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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. Shanoyan uses a combination of theory and real-world examples to help students understand marketing and sales principles and practices in the complex world of animal health industry. The emphasis is placed on learning through applied problem-solving activities.
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.
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.
Deborah Kohl is the Program Coordinator for the MAB program. She manages the day-to-day activities of the program including student recruitment, budget management, Industry Advisory Board interaction and communication with enrolled students. Kohl also assists with the course “Seminar in Agricultural Economics Analysis,” a thesis completion course in the MAB program, taught by Dr. Allen Featherstone. She completed an M.S. in 2002 at Kansas State University in Secondary Education.
As Communications and Marketing Specialist, Bowen manages the program’s advertising and marketing, communications with students and alumni, plans special events and coordinates international agribusiness tours. She also assists in program recruiting. Bowen completed a Master’s of Professional Studies in Organizational and Professional Communication from the University of Denver in 2013 and a Certificate in Digital Marketing Analytics from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2020.
Jody is currently a Ph.D. student and graduate assistant at Kansas State University. Her research interests include farm succession planning, farm management, international agriculture practices, and extension models. She assists professors in grading student submissions for assignments within the MAB program, as well as co-authors white papers based on alumni theses to then be used by the program to disseminate the students’ work. Wendt completed her Master of Agribusiness at Kansas State University in 2019.
Carla serves as an office assistant in the department. Her primary duties are to support several faculty on a daily basis and provide curriculum management assistance for the Master of Agribusiness program. She also assists agricultural economics graduate students, does research for manuscripts, posters, other projects, and classes.