Michael Boland (Mike) holds the Koller endowed Professorship in agribusiness management at the University of Minnesota where he has teaching, research, and outreach responsibilities in agribusiness management, food marketing, and in particular, agricultural cooperatives. In addition, he is director of the University of Minnesota Food Industry Center which is funded by General Mills, Kellogg’s, SuperValu, and other food companies. He teaches classes in cooperatives, business strategy, and institutional economics. The Koller Professorship was funded by agricultural cooperatives (CHS, Land O’Lakes, CoBank, and Country Financial) and Koller friends, family, and colleagues.
Prior to this new position, Mike worked at Kansas State University in the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. Mike serves on the planning committee for the annual Farmer Cooperatives program, National Council on Farmer Cooperatives director education programs, CoBank CEO Roundtable and CoBank’s Cooperative Marketing Leader Roundtable. He is also leading a safety assessment and culture research and education program with 11 a number of local cooperatives and is involved in a multi-state education program for local co-op risk management and marketing programs.
The majority of his work involves food and agribusiness firms where he has co-authored over 80 case studies on agribusinesses which have been published in at least seven languages. More than 60 of these have been cases on cooperatives. He has taught in various executive education programs and co-authored a book of case studies in honor of Ray Goldberg of the Harvard Business School. In addition, he has worked with agribusinesses and cooperatives in Latin America, China, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. He is a member of National Association for Business Economists and serves on board of directors of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
Mike teaches educational modules on finance, governance, and strategic thinking in boards of director leadership programs for cooperatives. These programs are taught in 14 states to more than 1000 cooperative senior employees and directors annually. In addition, he has worked with cooperatives in Latin America, China, South Africa, Australia, and Europe.