Absolut Vodka CEO and Haas Alumnus Bengt Baron to Address MBA Commencement, May 16

Bengt Baron, Haas alumnus and CEO of V&S Group of Sweden

Bengt Baron, Haas alumnus and CEO of the V&S Group of Sweden, parent company to Absolut Vodka, will address this year's graduates of the Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Programs at their commencement, Friday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Greek Theatre.

Baron earned his BS degree from the Haas School in 1985 and his Berkeley MBA in 1988. He became CEO of Sweden's 90-year-old V&S Group, one of the world's leading international spirits companies, in 2004. He joined V&S Group in 2001, as president of V&S Absolut Spirits, makers of what is currently the world's fourth largest international premium spirit, Absolut Vodka.

Prior to joining V&S, Baron worked with McKinsey & Co. in Stockholm and later with a number of consumer product companies, including Coca-Cola and Kodak. In November of 1999 he joined StepStone AS, an Internet-based job posting board. As director of the Nordic Region, Baron helped the company expand from a four-country base to a pan-European presence. He also helped execute a successful IPO for the still-thriving company.

As a swimmer, Baron represented Sweden in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. He won a gold medal for the men's 100 meters backstroke in 1980, and he won a bronze medal in 1984 in the men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay.

"I want to thank two ad hoc task forces composed of graduating MBA students - one from the Full-time Program and one from the Evening & Weekend Program - for surveying their fellow classmates and submitting their recommendations for a graduation speaker," says Dean Tom Campbell. "Emily Walling chaired the full-time group, and Apurva Shah, led the group for the Evening & Weekend Program. Bengt Baron was on the list of top speaker choices."

Prof. Carl Shapiro to Leave Post as Institute Director

Carl Shapiro, the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy and an expert in the economics of antitrust and innovation will be stepping down as director of the Institute of Business and Economics Research (IBER) on June 30 after a successful tenure of two five-year terms.

"Under Carl Shapiro's able leadership, IBER has been a first-rate, professionally-run research organization that has greatly facilitated faculty and student research," says James Lincoln, associate dean for academic affairs. "It has done so through its assistance in external grant and contract funding; its use as an umbrella organization for a number of research and outreach centers; and its sponsorship of high level conferences."

Over the past ten years, IBER has greatly expanded its research activity and grants, and established the experimental social sciences research laboratory Xlab, the Center for Health Research, the Competition Policy Center, the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, the Berkeley Population Center, the Coleman Fung Risk Management Research Center, and the Center for Scientific Evaluation for Global Action.

In addition, IBER houses the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, as well as the Exploratory Center in Behavioral Economic Epidemiology and the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy. IBER also supports many individual research grants, especially those from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

The Competition Policy Center brought the Federal Trade Commission hearings on intellectual property to Haas in 2002, and in 2004 it organized the Patent Reform Conference on campus. Shapiro himself testified twice in 2005 before the Antitrust Modernization Commission. In 1995-96 he served as deputy assistant attorney general for economics in the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice.

"Carl's stature as an eminent and influential economist of industrial organization and regulation has contributed significantly to the high profile of IBER and the high regard in which it is held on campus and in professional scholarly and funding agency circles," says Lincoln.

Shapiro recently stepped down from the Academic Senate's Budget Committee on which he served from 2004 to 2007. Starting this summer, he will take a one-year sabbatical to write a book on the legal and economic aspects of patents with Economics Professor Richard Gilbert, chair of the Competition Policy Center. After his sabbatical, Shapiro plans to return to teaching and research at Haas.

"I thank Dean Campbell and the Haas School for the support they have provided," says Shapiro, who is especially grateful for the support Haas has provided for the Xlab. "The lab is a wonderful place that cuts across disciplines and is an example of the Haas School stepping up to give something back to the campus."

Severin Borenstein is chairing the search committee for a new director. The position is expected to be filled by July 1.

Feb. 5 Teach-In: The Health of the Economy

Faculty experts at the Haas School will debate the impact of the economic downturn on the US and global economies at a "teach-in" in front of students and other members of the business school community on Tuesday, February 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

The teach-in is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is not required for the event, but please indicate if you plan to attend by sending an email to Jessica Gill at jessica_gill@haas.berkeley.edu.

