Our first Dean’s Distinguished Speaker of the 2016-2017 academic year, Matthew Johnston, CEO of HM.CLAUSE, a global leader in the production and sale of high-quality vegetable seeds tailored to local environments and customers. (November 17, 2016).
HM.CLAUSE has deep roots with UC Davis, collaborating for many years on plant breeding. Most recently, the company funded two undergraduate Ag Major/Tech Management scholarships and a fellowship for an MBA student pursuing a career in agriculture.
Internships are an essential part of the MBA experience because you can hone new skills and try out possible career paths and companies. A third of our Full-Time MBA students were placed in their 2017 summer internships in one day! We thank our alumni and corporate partners for making these opportunities available.
Big data has forever altered the way businesses operate, from marketing and supply chains, to competitive strategy and human resources. A tidal wave of data continues to wash over companies. The challenge is how to harness that flood to make informed decisions that propel firms forward.
John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 team members worldwide.
An internationally renowned banker, financial industry leader and philanthropist with more than five decades of experience, Weill retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as non-executive chairman until April 18, 2006. Founded 200 years ago, Citigroup is currently the third largest bank holding company in the United States by assets and has the world’s largest financial services network.
Professor Brad Barber, an internationally recognized expert in investor behavior, talks about the success students find with a UC Davis MBA. He says, “What I’ve been most proud of is probably the way in which our students navigate those career objectives after leaving UC Davis. I think they’re infused with a sense of community, cooperation and teamwork which makes our graduates attractive to potential employees and also as managers.”
Professor Kimberly Elsbach studies how people see each other as well as their organizations as a whole. She shares the advantages of studying at a nationally ranked business school within a world-class research university. She says, “I hope that my students learn as much from each other as they do from me. I try and create an environment where we can have a discussion about a topic and really explore the underlying questions about why.”
Professor Andrew Hargadon researches and teaches on innovation and entrepreneurship. He describes how he draws from theory and experience to help students figure out how to be successful. “Our MBAs get first-hand glimpses into some of the cutting-edge research happening, and the challenge of trying to figure out the best way to move those ideas out of the laboratory and into the market.”
Professor Prasad Naik discusses how research and teaching complement each other, where students benefit from his research and he benefits from their ideas, input and feedback. “What I teach I bring it back into my research; what I research I bring it back into the classroom. Research and teaching are two sides of the same coin.”