Dr. Verena Otter was a GlobalFood member from 2011-2014. The information on this site reflects the status at the point of leaving GlobalFood.

Verena Otter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Business Management & Organisation
Wageningen University

Occupation after leaving GlobalFood

Link to profile as Post-doctoral researcher, Chair Prof. Theuvsen, University of Göttingen


Verena Otter


  • 04/2011 - 08/2014: Research associate at Georg-August-University Göttingen: Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Chair of Management in Agribusiness, Research Training Group “Global Food”, Subproject A1 : Supply Chain Governance and Standards.
  • 10/2008 – 11/2010: Georg-August-University Göttingen, M.Sc. of Horse Science, Master thesis at the Chair of Agricultural Policy (Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon- Taubadel), Topic: "Hedonic Price Analysis of Boarding Horse Stables: Evidence from Northern Germany".
  • 10/2005 - 8/2008: Georg-August-University Göttingen, B.Sc. of Agricultural Science, Focus: Agribusiness, Chair of "Marketing of Food and Agricultural Products" (Prof. Dr. Achim Spiller), Topic: „Qualitätsorientierte Geschäftsprozessgestaltung auf Pensionspferdebetrieben".
  • 2004: Felix Klein Gymnasium, Göttingen, Allgemeine Hochschulreife (German A-Levels).

Practical Experience

  • 05/2008 – 03/2011: Student/Research Assistant, Georg August University Göttingen: Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Chair of Agricultural Policy.
  • 11/2007 - 03/2012: Student Consultant, Consulting Team e.V.
  • 11/2010: Student Assistant, DLG-Verlag, "Euro Tier 2010".
  • 11/2009: Student Assistant, DLG, "Agritechnica 2009".
  • 10/2006 - 06/2007: Interviewer, TNS Emnid market and polling institute in Göttingen.
  • 02/2007 - 04/2007: Internship, Landvolk Göttingen Kreisbauernverband e. V.

Additional Qualification

  • 2010: Trainer Aptitude Examination for farmers.
  • 11/2007 - 07/2009: Various training courses and seminars (including project management, public speaking and presentation, quality management, production management, balanced scorecard, event management).
  • Since 2005: Drivers licenses C and CE (German truck drivers license).

Research Interests

Supply Chain Analysis, Influence of Organizational Structure on Firm Performance, International Food Quality Standards


a) Peer-reviewed publications or book chapters

  • Otter, V., A. Engler, L. Theuvsen (2014). The influence of the interplay of supply chain Network relationships on farmers? performance in the Chilean NTAE-sector. Journal on Chain and Network Science (in press).
  • Otter, V., B. Prechtel, L. Theuvsen (2014). The country-of-origin effect for chocolate from Ecuadorian cocoa: An empirical analysis of consumer perception. Economia Agro- Alimentare (in press).
  • Otter, V., L. Theuvsen, (2012). Governance and standards in Chilean-German food supply chains. In: L. Theuvsen, A. Voss (Eds.), International High Value Chains. Cuvillier Verlag: Göttingen, pp. 143-167.
  • Müller, A., V. Otter, L. Theuvsen (2013). Supply chains of non-traditional export products between Latin America and Europe: The role of private certification standards. In: A. Engler, R. Valdes, J.
  • Diaz, S. von Cramon-Taubadel, S. Lakner (Eds.): Understanding the agricultural sector in Latin America, results from the Chilean-German academic cooperation. Universidad de Talca: Talca, pp. 51-71.
  • Otter, V., L. Theuvsen (2013). The use of mobile phones for the exchange of information in the Chilean agri-business. In: M. Horbach (Ed.), Informatik angepasst an Menschen, Organisation und Umwelt. Köllen Verlag: Bonn, pp. 1755-1762.
  • Otter, V., L. Theuvsen (2013). Der country-of-origin-Effekt bei Schokolade aus ecuadorianischem Kakao: Eine empirische Analyse der Verbraucherwahrnehmung. In: Schriften der Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V., Vol. 47, Landwirtschaftsverlag:
    Münster, pp. 361-362.
  • Otter, V., L. Theuvsen (2013). ICT and farm productivity: Evidence from the Chilean agricultural Export sector. In: M. Clasen, M. Hamer, S. Lehnert, B. Petersen, L. Theuvsen (Eds.), IT- Standards in der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft; Fokus: Risiko- und Krisenmanagement. Köllen Verlag:
    Bonn, pp. 113-116.

b) Other publications

  • Otter, V. (2014). Organizational structures in international high value food chains: Evidence from Latin America. PhD thesis, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Göttingen.