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Dr. R. Brent Ross

Dr. Brent Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.

The global agri-food system is increasingly complex and uncertain.  Dr. Ross seeks to understand how firms can create value in this type of competitive environment to generate economic performance (profits and sustainability).   His research particularly focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial agri-food ventures (in the U.S., and globally) as well as the emergence of regional food systems and new types of organizational structures.  In addition, Dr. Ross has expertise in using case studies and simulation to improve managerial decision-making.

Prior to joining MSU in 2008, Dr. Ross earned a Ph.D. in Food and Agribusiness Management and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Finance from the University of Illinois as well as a B.Comm. from the University of Guelph (Canada).

Global research interests

  • Economics of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Organizational economics and the use of alternative market coordination mechanisms
  • Emergence of new types of business models and industries
  • Entrepreneurial assistance programs 
  • Active learning strategies (case studies and simulation)

Geographic focus

  • Latin America, with an emphasis on Peru
  • East Africa

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