ACE 231: Food and Agribusiness Management
Food and Agribusiness Management is about the people part of management – the external environment, the internal environment (corporate culture), ethics, planning and goal setting, decision making, organizational structure, change management and innovation, human resources, individual behavior, authentic leadership, motivation, facilitating strategic conversations, and team building.
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Additional Course Information
Read more about what Mr. Stoddard has to say about ACE 231!
Is this class discussion-based or lecture-based?
This course is lecture-based and also includes a number of interactive in-class assignments. These generate interaction not only with the instructor but also among students. Also, an online discussion board tool is used to generate on-going discussion between students throughout the semester.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My teaching style is interactive and my primary goal is to provide useful current knowledge that will prepare students to be effective managers in a wide variety of business roles.
How are students evaluated (e.g. multiple choice or essay tests, papers, etc.)?
There are a variety of graded activities in this course, including in-class assignments, online quizzes, online discussion, tests, and a project for which students interview a professional manager.
In what ways does this course prepare students to move through the program and/or into the work force?
Many graduates find that they end up supervising and managing other people not long after graduation. Often, this management role is part of a promotion. The skills necessary to be a successful manager are different than the job skills that led to the promotion. This course prepares students for the challenges of managing and supervising other employees.
What is your background in Agricultural and Consumer Economics?
I came to the University after a thirty year career agricultural real estate, commodity trading, farm management, and agricultural lending. I spent the prior 14 years at Farm Credit Services of Illinois, a large agricultural lender that operates in 60 counties in Illinois, most recently serving as Chief Appraiser.
What is your attendance policy?
Attendance is important because as the expression goes, “the world is run by people who show up”.