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Google’s China Challenge

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Google’s confrontation with the Chinese government over search engine results and user data won the web giant public relations points—and ultimately allowed it to remain active in China. Until Google’s stand, Western Internet firms acquiesced to the Chinese government’s censorship demands.

“These laws ostensibly cover things such as vulgar content, but in practice involve suppression of ‘subversive’ content (typically, content of political nature),” Professor Hemant Bhargava said in a commentary in the March issue of Chartered Financial Analyst, a leading business magazine in India.

In the end, China renewed Google’s license after the company removed the automatic link to its uncensored Hong Kong search engine and provided users a clickable link. “Google is standing up to China, but not getting out,” explained Bhargava, a leading expert on web search advertising. “With this move, Google is able to maintain its principles while preserving presence and the option to play a long-term role in the Chinese market.”

E-Medical Records Not the Silver Bullet for Health Care Reform

The introduction of electronic medical records in hospitals and clinics—dubbed the “silver bullet” of health care reform—appears to have uneven effects on physicians’ productivity, according to a first of its kind study by Professor Bhargava. “Our research emphasizes that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ design does not work—the ideal technology design should vary by physicians’ requirements and work-flow demands,” said Bhargava.

Bhargava and Abhay Mishra, an assistant professor of health administration at Georgia State University, and research assistant Shuang Liu, a UC Davis Ph.D. candidate in applied mathematics, analyzed the impact the technology had on physician productivity at the UC Davis Health System from 2003-2006, when a Clinical Information Technologies project was installed and implemented. The system digitizes patient records and allows for electronic prescriptions, messaging and web-based scheduling. The federal government has set aside $19.2 billion in stimulus funds to help pay for such conversions.

Bhargava and his co-researcher studied about 100 physicians in three specialties (internal medicine, pediatrics, and family practitioners) at six primary care clinics. They found that internal medicine units became somewhat more productive while pediatricians experienced a slight drop in productivity. Productivity rates for family practice doctors were inconclusive. While the study was limited to the impact of electronic record-keeping on productivity, much research still needs to be done on how it affects patients, Bhargava said.

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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

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UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

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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.