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Dancer…Teacher…Volunteer…Entrepreneur…Leader. Full-time MBA student Venita Sivamani named one of Poets & Quants top MBAs to watch.
“Many companies use a strategy of acquisitions to import innovation into the firm,” former Dean and Professor Steven Currall says. “Those acquisitions can bolster short-term financial metrics, and the CEO can be rewarded on the basis of this acquisition strategy. This has troubling implications because it’s diminishing our country’s leadership and innovation.”
We are proud to be among the more than 45 business schools that have committed to a national initiative to help women succeed throughout school and their careers, and to build a business school experience that prepares students for the workforce of tomorrow.
Ashwin Thirunahari thinks he can improve on the amount of whole grains Americans eat. He invented a food product that earned him the $3,000 Award for Innovation in Food & Agriculture in this year’s Big Bang Business Competition at the Graduate School of Management.
With the lifting of sanctions, Iranians may find it harder than they expected to bump up oil production, Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis executive director for energy and sustainability, tells The New York Times.
(DAVIS, CA) With more than $300 billion in assets under management, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is a heavyweight institutional investor on Wall Street and beyond. Part of the challenges for the CalPERS board is keeping up to date on the latest trends and knowledge in pension fund investment, governance and benefits administration. The Graduate School of Management is offering its expertise to help the board members stay current.
Innovations in Food Sweep 2015 Big Bang! Business Competition
Nearly $40,000 Awarded to Promising Startups
Scrumpt, a startup that delivers low-cost, healthy lunches and nutritious snacks via mail to elementary school children, took the $10,000 first prize in the 2015 Big Bang! Business Competition during the Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony at the UC Davis Conference Center this evening.
Five finalists—out of more than 50 teams in this year’s competition—pitched their ventures to the audience before prizes were announced.
Many of the ventures focus on innovations in food delivery—the how, what and when we eat for optimal nutrition and minimal waste.
A team of our Business Development Fellows, UC Davis MBAs and their Zambian colleagues has built a company around simple technologies and practices that help farmers to avoid losses and grow more crops. Zasaka has taken off since winning both the People’s Choice award and the Ag and Food Innovation prize in last year’s Big Bang! Business Competition
Professor Hemant Bhargava on SiriusXM says the Verizon-AOL deal represents further vertical consolidation in media and communications–big players are covering all the pieces, the pipes and the content.
Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Vivek Ranadive, tech leader and owner of the Sacramento Kings, in a rare public appearance, shared his vision on the five forces to harness for business success.
Alibaba has no female board directors, which could be a factor why an inappropriate job description like this gets posted. Alibaba’s lack of women directors mirrors the findings of our UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders, cited in this article.
One Way Business Schools Attract Black Students: With Black Students
As corporations seek to hire more minorities, business schools continue to lag way behind on diversity measures
Business school deans and admissions officers say they’re doing all they can, that their student populations reflect their applicant pool and that they can’t admit students who don’t apply or who aren’t qualified. At UC Davis, our Full-Time MBA program ranks 6th in U.S. with one of the highest percentages of Hispanic students entering in the class of 2014.
Taking One for the Team: Professor Don Palmer’s study of Tour de France dopers shows that loyal cheaters can lead organizations to promote wrongdoing. “This means that the right response against wrongdoing is not more organizational control of what people do, but less pressure to win,” writes Palmer’s long-time colleague Henrich Greve of INSEAD in Singapore.
Energy expert, Amy Myers Jaffe, speaks during the Houston Chronicle editorial board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Houston. Jaffee is the UC Davis Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability, with affiliation at the Graduate School of Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies.
Business schools were surveyed by over 10,000 current and former business school students about their programs to find which places offer the best quality of education — schools where students have access to relevant, interesting and challenging courses taught by qualified professors — and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is No.21 in having the best quality of education.
UC Davis recently won 18 awards for its work in marketing and communications, alumni relations, and development — including a grand gold for the grand finale to The Campaign for UC Davis. UC Davis came home with six gold, six silver and five bronze Awards of Excellence, plus the grand gold, from the District VII conference in March.
Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations, described the conference as a “major milestone for UC Davis,” noting how representatives from other universities stated that “UC Davis is a force to be reckoned with.”
Sandia National Laboratories’ Twistact and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Optimization of Building Efficiency projects were selected today as the Livermore Valley Site’s participants in the Energy Department’s LabCorps pilot program. Program partners include the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In this op-ed, Professor Steve C. Currall writes that many pundits give President Obama’s budget proposal little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Congress. The House and Senate budget blueprints have set the stage for a likely veto struggle. But while dysfunctional, hyper-partisanship may continue to rule Washington, at least one important part of the budget is cause for hope: federal investments in science and technology innovation. There are encouraging signs that America’s innovation ecosystem will get a bipartisan boost this year.
A crumb-free keyboard isn’t the only benefit of eating lunch away from the computer. Taking the time to step away for lunch could greatly enhance one’s work ethic, according to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis.
University of California at Davis’ Graduate School of Management has partnered with the San Francisco-based University of California Hastings Colleges of the Law to offer a concurrent JD/MBA program. The new JD/MBA can be completed in four years, rather than the five years it would take to complete both degrees separately. It’s aimed at participants whose career paths are on the intersection between law and business.