Boosted by an improving economy, a diminishing glut of wine grapes in California and an uptick in prices, the wine industry is slowly recovering from one of the toughest retail markets in years, according to an annual survey by Prof. Robert Smiley.
September 13, 2004
(Davis, CA)–As applications surge for executive MBA programs across the country, the nationally ranked management school at the University of California, Davis, is bringing its successful program for working professionals to the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Graduate School of Management, with one of only three nationally ranked MBA programs in Northern California, is now recruiting students for the fall of 2005.
The program will be offered through weekend classes at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center, 35 miles east of San Francisco.
(Davis, CA)–Robert Lorber, an internationally recognized expert and published author on executive coaching, performance management and leadership, has been named chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management
“Bob Lorber has the perfect qualifications for this position,” said Dean Nicole Woolsey Biggart, a founding faculty member of the management school.
The big prizes in the UC Davis business-plan competition organized by GSM students went to coastal players in pharmaceuticals and software, but Glycometrix — a Davis-based company developing a cancer test — took home the “People’s Choice” award.
A team of five second-year GSM students literally lit it up at the 40th annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, bringing home a first-place trophy for their success running Vectar Corporation, a maker of energy-efficient light bulbs.
Hosted by the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration, the contest attracted top business students from more than 20 national and international universities.
It’s a friendly competition between top business schools for bragging rights, but the focus is on philanthropy and volunteerism.
Clad in GSM wear and awash with school spirit, more than 60 Graduate School of Management students descended on Stanford University on April 16 – 18, to participate in the MBA Challenge for Charity (C4C) Weekend. They joined more than 1,000 fellow MBA students from UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, USC, the University of Washington and Stanford.
James Stevens has joined the GSM staff as assistant dean of admissions and student services and will oversee program development, student recruitment, student affairs and career services.
Stevens comes to UC Davis from New Haven, Connecticut, where he most recently served as director of admissions at the Yale School of Management.
At Yale, Stevens was responsible for recruiting and enrolling students for the two-year full-time MBA program.
Topics ranging from the impact of supervalue wines to the latest environmental practices in vineyards will be examined March 7 to 11 during the fourth-annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program, a professional development course on the business and science of wine-making held in Sacramento, Calif.
Ning Zhu, an assistant professor of finance at the GSM, and William Goetzmann, professor of finance and management studies at Yale University’s School of Management. find that market makers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange are more averse to risk on overcast days.
Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will speak on “The State of American Business” at a UC Davis event in Sacramento Thursday, Jan. 15. He will address regional business leaders at an invitation-only breakfast meeting of the GSM’s Business Partnership Program.
Wine industry professionals from eight countries working toward a Wine MBA awarded by the Bordeaux Business School in France will study business at UC Davis. For the program, now in its third year, faculty of the Graduate School of Management and the Department of Viticulture and Enology will teach subjects ranging from marketing and merchandising to e-commerce and financial forecasting.
“Two-buck chuck” table wines, low-priced imports and consumers’ increasing taste for inexpensive wines have led to one of the toughest retail markets in years for the wine industry, according to an annual survey by GSM Professor Robert Smiley, a noted wine industry economist.
At a time when major ethical failings by corporate America have eroded public trust, the Graduate School of Management is introducing a mandatory ethics boot camp for all 150 entering MBA students. Students will discuss leadership, values, and individual and corporate responsibility.
“Rip. Mix. Burn.” Innovations in business borrow existing ideas from different worlds, mix them in news ways, and create supportive communities to nurture them to fruition, says Associate Professor Andrew Hargadon, in his book, How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate, published by the Harvard Business School Press.
A biopharmaceutical company developing a breakthrough treatment to prevent the spread of cancer by putting tumor cells on a low-carb diet has won $10,000 in a business plan competition organized by UC Davis MBA students.
A team of second-year students from the Graduate School of Management have returned home to UC Davis with a first-place award from the 39th annual ICBSC International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition held April 10-12 in San Diego.
The GSM team also earned a second-place trophy for the best strategic business plan and annual report. The team’s fictitious company, Cyberdine, Inc., specialized in technology for toy robots.
Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, holder of the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management at the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management, has been appointed dean of the School effective July 1, 2003.
An undergraduate minor in technology management—designed to give engineering and science graduates an edge in today’s high-tech business arena—will be introduced at the GSM this fall. It is the first minor at the UC Davis campus to require students to apply as part of a selective admissions process. For more information, visit the Tech Minor Web page.
The Graduate School of Management and the Department of Viticulture and Enology will present the third-annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program to industry decision-makers from March 9-12, 2003, in Sacramento, Calif. For information, visit the program web site.
( – January 31, 2003)