Dean Tom Campbell will introduce the participants and moderate the Q&A following the panel presentations. Faculty panelists and their topics will include:

Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy and director of the University of California Energy Institute, on concerns about energy and oil.

Thomas Davidoff, assistant professor in the Real Estate Group, on the housing and real estate meltdown.

Christopher Hennessy, associate professor in the Finance Group, on the current financial crisis.

James Wilcox, Kruttschnitt Family Professor of Financial Institutions who served as an economist with the Federal Reserve Board from 1991-1992 and as a senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1990-1991, on the downturn’s impacts on the United States.

Andrew Rose, a professor of international trade and director of the Haas School’s Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, on the economic slowdown’s global consequences.

The teach-in will be transmitted live in the BankofAmerica Forum. It will also be video-taped and posted on the Haas Video Room later in the week.

Haas School Ph.D. Graduate Wins Prestigious Real Estate Dissertation Award

The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREAUE) has named Jiro Yoshida, a 2007 graduate of the Haas Ph.D. Program, the first-prize winner of its annual doctoral dissertation award.

Yoshida's thesis describes the relationship between the industrial composition of an area, human capital, and assets such as housing and devises a model that could help predict and explain how individuals in a specific locale invest.

The association presented the award, which honors the finest dissertation in the field of real estate and economics during the past year, to Yoshida at its annual conference in New Orleans on January 4-6.

"Jiro was very well trained and energetic and had a wealth of experience before coming to Haas, which made him very good technically in microeconomics, finance, and econometrics," says Professor John Quigley, Yoshida's dissertation advisor and the director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy. "Jiro is extremely curious about economics, real estate, and finance, which obviously helps as well."

Yoshida is the latest Haas graduate to win this prestigious award. Past Haas graduates to earn the award include 1996 winner Yongheng Deng, Ph.D. 95, and 1991 winner Daniel C. Quan, Ph.D. 90.

After finishing his doctoral degree, Yoshida returned to Japan to teach at the University of Tokyo, his alma mater. He is an assistant professor at the university's Graduate School of Economics.

Deloitte's Michael Raynor to Speak on Innovation and Corporate Strategy

Best-selling author Michael Raynor, a distinguished fellow with Deloitte Consulting's research division whose books analyze innovation, risk, and corporate strategy, will speak on Tuesday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

The talk, part of the Dean's Speaker Series, is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be served.

Raynor's most recent book, The Strategy Paradox, was released in February 2007 and was selected as one of BusinessWeek's "Best Business Books of the Year." The book uses detailed case studies to show that visionary leadership need not involve high risk.

Raynor is also the co-author of The Innovator's Solution, an award-winning 2003 New York Times bestseller that argues that innovation is not as unpredictable as it appears. Managers who understand how new ideas are shaped can decrease their chances of being blindsided by disruptive technologies, Raynor and co-author Clayton M. Christensen contend.

Raynor consults globally to senior executives in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and energy. He holds a doctorate from the Harvard Business School and teaches at the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business.

Pixar University Dean Randy Nelson to Address Haas Students on Feb. 28


Randy Nelson, dean of Pixar University, who helps keep the creative juices flowing for the Emeryville animation giant's employees - be they temperamental artists or no-nonsense accountants, will speak to the Haas community on Thursday, February 28, at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

This Dean's Speaker Series event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be provided.

Nelson's career has bridged the bohemian and the corporate worlds, giving him insight into both. He once juggled knives on Broadway and helped to found the performing group the Flying Karamazov Brothers. He worked in theater, film, and television, and then spent three decades as a software development educator - including a stint at Apple Computer. He has been at Pixar Animation Studios since 1997.

Pixar University is a unique element of the company's culture, which puts a premium on keeping its talent happy and cohesive. Though Nelson has joked that he's a fake dean of a fake university, his program offers more than 100 courses - the equivalent of some colleges. All employees, including security guards and dining staff, are encouraged to spend ten percent of their week on classes that range from the creative to the recreational to basic skill building.

Pixar has produced eight computer-animated blockbusters, from 1995's Toy Story through last year's Ratatouille.

Annual Silicon Valley Networking Event to Feature Google's Keval Desai, MBA 99

Haas alumnus Keval Desai, MBA 99, who directs product development for the country's fastest growing tech company - Google, will be the featured speaker at the 9th Annual Haas Alumni Celebration in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, February 27, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Atherton's Menlo Circus Club.

