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Middle Management in Agriculture: Roles, Functions, and Practices

Vera Bitsch () and Elaine K. Yakura

International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 2007, vol. 10, issue 2, 28

Abstract: The role of middle managers in agriculture and agribusiness has been neglected by applied - as well as disciplinary - research, while gaining increasing importance in practice. This study provides an overview of middle management research and analyzes middle managers' authority in human resource decision-making and human resource management practices based on in-depth interviews analyzed through a grounded theory approach. Results show that these middle managers use both traditional and participative management practices to accomplish organizational goals, but would benefit from training tailored to their industry and specific needs.

Keywords: Agribusiness; Labor and Human Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.8187

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