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BioWare Sacramento, a social gaming company started by GSM Alum Mark Otero (‘07) is Comstocks Magazine’s May feature story. Thriving in a social gaming market that will reach an estimated $1.25 billion in 2011, Otero tells BioWare Sacramento’s story of bootstrapping, developing the vision and following his dream.

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Alumnus Creates Energy Bar Inspired by Brewing Beer

UC Davis GSM Alumnus Christian D’Souza, CEO of BRU Company LLC, energizes Davis athletes and students alike with BRUBAR energy bars. The bars, which are all natural and vegan, combine usual energy bar ingredients with ingredients comparable to those in craft-brewed beer. “[When] I realized that similar ingredients went into both craft-brewed beer and energy bars, I wanted to take that idea further and develop an energy bar that has a malty craft-brew characteristic,” D’Souza said.

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Mobile Number Portability: Pros and Cons

In a cover story for one of India’s leading business magazines, Professor Hemant Bhargava explores the impact of the recently adopted Mobile Number Portability (MNP) policy in India and how it will change the purchase behavior of mobile subscribers and the product and marketing strategies of mobile operators.

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10 Business Schools That Lead to Jobs

UC Davis is ranked among the top 10 business schools in the U.S. with the highest proportion of students who found jobs after graduating in 2010. The Graduate School of Management’s 93% placement rate three months after graduation puts it among the top 1% of all AACSB accredited business schools.

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M.B.A. Programs Focus on Project Management

Dean Steven Currall offers insight on the ever-changing needs of employers. “Employers tend to feel that the M.B.A. graduates are strong [in] technical business areas like finance and accounting and quantitative analysis,” Currall says. “[But], they want more team management, leadership, strategic thinking skills, and project management skills.” The UC Davis Graduate School of Management curriculum was recently overhauled to incorporate such needs.

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UC Davis Study Finds Insiders Earned $2 Billion Trading Faltering Companies’ Stock

Inside traders at public U.S. companies made nearly $2 billion from 2000 to 2007, according to the study led by Paul Griffin, a professor in UCD’s Graduate School of Management. The study tracked insider stock transactions that occurred during or near 1,718 first-time disclosures of debt covenant violations by companies. Statistical analysis showed that insiders sold stock one to two months ahead of market declines preceding a disclosure, and bought shares one to two months ahead of market recovery.

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UC Davis Ranks High for its MBA Program

The University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been recognized as one of the nation’s best. The program was ranked among the top 6 percent of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-accredited programs nationwide.

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Winners and Losers in the U.S. News Rankings

The biggest winners this year? The University of California at Davis and Texas Christian’s Neeley School of Business, both of which gained 14 places. Davis’ B-school moved up to 28th place from 47th, while Neeley jumped to 80 from 94. Davis’ gains allowed it to pull ahead of rival California at Irvine’s Merage School of Business, which fell four spots to 40th place this year.

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Viewpoints: Diversity is imperative to keep California businesses competitive

Diversity in the workplace is no longer something that would be nice to have. It is a competitive imperative. In this opinion editorial citing the findings of the 2010 UC Davis study of women business leaders, Kim Box of the Sacramento Bee compares diversity to a secret weapon to be exploited in order to build the most successful organizations.

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The High Price of Crying on the Job

Professor Kim Elsbach’s research is cited in a discussion of the negative perception of crying in the workplace. Elsbach said women who cried felt awful about doing so and, instead of using crying to manipulate, would have done anything to stop the flow of tears. Some women even felt the tears were damaging to their career prospects. Bosses, meanwhile, often feel uncomfortable and unsure what to do when faced with a weepy employee.

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UC Davis Revamping MBA Program

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s update of its internationally ranked MBA program curriculum further integrates globalization, responsible business ethics and sustainability to better reflect the current needs of the business world.

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UC Davis Management Grad School’s in Top 10% of MBA Programs Worldwide

The University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management has again been ranked in the top 10 percent of accredited business schools in the world and is No. 1 for the percentage of female faculty, according to new rankings compiled by the Financial Times of London. The Times’ global MBA ratings placed the UC Davis MBA program 43rd among MBA programs in the United States and 83rd globally. The UCD school also ranked in the top 10 percent of schools worldwide in last year’s ratings by the Financial Times.

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Entrepreneurs Fuel the Innovation Ecosystem

“Entrepreneurs build networks that didn’t exist before,” says Prof. Andrew Hargadon, director of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship, in an interview with the editor of North Carolina State University’s Center for Innovation Management Studies Technology Management Report (p. 6-9).  Hargadon has been researching the innovation process since 1996 when CIMS helped to fund his dissertation on technology brokering.

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