All Haas alumni and graduate students are invited to attend the popular event, which is expected to sell out quickly. To register, go to: www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/menlocircus.

The cost is $15 per person for alumni and guests. Entry for current students, faculty and senior staff is free. Business attire is required, and refreshments will be served.

The celebration annually attracts hundreds of alumni and students involved in a wide array of industries for networking and conversation. Haas Board member Steve Herrick, BS 60, will host this year's event, and Google is a corporate sponsor

Keynote speaker Keval Desai joined Google in 2003 and now manages the company's products for TV search and TV advertising. He has previously served in operating roles at several high-tech firms - from start-ups to Fortune 500s - including Tandem Computers (now part of HP), Global Village Communication, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, Onset Ventures, and Achex (now part of First Data Corp.), where he was a co-founder.

For more information, contact the Haas Alumni Relations office at events@haas.berkeley.edu or 510-642-7790.

Education Leadership Case Competition Tackles Rebuilding New Orleans Schools, Feb. 14-15

When MBA students from around the country arrive at the Haas School for the two-day Educational Leadership Case Competition on February 14-15, they will be charged with developing solutions for one of the nation's most pressing and complicated problems: rebuilding the New Orleans public school system post-Katrina.

Now in its second year, the competition will feature 13 teams from prestigious MBA programs from around the country, including Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, Duke's Fuqua School of Business, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Two Haas teams will also participate in the competition, which is organized by the Haas School's Education Leadership Club.

"Education is an area where MBA students can add so much value," says Joe Harrington, MBA 08 and co-chair of the competition. "When outsiders think of education, they usually think of teachers. They may not think of other critical factors such as the management structure needed within districts, sustainable school finance, and market-based approaches to education."

To ensure the business case for the competition addresses a critical issue for the school system, the competition's organizing team - comprised entirely of Haas students - traveled to New Orleans to observe the system first-hand and to interview its stakeholders. In addition, the team recruited leaders from both New Orleans and the Bay Area to act as judges for the competition so that students' proposals would be accurately assessed.

The first-place team wins a $3,000 cash prize and a $2,000 "donors choose" gift certificate, which the winning team can use to support a specific classroom project of their choice. Second place earns a $1,500 cash prize and a $1,000 "donors choose" gift certificate. The two winning proposals will also be published on the competition's website: http://www.edcase.org.

The final presentations are open to the public and will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, in Wells Fargo Room. No registration is required.

Web 2.0 Marketing, Entrepreneurship to Address Global Poverty Among New Spring Classes

MBA and undergraduate students are enjoying an expanded lineup of new elective classes on a wide range of topics, from Web 2.0 marketing to entrepreneurship to address global poverty, this spring semester.

"The Haas School is continually innovating its curriculum," says Jay Stowsky, senior assistant dean for instruction. "New elective courses, student-initiated courses, external speakers, and one-day seminars allow us to respond quickly with relevant content to current issues and student demands."

Here are some examples of the most popular new courses brought online this semester. Registration for these courses is closed for the semester.

Associate Professor in Marketing Florian Zettelmeyer invited Andreas Weigend (weigend.com), former chief scientist of Amazon.com, to share his insights in a two-day course, Marketing in Web 2.0: The New Data Revolution, offered to Berkeley MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA students in April. Weigend will explore how Web and mobile communication led to a power shift from companies to individuals, who are now contributing data and in return demanding transparency and value for themselves. Weigend will explain recommendation systems, behavioral targeting, and personalization and its trade-offs, and discuss emerging new business models and opportunities.

Bill Falik, a successful real estate attorney and developer and the managing partner of Westpark Community Builders, is teaching Business and Legal Issues in Real Estate Development to Berkeley MBA and Berkeley School of Law students. The course will give business students a conceptual framework for understanding legal issues regarding real estate development and examine every development stage of a 1,500-acre master planned property in California, from acquisition to ultimate disposition.

The Work & Family Speaker Series was designed by Shirin Dewani Belur and Mariette Fourmeaux du Sartel, both MBA 08, for both men and women in the Full-time MBA Program to examine the challenging decisions related to work and family. Guest speakers include Mary Ann Mason, dean of the UC Berkeley graduate division and author of Mothers on the Fast Track: How the New Generation Can Balance Career and Family, as well as executives from Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co., and Dreyer's, among other companies.

