Internally, executive education programming has been the primary funding source for the Food Industry Management Program and its research efforts. Internationally, programs have contributed to the development of organized food retailing in developing counties, such as India and Vietnam. Domestically, programs have contributed to the continued growth and prosperity of the U.S. food industry, helping to ensure its position as the world leader in terms of "farm-to-fork" efficiency.
impact statement issue
The FIMP's executive education offerings fill a critical role for the food industry -- a resource and platform for the dissemination of knowledge, exchange of ideas, and discussion of issues critical to the future success of food industry companies. Cornell has established the position as the leader among university-based providers of executive education for the food industry. Food industry companies look to Cornell to train and educate their future leaders and thereby improve the competitive viability of their companies and the interests of their stakeholders.
impact statement response
Through internal Cornell collaboration and external collaboration with industry trade associations and specific companies, numerous executive education programs have been created, and contributions to preexisting programs have been made.
impact statement summary
Executive education programs provide strategic and financial benefits to both the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and CALS. Executive education programs have contributed in excess of $2.5 million to the operations of the Food Industry Management Program (FIMP) for the period of 2001-2009. Moreover, the impact of these programs extends well beyond FIMP to help create the virtuous cycle of outreach, teaching and research that exists in the undergraduate program in the Dyson School. Programs generate key industry contacts, interaction, collaboration, data, and, importantly, funding that are critical to academic research. Programs also provide a fertile platform for interaction between Cornell faculty and food industry executives. Faculty are exposed to best-in-class execution of the theories and principles taught in the classroom, and program speakers often return to the campus as guest lecturers in the classroom.