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Haas NewsWire, January 18, 2000

Cisco's CIO to Speak at Haas
What is a Monopoly in the New Economy? Rubinfeld and Kleinberg discuss the Microsoft Suit and the pending AOL/Time Warner Merger
Creating Socially Responsible Business Startups through the Social Venture Business Plan Competition
Professor Raghubir Featured in a New Book
Facilities Repair Gets Its Own E-mail
New Staff
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas

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Pete Solvik, senior vice president and CIO of Cisco Systems, will kick-off the new Fisher Center E-Commerce Executives Seminar Series on Thursday, February 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

Solvik has been widely recognized for pushing Cisco's web-based business farther, faster than other companies. At this point, Cisco gets 78% of its orders over the web. When Cisco CEO John Chambers was on the cover of Business Week, Solvik was the only Cisco executive warranting his own feature. "The Man Who Homes Cisco's Cutting Edge" chronicled Solvik's work at Cisco and plans for the future of the company. For the full text of this article see http://www.businessweek.com/1999/99_37/b3646008.htm.

All students, faculty, alumni, and staff are invited to attend this event. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Two more seminars are planned in this series for the spring. Next up is Richard Braddock, CEO of priceline.com (the date of this event has not been set.)

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Rubinfeld and Kleinberg discuss the Microsoft Suit and the pending AOL/Time Warner Merger

Haas's "Top Down Law" class is bringing two great legal minds together to discuss not only the ramifications of the Microsoft lawsuit, but also what the possibility of an AOL/Time Warner merger would mean to the proposed Microsoft breakup.

Daniel Rubinfeld, a UC Berkeley professor of law and economics, returned to campus last year after spending the past two years as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in the US Department of Justice. Rubinfeld will argue the government's side of the debate. Rubinfeld worked on the Microsoft case along with other antitrust cases and reviewed proposed mergers and acquisitions. James Kleinberg of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen, LLP focuses on antitrust and trade regulation, securities and intellectual property litigation. He began his career in Department of Justice's antitrust division, but has spent the past thirty years in private practice. He is now the senior litigation partner resident in the Silicon Valley office of his firm. Kleinberg will argue the pro Microsoft points of the debate. More participants will be announced in the near future. Noel Nellis Esq. of Orrick, Harrington, and Sutcliffe, LLP, who teaches the course with Leo Helzel Esq., will be the moderator.

The debate and panel discussion will take place Tuesday, February 8, at 5:00 p.m. in the Andersen Auditorium. Students, faculty, and alumni of both Haas and Boalt Hall are invited to attend.

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In a new twist on business plan competitions, a group of Haas students has launched a Social Venture Business Plan Competition. This competition focuses on how business models can be used to solve social and environmental problems. The planners don't give a limiting definition of what a social venture is, but encourage participants to develop their own definition. "I believe very strongly that using the startup model of business is a very effective way to build a social venture business," says Sara Olsen, co-chair of the competition.

The competition is national, and the organizers have been promoting it through Net Impact, a national network of MBA students promoting socially responsible business. To qualify for entry in the competition, at least one member of each team must be enrolled as an MBA student at any school in the country. All competition events will take place at Haas.

Companies from Odwalla Juices to Marriott International are incorporating a variety of socially responsible business practices into their companies. Organizer Nik Haas-Dehejia sites these firms and others, explaining, "Developing socially responsible practices really adds business value." Response from the business community to the competition has been good so far. Dan Geiger, MBA 98, founder of OpNet and president of Geiger Associates is among the six business people who have agreed to judge the competition.

The competition is still actively seeking sponsors at all levels. The deadline for team registration and submission of executive summaries is February 7. A full competition calendar and more information can be found at www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/socialventure. The Haas Social Venture Business Plan Competition is modeled after the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition, now in its second year.

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"The World Around Us: Conversations with University of California-Berkeley Professors," which features a conversation with Priya Raghubir about her research on the psychological reasons behind people's shopping and health choices, was recently published by Arch Publishing. The book is available at www.archpublishing.com and should soon be in the bookstores. Raghubir is one of ten professors from the UC featured in the book that also has an introduction from Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley's executive vice chancellor and provost.

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Dwight Hendrix has joined Haas as the new Manager of Accounting and Personnel Services, succeeding Nyassa Love. Dwight comes to Haas from the Campus Financial and Business Services Office, and brings us a wealth of knowledge about the disbursements system. Dwight can be reached at hendrix@haas or 3-5635. His office is located at F510.

