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Intended for all segments of agribusiness as well as non-agribusiness organizations, AGRIBUSINESS:PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT presents the changing face of agribusiness in a format that is interesting, straightforward, and easy to understand. This comprehensive text approaches agribusiness as a technology-oriented industry composed of organizations ranging in size from small, family-owned farms or businesses to some of the largest corporations in the world. With multiple opportunities for self-review as well as vignettes, cases, and examples in each chapter, this text shows students the real-world application of what they are learning and provides them with a solid understanding of what management is all about. Coverage of both the principles of business as well as the nuances of agribusiness gives students the unique skills they need in order to apply their knowledge and harness valuable resources.
- FOCUS ON MANAGEMENT. Rather than trying to cover all business topics in depth, this practical text primarily focuses on management and is based on research and widely accepted management practices.
- COVERAGE OF FINANCIAL TOOLS. In order to provide coverage of crucial topics in management, this text provides a special appendix on "Control Techniques and Methods," which includes budgeting and financial analysis tools that managers need to know.
- VISUAL APPEAL. The use of color, photographs, graphics, and tables appeal to the visual learner and help illustrate difficult concepts.
- REAL-WORLD APPLICATION. Undisguised vignettes, cases, and references to both small and large businesses show students how the text content applies in the real world. In addition, the material references organizations from all over the globe and all aspects of life, including small agribusiness examples that are frequently carried forward to several chapters.
- OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF REVIEW. Each chapter includes learning objectives, a chapter summary, case analysis questions, short-answer questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, and a list of vocabulary words to facilitate learning, improve critical thinking, and help students apply knowledge and skills.
The Changing Face of Agribusiness in the United States. Agribusiness as an Opportunity. What is Agribusiness? The Development of Agribusiness. Differences between Agribusiness and Business. Agribusiness Today. The Basic Management Model.
2. MANAGEMENT TODAY.
The Manager''s Job. The Evolution of Management. Contemporary Management Theory.
3. MANAGERIAL ROLES AND SKILLS.
The Challenges of Today''s and Tomorrow''s Managers. An Integrative Framework. Managerial Roles: Essential Activities. Managerial Skills and Knowledge: Essential Competencies. Developing Managerial Skills and Acquiring Managerial Knowledge.
PART TWO: THE ENVIRONMENT OF AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
4. ORGANIZATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS.
The Nature of Organizational Environments. The General Environment of Organizations. The Task Environment of Organizations. The Internal Environment: Corporate Culture. Organization--Environment Relationships.
5. THE COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT.
The Changing Environment of Managers. Economic Challenges of Managers. Competitive Challenges of Managers. The Work Force Diversity Challenge of Managers. Other Workplace Challenges of Managers. Legal and Social Challenges of Managers.
6. THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT.
The Influence of the Global Environment. The International Economy. Challenges of International Management. Managing in the International Economy.
7. THE ETHICAL AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT.
The Nature of Ethics. Managerial Ethics. Managing Ethics. The Nature of Social Responsibility. Approaches to Social Responsibility. The Government and Social Responsibility. Managing Social Responsibility.
PART THREE: PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING IN AGRIBUSINESS.
Basic Managerial Planning. Planning in Organizations. The Nature of Organizational Goals. Kinds of Planning. Time Frames for Planning. Contingency Planning. Managing the Planning Process.
9. STRATEGY AND STRATEGIC PLANNING.
The Nature of Strategic Planning. Environmental Analysis. Corporate Strategy. Business Strategy. Functional Strategies. Strategy Implementation and Control.
10. PLANNING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES.
Organizational Planning Techniques. Project Planning Techniques. Personal Planning Techniques.
11. MANAGERIAL PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING.
The Nature of Problem Solving and Decision Making. The Problem Solving and Decision-Making Process. Managerial Problems: Types and Conditions. Approaches to Decision Making. Tools for Improving Problem Solving and Decision Making.
PART FOUR: ORGANIZING IN AGRIBUSINESS.
Organizing Concepts. The Nature of Organizing. Designing Jobs. Grouping Jobs. Authority and Responsibility. Group Effectiveness. Line and Staff Positions.
13. ORGANIZATION DESIGN.
The Role of Organization Charts. Early Approaches to Organization Design. Contingency Factors Affecting Organization Design. Contemporary Organization Design Alternatives. Corporate Culture.
14. ORGANIZATION CHANGE AND INNOVATION.
The Nature of Organization Change. Managing Organization Change. Areas of Organization Change. Organization Development. Organization Revitalization. Innovation in Organizations.
15. STAFFING AND HUMAN RESOURCES.
The Nature of Staffing. Human Resource Planning. Selecting Human Resources. Training and Development. Performance Appraisal. Compensation and Benefits. Labor Relations.
PART FIVE: LEADING IN AGRIBUSINESS.
16. INDIVIDUAL AND INTERPERSONAL PROCESSES.
Individuals and Organizations. The Nature of Individual Differences. Performance-Based Differences and Work. Stress at Work. Interpersonal Processes at Work.
The Nature of Leadership. Power and Leadership. Leadership Traits. Leadership Behaviors. Situational Approaches. Other Contemporary Perspectives.
18. EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION.
The Nature of Human Motivation. Important Human Needs. Complex Models of Employee Motivation. Reinforcement Processes. Reward Systems and Motivation. An Integrated View.
19. GROUPS AND TEAMS.
The Interpersonal Character of Organizations. The Nature of Groups. The Psychological Character of Groups. Important Group Dimensions. Managing Groups and Teams in Organizations. Group Decision Making.
20. MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION.
The Nature of Communication. The Communication Process. Barriers to and Skills for Effective Communication. Forms of Interpersonal Communication. Managerial Communication. Informal Communication: The Grapevine.
PART SIX: CONTROLLING IN AGRIBUSINESS.
21. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTROL.
The Nature of Control. Approaches to Control. Establishing a Control System. Effective Control. Managing Control. Responsibility for Control. Food Safety.
22. MANAGING QUALITY.
The Nature of Quality and Productivity. The Importance of Quality. Improving Quality: Strategic Initiatives. Improving Quality: Operational Techniques.
23. OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT.
The Nature of Operations Management. Planning for Operations. Managing Operations. Operations Control. Operations Control Techniques. Technology Management.
24. INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
The Nature of Information. Information and Information Systems. Types of Information Systems. Managing Information Systems. Organizations and Information Systems. Internet and Social Media.
APPENDIX A: A CURSORY LIST OF AGRIBUSINESS FIRMS/BUSINESSES.
APPENDIX B: CONTROL TECHNIQUES AND METHODS.
The Nature of Control Techniques. Budgets. Financial Analysis. Other Control Techniques.
GLOSSARY: MANAGER''S VOCABULARY.
"I like the general approach of the textbook–look at the classical definition of management–plan, organize, lead and control, and then use that as the overarching theme." "In general, I really like the vignettes, Food for Thought boxes, and case studies. I think they are a very useful component of any textbook. . ."