar, 1997. "Technological and human resource management practices in addressing perceived competitiveness in agribusiness firms," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(1), pages 93-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:13:y:1997:i:1:p:93-105
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6297(199701/02)13:1<93::AID-AGR9>3.0.CO;2-I

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    1. Steven T. Sonka & Michael A. Hudson, 1989. "Why agribusiness anyway?," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 5(4), pages 305-314.
    2. Wayne H. Howard & Kenneth A. McEwan, 1989. "Human Resource Management: A Review with Applications to Agriculture," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 37(4), pages 733-742, December.
    3. Charles E. French & Roland R. Robinson & Paul L. Farris, 1993. "Evolving status of agribusiness management research," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(5), pages 523-534.
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    1. Zalewski, Romuald I. & Skawinska, Eulalia, 2002. "Determinants of Quality Management Efficiency in Polish Food Processing Industry," 2002 International Congress, August 28-31, 2002, Zaragoza, Spain 24891, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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