Decision support systems in Australia agriculture: State of the art and future development

Nguyen, Nam, Wegener, Malcolm and Russell, Iean (2006). Decision support systems in Australia agriculture: State of the art and future development. In: Ruerd Ruben and Kees Burger, Proceedings of: 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, (1-18). 12-18 August, 2006.

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Author Nguyen, Nam
Wegener, Malcolm
Russell, Iean
Title of paper Decision support systems in Australia agriculture: State of the art and future development
Conference name 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 12-18 August, 2006
Proceedings title Proceedings of: 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists
Place of Publication Brisbane
Publisher International Association of Agricultural Economists
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Ruerd Ruben
Kees Burger
Issue Paper # 25581.
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper reports and discusses the results of a survey conducted with experts working in the field of decision support systems (DSS) in Australian agriculture. It also reviews the literature on DSS in the light of these experts’ responses.

The findings from this survey have consolidated our understanding of the current state of DSS in Australian agriculture. The uptake of DSS by farmers has been slow and various issues said to be contributing to this include fear of using computers, time constraints, poor marketing, complexity, lack of local relevance, lack of end-user involvement, and mismatched objectives between developers and users. The future prospect for the development of DSS was generally regarded to be poor. Never-the-less, the authors believe
that new DSS which embrace the suggested criteria could be widely accepted by farmers.

These criteria mean that to be widely used by farmers, any successful DSS needs to address widespread problems: they need to be location specific, and gain strong support from initial users. They also need to be simple to use, relevant, effective, low cost, and user friendly and it is most likely that farmers would have been involved in their development.

We believe that farmers’ personalities, and their attitudes towards risk management and decision making, will influence the pattern of adoption of DSS in Australian agriculture while the intergenerational change that is occurring in the management of Australian farms is a positive factor that may encourage more widespread use of these tools.
Subjects 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
350202 Business Information Systems (incl. Data Processing)
Keyword DSS
Farmers’ decision-making
Expert opinion
Management decisions
Decision support systems
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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