Income is a bigger drive of food demand than population growth, which has supply implications for all of agriculture. That includes the seed industry. Allan Gray and Michael Gunderson discuss how income drives demand and what the seed industry can do to help growers increase production as populations grow and food demand changes.
Business success is driven by strategy--strategic thinking, strategic management and strategic capabilities. Success is no longer about "doing things right," but rather choosing the "right things to do" and creating a differential advantage.
Steve Vande Loo, founder of Advanced Beverage Concepts, Inc., is a results-driven consultant to businesses directly and indirectly linked to the beverage industry. Drawing from an accomplished career as an executive for Coca-Cola, he provides clients insights on organizational strategy, leadership development, new-brand planning, and product introduction and commercialization.
One of the most important functions of management is the creation of a motivated and resilient workforce. But often missing are the how-tos for developing people. Scott Downey discusses eight assets essential to the process.
Having an annual performance evaluation process can be both cumbersome and ineffective in some business environments. Ditching them could be beneficial, so long as businesses don't move completely away from structured feedback.
Effective talent management is a key to successful business strategy. The 2015 National Conference for Agribusiness will help leaders affect change in the way their companies manage their most important assets: people.
People are the most important resource a company has, but in agricultural economics, we tend to run away the minute human resources comes up in discussion. Sooner or later, we have to stop running.
Sometimes, we make mistakes. Even if we’ve analyzed our options thoroughly and made what we thought was a good decision, we don’t always end up with the result that we wanted or expected. We uncover that we’ve made an erroneous assumption, that the world wasn't quite the way we thought...