R. Brent Ross

R. Brent Ross

Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.Sc., University of Illinois
B.Comm., University of Guelph

Associate Professor

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 317B
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 355 2266, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

Dr. Ross joined the MSU AFRE faculty in June 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Food Industry Management. He is appointed in the MSU tenure system. His primary research interests include the dynamics of entrepreneurship and the use of simulation methods to explore organizational phenomena in the agri-food system.

Current and previous research studies have focused on modeling the process of identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities in the agri-food system, the role of social capital in network formation and sustainability, financing alternative governance structures in agri-food industries, and business development in LDCs. In addition to his research, Brent also teaches courses in food industry management and food marketing. Prior to joining the AFRE faculty, Brent was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategy in the College of Business at the University of Illinois.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Strategic management and the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • New institutional economics and the use of alternative governance and marketing structures (i.e. contracting, direct marketing) in the food chain
  • Finance and governance issues associated with network formation and their sustainability
  • Value chain analysis in emerging and developing countries
  • Simulation methods, in particular system dynamics and agent-based modeling