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“It is not a stretch to say it galvanized all of the working knowledge we have gained from the MBA program so far.”
The SIMS student team speaks about their experience working on this Integrated Management Project for SIMS Recycling Solutions

The experience of working with a team on a UC Davis GSM Integrated Management Project was invaluable.  It is not a stretch to say it galvanized all of the working knowledge we have gained from the MBA program so far. The initial scope of the project started as one thing, but it did evolve.  Our client’s original starting point depended on the integration of a newly acquired division.  That alone demonstrates how “real-world” the experience truly was.  A client’s own internal priorities can change depending on many factors.

While ours was a very research-laden and data-driven assignment, our GSM faculty leadership helped us to rise above the fray.  We translated our new-found expertise into valuable insights.  Though we had not worked together before, our team found a rhythm that empowered each member to contribute according to his or her individual strengths.  In the end, the caliber of our final product was easily as high if not higher than one would expect from an industry-specific consultant. It was a rigorous exercise, but a fantastic experience with many lessons that will help as we navigate our own careers after graduation.

- Sims Recycling Team – Sukhanya Rajan, Vickie Sherman, Sandeep Deshpande, Pria Kamal, Nathan Lubetkin


“Valuable Lessons not only from a Business Perspective, but also from a Teamwork and Leadership Perspective”
The IMPACT student team speaks about their time working with Nephosity

Working in the consulting project for startup Nephosity left us with very valuable lessons not only from a business perspective, but also from a teamwork and leadership perspective.

Learning about an industry new to most of us was like drinking from the fire hose. We knew there was no way we were going to become experts in the medical imaging industry in such a short period of time, but with the power of our “collective brain” we certainly learnt enough to be “dangerous”. As a result, we were able to provide Nephosity with a business model recommendation and a 5 year growth plan for the startup.

Professor Lowe’s high standards of excellence set a high bar for our team to meet. It was clear that priority one was to meet our client’s business needs and expectations.

Figuring out the market size, how the startup could generate revenue and go to market, estimating costs and determining the investment needed to grow the company into a profitable business, plus keeping our client informed on project status and incorporating his feedback as more information became available was not an easy job.

Some of the things we learnt from the experience were the importance of having clear goals and expectations, open communication and overcoming the challenges of forming a geographically disperse team. Willingness to change directions based on feedback, dedication and collaboration from every team member, and determination to succeed motivated us to pass through the raging waves and to generate the final deliverables.

- Team Nephosity – Chinmay Sheth, Tim Murray, Graciela Casebeer, Erich Olson, Cliff McEnery, Marc Lowe, Shamson Wong


Our Industry Experts
World Renowned Faculty and Wine Business Experts

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Led by a mix of renowned UC Davis faculty and industry thought-leaders, the rigorous curriculum includes in-depth sessions on marketing, financial management, winemaking fundamentals, cost analysis and control, vineyard and winery operations and management, the latest in grape and wine research, and legal issues in the wine industry.

The intimate classroom environment and interaction give you the opportunity to network with your peers and tap the expertise of our speakers.


UC Davis Symposium on Financial Institutions & Intermediaries 2012

This is the second annual symposium on financial institutions and intermediaries.  Co-chaired by Professor Yasuda and Professor Edelen, this year’s symposium features guests from around the world to discuss key topics on private equity.


After Completing Your Degree
Information for students who have completed degree requirements

General Timeline

  • 4 weeks after the end of the quarter
    All grades are confirmed and your name is included on the final degree list sent to the Office of the University Registrar. We confirm with you at this time your name was on the final degree list. If you need to print letters for employer reimbursement, you should do so immediately since your access will be cancelled within 10 days of receiving an email confirming degree requirements have been met.
  • 8 weeks after the end of the quarter

Andrew Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management / Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship / Founder and Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Founding Director, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center

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UC Davis MBA students experience firsthand what it takes for an idea to become a product in the market. They emerge having actually built businesses from the ground up, and developed close and lasting relationships with faculty, their peers and the entrepreneurial community both on and off the campus.


Kimberly D. Elsbach
Professor of Organizational Behavior / Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership

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Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.