UC Davis Agribusiness Executives Symposium to be held in Shanghai
Executive Education Program Brings Expertise to China
Senior agribusiness executives from throughout China will gather June 14-16 in Shanghai for an innovative business leaders’ symposium coordinated by the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.
The three-day symposium, “Growing Agribusiness in China: Scaling Up and Staying Fresh,” is designed to be a practical, interactive experience, useful for executives in all aspects of the agribusiness supply chain from farming and food processing to retail.
According to Brad Barber, finance professor at UC Davis, human creativity still plays an important role in investing because there are some things a computer either can’t do or can’t do well, including determining whether the patterns that emerge from data crunching make sense.
Many wine industry executives are hopeful that “frugality fatigue” has set in with wine drinkers, who traded down from luxury bottles to lower-priced wines during the recession.
Wine executives are reporting optimism about the future, said Robert Smiley, former dean at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, presenting results of an annual survey of wine industry executives.
“We’re going to move back, but slowly, and not all the way back for a long time,” Smiley said. “We may not return to previous levels of conspicuous consumption.”
Alumna Christine Gulbranson Judges Contest to Find the Next Great American Innovator–and Inspire More
Discovery Channel's "The Big Brain Theory" Celebrates Extreme Intelligence, Ingenuity and Talent
By Andy Fell
UC Davis multi-alumna Christine Gulbranson is bringing her talents as a scientist, engineer and investor to a new challenge: She is one of two regular judges on a new reality TV show, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius” which begins an eight-week run on the Discovery Channel on May 1.
Gulbranson MBA 96 said she hopes the show can help get young people excited about in careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Innovation is at the heart of growth in any new sector, especially STEM-related ones, and the best driver of innovation is a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and expertise at the table. Interesting article about the lack of women in the Clean-Tech sector and how we can level the playing field. Amanda Kimball is quoted
(women) will stand out as being unique and bringing something new to the table…. women bring a perspective to the table that businesses are sorely lacking right now…” says Amanda Kimball, author of our UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders
- Amanda Kimball
Green Living: Professor Nicole Biggart joined executives from American Honda Motor to break ground on the Honda Smart Home at UC Davis, a showcase for environmental innovation and
renewable energy enabling technologies.
Shale boom? Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability, says California’s dream of billions in windfall oil revenue from the Monterey shale deposit running through the state may fall short as industry efforts are only receiving mixed results. Jaffe says the shale is more expensive to explore than other shale because of its many layers and complexity.
Actively managed investment funds are investments that try to pick stocks that will outperform the broad market. In Canada, active managers fail to beat the broad market, as measured by the market index, over 97 per cent of the time over a five-year period, according to Standard & Poor. One of the reasons active managers fail to beat their benchmarks is the “hidden” costs of trading.
To raise $15,000 for a new business venture, Sacramento artist Danny Scheible went the route of many creative professionals: crowdfunding. In a matter of weeks, his online appeal to launch a new line of quirky eyeglasses scooped up more than 200 interested donors.
Getting online financial backing is essential to entrepreneurs who don’t fit inside conventional boxes.
“It’s a launching pad,” said Borden, who earned a Yale degree and an MBA in entrepreneurship from UC Davis.
Chinese Deluge U.S. Master’s Programs
Overseas Students Seek Specialized Degrees to Win Competitive Edge, and B-Schools Enjoy Revenue in Tough Time
When the business school at the University of California, Davis, started its master’s program in accounting last year, administrators expected to attract aspiring accountants from nearby colleges. What they got instead was a wave of interest from overseas: Roughly two-thirds of the 189 applications received for last fall’s entering class came from Chinese citizens.”Frankly, we were shocked at the deluge of applications…for what we saw as a program that prepared students for a U.S.
Leadership Lessons: What Do Executives at Amazon, Citigroup and Whole Foods Market Have in Common?
Blog by Dean Steven Currall
Former chairman and CEO of Citigroup, Sandy Weill ran the world’s third largest financial institution. Amazon.com soared from a $9 billion to a $70 billion company with Mark Onetto in charge of the supply chain and customer service for the world’s largest Internet retailer. Whole Foods Market co-CEO and co-founder John Mackey has grown a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, into an $11 billion Fortune 300 company.
Davis Roots, co-founded by Professor Andrew Hargadon, is fertile soil for growing start-ups in Davis as an incubator for technology spun out from UC Davis.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management alumnus Benjamin Finkelor, executive director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, has earned a 2013 Green Leadership Award from the Sacramento Business Journal.
The Business Journal’s Green Leadership Awards seeks to honor those who “have a strong commitment to making the Sacramento region a thriving hub for clean technology.”
CalPERS’ Simpson keeps a close eye on investments
Anne Simpson is embarking on a mission to make sure all managers and investments connected to CalPERS toe the line on ESG
The Graduate School of Management is advising CalPERS, the nation’s largest public pension fund on standards for integrating environmental, social and governance issues across its internally and externally managed $250 billion portfolio. Senior Portfolio Manager Anne Simpson heads up the initiative in partnership with Dean Steven Currall.
Dean’s Distinguished Speaker – Sandy Weill, Former Chairman/CEO, Citigroup discusses “The Financial Future of Our Country”
An internationally renowned banker, financial industry leader and philanthropist with more than five decades of experience, Weill retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as non-executive chairman until April 18, 2006. Founded 200 years ago, Citigroup is currently the third largest bank holding company in the United States by assets and has the world’s largest financial services network.
In President Obama’s second term, his administration is looking for a greater push toward improving energy technology and responding to climate change. Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis, says funding is “better spent in the area of research & development and fundamental science and not so profitable in supporting existing businesses.”
When investors are shopping around for mutual funds, they have a wealth of data at their fingertips. They know, for instance, how much a given fund charges in management and operational fees (its expense ratio). They also know how a particular fund has performed over various time periods and what type of investments management held as of the most recent reporting date.
A recent academic study by Kimberly Elsbach of UC Davis and Daniel Cable of the London Business School found that workers who are seen at their desks during work hours are more likely to be considered responsible and dependable than telecommuters.
Environmentalists are hoping that by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, they can prevent Canada from developing more of its dirty tar sands oil. Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis, says the only way to keep the oil under the ground is to change the way we live. “Really, truly, it’s a lifestyle issue. We use 18 to 19 million barrels a day of oil in this country,” she said.
The Hidden Cost of Doing Business: Investors know that fees are the enemy of return. But many may not realize the hidden costs incurred by their mutual funds. Interesting article by Barron’s about Associate Professor Roger Edelen’s latest research, revealing the three “invisible” costs that are eroding returns.