A.A. van der Maas, E. van Rijssel, G.R.M. Selman
Making the right decision at the right moment is fundamental to good management. The availability of reliable data is essential to decision-making.

At present, the automation of data exchange with external organizations is getting off the ground. Automation has made it possible to use decision- support systems. The development and operational use of these systems is a laborious process. There are great expectations of advanced automation of horticultural establishments. It is important that the right conditions are established for continuous development in automation. The glasshouse information model contributes to this development. An information model is a systematic representation of the management of an individual establishment. The aim of the model is to order the data used in the management process, and, if necessary, to uniformize these data.

The total management of a glasshouse establishment is represented by a cycle. Part of this cycle, illustrated by an example from labour management, is elaborated. On the basis of this example, the different components of the information model are discussed.

Planning can be divided into the components strategic planning, tactical planning, and operational planning. This paper mainly discusses the last-mentioned type of planning. Planning leads to the actual execution of operations and direct control of the operations executed. Execution yields data, which in operational management are used for operational control and short-term planning.

van der Maas, A.A., van Rijssel, E. and Selman, G.R.M. (1989). BUSINESS MANAGEMENT DESCRIBED IN TERMS OF THE GLASSHOUSE INFORMATION MODEL. Acta Hortic. 237, 185-192
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.237.25

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