Professor & Nowlin Chair of Consumer-Responsive Agriculture
Ph.D., Cornell University
M.B.A., Harvard University
B.S., Juniata College
Professor H. Christopher (Chris) Peterson is appointed in the tenure system and is the Homer Nowlin Chair of Consumer-Responsive Agriculture and professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Dr. Peterson has his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Peterson serves on the state advisory board for the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers and the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project. He has served as an outside director on three major cooperative boards, and on the international advisory board of TransForum, a public/private consortium dedicated to scientific and practical discoveries to enhance the sustainability of agriculture in the Netherlands and globally.
His research and outreach activities span the areas of strategic management, value-added ventures and differentiated product development, cooperative theory and financial practices, entrepreneurship, business innovation, the emergence of the bioeconomy, vertical coordination strategy, and supply chain management. Dr. Peterson also does “futuring” to craft scenarios for the evolution of the agri-food and bioeconomy systems. Based on this work, sustainability is a growing area for his research and outreach. Rounding out his scholarly interests is a focus on qualitative research methods, most especially case study research.
Research and Outreach Interests