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)