Professionals from Fisher Investments, a $45 billion Bay Area investment management firm, are teaching the new undergraduate course Practical Topics in Investment Management. Lead instructor Andrew Teufel is co-president and director of research at Fisher Investments and editor-in-chief of MarketMinder. CEO and longtime Forbes magazine columnist Ken Fisher will give one lecture. Topics covered will include modern portfolio theory, investment strategies, behavioral finance, and forecasting techniques.

Entrepreneurship to Address Global Poverty is the first undergraduate course taught by John Danner, a senior fellow with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, who previously taught Entrepreneurship to Berkeley MBA students. The new campus-wide course will consider how private sector entrepreneurship and innovation can complement government programs, philanthropy, nonprofit social ventures, and corporate social responsibility ventures to create economic opportunities while addressing the seemingly intractable problems associated with global poverty.

Haas in the News - As of 2/4/08

Henry Chesbrough, Adjunct Professor, was mentioned as a keynote speaker at this year's LabAutomation2008 conference in a January 30 PharmaLive article titled "Scientific Innovation and Collaboration are the Hallmarks of an Outstanding LabAutomation2008." Full article: http://www.medadnews.com/News/Index.cfm?articleid=510160

Raymond Miles, professor emeritus of Haas, who recently published a paper titled "The Ideology of Innovation" in the scholarly journal Strategic Organization, was quoted in ZDNet news on January 28 about reward systems in mature organizations. Full article: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6227823.html

The $1 million gift to the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund by alumnus Al Johnson, MBA 69, and his wife was featured in a January 23 article in the East Bay Business Times titled "Alumnus donates $1 million to Haas." Full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/01/21/daily53.html.

James Wilcox, Professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group, and Nancy Wallace, professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, were quoted in a January 23 Contra Costa Times article titled "Fed pins hopes on rate reduction." Full article: http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_8052883?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com

The same article was picked up by InsideBayArea.com: http://www.insidebayarea.com/timesstar/localnews/ci_8052776

Wilcox appeared live on KCBS Radio on January 25, commenting on the Federal Reserve's move to lower interest rates.

Wilcox was also interviewed about interest rates by KTVU Channel 2's television news on January 25.

Bryce Johnson, MBA 04, has developed a product, CafeScribe, from his 2004 master's thesis, and is quoted in The Daily Cal on January 22 in an article titled "E-Books Lower Cost of Learning" about the e-textbook industry. Full article: http://www.dailycal.org:8080/article/100002/e-books_lower_cost_of_learning

John Quigley, the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, was written up in the East Bay Business Times on January 21 in an article titled "Haas professor awarded honorary Swedish degree." Full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/01/21/daily8.html

Sebastian Teunissen, adjunct professor and executive director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, was quoted in Computer World in a January 20 article titled "Offshore nations may keep U.S. tech firms in the black" about his part in leading groups of students to Bangalore and Mumbai, and comments on how offshore outsourcing firms might be competition to the U.S. Full article: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9058079&taxonomyId=14&intsrc=kc_top

Hilary Anger Elfenbein, assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, is quoted in The New York Times on January 19 for a study on whether or not social responsibility helps increase profitability. The full article, "Bottom Line on Doing Good," is available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/19/business/19offline.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin.

Dr. Wenjun Luo, MBA 03, was featured in CNN Money on January 17 in an article titled "P Phone (a.k.a. Asia Premium Television) Acquires Technology for Its Personal Media Services and Strengthens Management Team" about being recently appointed to serve as a Chief Technical Officer and director of the company P Phone, a China-based mobile services and marketing company. Full article: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/CNTH02117012008-1.htm

The Wall Street Journal column quoting Jennifer Chatman, professor in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was picked up in the Winston-Salem Journal article titled "Pet Passions: Managers overzealous about their interests affect workers" on January 16. Full article: http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173354223666

Andrew Rose, professor in Economic Analysis and Policy Group, is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 13 in an article titled "Big companies welcome foreign investments" about foreign investments and their potential benefits on Wall Street. Full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/13/BUKBUDQRG.DTL

