Bold Call for “STIM-NOVATION” in the Obama Administration

As President-elect Obama shapes his ideas and package to stimulate the economy, Dean Nicole Woolsey Biggart traveled to Washington D.C. in December to participate in a high-level, day-long conference titled “How Will the Obama Administration and New Congress Support Innovation amid an Economic Crisis?”

Sponsored by the University of California Davis, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Information Technology and Innovation Institute, the December 1 forum featured leaders from industry and academia exploring the role of the federal government in investing in innovation policies that promote jobs, new technologies and advances in such things as energy independence and sustainability.

As a sign of the strong interest the topic is generating in the current political environment, more than 120 professionals from across the country attended the conference, representing various sectors of business, technology, Congress and academia. Biggart participated as both a panelist and a moderator. She served on the opening panel titled, “Rebuilding the U.S. Innovation System,” and led a discussion on “Overcoming Political and Economic Obstacles: Can the U.S. Create a World-Class Innovation System?”

PRiME Time at U.N. Headquarters

Biggart went straight from Washington D.C. to New York City to join more than 260 academic leaders, as well as representatives of business, civil society and the United Nations, gathered at U.N. Headquarters on December 4-5 for the First Global Forum for Responsible Management Education. The Forum was organized by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat and hosted by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with the Research Center on the Global Compact at the Levin Institute of International Relations and Commerce of New York.

The two-day Forum highlighted the role of corporate responsibility in management education, presenting both practice cases and new research from leading institutions. The outcome statement adopted at the Forum stressed the critical role of business schools as “agents of change” and pledged to place environmental, social and governance issues at the core of curriculum development for management education.

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management was one of the first 100 business schools in the world, and one of the first 20 in the U.S., to officially adopt the U.N.’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a framework for academic institutions to advance corporate social responsibility through curricula and research.