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2008 Michigan Dairy Industry Survey AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera.
The Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Team conducted an industry survey with the objectives of identifying and rating industry priorities. After holding discussion groups across the state, two questionnaires were developed and sent to 2,237 dairy farm owners and operators and 480 allied industry professionals in the state; 23.4% of the dairy farmers and 28.1% of the allied industry professionals returned questionnaires with useable data. This report summarizes respondents’ ratings of industry issues, as well as education and knowledge needs. In addition, educational preferences, management practices, Internet use and access, demographic information, and farm characteristics are outlined.
Tipo: Report Palavras-chave: Dairy farmers; Dairy industry; Extension evaluation; Information sources; Internet use; Survey questionnaire; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Farm Management; Labor and Human Capital; Livestock Production/Industries; Marketing; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession; M0; Q12; Q13; Q14; Q16; Q18.
Ano: 2009 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/51842
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EMPLOYEE RETENTION: COMPONENTS OF JOB SATISFACTION OF GREEN INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Hogberg, Michael.
Fourteen businesses participated in case studies of labor management practices. Fifteen non-supervisory employee interviews were analyzed regarding components of job satisfaction. Components were family values, achievement, recognition, work itself, involvement, personal life, interpersonal relationships, job security, supervision, working conditions, organization, safety, compensation and information.
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Labor and Human Capital.
Ano: 2004 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/20281
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Exploring Horticultural Employees' Attitudes Toward Their Jobs: A Qualitative Analysis Based on Herzberg's Theory of Job Satisfaction AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Hogberg, Michael.
Job satisfaction is likely the most studied work-related attitude and is assumed to influence a variety of behaviors. This study analyzes the job satisfaction of agricultural employees using Herzberg’s theory, which is broadly employed in management. Fourteen horticultural businesses participated in case studies of labor-management practices. Fifteen nonsupervisory employee interviews were analyzed regarding job satisfaction. Components of job satisfaction relevant to horticultural employees were family-business values, achievement, recognition, work itself, involvement, personal life, interpersonal relationships, job security, supervision, working conditions, organization, safety, compensation, and information. While support for Herzberg’s theory is...
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Human resource management; Hygiene factors; In-depth interviews; Job satisfaction; Motivators; Personnel management; Qualitative research; B49; M12; M50; M54; Q12.
Ano: 2005 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/43500
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Extension Educators Collecting Industry-specific Stakeholder Input AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Ferris, Ted; Lee, Katherine L.; McFadden, Mike; Ross, Dean.
Extension educators have explored different methods for collecting stakeholder input, but a suitable methodology has not been agreed on. The Michigan State University Extension dairy team works with an advisory board and also collected formal stakeholder input through ten regional partner group surveys in 1997. In 2007, the team decided to seek another round of broad-based and inclusive stakeholder input. The research team decided to employ issue identification groups at different locations throughout the state and a mail survey. This paper reports on the procedure developed for this purpose and its results.
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Focus group discussion; Formative evaluation; Issue identification; Issue prioritization; Multi-disciplinary teams; Nominal group technique; Agribusiness; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession.
Ano: 2008 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/43249
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Growers' Perspective on Attracting Migrant Labor and Migrants' Workplace Choice in Michigan AgEcon
Miklavcic, Pamela R.; Bernsten, Richard H.; Bitsch, Vera.
This study was conducted to analyze Michigan's migrant farm labor situation. Data were collected from growers and migrants. Growers reported wages, housing, and perquisites as tools they use to attract migrants. Migrants reported housing, wages, grower honesty, and respectful treatment of workers to be key factors in choosing a workplace.
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Labor and Human Capital.
Ano: 2005 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/19256
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Human Resource Management Risks: Sources and Control Strategies Based on Dairy Farmer Focus Groups AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Kassa, Getachew Abate; Harsh, Stephen B.; Mugera, Amin W..
Human resource management in agriculture and associated risks are under-researched topics. To identify the sources of human resource management risks confronting dairy farms, gain insights into how dairy farmers perceive the impacts of these risks, and identify control strategies, four focus group discussions were held with dairy farm managers. Managers’ perceptions served to develop a framework for the analysis of human resource management risks in agriculture and derive recommendations for reducing these risks. Results of this study have been used to tailor educational programs for farmers and suggest strategies for future research.
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Focus group discussion; Labor management; Personnel management; Qualitative research; Risk management; Risk perception; Industrial Organization; Livestock Production/Industries; B49; M12; M50; M52; M53; M54; M59; Q12; Q19.
Ano: 2006 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/43753
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Job Attitudes of Agricultural Middle Managers AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera.
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...
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Labor and Human Capital.
Ano: 2006 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/21415
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Labor and Technology Change in the Nursery Industry AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Buccola, Steven T..
The U.S. nursery industry is highly complex, and affected on their demand side by the construction industry and on their factor supply side by the market for low-skill labor, which in turn is influenced by gyrating construction activity as well as southern-border immigration. We examine an industry seeking to adapt to a changing demand and labor environment. Our emphasis is on the manner in which nurseries cope with increasing retailer power, increasingly quality- and variety-conscious consumers, and expectations of rising wages. We argue that the gradual growth of such labor aids as potting assembly belts and pruning equipment should be viewed in terms of a tradeoff among labor quantity, labor quality, and capital instead of the more conventional tradeoff...
