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Characterization and Analysis of The Productive Chain of Agricultural Software
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org
Citation: Pp. 749-757 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil) 701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8407)
Authors: Hemerly, F. X. and Jardine, J.G.
Keywords: agribusiness, productive chain, competitiveness, agricultural software, information technology
The study of the productive chain of agricultural software encompassing the formal
and informal relations among their several components becomes fundamental for the
identification and qualification of the factors interfering in its production efficiency
and efficacy and in the levels of adoption of this tool in the agri-business.
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The competitiveness in a productive chain, specially those belonging to the
agri-business, by the complexity caused by the great number of agents integrating
them, is strongly influenced by the coordination capacity of the integrated actions of
each segment involved. The introduction of information technology into the
agri-business may contribute in a meaningful way to structurally organize the
information permeating the functioning process of its productive chains.
On the other hand, it is scarce the information about the behaviour of the productive
chain of agricultural information technology, specially in relation to the software
directed to the agri-business. This way, it is intended with this study to characterize
the agricultural software chain and, to analyse its performance under the point of
view of efficiency, pointing out possibilities for improvement aiming at an increase
of its competitiveness in the scenario where its is inserted, also contributing for the
enlargement of the adoption level by the agri-business agents. It was applied the
Delphi technique and extrapolative methods for performing the research.