Santa Clara University

Food & Agribusiness Institute

MBA Courses

IDIS 622
GLOBAL AGRIBUSINESS CHALLENGES

IDIS 696 addresses key economic, technical and marketing elements of the worldwide production, trade, processing and marketing of leading agricultural commodity and livestock products. Both the supply and demand sides of the food and agriculture equation are examined. Lectures examine key inputs, farm budgets and technical change in production systems; transport systems and storage costs; food processing systems; agribusiness structures; the distinctive management of price volatility in futures markets as well as consumer issues. This course is intended to equip future food & agribusiness managers with a solid understanding of the features of this complex and unique sector of the global economy. Several case studies are discussed, a written mid-term exam is administered, and a term project is completed.

IDIS 696
MARKETING FOOD PRODUCTS

IDIS 622 focuses on California's high-margin agribusinesses. The course covers several sub-sectors, including fresh produce, the wine industry, tomato canning, retail grocery and the restaurant business. There is an emphasis on discussion of business case studies, with eight case analyses prepared by students and presented to the class. As an integral part of the course, participants are coached on improving their presentation performances. Several students who demonstrated their presentation capabilities last year were subsequently chosen to represent the Leavey School of Business in the student business case competition at the International Food & Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) annual conference, which will be held next year in South Africa.

MGMT 540
SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS FIRMS

This course focuses on the key issues that affect management decisions in food and agribusiness firms. Includes topics on the principal regulations and regulatory bodies governing the food industry, food safety and crisis management, ethical issues in food production and distribution, and resource and environment issues. Prerequisite: MGMT 505.

 
 
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