The avalanche of accounting and fraud scandals that have shaken corporate America in recent years have made it painfully and publicly clear: for some, the end can justify unethical and even illegal means if the stakes are high enough.
Organizations come in many forms, from more traditional, formal hierarchies such as corporations and government departments, to less hierarchical, project-based organizations such as theater, commercial construction sites and film production sets. The latter, referred to as “temporary organizations,” have proven more flexible and capable of accomplishing objectives efficiently and successfully under intense time constraints.
Technology Ventures: From Idea to Opportunity (McGraw-Hill, 2005), a full-length textbook by Professor Emeritus Richard Dorf and Professor Tom Byers of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, has shot to number one in sales this year in the market segment that includes engineering schools and engineering management programs in business schools. “This is quite a feat considering this is the first edition of the book, and it usually takes the production of three separate editions before a book becomes the leader in the market,” explains McGraw-Hill representative Suzanne Jeans.
Associate Professor Andrew Hargadon’s book How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth about How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 2003) is one of 12 books from a field of more than 90 candidates that have been selected for the first global book club focused on innovation. A group of senior innovation leaders chose the books based on their power to stimulate thought and practical application.
Professor Kimberly Elsbach’s new book, Organizational Perception Management (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) was published in April. Her work summarizes research findings from the relatively new domain of study called “organizational perception management” (OPM), which examines how organization spokespersons influence audiences’ perceptions of their organizations in light of both good and bad events (e.g., an organizational innovation or an organizational scandal).
Professor Paul Griffin served as an expert witness in the Federal Court of Claims case, Bank of America v. The United States, 2005. In this precedent-setting case Bank of America sued the federal government for taxes it might pay on breach-of-contract damages. This breach was the result of federal regulations instigated following the deregulation of the savings and loan industry in the early 1980s. Griffin weighed in significantly on the court’s decision to not allow Bank of America to collect the additional taxes as damages.
Professor Anand Swaminathan, a specialist in organizational theory and strategy, joined forces with Professor Arturs Kalnins of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and Professor Will Mitchell of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business to study how a small, multi-unit organization benefits from information gathered from other markets in which it competes.
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s 24th Commencement in June marked an important milestone. Among the more than 100 graduates was the School’s 2000th alumnus.
At the June 17 ceremony, keynote speaker William Sullivan, president and CEO of Agilent Technologies (right), congratulated the new UC Davis MBAs for earning their degrees from one of the best business schools in the nation.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark
Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.