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Managing Agricultural Systems

Author: G E Dalton
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1982.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Bibliographic data : EnglishView all editions and formats

Improvements in the quality of decisions made by those who manage all the various parts of the agricultural system can have a major impact on the quality of everyone's life. This book is based on the  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Bibliographic data, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G E Dalton
ISBN: 9789400973558 9400973551 9789400973572 9400973578
OCLC Number: 840306351
Description: 1 online resource (164 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction.- General Management Problems.- Management Processes.- Outline of the Book.- 2. Agricultural Systems.- Describing Agricultural Systems.- Characteristics of Agricultural Systems.- Complexity.- Coping with variety.- Constraints on system choice.- Scale.- Time.- Stability.- Technological change.- The market.- Models-A Way of Thinking About Systems.- Types of model.- Features of models.- Experiments with models.- Procedures in Model Building.- Validation.- The use of models.- References.- 3. The Environment.- The Weather.- The Economic Environment.- Agricultural markets.- Price support.- The wider economic environment.- The international economy.- The interaction between agriculture and the rest of the economy.- Social Environment.- Conclusions.- References.- 4. Planning.- A Definition of Planning.- Information.- Objectives.- Degree of satisfaction.- Definition of objectives.- Sub-objectives.- Profit as an objective.- Time preference.- Uncertainty.- Seeking Alternatives.- Finance.- Matching capacity.- Physical form.- Competition.- Finding the Best Solution.- Strategy.- The search process.- Partial budgets.- Replacement.- Linear programming.- Simulation.- Simulation of time.- Simulation of risk.- Action.- References.- 5. Control.- Equalisation of Deviations.- Setting standards.- The need for feedback.- Lags in feedback control systems.- Compensation for Disturbances.- Elimination of Disturbances.- External changes.- Internal changes.- Conclusions.- References.- 6. Recording.- The Recording of Events.- The Use of Records.- Profit.- Wealth.- Comparison.- Index numbers.- Comparing incomes.- Relationships.- Agricultural research.- Surveys.- References.- 7. Forecasting.- The Nature of Forecasts.- Decision Trees.- Limits on Prospects.- Manoeuvring for Position.- References.- 8. Implementation.- The Analysis of Problems.- People.- Job satisfaction.- The purpose of development.- Equity and Development.- Equity and Extension Work.- Countering Unfair Competition.- The ownership and operation of land.- Education and Training.- Task analysis.- Communication.- The capacity of communication channels.- Overcoming Bottlenecks.- Organisations.- Conclusions.- References..
Responsibility: by G.E. Dalton.


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