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Robert H. Smiley
Professor Emeritus, Former Dean and Director of Wine Industry Programs

Professor Robert Smiley is Director of Wine Industry Programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and Dean and Professor Emeritus of Management. He earned both a B.S. in engineering and an M.S. in business economics from UCLA; in 1973, he received his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Before joining UC Davis, Professor Smiley was on the faculty at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Dr. Smiley is an authority on competitive strategy, economics and economic trends, industrial structure, public policy analysis, antitrust policy and regulation and has been a consultant to a variety of public – and private-sector businesses, including Unisys Corporation, IBM, General Motors, American Express, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Attorney General of the State of California and McCaw Cellular Communications. He was previously a member of the board of directors of Cakebread Cellars and Delicato Family Vineyards among others, and is currently a member of the Executive Leadership Board of the U C Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology.

During his tenure as Dean, from 1989 to 2003, the Graduate School of Management moved into the ranking of top 50 MBA programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. Under his leadership, the School successfully launched its MBA Program for Working Professionals that now has more than 430 students in two locations, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He also launched the Business Partnership Program, which counts more than 50 regional companies supporting management education at the School.

Dr. Smiley is a noted wine industry economist who studies global and national trends in the industry. He conducts an annual survey of wine industry CEOs and  presents his research and findings at industry symposiums and conferences. Professor Smiley is also a Member of the Board of Calpine Containers.


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