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The Deep Divide: How Can America Heal?

With deep political division across the country, Professor Kimberly Elsbach explains to CBS13 why many people choose to identify with smaller, like-minded groups.

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Robinhood Faces Legal Action Over 'Gamification' of Investing

Following news of recent legal action in Massachusetts, professor Brad Barber tells the Financial Times how the popular investment app, Robinhood blurs the boundaries between an easy-to-use customer interface and gamification.

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What Effect is Brokerage Robinhood Having on Stock Market?

New research from Professor Brad Barber notes half of Robinhood users are first-time investors. And they tend to be drawn to “attention-grabbing” stocks in the news.


Restaurant Jaunts Create Credibility Issue for Politicians

In several media interviews, Professor Kim Elsbach discusses the long-term effects of high-profile California politicians, including the Governor and San Francisco Mayor, defying their health advice by dining out in groups.

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Crossovers Conquer America as Top SUV Sales Triple in a Decade

Professor David Bunch notes a spike in sales of hybrid electric sedans in 2008, when gas prices were high. But since then, gas prices have generally stayed low, and trends have led to an increase in demand for crossover vehicles and SUVs.

"Some (but perhaps not all) is a bit of a mirage due to the continually shifting definition of what constitutes an SUV," said Bunch.

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Google Antitrust Case Suggests Apple Should Be in Crosshairs Too

A leading expert in platform markets, Professor Hemant Bhargava believes the Google-Apple search agreement seems more like a damning indictment of Apple’s own potentially illegal business practices.

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Cell Phone Savings Calculator, Best Plans for iPhone Users

With the iPhone 12 unveiling, Professor Hemant Bhargava discusses the impact of Apple's new "iPhone every year" plan, and the range of plan contracts and coverages.


De-Risking Your Portfolio Without Giving Up on Strong Returns

Professor Brad Barber details underperformance of individual investors and how they can fall victim to what J.D. Gardner termed, 'behavior gap in investing.'

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Five Things You Need to be a Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times

UC Davis Graduate School of Management Lecturer Cyrus Aram shares his story, his lessons, his mentor and more in this Q&A with Authority Magazine's Charlie Katz.

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Crying at Work Can Be Even Worse Now, Thanks, Zoom

In smaller video meetings where everyone is expected to show their face, “everybody is sort of equally visible,” says Professor Kimberly Elsbach who studies crying at work.

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What's Next for Electric Trucks?

Shortly after California Governor Gavin Newsom called for a ban on all gas-powered vehicles by 2035, EV experts weighed in.


Handicapping Bonus Pay for Managers

One size does not fit all: Professor Shannon Anderson's latest research shows how subjective ratings can help motivate middle managers.

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2020 EMERGE Summit Elevates Young Professionals

Sacramento Metro EDGE’s virtual conference encourages bravery in community service, relationships and building the future of Sacramento

Recapping EMERGE, Chelsea Garner says: “I learned to speak out, speak up, embrace vulnerability, exercise my voice and not be afraid of failure.”


Evaluating New Tech? You’re More Biased Than You May Realize

Let the best tech win! Professor Kim Elsbach says leaders' unconscious ideas about new tech can lead to poor investment decisions. 

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Why Day Trading Is Not a Wise Income Strategy for the Unemployed

Day trading has been a point of contention for years. Professor Brad Barber of UC Davis finished up a 14-year day trading study in 2010, and concluding that a mere one percent of people within the study profited from their efforts. 


Post-COVID-19 Economy: Executives, Alumni Share Insights

Executive video series features faculty moderating dynamic panels

From the front lines, strategic advice in five key areas: finance, technology, business development, consulting/corporate strategy, supply chain/operations and leadership.

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Trends in Private Equity, Venture Capital & Social Entrepreneurship

Professor Ayako Yasuda reviews trends in private equity, venture capital, and her metrics for social entrepreneurship as part of the 2020 Academic and Practitioner Symposium.

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NASCAR Fans Identify with Patriotism, Southern Tradition

Some fan values might clash with ban of Confederate flag

Some fan values might clash with the car racing organization’s ban of the Confederate flag, following protests against racial injustice, according to Professor Kim Elsbach’s study.

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Jerome Powell’s Tone is Grim but he Forecasts the Economy Recovers in 20 Months

For Forbes, Lecturer Suzy Taherian discusses the recovery forecast for 2021 after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke last week suggesting this will be one of the fastest recoveries in memory.

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Low Oil Prices Drive Energy Companies to Seek Unexpected Saviors

For Forbes, Lecturer Suzy Taherian says the U.S. Energy Information Administration's report led energy players to cut spending and shed jobs amid continued low oil prices.