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Mirroring our “concept and practicality” philosophy, UC Davis Executive Education draws on the best and the brightest to lead Custom Program participants in the classroom.

Our instructors are selected from OUR world-renowned UC DAVIS faculty and high-profile industry leaders

These thought leaders are our “feet on the street,” giving participants real-world application and context for what they’ve learned. All instructors are selected based on relevance; our end game is to provide you with the content you need to improve your team. Below you’ll find a list of some highlighted faculty and industry leaders who have participated in custom programs in the past.

Our Experts

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Brad M. Barber
Associate Dean / Professor of Finance

Course Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

Research Expertise: Finance, investments and financial markets, corporate financial policy, market for corporate control, analyst recommendations, investor behavior

Consulting: Litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust, lost profits cases


Gallagher Hall
Room 3218
(530) 752-0512
(530) 752-2924 Fax
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Steven C. Currall
Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategic Projects and Initiatives, Professor of Management

Research Expertise: Organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, trust and negotiation, corporate governance


Mrak Hall, Room 519, UC Davis
(530) 752-7272
(530) 752-6940
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Kimberly D. Elsbach
Associate Dean and Professor of Organizational Behavior

“Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.”


  • The Individual & Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation in Organizations
  • Business Policy and Strategy

Research Expertise: Leadership in organizations; perception and management of individual and organizational images; identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
  • M.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa
  • B.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa

Fast Facts

  • International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and National Champion Masters Swimmer
  • Past UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Globally visible expert in organizational behavior

Professor Kimberly Elsbach focuses her research on the acquisition and maintenance of organizational images, identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity. She also teaches and studies negotiation skills in competitive business environments. Her research provides a framework for communicating with shareholders, customers and employees in the immediacy of a reputation crisis and through long-term recovery. In papers published in the Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Journal, Elsbach showed how Hollywood movie and television producers judge the creativity of people pitching story ideas.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3306
(530) 752-0910
(530) 752-2924 Fax
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Andrew B. Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management

Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies

Professor Andrew Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3316
(530) 752-2277
(530) 752-2924 Fax
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Amy Myers Jaffe
UC Davis Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis, with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). At ITS-Davis, Jaffe leads research on comparative pathways for alternative fuels for the Next STEPS program (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways).

Ph (530) 752-8074
Cell (713) 384-9588

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