Hai Che, assistant professor in the Marketing Group, is quoted in CIO Today on January 10 in an article titled "Market Research on Shoestring Budgets" on strategies of recruiting business school students in marketing classes to help out researchers. Full article: http://www.cio-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=022001GEWF68&page=2

David Charron, MBA 95, associate director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, was featured as part of an interview in the December 26 issue of the Chilean newspaper La Segunda for teaching in the center's Technology Entrepreneurship Education program in Santiago, Chile. Full article: http://www.segunda.cl/modulos/generacion/mobileASP/

Happening at Haas

Dean's Speaker
Tom Kelley, General Manager of IDEO

Haas Business of Health Care Conference
Saturday, February 9
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Haas School Registration: http://www.haashealthcareconference.org

Dean's Speaker
Michael Raynor, Deloitte Consulting
Tuesday, February 12
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room

Dean's Speaker
Randy Nelson, Dean, Pixar University
Thursday, February 28
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Women in Leadership Conference
Making Your Mark
With Keynote speakers Chez Panisse Chef Alice Waters, Williams-Sonoma President Laura Alber, and Cammie Dunaway, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Nintendo of America
Saturday, March 1
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Haas School
For information and registration, go to http://www.wilconference.org/2008/agenda.html


For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

Mark Kennedy, University of Southern California
Getting Counted: Markets, Media, and Reality
Wednesday, February 6
4:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
C320 Cheit Hall

Frank Flynn, Stanford University
If You Need Help, Just Ask: Underestimating Compliance with Direct Requests for Help
Wednesday, February 13
4:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
C320 Cheit Hall

For more information, contact June Wong at

Alexei Tchistyi, New York University
Stochastic House Appreciation and Optimal Subprime Lending
Friday, February 7
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C110 Cheit Hall

For more information, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/imio/workshopf2007.htm.
The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

Silke Januszewski-Forbes, UC San Diego
Does Vertical Integration Affect Firm Performance? Evidence from the Airline Industry
Thursday, February 7
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325 Cheit Hall

Bob Hall, Stanford University
The Incentives to Start New Companies: Evidence from Venture Capital
Thursday, February 14
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325 Cheit Hall

Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series: Raising Venture Capital and The Pitch
Monday, February 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Haas School
For more information, go to http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/entbestpract.asp

Berkeley Internal VCIC Competition
Friday, February 8
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, go to http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/vcic faqs.asp


"Going Green: Energy for the 21st Century" with Professor Dan Kammen
Monday, February 4
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Doubletree Club Hotel (OC Airport), 7 Hutton Centre Dr., Santa Ana, CA
RSVP: Jason Sherr at jsherr@cox.net
Cost: $25 students, $30 OC Cal Alumni Club members, $35 non-members/guests

Luncheon with noted turnaround CEO Tom Epley
Wednesday, February 6
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Penthouse at Wells Fargo Headquarters, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Registration: www.acteva.com/go/hansf
Cost: $55 Registration closes on February 4. There will be no on-site registration due to building security.

Career Moves 2008
Tuesday, February 12
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
UCLA Covel Commons
Registration, after February 4: http://www.seasonedpro.com/uc/la/wisdom/register.asp
Cost: $95

Haas Celebrations in Asia
February 18 to 28
Various times and locations in Asia
Registration: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/asia

An Evening with Haas Professor Frank Schultz
Tuesday, February 19
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Attachmate, Inc. (South Lake Union), 1500 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Registration: https://www.acteva.com/go/haas-sea
Cost: $20

Reception with Regent Eleanor V. Brewer
Sunday, February 24
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
India International Center, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
RSVP by February 16: Vijayan Puliampet: uceapin@del6vsnl.net.in; tel: (India) 2393 2398, 2393 2078, 2393 2489
Reserve online: http://www.ucalumni.net or by fax: (New Delhi) 2391 1785; (USA) 510-987-9181
Cost: Free

Two-Day User Conference with Prosper.com
Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA
Registration: www.prosperdays.com
Cost: $25.00 for alumni, free for students

9th Annual Haas Celebration in Silicon Valley
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton, CA
Registration: www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/menlocircus

"The Business of Green Building" Panel Discussion at GAP
Wednesday, March 19
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Gap Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Two Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA

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