The GSM has a business class called the International Study Trip (IST). The class is offered twice a year, during the winter and summer quarters. During the quarter, the class studies a country — the culture, the businesses, and the business practices. Each student sets up at least one business meeting abroad. At the end of the quarter, the class culminates in a 2 week trip to the country to visit businesses and learn about the country and its culture (with plenty of time for sightseeing and other fun activities). This year, the trip was to Turkey!
So I was just sitting here, studying like crazy for next week’s
finals, when I got an e-mail from a classmate informing us all
that our own finance professor Brad Barber was quoted in today’s
New York Times. For those of you admitted students who were
here Friday, he’s the one who facilitated the lecture and
discussion on the financial crisis.
MBAdmit Day is finally almost here! Students who have been
admitted to the Graduate School of Management Class of 2012 have
been invited to Gallagher Hall on Friday, March 12, for a full
day of activities, including a presentation from Professor Brad
Barber about regulatory reform and a wine reception featuring
wineries connected to GSM alumni.
Thomas L. Friedman boldly proclaims that the world is flat. I
couldn’t agree more. I sit here in class among a great collection
of diversity. It boggles my mind to think that a program of 120
students could have such cultural and linguistic variety. In the
little family that is the GSM, dozens of countries are
represented. Over twenty different languages are spoken. Ten
students speak three or more languages.
“Show me your guts,” says Professor Tsai in his first lecture for
203B – Forecasting and Managerial Research Methods motto. This
mantra, the title of his first lecture, is definitely an ongoing
theme throughout the two courses he teaches at the GSM.
We might all be really busy with school, clubs, and the rest of our responsibilities at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, but we somehow found the time to take a weekend off and head up to the mountains.
Former CIA director, turned-clean tech venture capitalist, R.
James Woolsey spoke at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management
on Jan. 22 to discuss renewable energy and energy security.
Woolsey says that U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil ranks
“very high” as a national security concern.
The Tiger Woods scandal has been a major focus in the media over
the holidays. And now UCD professors have quantified the cost of
the scandal to shareholders of companies endorsing Woods.
Both professors are from UC Davis:
A big group of us went to the Net Impact conference, held at Cornell University this year. There were 27 of us, both first- and second-years. Big turnout! You should read about the conference (and the organization), but suffice to say, it’s about social responsibility in the business sector. Traditionally, businesses have been focused on the bottom line (profits) but for many companies in recent years, the focus has shifted towards the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit).
In October we put out a call for applications for the next
generation of UC Davis Ambassadors. The class of 2011 responded
en masse — we received 17 applications for six spots! All of the
applicants would make amazing Ambassadors and all will make
fantastic campus hosts. It was an incredibly tough selection
process – thank goodness we don’t work in the admissions office –
but with lots of discussion and back and forth we have our list
of six ambassadors. Here’s a little background info on each of
them. You’ll be hearing more from them soon.