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CalPERS’ Anne Simpson Stresses Management Responsibility
Corporations Require Accountability for the Exercise of Power

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By most measurable accounts, the modern corporation is a wild success, with products and services that touch every moment of our lives and companies with so much wealth that some are valued at more than the GDP of industrialized nations.

WalMart, for example, posted $444 billion in net sales last year, slightly more than the GDP of Norway. Apple has a value greater than the GDP of Poland, and selling the company at its market value of about $490 billion would more than pay off Greece’s crisis-causing debt.

In the News

Davis Roots Aims to Boost Business Startups in Davis via UCD Connections

For years, the University of California, Davis, has turned out a steady stream of young entrepreneurs, many of whom take their talents, and their ventures, to the startup-rich Bay Area. Anthony Costello and Professor Andrew Hargadon, two business experts with deep Davis ties, want to see more of those fledgling enterprises stay nearer to the nest.

In the News

700 Expected to Attend CleanStart/AgStart Showcase

More than 700 people are expected to attend the combined CleanStart and AgStart Showcase on Oct. 16 at the McClellan Conference Center.

Put on by the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance, the daylong showcase will feature speakers, presentations by promising companies and discussions about growing businesses.

University of California Davis Professor Andrew Hargadon will give a presentation on entrepreneurship.

Innovator Article

Jim Olson Helps Students Hone Their “Leadership DNA”
Veteran Silicon Valley Executive Named Robert A. Fox Executive–In–Residence

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By Tim Akin

For Jim Olson, leadership is a lot like tennis. We bring our natural athletic and mental tendencies to the game, we learn the fundamentals, we have mentors, we study the pros, and we apply it all on the court, looking to improve our performance.

As this year’s Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Olson has put the tennis analogy into play in his winter quarter course, Game-Changing Leadership: One Size Fits One, to help MBA students better understand, develop and apply their “leadership DNA.”

Innovator Article

Obstacles to Innovation
Moving Beyond The "Rule Of Thumb"

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By Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart

Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart studies organizational theory, management of innovation, and economic and organizational sociology. She is the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency and the director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. In this article, adapted from her blog, she draws on a recent collaboration with UC Davis sociologist Thomas Beamish to examine why some industries struggle to innovate their processes and adapt more efficient technologies.

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“Evangelist of Entrepreneurship” Carl Schramm to Teach Burn the Business Plan
Named Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professor

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By Sarah Colwell and Tim Akin

Carl Schramm, one of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth, will teach at the Graduate School of Management, thanks to a recent gift from the Arthur & Carlyse Ciocca Charitable Foundation.

Schramm, former president and chief executive officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is the inaugural holder of the Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Visiting Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He will teach at the School this spring quarter, which begins in March.