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Leading During Times of Fear and Uncertainty

Author: Dr. Pete Hammett, Visiting Professor It has been said that the only thing constant is change. If that’s so, then it’s equally true that there are times when fear greases the bearings in the wheels of change. While fear turned inward will result in paralyzing...



Investing in Talent: Commodity vs. Annuity

Author: Dr. Pete Hammett, Visiting Professor Over the course of my career, I have had the great honor and privilege of working with professionals from a multitude of industries and levels across the country. On many occasions when working with groups of high-level...



Leading Change

Author: Dr. Pete Hammett, Professor   Change is occurring at a fast rate. Shocking, right? No? Of course not. We are all well aware of how rapidly change is sweeping across the food and agribusiness industries, as well as across the world, as we continue to...



How to Create Curious Employees

Article Work curiosity: A new lens for understanding employee creativity. Yu-Yu Chang and Hui-Yu Shih Journal Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 29, No. 4. December 2019 Reviewer Dr. Michael Gunderson, Director and Professor Summary This Quarterly Review article...



Self-Managed Teams Need Leaders Too

Article It’s not just what is said, but when it’s said: A temporal account of verbal behaviors and emergent leadership in self-managed teams. Fabiola H. Gerpott, Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock, Sven C. Voelpel and Mark van Vugt Journal Academy of Management Journal, June...



Creating Value Through Blockchain Technology

As we navigate a world of constant advancement and disruption, could the phenomenon that is blockchain technology be the next innovation that could truly drive efficiencies—and much more—in the food supply chain? Recently, the Purdue University Center for Food and...



Building on Our Vision: A Year of Innovative Growth

When Dr. Michael Gunderson started serving as the director for the Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business in May of 2018, he entered his position at a time of immense change for both the Center and industry as a whole. Today, producers have...



Can You Hear Me Now?

Author: Dr. Scott Downey, Associate Director and Associate Professor Recently, we had a group of about 20 sales managers on Purdue’s West Lafayette, IN campus for a program. On the second day of the program, the concept of listening came up. One of our presenters was...



Connecting Talent from First-Level to C-Suite

Eighty-three percent of executives report that they do not have the right talent and capabilities to build upon their strategy. This staggering number is based on a Korn Ferry global survey of approximately 7,500 senior executives across 107 countries. Dr. Keith...



The Relationship Between Sales and Marketing

Author: Justin Funk, Managing Partner, Agri Studies One of the more significant challenges in any business is finding the best way to get sales teams and marketing managers on the same page. While this may seem like a simple task that comes down to organizational and...