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    The Sensegiving Role of Advisors in Farmer Decision-making

    Hayden, Michael and Mattimoe, Ruth and Jack, L. (2023) The Sensegiving Role of Advisors in Farmer Decision-making. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 62 (1). ISSN 07916833

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    In Ireland, and in several other countries around the world, a situation of economic vulnerability exists for many farmers. Alongside this economic vulnerability, the farm management literature acknowledges that most farmers spend little time on financial management. In this context, we argue that farm advisory services have the potential to add value to the farming community by assisting farmers to make informed financial decisions, to combat these economic challenges. In this study, the role of professional advisors in the strategic financial decision-making process of farmers is explored to develop an understanding of how farmers avail of advice from, and interact with, farm advisors. A qualitative research approach of 27 semi-structured interviews, and a focus group, is adopted to explore the strategic financial decision-making process of farmers. The application of sensemaking theory helps us to understand how advisors provide a sensegiving role in the farmer decision-making process. The evidence gathered identifies numerous professional advice sources that provide this sensegiving role in the strategic financial decision-making process of farmers, but contends that two sources, accountants and agricultural consultants, appear most prominent. This study also reveals that the use of specific advice sources is strongly influenced by the type of strategic decision undertaken and the farm type in operation. The results provide an opportunity for policymakers, and those who provide advisory services to farmers, to reflect on how best to create an environment where farmers and farm advisors can work together, to develop sustainable farm enterprises which can contribute to rural development.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Agriculture; farm advisory services; farm financial management; sensemaking; strategic decision-making;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 17909
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    Depositing User: Michael Hayden
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2023 15:10
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research
    Publisher: Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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