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China’s first agribusiness CEO program was launched in Shanghai on Friday by the University of California Davis and the Shanghai-based CHIC Group.
“We hope the experience of experts from the US will inspire Chinese counterparts,” said Edward Zhu, CEO of CHIC Group, a transnational company involved in food, agriculture, and supply chain management.
The three-day program will tackle questions, including talent recruitment, funding, market expansion, technology innovation, government aid, and systematic management of an agribusiness company.
Alumna Christine Gulbranson Judges Contest to Find the Next Great American Innovator–and Inspire More
Discovery Channel's "The Big Brain Theory" Celebrates Extreme Intelligence, Ingenuity and Talent
By Andy Fell
UC Davis multi-alumna Christine Gulbranson is bringing her talents as a scientist, engineer and investor to a new challenge: She is one of two regular judges on a new reality TV show, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius” which begins an eight-week run on the Discovery Channel on May 1.
Gulbranson MBA 96 said she hopes the show can help get young people excited about in careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s customer service. You don’t normally associate humor with business software, but social and cloud computing juggernaut Salesforce’s new web campaign is very funny. The campaign was created by alumnus Barak Kassar’s creative agency Rassak Experience(San Francisco).
When Rachel Smith met with her first financial adviser, he talked to her like she was five years old. “He was an older guy who was very condescending, and saw me as a young, inexperienced woman who didn’t know anything.” Fortunately, that kind of treatment is becoming less common, as financial advisers wake up to the fact that women control a lot of money and make good clients.
This article about recent stock earnings estimates cites Assistant Professor Anna Scherbina’s research, which showed a link between widely scattered estimates and sub-par future stock returns and earnings growth.
This article reports on Paul Griffin’s recent study “Going Green: Market Reaction to CSR Newswire Releases” in which he found that share prices went up for companies that reported their greenhouse emissions reduction strategies.
“Companies should not be as reluctant as they have been to provide this information because we show that it can be shareholder-positive,” said Griffin. “Our message is that it pays to be green.”
When UC Davis School of Management alumnus Jan-Erik Paino conducted a real estate project on Sacramento, he thought to himself that the best way to learn about the city was to understand its history. While most of the books that he read reiterated the usual Sacramento history, he found one that discussed a small beer brewing business. It was then that Paino’s interest in brewing began.
A pair of California business school researchers has found that companies that disclose greenhouse gas emissions enjoy an immediate rise in stock value and positive returns to shareholders.
“When a company makes a voluntary disclosure of this kind, it signals to the investment community that this is a firm that is environmentally responsible,” Paul Griffin of UC Davis told The Daily Climate, an environmental news source. “Investors are saying they would prefer to invest in an environmentally responsible firm.”
This article about the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cites Professor Brad Barber’s 2000 study “Trading is Hazardous to Your Wealth: The Common Stock Investment Performance of Individual Investors” in which he and co-author Terrance Odean from U.C. Berkeley looked at 10,000 investor accounts and found that the average retail trading decision is usually ‘wrong’ over the course of the following year.
Marketing managers and their companies are better served by spending less on building brand loyalty up front and maintaining a reserve for advertising during a post-crisis period. Further, ad spending after a crisis is more effective in building brand interest than before a crisis.
Since opening in September 2009, Gallagher Hall has been recognized and presented as a case study in excellence for its pioneering, ecofriendly design, and engineering and sustainability features.
The awards and honors include:
What caused corporate bond yields to balloon as the financial crisis deepened in 2007 and 2008?
This article cites Associate Professor Ayako Yasuda’s study “The Behavior of Intoxicated Investors: The Role of Institutional Investors in Propagating the Crisis of 2007-2008,” which found that corporate bonds held by investors that had high exposures to securitized bonds experienced greater price declines in late 2007 and 2008.
This article cites research by Associate Professor Victor Stango in which he estimated the damage to the market value of Woods’ main sponsors caused by revelations of alleged extramarital affairs that surfaced after he was involved in a minor car accident outside his Florida home on November 27.
This article cites Associate Professor Victor Stango’s research that showed that losses related to Tiger Woods’ mistress could cost up to $12 billion to shareholders of his big-money sponsors like Nike, AT&T and Gatorade, a study revealed Monday.
On the 10th anniverary of the founding of Google, ANALYST, the flagship publication of the Institute for Chartered Financial Analysts of India, published in its November issue an interview with Professor Hemant Bhargava about the search engine giant’s business and its “phenomenal rise” as one of the most recognized brands in the world.
The 2006 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing has been awarded to Professor Brad Barber, director of the UC Davis Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility, for his study that explores the motivation and impact of institutional activism by reviewing the stocks on CalPERs Focus List from 1992-2005.
How UC Davis can help make the Sacramento region visible as the fourth economic powerhouse in the state in the league of San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area? Professor Steve Currall is heading up the effort as the chancellor’s senior adviser for strategic projects and initiatives.
Professor David Bunch said the best that consumers can hope for is automation that operates with the same responsiveness — and attractiveness — as the sci-fi, super-smart operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the 2013 movie “Her.” “Would you prefer to speak with Scarlett Johansson?” Bunch asked. “I’d prefer to speak with Scarlett Johansson.”
Research by Professor Kimberly Elsbach, has shown that women are not only more prone to cry at work, but they are also more prone to be judged more harshly, particularly by men, as it makes men uncomfortable.