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Crop Production/Industries; Labor and Human Capital; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies.
Ano: 2010 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/61047
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Labor Risk Attributes in the Green Industry: Business Owners' and Managers' Perspectives AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Harsh, Stephen B..
Managers of greenhouses, nurseries, and landscape contractors participated in five focus group discussions on labor-related risks. Managers conceptualize labor risks along the human resource management process: (1) recruitment and selection, (2) training and development, (3) performance evaluation and discipline, (4) careers and relationships, and (5) compensation packages. In addition, they identified (6) immigrant employees and (7) labor laws and regulations as sources of risk. They recognized a large number of risk-increasing attributes, but also a number of mediating strategies to reduce these risks.
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Focus group discussion; Human resource management; Personnel management; Risk management; Risk perception; B41; B49; M12; Q12.
Ano: 2004 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/43472
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Managing Labor on Dairy Farms: A Resource-Based Perspective with Evidence from Case Studies AgEcon
Mugera, Amin W.; Bitsch, Vera.
Labor management practices in agriculture are a marginally and fragmentally researched subject with limited theoretical background in agricultural economics. The resource-based theory is proposed as a framework to analyze labor management on farms and its application discussed with evidence of six case studies. In-depth interviews with farm managers, supervisors, and non-supervisory employees provide data to illustrate the provisions of the resource-based theory. The theory requires heterogeneity, immobility, value, rareness, inimitability, and non-substitutability for resources to contribute to sustained competitive advantage. The human resource system of the case farms satisfies these conditions and hence qualifies as a source of competitive advantage....
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Human resource management; Resource-based theory; Sustained competitive advantage; Dairy farms; Hired farm workers; Labor and Human Capital; Livestock Production/Industries.
Ano: 2005 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/8140
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Middle Management in Agriculture: Roles, Functions, and Practices AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Yakura, Elaine K..
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.
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Case study research method; Grounded theory; Human resource management (HRM) practices; Middle manager; Supervisor; Supervisory function; Agribusiness; Labor and Human Capital.
Ano: 2007 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/8187
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Pork Managers' Perception of Labor Management Practices and Their Risks AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Olynk, Nicole J..
Although managing labor has become important for farm operations’ success, training and education for farm managers focuses on agricultural production management and few studies provide an empirical basis on how agricultural labor management differs from labor management in other industries. With the exception of Hurley et al., little is known about labor management practices in pork production, specifically. This study used the focus group discussion method with four focus group meetings in Michigan and two in Kansas in 2006. The average group size was four participants. All group discussions were tape-recorded and transcribed. The ATLAS-TI software was used to support the data analysis. Labor management topics discussed were as follows (order based...
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Labor and Human Capital; Livestock Production/Industries.
Ano: 2007 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/9353
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Qualitative Research: A Grounded Theory Example and Evaluation Criteria AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera.
The qualitative research paradigm, although occasionally applied, is not widely discussed in agribusiness and agricultural economics literature. The primary goals of this paper are (a) to present insights into qualitative research approaches and processes by outlining grounded theory as an example of a systematic and rigorous qualitative approach, and (b) to discuss criteria for scientific rigor applicable to qualitative research. In addition, assessing qualitative research is demonstrated by using a published example.
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Management research; Methodology; Qualitative research methods; Reliability; Validity; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods.
Ano: 2005 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/59612
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QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS: PARADIGMS, PURPOSES, AND EVALUATION CRITERIA AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera.
The qualitative paradigm is not widely discussed in agricultural economics, although research strategies are applied. The purpose of this contribution is (1) to elaborate on the paradigm of qualitative research; (2) to introduce purposes of qualitative research and provide examples; and (3) to discuss criteria of scientific rigor applicable.
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Research Methods/ Statistical Methods.
Ano: 2001 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/20718
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RISK IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND IMPLICATIONS FOR EXTENSION PROGRAMMING - RESULTS OF FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS WITH DAIRY AND GREEN INDUSTRY MANAGERS AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Harsh, Stephen B.; Mugera, Amin W..
Employees are both a source of risk and means of addressing risk, and good employee management practices can increase risk resilience. Forty green industry managers and 22 dairy managers discussed personnel issues related to their industry. Influx of Hispanic labor has changed personnel management and the focus of risk management.
Tipo: Conference Paper or Presentation Palavras-chave: Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession.
Ano: 2003 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/22085
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Risk-Increasing and Risk-Reducing Practices in Human Resource Management: Focus Group Discussions with Livestock Managers AgEcon
Bitsch, Vera; Olynk, Nicole J..
Historically, managers in livestock production have focused on production management; however, as operations have grown they have spent more time managing employees. Increased time spent overseeing employees brings additional risks and challenges, and, hence, a greater need for human resource management (HRM) skills. This study investigated HRM practices in pork production and analyzed their risk attributes through six focus group discussions with managers. Results were compared to existing data from four dairy focus groups and to other research. The results have been used to develop and adapt educational workshops for managers in pork production.
Tipo: Journal Article Palavras-chave: Focus group research method; Labor management; Personnel management; Qualitative research; Risk management; Risk perception; Livestock Production/Industries; Risk and Uncertainty; B49; M12; M50; M52; M53; M54; M59; Q12; Q19.
Ano: 2008 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/45518
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