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Toward a framework for examining agribusiness competitiveness


  • Michael A. Hudson

    (Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Chair of Personal Enterprise, Department of Agricultural Economics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)


A framework for examining the competitiveness of firms in the food and agribusiness sector based on the firm's view of the vertical production-marketing system is offered- Recent examples are used to illustrate the evolution of perspectives employed by firms in the sector away from the producer towards the consumer. The need for a systems perspective in addressing competitiveness is stressed throughout the article. Areas for further research are suggested.

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  • Michael A. Hudson, 1990. "Toward a framework for examining agribusiness competitiveness," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 6(3), pages 181-189.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:6:y:1990:i:3:p:181-189
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(199005)6:3<181::AID-AGR2720060302>3.0.CO;2-U

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    1. Hayenga, Marvin L. & Schrader, Lee & Henderson, Dennis & Leuthold, Raymond & Newman, Mark, 1986. "Pricing and Vertical Coordination in the Food System," Staff General Research Papers Archive 11296, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    2. Steven T. Sonka & Michael A. Hudson, 1989. "Why agribusiness anyway?," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 5(4), pages 305-314.
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    4. Ray A. Goldberg, 1985. "A concept of a global food system and its use by private and public managers," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 1(1), pages 5-23.
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