Management systems analysis as guidance for effective interdisciplinary grazingland research
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Management systems analysis offers scientists a way to link field research with the unique decision environment of private ranch firms. This systematic approach helps clearly identify research needs and offers a high degree of professional security when basic research is brought under scrutiny by commodity groups. A decision support system reflecting management systems analysis is outlined based on our experiences in developing integrated brush management systems. Understanding human needs, priorities and perceptions influencing decisions unique to each rancher is critical to designing applicable decision support systems. The decision support process causes the orderly organization of current knowledge, an assessment of level of precision required to make a decision, and the determination of knowledge limiting the process in an interdisciplinary environment. A series of feedback mechanisms from systems analysis, decision analysis and field research is a continuous iterative process which must be recognized by research organizations to facilitate incorporation of research results into decision support systems and to identify and focus future research needs. Organization, management and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research for development of management systems analysis is presented. © 1991.
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Stuth, J. W., Scifres, C. J., Hamilton, W. T., & Conner, J. R.