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Strategic Importance of the Quality of Information Technology for Improved Competitiveness of Agricultural Companies And Its Evaluation

Jaromír Štůsek, Karel Kubata, Vladimír Očenášek

DOI: 10.7160/aol.2017.090411

Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, No 4 /2017, December

pp. 109-122

Štůsek, J., Kubata, K. and Očenášek, V. (2017) “Strategic Importance of the Quality of Information Technology for Improved Competitiveness of Agricultural Companies And Its Evaluation", AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 109-122. ISSN 1804-1930.DOI 10.7160/aol.2017.090411.

Abstract

The article discusses the issue of the use of information technology in the search for potential competitive
advantages in agricultural companies. Information technology in agriculture should provide a clearly defined
benefit for the management’s decision-making. If information technology is not being used to its full potential
and if the results are interpreted incorrectly, the overall impact may be damaging to the position of companies
in the competitive environment. Investment in information technology requires considerable sums that
should return in the form of faster and better decision-making in which digitalized corporate processes play
a complex role. Strategic decision-making concerning investments in information technology in various
types of agricultural businesses varies depending on their size, focus, economic situation etc. In the context
of the current state of agriculture in the Czech Republic and after a detailed analysis of available literature,
the authors conclude that the issues of quality of information technology have not yet been systematically
examined and resolved in Czech agricultural companies. For this reason, they consider it fruitful to focus
their attention on this subject. The main objective of the paper is to develop and apply a methodological
model for evaluating the quality of information technology in an agricultural business. In addition, we want
to examine the broader impact of the criterion of IT quality from the perspective of its strategic importance
for competitiveness and the extent to which it supports strategic management in practice.

Keywords

Strategy, decision-making in management, competitiveness, information technology, information processes, IT quality evaluation, methodological model.

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