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Full-Time MBA Gains 10 Spots in Poets & Quants Ranking
UC Davis one of the "big winners" in rankings composite
UC Davis one of the “big winners” in composite of five most influential business school rankings in the world: U.S.News & World Report, Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, The Financial Times and The Economist.
The Shazam Effect
Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits.
Associate Professor Greta Hsu, who has done research on genre-blending in Hollywood, says that although mixing music categories is risky, hybrids can become standout successes, because they appeal to multiple audiences as being somehow both fresh and familiar.
The number of female CEOs in California’s largest 400 public companies grew by one person this year – from 13 to 14 – according to a new study from the University of California, Davis.
According to a UC Davis Graduate School of Management study, women hold only 11.5 percent of the board director and highest-paid executive positions at the 400 largest public companies with headquarters in California. That’s barely half a percentage point over last year, and a virtually flat trend line during the decade that we have been tracking the representation of women in these key decision-making roles. There is only one woman for every eight men in these top posts.
An annual study from UC Davis finds women hold less than 12 percent of the highest-paid executive positions and board seats in California’s 400 largest public companies. Only 14 of those companies have female CEO’s and the median salary for top male executives is about $500,000 higher than the median for top female executives.
Our 2014 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders show that San Francisco is a bit of a star. Among counties with at least 20 corporations, San Francisco had the highest percentage of female board directors (17 percent), while Los Angeles had the lowest (7.7 percent).
Startup Co-Founder’s Advice to Women: ‘It’s Not Actually That Hard’
Startup co-founder and PhD candidate Jeni Lee may be busy, but she always makes time to do things she's passionate about - Sacramento Business Journal
Lee is well aware of what it takes to make a successful pitch for a company. The startup she co-founded won the 2013 University of California Davis Graduate School of Management Big Bang Business Plan Competition. She’s a biomedical engineer studying tissue and cartilage regeneration.
“Whether it’s needed or not needed, that’s not going to stop people from handling this as a political issue,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis. “At this point in time, we have left the subject of the commercial value of the Keystone pipeline. That is no longer what is at stake.”
“We could see gasoline prices in the high 2s,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis. Several factors are likely to get prices there, Jaffe said. Oil production in the United States — driven by the nation’s shale oil boom — is increasing….
Amy Myers Jaffe advises consumers to pay more attention to international news. “My opinion is, barring a major catastrophe in the Middle East, oil will drop to $50 a barrel, and gasoline prices are going to get even lower than they are now.” She adds that once there’s a technology breakthrough regarding the efficiency and cost of battery storage, alternative energy sources like solar and wind power will come into their own as energy industries.
Don’t Let the News Lead You to a Loss
Trading shares in a company based on the latest headlines is a big mistake
Be careful trading Alibaba, warns Associate Professor Anna Scherbina in her U.S.News blog. Her research shows that trading shares based on breaking news is a big mistake.
Q&A with Professor Nicole Biggart, director of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, on energy-efficiency technology for the home. Also, WalletHub ranks California 4th overall for energy efficient states, based on homes and cars.
By Karen Nikos-Rose
Ann Huff Stevens, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Economics and the director of the university’s Center for Poverty Research, has been appointed interim dean of the Graduate School of Management effective October 1, 2014.
Even absent regulation, the market rewards and punishes companies for their willingness to disclose climate risks, says Professor Paul Griffin, “There are a number of studies to indicate that it’s in the price. The overall effect from voluntary company disclosures was positive…Companies that do not disclose can get penalized; they are signaling by non-disclosure they may have something to hide.”
More Parents Foot the Bill for Business School
M.B.A.s Aim to Minimize Debt to Keep Career Options Open
Parental Investment in MBA: Wall St. Journal story quotes Assistant Dean James Stevens and new UC Davis MBA student Rahul Churiwal. Stevens says nearly half of 48 first-year Full-Time MBA students are receiving some financial help from their parents, according to an informal poll, which follows a nationwide trend.
Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability for UC Davis, is quoted in a story about how deepening ties between Exxon and Russia run counter to U.S. efforts to punish Putin.
Story about why the Napa Valley earthquake is unlikely to affect wine prices quotes Graduate School of Management alumna Alison Crowe MBA 10, who is the winemaker at Garnet Vineyards, and Robert Smiley, an emeritus professor and former dean of the School.
One common investing myth is that investment clubs are a source of sound investment advice. A study from UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Brad Barber showed that 60 percent of investment clubs underperform the market. The average club underperformed a broad market index by 3 percent per year.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Kimberly Elsbach is quoted in The New York Times about flex time at work. She said companies need to raise awareness of this hidden bias toward working long hours in the office and show widespread and uniform support for flexible scheduling. Otherwise, “people who telecommute are going to be unfairly penalized,” she said.
Professor Andrew Hargadon dispels the myth of the lone inventor: “Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and now their modern counterparts were able to create one breakthrough after another because they built innovation strategies around recombining existing technologies rather than inventing new ones.” In this innovation-as-building-block view of the world, building blocks don’t ever get used up.