Government policy has always played a role in innovation,
sometimes impeding it (see At the table or on the menu: The
Politics of Innovation) and sometimes helping it (see Disruptive
Policy and Innovation).
Brady Sidwell is the Vice President of Corporate Development
and Strategy of Asia Pacific Operations at the OSI Group. The OSI
Group is a world leader in providing quality animal protein to
the global food industry. They have a presence in sixteen
countries, and have been operating in China for over twenty
years. In this blog, Sidwell discusses food safety crises in
China, as well as strategies to effectively overcome them.
During orientation, all 225 members of the incoming classes of
2013 – Full-Time MBAs, Part-Time MBA and Master of Professional
Accountancy students – signed the student-initiated ethics
pledge, vowing to their peers to uphold the highest ethical and
professional conduct. We commend every student for their
commitment to these principles.
“I promise to complete my degree with honesty and integrity,
and will continue to hold myself and my classmates to the
highest standards of honor from this day forward.”
Robert Smiley is professor emeritus of management and served
as dean of the Graduate School of Management from 1989 to 2003.
He is co-director with David Block, Chair, Viticulture & Enology
Program (V&E), of the UC Davis Wine Executive Program. The
next program will be on March 23 -27, 2014.
Professor Kimberly Elsbach conducts research on the
acquisition and maintenance of organizational images, identities
and reputations. She teaches negotiation skills in competitive
business environments. Elsbach has published extensively on
organizational reputations and controversies and has studied the
impacts of telecommuting and how the work place has
With Women Who Count, our goal is to inspire women leaders who
wish to leverage their experience and influence with money and
turn their passions into results that make a difference. To shed
a spotlight on this conversation, we are featuring a series of
interviews with Women Who Count, selecting inspiring role models
to share how they created transformative outcomes through their
wisdom, knowledge and influence with money.
Wayne Batwin is the President of PRIME Market Access
International, a management consulting firm. He has more than 34
years of experience in international food and agriculture
research and policy, marketing, and market development. Batwin
recently retired from the Foreign Agriculture Service of USDA,
where from 2006 to 2010 he was the Director of Agricultural Trade
Office at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China.He is a presenter
at the upcoming Global
Agribusiness Entrepreneur Symposium Series in China.
Colin Carter is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and
Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis and
Director of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
His research interests include international trade, futures
markets, and commodity markets. In this blog, he discusses
China’s role in world food markets, as well as opportunities for
the US in Chinese Agribusiness.
Throughout China today, the agricultural industry is transforming
its traditional farming techniques towards modern mechanization.
For all industry practitioners at every level of the agricultural
supply chain, there is a need to learn practical knowledge about
the latest techniques and technologies. China’s agricultural
businesses need to scale up in order to meet the demands of a
growing and discerning customer base.
Christine Cote is a First Vice President of Investments at UBS
Financial Services.She has partnered with UC Davis Executive
Education to launch our Women Who Count Custom
Programs. Click here to
You likely already know that women own and control 51.3% of the
personal wealth in the United States and 40% of all privately
held US firms. Women comprise the majority of college
graduates and the majority of newly minted doctors and
lawyers. Women make or influence most of the household
investment and purchasing decisions. In fact, in many
households today, women commonly outearn their male
counterparts. So… we’ve made it! Right? Women
are right up there with the men in terms of our financial savvy
and decision making abilities, aren’t we?
Each year, we look forward to Silicon Valley Bank’s State of the
Industry Wine Report. Last week, they presented their 2013 findings
with a webcast hosted by Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley
Bank’s wine division and author of the report, Paul Mabray of
VinTank, Tony Correia of The Correia Company and Mary Jo Dale of
Professor of Management Nicole Biggart studies
organizational theory, management of innovation, and economic and
organizational sociology. In this blog, she discusses obstacles
to innovation in Network Production Organizations.
Associate Professor Anna Scherbina studies investment
management, capital markets, behavioral finance, and empirical
asset pricing. In this blog, she discusses practical implications
for her recent research regarding trading on the news.
In Executive Education at the UC Davis Graduate School of
Management, we’ve noticed a heightened interest in custom
programs on the topic of innovation. Many leaders want to propel
their companies to become more innovative, but are unsure of
where to begin. I hear a lot of questions like: How do I build a
roadmap or action plan to foster innovation? What does success
Have you noticed that the leadership skills necessary for success
today are very different from leadership best practices 10 years
ago? If so, you’re not alone. In a volatile, hyper-connected and
complex world, leaders’ decisions are more visible and have a
greater global and political impact than ever before. They are
also frequently expected to make these decisions right now.
Gina Dokko is an assistant professor of management. Her research
focuses on organizational theory and behavior, social networks,
When firms decide to branch out into a new area of business, they
might feel the need to hire new employees from outside the
organization, as most hiring managers assume that the best
candidates are those who have performed the exact role before.
The reasons for that are perfectly sensible—they want an
identical skill set so the new hire will hit the ground running.
Brad Barber, Gallagher
Professor of Finance at the UC Davis GSM, is an authority on
investor psychology, and has done extensive research on
gender-related overconfidence in stock trading. In this blog, he
discusses gender differences in investing and provides
recommendations to the financial advisory industry to adjust
their services to appeal to the growing number of female
Why are men more willing to take risks when it comes to
investing? Empirical observations conclude that men have a
greater appetite for risk. Studies on investor behavior indicate
that men are more tolerant of risk than women. For example,
studies indicate men allocate a greater proportion of their
investment portfolio to stocks rather than bonds. What-is-more,
the stocks men choose tend to be riskier (more volatile with
greater market risk). All of this suggests that men are more
comfortable taking on higher risk. We do not yet understand
whether these differences in risk appetite between the genders
can be traced to nature or nurture. Are women innately more
cautious than men or do environmental factors govern these
differences. This question remains an area of ongoing research,
and, though the jury is still out, I suspect both nature and
nurture are important factors.