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Job Attitudes of Agricultural Middle Managers

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The paper analyzes middle managers' job attitudes, in particular job satisfaction, based on case studies. Employees' job satisfaction is expected to reduce human resource management risks, leading to higher loyalty, organizational commitment and motivation and resulting in less turnover. Components of job satisfaction include achievement, recognition, work itself, job security, supervision, interpersonal relationships, compensation, organization, personal life and working conditions. They cause both satisfaction and dissatisfaction, which contradicts Herzberg's theory of job satisfaction and leads to different recommendations for management practice, namely focus improvement where it makes the most difference. An example is limiting work hours during peak season.

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  • Bitsch, Vera, 2006. "Job Attitudes of Agricultural Middle Managers," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21415, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea06:21415
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    1. Bitsch, Vera & Hogberg, Michael, 2005. "Exploring Horticultural Employees' Attitudes Toward Their Jobs: A Qualitative Analysis Based on Herzberg's Theory of Job Satisfaction," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 37(03), pages 659-671, December.
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    3. Bitsch, Vera & Harsh, Stephen B., 2004. "Labor Risk Attributes in the Green Industry: Business Owners' and Managers' Perspectives," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 36(03), pages 731-745, December.
    4. Ichniowski, Casey & Shaw, Kathryn & Prennushi, Giovanna, 1997. "The Effects of Human Resource Management Practices on Productivity: A Study of Steel Finishing Lines," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 87(3), pages 291-313, June.
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    1. 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).

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