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Ryan Musselman

Ryan Musselman
317 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Expertise: Agribusiness


  • Ph.D., Management, Virginia Tech, (anticipated) 2025
  • M.S., Agribusiness Management, Purdue University, 2015
  • B.S., Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Systems Management, Agricultural Education, Purdue University, 2013
  • A.S., Agronomy, Purdue University, 2012

Current projects

  • The Moderating Effects of Inclusive Leadership on HRM Practices
  • Downstream Effects of Compassion in the Organization: Emotion and Behavior Moderated by Control and Focus
  • Workplace Generativity Scale Development
  • Protégé Perception of Mentoring: A Meta-Analysis
  • Impact of Generative Disposition in Servant Leaders on Follower Attitude, Behavior, Motivation, Performance and Relationships

Future projects

  • Connection to the Workplace: An Organizational Identification Meta Analysis
  • Generative Leadership: Is it Servanthood or Replacing Self?
  • How are Star Performers Treated Differently?
  • Individuals affect the Bottom-Line & Strategy impacts the Employee: How Microfoundations Link Member and Organization
  • When Organizational Citizenship Behavior is Self-Serving
  • Employee Perspective of the Firm’s Proactive Talent Management

Current teaching

  • AAEC 2104 – Personal Financial Planning
  • AAEC 2434 – Foundations of Agribusiness
  • AAEC 3454 – Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
  • AAEC 4514 – Advanced Agribusiness Marketing

Other teaching & advising

  • Career Exploration & Development
  • Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Talent Management

Work experience

  • Academic Advisor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, October 2015-August 2020
  • food production entrepreneur, Denver, IN, 2000 – 2015
  • Assistant Operations Manager, Musselman Brothers Inc, Macy, IN, 1997 – 2014


  • Litschert Research Award in the Department of Management (VT) for 2020
  • Outstanding Service to Students in the Department of Agricultural Economics (Purdue) in 2017, 2018, 2019    
  • Learning Community Advocate Award in Residential Academic Initiatives (Purdue) in 2018
  • Musselman, R & Becker, W. J. Mentoring Impacts on Identity, Turnover and Reciprocity moderated with Generativity. Human Resource Management. (under review)
  • Wiatt, R. D., Marshall, M. I., & Musselman, R. (2022). Management and ownership transfer in small and medium family farms. Agricultural Finance Review.