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Management information systems for agribusiness firms: Managerial problems and research opportunities


  • Robert P. King

    (Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He holds the E. Fred Koller Chair in Agricultural Management Information Systems and is an Associate Director of the Strategic Management Research Center)


Management information systems (MIS) provide information to support management activities. Key research issues related to MIS in agribusiness firms are identified in this article. Four themes in MIS research are first reviewed: the relationship between organizational design and MIS design, decision support, database design and data resource management, and MIS planning and management. MIS problems faced by small and large agribusiness firms and by information providers are then described. Finally, research opportunities in three broad areas-information systems analysis and design for small firms, design and development of MIS components, and markets for information products and services-are discussed.

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  • Robert P. King, 1986. "Management information systems for agribusiness firms: Managerial problems and research opportunities," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 2(4), pages 455-466.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:2:y:1986:i:4:p:455-466
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(198624)2:4<455::AID-AGR2720020408>3.0.CO;2-I

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    1. Phillip Ein-Dor & Eli Segev, 1978. "Strategic Planning for Management Information Systems," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 24(15), pages 1631-1641, November.
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    1. Amponsah, William A., 1995. "Computer Adoption And Use Of Information Services By North Carolina Commercial Farmers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 27(02), December.

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