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Area II: Effective Food Chain Management IMPROVING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT THROUGH A MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM: THE CASE OF A BRAZILIAN RICE COOPERATIVE

By Paulo Rigatto, Donald W. Larson, Antonio Domingos Padula and Montreux Switzerland

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This research studied the implementing of a management information system (MIS) between farmers and a rice cooperative in the south of Brazil. The research examined a method to implement a MIS and how a MIS impacts the overall relationship between the cooperative business unit and its farmer members (suppliers). The MIS was implemented with a focus on strengthening the Supply Chain Management (SCM) process. The main objective was to improve the farmer’s decision making process through a budget planning, controlling, and managing process in the rice production activity, and the over-all economic results. After planning, implementing and monitoring a three-year long project, the results showed that the MIS could be a powerful tool to increase the production efficiency and the commitment between farmers and their cooperative business partner. The results showed improvement of the farmer’s management skills, including recognition of and good understanding the MIS components. The increased managerial knowledge of the economics of rice production also resulted in trustworthiness gains, which is a valuable element for the cooperative SCM process. Some limitations, as well as important preconditions, for

Year: 2011
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