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Case Studies of Farmers' Use of Informational Systems

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  • Doye, Damona G.
  • Jolly, Robert W.
  • Hornbaker, R.
  • Cross, Tim
  • King, Robert P.
  • Lazarus, William
  • Yeboah, A.

Exploratory case study research was initiated to study the evolution of management information systems and their use in operational and strategic decisions. The unit of analysis was the management team on farms with innovative or successful information systems. Human factors, such as an analytical nature and commitment to lifelong learning, were perceived to be the most important common elements. Production variables often were critical success factors. Managers annually developed financial statements; enterprise and "what if" analyses were conducted regularly. Learning about questions that innovative producers have difficulty addressing was time-consuming but instructive with respect to research and educational needs.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 5240.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2000
Publication status: Published in Review of Agricultural Economics 2000, vol. 22 no. 2, pp. 566-585
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5240
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