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Title: The Farm as a Purposeful System
Contributor(s): Dillon, John L (author)
Publication Date: 1992
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Farms come in many types. Consider some of the words we use to describe and categorize them: peasant, subsistence, quasi-subsistence, quasi-commercial, commercial or hobby; family, plantation, cooperative, corporation, collective or State; single or multi-enterprise; crop, livestock or mixed; intensive or extensive; irrigated, rain-fed or factory; poor or good; nomadic, swidden, traditional or modern. We could add many more words to this list. But no matter how we might categorize any particular farm, it can always be seen as an organization involved in crop or livestock production or both and constituting a purposeful system. It is this generalization that provides the basis for the conceptual framework that we present. By their nature as purposeful systems, farms are subject to the principles of management pertinent to such organizations. A converse characteristic is the uniqueness of every farm due in particular to its location in space and time, its history, resources and human components. This uniqueness of each farm must never be forgotten. It means that while the general principles of farm system management are appropriate for any particular farm, their application must generally lead to different decisions for each particular farm. In what follows we will explore the concept of the individual farm as an organization constituting a purposeful system.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISBN: 1863890505
Field of Research (FOR): 070107 Farming Systems Research
070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 27
Series Name: University of New England Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management Miscellaneous Publication
Series Number : 10
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