Of Time and the Enterprise : North American Family Farm Management in a Context of Resource Marginality.
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- Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1978.
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- Of Time and the Enterprise was first published in 1982. Of Time and the Enterprise is the result of 12 years' research in the Canadian sector of the northern Great Plains -- a 7,000-square-mile region that was one of the last areas in North America to be populated by agricultural settlers. This late settlement permitted a reconstruction of the area's history and economic and social development unparalleled in the literature. This book has several dimensions. It is, first, a meticulous study of the North American family farm. Bennett considers such aspects of the family farm as the ways that family members relate to one another and how the various members, especially the wife, participate in management of the enterprise. The book is also a study of agricultural management as an adaptive process. Farm operators must juggle the demands of their families, communities, and the national market in determining the conduct of the business. Finally, the book is a study of the development process on a recent frontier and thus has many implications for agricultural and community development in the Third World. As the first detailed study of entrepreneurial agriculture in North America, Of Time and the Enterprise combines quantitative and qualitative analysis and looks at the family farm as a form of social behavior, not merely as a form of economic performance. Bennett presents a new interpretation of decision-making, resource allocation, and the influence of family, community, and cultural traditions which he argues must be seen as part of a larger social system.
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Tables
List of Figures
PART I: Introduction
Chapter 1 Agricultural Management as an Adaptive System
Chapter 2 The Jasper Region of Southwestern Saskatchewan: Settlement and Agricultural History
PART II: Coping with Physical Resources
Chapter 3 Coping with Physical Resources
PART III: The Microsocial Milieu of Jasper Agriculture: The Agrifamily System
Chapter 4 Introduction to Part III: Farms and Families in North American Agriculture
Chapter 5 The Agrifamily System
Chapter 6 The Agrifamily Household
Chapter 7 Illustrative Case Materials: Succession, Enterprise Development, and the Role of the Wife
PART IV: The Macrosocial Milieu of Jasper Agriculture
Chapter 8 Jasper in the National Structure
Chapter 9 Coping with the Economic Environment
Chapter 10 Social Aspects of Resource Allocation: Grazing Land and Irrigation Water
Chapter 11 Of Time and the Enterprise
PART V: Management Style
Chapter 12 The Jasper Region and the Sample of Enterprisers
Chapter 13 Management Style and Quality of Enterprise: Procedures and Categories
Chapter 14 Management Style and Agrifamily Cycles
Chapter 15 Management Style and Managerial Performance
Chapter 16 Management Style, Social Status, and Consumption Levels
Chapter 17 Management Style and the Process of Entrepreneurial &
Chapter 18 Reflections
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
- Kohl, Seena B.
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- Print version: Bennett, John W. Of Time and the Enterprise
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