The Alumni Relations Office has hired Kent Sumrall as the new Manager of Alumni Communications & On-Line Services Coordinator. Kent's background includes several years in alumni and development organizations. Most recently he completed courses at San Francisco State University in the Multimedia Studies Program. He came to Haas from his post as Information Technology/Development Director at The Bay Institute in San Rafael. He started work today, January 18 and may be reached at 2-8492 or kents@haas.

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An e-mail account has been set up for the Haas community to report facilities problems. If you notice a facility problem you would like to report, please e-mail fixit@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Carl Shapiro is mentioned as a leading theorist on how companies like Microsoft have competed for market share in an opinion piece titled "Master of the Game" in the January 16 edition of the New York Times.

Janet Yellen, who was one of the keynote speakers at the annual outlook conference of the Bay Area Council, was quoted in both the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News on January 15. In both articles she offered a positive outlook for the US economy, even though she predicts the Fed will raise interest rates in the near future.

Richard Kurovsky was quoted in the January 24 issue of Forbes. The article "We Luv Booz" reported the lengths that companies are going to in their recruiting efforts. Some companies are resorting to gifts, dinners, and presentations on top of major gifts to schools to entice newly minted MBAs to apply to their firms.

Karlene Roberts was heard on NPR on Wednesday, January 12, discussing highly complex systems that are designed to avoid accidents. She cited her studies of aircraft carriers. The piece, "Y2K and Chaos" was by David Kestenbaum and aired as part of "All Things Considered". The piece can be found at http://search.npr.org/cf/cmn/cmnpd01fm.cfm?PrgDate=01/12/2000&PrgID=2.

David Aaker discussed the repercussions of Microsoft's recent failed rebate program in the January 8 issue of the San Jose Mercury News. In the article "Microsoft's Voided Rebate for Internet Service Draws Mixed Reaction," Aaker states that the company should stand by its rebate to protect their image with the consumer.

Dean Tyson appeared on the Channel 4 news on January 5 about the effect of e-commerce on inflation.

The New York Times sports section ran a feature on Regina Jacobs, MBA 92, on January 7. Jacobs is a world-class track star who won the silver medal in the 1,500 meter event at the world track and field championships in Spain last year.

Five UC Berkeley professors, including Haas Emeritus Robert Harris and professor David Teece, are giving the university $1 million to support programs that attract top-notch graduate students and faculty. The money will support programs in economics, agriculture, and natural resource business and economics, according to an article published in the January 5 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hal Varian and Carl Shapiro were mentioned in the New York Times on January 2. The article, "A Spoonful of Sugar in Microsoft's Bitter Pill" quoted Varian extensively on possible settlements and court-ordered remedies in the Microsoft lawsuit.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Raymond Miles in their December 31 in an article about changes in the workplace over the past 100 years.

Laura Tyson appeared on CNN on December 16. Her interview focused on the US economy and trade. Tyson explained that one of the reasons for the trade imbalance is that the US economy is growing faster than other economies, which causes the US to consume more imported goods than we sell abroad.

John Freeman is quoted in "The Internet Brain Drain - The Exodus: It's not just the kids anymore" in the December 13 issue of Newsweek. The article details corporation's loss of talent to dot.com enterprises and the strategies they are using to hold on to their employees. The article can be found at http://www.newsweek.com/nw-srv/printed/us/bz/a9008-1999dec5.htm.

David Vogel had a letter to the editor published in the San Francisco Examiner on December 13 about the Examiner's coverage of the WTO. The full text of the letter can be found at http://examiner.com/opinion/1213letters.html.

Jerry Engel was quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times on December 12. The piece reported a trend among MBA students to drop out of schools like Wharton and Kellogg to start their own Internet companies. Engel notes that about a third of his students are looking to join startups while still in school or after graduation (even though only two Haas students left the program last year).

Karlene Roberts is quoted extensively on theories of complex systems and organizational safety in the December 11 New York Times. The article, "Is Complexity Interlinked with Disaster?" quoted experts on both sides of the debate over accidents and complex systems.

The San Francisco Examiner quoted Severin Borenstein on the Haas School's e-commerce courses in "E-Minded: Schools Scrambling to meet Demand for Internet Degrees" in the December 6 edition of the paper. Borenstein explains that Haas has not offered an e-commerce degree program because e-commerce is incorporated in the existing curriculum at Haas and new courses have been added to meet the increased demand.

In a December article on British Prime Minister Tony Blair, The New Yorker cites David Teece as one of the American economists who has influenced Blair's thinking.

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