Thomas Sporleder, Ph.D.
Agricultural,Environmental and Developmental Economics
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Strategy and Policy
Areas of Expertise: economics, innovation and entrepreneurship, agrifood supply chains, food policy
I can contribute to the Center's mission by networking with food manufacturers through the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. This global professional society includes academicians and senior managers from agrifood supply chain companies from six continents. I serve on their Board of Directors. A portion of my research is devoted to the economics of innovation, especially new food product development. We seek to understand the drivers of strategies such as first-mover compared to fast-follower and second-mover strategies. I can assist with evaluating the economic feasibility of ideas generated by the Center's programs and in implementing the subsequent commercialization of intellectual property.