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Measuring Morale at Hewlett-Packard
Faculty-Alumna Study Chronicles Employee Distrust

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Faculty Focus • by Robert Preer

In her 15 years at Hewlett-Packard, alumna Amy Stroud ’93 had seen employee engagement plunge at the Silicon Valley–based information technology giant. A series of controversies, cutbacks and rapid CEO turnover had left staff wary of company leadership. HP had gone from the top 10 of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” to dropping off the list.

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New Program Launched: Master of Professional Accountancy
Degree Meets New Education Requirements for CPA Candidates

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School News • by Karen Nikos

The Graduate School of Management will become the first University of California school to offer a master’s degree in professional accountancy (MPAc)—a response to major changes in educational requirements and the resulting need for improved training of certified public accountants in California.


Ninth Annual Napa Conference on Financial Markets Research

The Graduate School of Management continued its partnership with the Financial Management Association International to co-host the Ninth Annual Napa Conference on Financial Markets Research from April 20 & 21, at the Cakebread Winery in Napa Valley.

Thirty top scholars—from Rice University, New York University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and other leading institutions—discussed subjects ranging from the effects risk taking has on financial conglomerates and the financial crisis of 2008 to how journalists impact asset prices.


Post-crisis: A Call for New System of Global Governance

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Professor Nicole Biggart, director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, was among 30 distinguished scholars and policy makers attending the first Globalization TrendLab Conference at The Wharton School in April. Their objective: a multidisciplinary inquiry into some of society’s most pressing systemic disruptions.

Using the financial crisis as a launching pad, the group discussed the housing bubble, debating whether the crisis stemmed from bad policies and misguided regulations, or whether deeper institutional change and new financial instruments are necessary.


Seller’s Remorse Leads to Irrational Stock Buybacks

Investors are far from rational: They are often guided by emotions such as regret, disappointment, pride and contentment rather than an objective assessment of the facts.

Professor Brad Barber, a leading expert on investor psychology, joined with Terrance Odean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Michal Strahilevitz of the Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University to investigate how individual traders’ market experiences affect their purchasing behavior.


CSI in the Real World

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Associate Professor Beth Bechky, an expert in organizational behavior, recently spent 18 months studying the impact of the intersection of science and law at a forensic laboratory. She presented her preliminary findings to a diverse group of scholars at a workshop on “Forensic Performances: Tracing Crime, Constructing Evidence” at UC Davis in October.