General information

Case Study: Genentech
Learning ways to accelerate and manage innovation

Image of Case Study: Genentech

Seeking to bring the plant’s management team together to develop common skills and learn ways to accelerate and manage innovation, Genentech called on the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. The firm has been a GSM Business Partner since 1998. Alumnus Scott Zimmerman ’04, associate director of the plant’s Business Operations Support Group, reached out to partner with the School to craft a customized executive education program. He sought to tap the expertise of internationally renowned leaders in organizational behavior and innovation management who he learned from while earning his UC Davis MBA.

“We wanted to be more thoughtful with our training and development dollars for our leadership team,” said Zimmerman. More often than not, he said, plant managers who attended professional conferences in their fields haven’t been able to share that knowledge with others effectively.

On February 17-18, the 40-member extended leadership team of Genentech’s Vacaville plant spent two full days together at the School. Professor Andrew Hargadon, director of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship, led sessions on managing innovation and creativity, building networks and using entrepreneurial strategies to help Genentech become more flexible and agile. Professor Kimberly Elsbach followed with role-playing exercises to help the managers sell new ideas to employees. Driving home these concepts, Professor Donald Palmer focused on ways leaders can motivate and build a commitment to change. Read more.

Genentech is working with the UC Davis Executive Education Program on a second custom program, to be conducted in January 2012.

Commands

Twitter Feed

Loading tweets...

News Release

UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

Image of UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Spotlight Story

Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

Image of Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?

My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.

Spotlight Story

MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT
Projects Put Business Needs Front and Center

Image of MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT

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.

Spotlight Story

UC Davis Part-Time MBA in Top 8%, Full-Time MBA in Top 9%
U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings: This marks the 19th consecutive year our MBA program has been ranked among the best in the nation.

Image of  UC Davis Part-Time MBA in Top 8%, Full-Time MBA in Top 9%

(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.