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The influence of information sources on inter- and intra-firm diffusion: evidence from UK farming

Waters, James (2013): The influence of information sources on inter- and intra-firm diffusion: evidence from UK farming.

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Abstract

We study the effect of different information sources on diffusion between and within companies. Our model of economically optimising farmers replicates results from dual process persuasion theory, and predicts that inter-firm diffusion will be primarily affected by reliable, easily accessible information while intra-firm diffusion will be influenced by technical information. The results are tested on UK farming data. Consistent with our model, information from agents, suppliers, farmers, and agricultural magazines influences inter-firm adoption, from buyers influences intra-firm adoption, and from crop consultants, academics, government, and an industry body influences both.

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