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Long Fuse, Big Bang of Innovation

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Calls for breakthroughs in science and technology have never been louder, and yet the demand for innovation is made more challenging by public and political misconceptions surrounding where, when and how it happens. Professor Andrew Hargadon uses historical research to advance the understanding of the innovation process. In October, Hargadon was invited to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Environmental Energy Technologies Division’s Distinguished Lecture Series, where he shared his insights with researchers involved in eco-friendly energy technologies.In his talk, “Long Fuse, Big Bang: Thomas Edison, Electricity, and the Locus of Innovation,” Hargadon, who is the founding director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, explained the social and technical context in which electric light, and the modern electric power infrastructure, were born and its implications for managing innovation in science and technology today.

Tedx Sacramento: Rx for Innovation

New, radical, disruptive ideas are the foundation of innovation­—at least that’s the common assumption. But what if that’s wrong? If it’s not the new ideas, what distinguishes those individuals and companies that change the world from those that don’t? Hargadon tackled this question in a TEDx Sacramento talk in December. Looking at the most radical and disruptive idea in modern medicine—the advent of penicillin—Hargadon offered another perspective on what makes innovation work, and what we can do about it.

The Hargadon Files

Since May, Hargadon has partnered with Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate, to feature his blogs. His posts look at the hidden stories behind innovations big and small, going backstage to reveal what works, what doesn’t, and why, in the pursuit of sustaining innovations. Hargadon has commented on GMO-based foods; innovating in brownfield versus greenfield markets; the risk, uncertainty and challenge of sustainable innovation; and electric vehicles and iPhones.

Hargadon was among four “University Players” honored in November as AlwaysOn Power Players in Greentech. AlwaysOn described its first annual top 100 list as “the champions of entrepreneurship who are helping the Global Silicon Valley dominate today’s green technology marketplace.”

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

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(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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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(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.