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Michael A Gunderson

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor
Krannert Room 754J

Michael Gunderson joined Purdue University as an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics in August 2012. In addition to his responsibilities teaching in Purdue’s undergraduate and graduate classrooms on campus, Mike leads a quantitative methods course in the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, a dual-degree, online program for working agribusiness professionals. He is also heavily involved in designing, developing and delivering non-credit, professional development programs through the department’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. Mike serves as the center’s associate director of research, as well.

After earning his doctorate from Purdue in 2006, Mike spent six years in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida (UF). While there, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural finance, marketing and strategy. He has won teaching awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the North American Teachers and Colleges of Agriculture, the UF College of Agricultural Life Sciences, and the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

Mike’s research focuses on understanding the factors that influence the financial success of agribusiness firms. He has published 20 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as service quality in agribusiness input industries, agricultural land values and agribusiness management.

Mike also holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, farm and financial management from the University of Illinois. He is married to Alee Lynch Gunderson. They enjoy taking their two children and two dogs for hikes and following college sports.

Awards & Honors

(2013) Excellence in Distance Learning, credit-granting. Purdue University.

(2013) Teacher Fellow. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

(2012) Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award for Less Than Ten Years Experience. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2011) Undergraduate Teaching Award. University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

(2011) Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award Less Than 10 years Experience. Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Widmar, D. A., Gray, A. W., & Gunderson, M. A. (2015). Hoover Seeds, inc.: A Period of Transition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(2), 628-634. doi:10.1093/ajae/aau110

Diebel, P. L., Perry, G. M., Gunderson, M. A., & Downey, W. (2014). Agribusiness Benchmarks: Creating Common Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Agribusiness Management Programs. Journal of Agribusiness, 32(1), 47-65.

Gunderson, M. A., Boehlje, M., Neves, M., & Sonka, S. (2014). Agribusiness organization and management. Encyclopedia of agriculture and food systems, 51–70.

Trejo-Pech, C. J., Weldon, R. N., & Gunderson, M. A. (2014). Earnings Management through Specific Accruals and Discretionary Expenses: Evidence from US Agribusiness Firms. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue Canadienne DÕAgroeconomie.

Holland, J. K., Olynk Widmar, N. J., Widmar, D. A., Ortega, D. L., & Gunderson, M. A. (2014). Understanding Producer Strategies: Identifying Key Success Factors of Commercial Farms in 2013. Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

Widmar, D. A., Gray, A. W., & Gunderson, M. A. (2014). Wilson Seeds, Inc.: A Period of Transition. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Gunderson, M. A. (2014). The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96(2), 611-612. doi:10.1093/ajae/aat112

Janve, B., Yang, W., Kozman, A., Sims, C., Teixeira, A., Gunderson, M. A., & Rababah, T. M. (2013). Enhancement of corn nixtamalization by power ultrasound. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 6(5), 1269–1280.

Moss, C. B., Moss, C. B., Klinefelter, D. A., & Gunderson, M. A. (2012). Accounting for complex entities: implications for ARMS. Agricultural Finance Review, 72(2), 201–209.

Detre, J. D., & Gunderson, M. A. (2012). Did the “Pink Slime” Controversy Influence Publicly Traded Agribusiness Companies. Choices, 27(4).

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