Presented by the Center for Regional Food Studies
Wednesday, March 14th 12-1pm
"Organization Level Ingenuity and the Entrepreneurial Formation and Evolution of Local Food Systems.”
Dr. Mars will illustrate the various forms of ingenuity that occur through the routine activities and tasks (i.e., ‘practice work’) of small-scale entrepreneurs and community leaders and converge to influence the entrepreneurial development of the Southern Arizona and Albuquerque/Santa Fe local food systems.
Matthew Mars, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Agricultural Leadership and Innovation and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Agricultural Education at The University of Arizona. He is also a Fellow in the Cardon Academy of Teaching Excellence in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Matt’s scholarly work generally aims to achieve deeper understanding of organization and system level factors dynamics that foster community development and the re-localization of economies. His research is notably interdisciplinary with collaborations that intersect ecology, education, and marketing. The topical areas of interest that Dr. Mars is currently focusing on include the system-level work (i.e., institutional entrepreneurship) associated with local food system development, the organizational ecosystem metaphor, and the socialization and professional development of STEM graduate students specific to entrepreneurship and innovation. His research has been published in journals such as Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Management Inquiry, and Rural Sociology.