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Dr. Amanor-Boadu uses his experience from industry and expertise in strategic management to help students understand the concepts and tools he presents. He encourages students to apply these concepts and tools to their daily business challenges to enhance their relevance and personalize the learning experience.
This course examines market forces, demand, supply, individual consumer and firm behavior, and market structure. Basic market structure models covered include perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Game theory provides a useful tool to understand both business and personal relationships. Economic tools and models are related to business strategies and real-world decision making throughout the course. He received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s prestigious undergraduate teaching award and its Quality of Communication Award.
Dr. Bergtold demonstrates the power of today’s software packages to students, allowing them to solve complex problems in the workplace. Student project work from the course has been implemented widely by MAB students and their companies. Dr. Bergtold won the AAEA Distinguished Teaching Award for Less than Ten Years’ Experience.
Dr. Featherstone uses his expertise in finance to aid students in understanding the tools of finance and applying them to the firm. His experience lecturing internationally helps him address financial issues under various political and economic systems. He has received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s most prestigious graduate teaching award and its Quality of Communication Award.
Dr. Harris’ course examines the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption with the objective of creating net value and building a competitive infrastructure for food and agribusiness firms. Harris has 20 years of supply chain management experience that includes agricultural commodity trading, supply chain strategy and global purchasing with Fortune 500 companies in the food industry.
Dr. Perry’s course is designed to provide an economic analytical framework useful for examining current issues involving agricultural policies, fiscal and monetary policies, international trade of agricultural commodities and products, and environmental and natural resources. Case studies are used to see the influences of trade, macroeconocmics, and natural resource policy on agribusiness firms.
Dr. Swilley utilizes a variety of experiential and reflective exercises to make the link between theoretical concepts discussed in the course and the application of that material in the student’s organization. An emphasis is placed on managerial relevancy through readings and class discussions involving the latest in marketing strategy. Her course examines issues associated with buyer behavior, customer satisfaction and value, product positioning, advertising and promotion, branding and competitive analysis.
Many business courses focus on specific technical functions, such as accounting or marketing, which can be critical to organizational success. However, a lot of organizations fail even when their employees possess adequate technical skills. What is missing is often the ability to deal effectively with other people. In Behavioral Management Theory, students will learn about the people side of organizations. Specifically, this course will focus on gaining a better understanding of the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on improving the skills needed to help manage others and your own career.
Computer Decision Tools for Agribusiness teaches you to create commonly-used business spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. The course is a collection of problem sets to create spreadsheets that solve real-life business problems. In the course the most useful features and commands that have the potential to transform data into information with value for decision making are discussed.
Dr. Wilson’s course, Risk Management, develops a decision-making framework while considering risk. Students use a strategic risk management process to evaluate risk management strategies.
Econometrics involves the application of statistical analysis to economic and business data in an effort to describe and predict market behavior. With an emphasis on real world applications, Dr. Yu’s course will show you how to use (or not use!) econometric analysis in business decision making.
As Program Associate, Mary Bowen, assists in coordination of and manages activities of the Master of Agribusiness program including communication with applicants, enrolled students, alumni and faculty of the program. Bowen also manages the program’s marketing, special events and international agribusiness tours. She completed a Master’s of Professional Studies in Organizational and Professional Communication (Public Relations and Marketing) from the University of Denver.
Gloria assists MAB faculty with curriculum management. Originally from Argentina, where she worked in developing banking for the IDB Bank and monitored national and regional projects for a total of $957 million. Previously. she worked with Purdue's Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the distance education MS-MBA program. As MAB Program Associate, she is responsible for curriculum management and assists with program coordination. She earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
Deborah is the Program Coordinator for the MAB program. She manages the day-to-day activities of the Master of Agribusiness program including student recruitment, budget management, Industry Advisory Board interaction and communication with enrolled students. Deborah also assists with the course “Seminar in Agricultural Economics Analysis,” a thesis completion course in the MAB taught by Dr. Allen Featherstone. She completed an M.S. in 2002 at Kansas State University in Secondary Education.