Module 1: Introduction
This module will give you an introduction and overview of the course. In the second lesson of this module, we will talk about the current challenges and trends in the agro-food value chain. In the third lesson of this module, the concept of quality in the agro-food value chain will be introduced. The module finishes with the fourth lesson, which gives you an overview of the food value chain.
Module 2: Quality and Consumers
In this module you will learn about the relationship between quality and consumer value. After the module you will be able to describe consumer choices in a differentiated market and explain the link between quality and value. You will also learn about strategies for building consumer value.
Module 3: Market Research
In Module 3 you will learn about market research. After the module you will know the definition, role and types of market research in addition to the research process and the ethics of market research. In the second lesson of the module you will learn about the different types of data and various methods of data collection. The last lesson of the module then deals with data analysis, where you will learn about the most commonly used statistical and econometric techniques to analyze data.
Module 4: Asymmetric Information about Quality
In Module 4 you will learn about asymmetric information with regard to food quality. In the first lesson of the module we will introduce the concepts of asymmetric information, adverse selection, moral hazard, and market failure. That way you will be able to explain the role of information for the functioning of a market. In the second lesson we will talk about the product attributes and their classification. After the lesson you will be able to classify product attributes based on when consumers are able to assess their true qualities.
Module 5: Food Labeling
In Module 5 you will be introduced to “Food Labeling”. In this module you will learn how labels can work as a tool to solve market failures due to asymmetric information and hear about reputation mechanisms based on trust and signaling.
Module 6: Pricing Strategies and Implications
In Module 6 we will talk about the effect of price as a signal for quality. The module also includes the implication of consumer psychology and quality perceptions on pricing tactics.
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Module 7: Consumer Behavior and Brand Personality
In module 7 you will learn about consumer behavior and the dimension and use of brand personalities. In the first lesson you will learn about the consumer's purchasing process. In the 2nd lesson we will talk about consumer characteristics. Finally, you will hear about segmentation, positioning, and brand personality.
Module 8: Geographical Indicators
This module is about “Geographical Indicators”. After the module you will be able to explain the notion of “Geographical Indication” and the key facts about the protection of GIs in the EU. You will also be able to explain the importance of the GI sector within the EU market.
Module 9: Innovation and Quality
In this module you will learn about innovation and quality. You will be able to define what is innovation and state the differences between the many types of innovations. You will also be able to explain how innovations are generated and how the drivers and barriers of innovation in the agro-food sector arise.
Module 10: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Agro-Food Sector
In this module we will talk about “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Agro-food Sector and its Relevance for Food Companies”.
Module 11: Coordination in the Agro-food Value Chain
In this module you will learn about the coordination continuum, when coordination is profitable and possible incentive conflicts.
Module 12: Coordination, Quality and Modern Retail
In this module you will learn about the modern retail sector and its procurement contracts, the issues around shelf allocation and supplier selection.
Module 13: Industrial Standards
In this module you will learn about vertical coordination and its relation to transaction costs and quality. You will also learn about standards, meta-standards and meta-systems. The module ends with examples of food quality standards.