Tony Lawson piloted drones over a tsunami-devastated Japan and flew refueling planes during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In July, he retired his nine-year tour with the U.S. Air Force for another mission: a UC Davis MBA.
Lawson has experienced some culture shock as a first-year Full-Time MBA student, but welcomes the change. He marvels at the School’s cultural diversity and his fellow students’ varied life experiences compared to the Air Force’s homogeneity.
Product rollouts, marketing plans, quarterly reports- at the end of the day, who’s got time for executive education? Many leaders feel that spending time on professional development is a chore, yet a necessary part of managing their teams and staying cutting-edge. We recognize that it’s important to stay at the top of the game in a competitive marketplace, and when companies decide to enroll their teams in an executive education program, they want to learn tactics that are immediately relevant and useful. Our goal is to help leaders be better at what they do by fitting the learning experience seamlessly into their environment.
Robert Smiley is a professor emeritus of management and served as dean of the Graduate School of Management from 1989 to 2003. He is co-director with David Block of Viticulture & Enology Program (V&E) of the UC Davis Wne Executive Program to be held March 26 -29.
Responding to Industry Challenges
The wine industry is experiencing major change in response to both market conditions and consumer demand. Recently, the industry has become more professional, in the sense that senior managers are better trained–they realize what they don’t know. Companies bring in people from other industries to run different parts of the firm. It’s a dynamic, booming industry, but it faces specific challenges. We recently had a bad crop year; going forward we’ll see shortages of grapes simply because we’re not planting as much as we should. We’ll go from a surplus situation in the last five years to a shortage situation in the next five years.
The question is: will consumers stay with California wines if they can’t find them at a certain price or on discount, or will they turn to European or out of state wines?
Carnelian by the Bay (on the Embarcadero)
1 Ferry Plaza
At this unique networking event, Professor Kimberly Elsbach, the Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership, will share her expertise in effective leadership through examination of two different cases.
Following the dynamic discussion, we will honor the UC Davis Graduate School of Management Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Achievement and Outstanding Service Award winner, Mark Otero ‘07.
A UC Davis study finds that it pays to be green, as companies that are open about their greenhouse gas emissions and carbon reduction strategies see stock values rise.
Graduate School of Management Professor Paul Griffin and his co-author, Yuan Sun of UC Berkeley, tracked stock prices of firms around the time these companies voluntarily issued press releases disclosing carbon emission information. In the days after the press releases were issued, the companies saw their stock prices increase significantly, Griffin and Sun found.
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.