Haas NewsWire



Haas NewsWire, March 15, 2004

 

CONTENTS

David Pottruck, CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, to Speak on Leadership, April 12
Dean Campbell Invites Haas Community to Share a Moment of Silence for Terror Attacks in    Spain
Panel Sessions to Address Role of Technology at United Nations-Berkeley MOT Conference
Haas Conference Addresses Issues of Housing Assistance as Social Investment, March 25
Undergraduate Team Takes Second Place at International Case Competition
Berkeley Solutions Group Lets Berkeley MBA Students Test the Consulting Waters
Undergrads Pitch E-Business Case Proposals on March 16
Management of Technology Lecture Series Spans Technology, Business, Biotech, and    Engineering
Signup Now for the Private Equity Conference, April 1
SBC Boosts Haas Business School Distance Learning Capabilities with $900,000 Grant
Haas NewsWire Schedule for Spring Semester
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas

Haas NewsWire Archive
Contact Haas NewsWire



HAAS HEADLINES

David Pottruck
David Pottruck

David Pottruck, CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, to Speak on Leadership, April 12

The Haas School of Business will host David S. Pottruck, CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, for a special event titled, "A Dialogue with David Pottruck on Leadership, Business Performance, Corporate Character, and Social Responsibility," Monday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Executive Learning Classroom. (S480).

This event is cosponsored by the Pearce Initiative for Leadership Development and the Center for Responsible Business and is part of the Peterson Ethics Lecture series. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Since Pottruck became president of Charles Schwab in 1992, client assets have increased from $48 billion to approximately $992 billion as of January 31, 2004. Throughout the 1990s, Schwab's total return to shareholders was among the top 15 publicly traded companies. Pottruck has been named one of the "Top 15 CEOs" by Worth magazine; "CEO of the Year" by Information Week, "Executive of the Year" by The San Francisco Business Times; and "CEO of the Year" by Morningstar. Pottruck holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School.



The Pearce Initiative for Leadership Development is made possible by a gift from David and Emily Pottruck in honor of David's friend and mentor, Terry Pearce. Pottruck and Pearce were co-authors of the book Clicks and Mortar: Passion Driven Growth in an Internet Driven World. Pearce is a recognized authority on leadership communication, and has had a distinguised career as a business executive, leadership consultant and executive advisor. He is a lecturer at the Haas School, teaching the course "Leading Out Loud" based on his book of the same title, and also teaches at the London Business School.



The Pearce Initiative seeks to inspire leadership among members of the Haas School community through a lecture series, a leadership curriculum, student fellowships, participation in conferences, and support of distinguished scholars in the field. Peter Jennings, the anchor and senior editor of ABC World News Tonight and co-author of In Search of America, gave the inaugural lecture in 2002.



The Center for Responsible Business was launched in January 2003 and its vision is to create a more sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible society by establishing the Haas School of Business as the preeminent educational institution for research, teaching, experiential learning, and community outreach in areas of corporate social responsibility. The Peterson Ethics Lecture is funded by a gift from Rudolph Peterson, BS 25, president and CEO emeritus of BankAmerica Corporation.



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Dean Campbell Invites Haas Community to Share a Moment of Silence for Terror Attacks in Spain


Dean Tom Campbell has invited the Haas Community to join him in a moment of silence to reflect on the March 11, 2004 attacks in Spain. Please gather in the Haas Courtyard on Tuesday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m.

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Panel Sessions to Address Role of Technology at United Nations-Berkeley MOT Conference


The UN/MOT conference, "Bridging the Divide -- Technology, Innovation, and Learning in Developing Economies," will be exploring many facets of the role of technology in the industrial development of the world's emerging economies through top-notch keynote speakers and a wide array of panel sessions.

The panel sessions for the conference are organized into broad areas -- technology essentials, healthcare, education, environmentally sustainable industry, economically sustainable manufacturing, and telecommunications and commerce. A full list of the panels is available at http://bridge.berkeley.edu/panels.html.

The conference will be held at the Haas School on April 1 - 3, 2004. It is part of a new collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UC Berkeley's Management of Technology (MOT) program, a joint effort between the Haas School, the College of Engineering, and the School of Information Management and Systems.

For more information, or to register, visit http://bridge.berkeley.edu.

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Haas Conference Addresses Issues of Housing Assistance as Social Investment, March 25


Former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, BA 87, president of Sacramento's St. HOPE Corporation, will give the keynote address at the Berkeley Conference on Housing and Urban Policy on Thursday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

"Building the Promise: Housing Assistance as Social Investment" will be the focus of the fifth annual conference sponsored by the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy. The one-day event is open to community development professionals, government officials, faculty, and students.

In addition to the appearance of Johnson, conference panels will examine social investment aspects of various housing assistance policies, including those programs targeting homelessness. Panels and presentations will be conducted in a facilitated roundtable fashion, providing opportunity for exchange between speakers and audience members.

This annual conference honors the memory of Don Terner, a pioneer and innovator in providing housing, who led California's Department of Housing and Community Development and who was a major force in improving housing opportunities for all citizens.

Tickets are $75 per person and pre-registration is required. UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff are admitted free. For more information, visit http://urbanpolicy.berkeley.edu/2004conference.htm.

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Undergraduate Team Takes Second Place at International Case Competition


The Haas School has solidified its position as one of the top Undergraduate Case Competition Program in the world with another outstanding performance this past week by a team of undergraduate students.

The undergraduate team representing Haas at the 2004 Copenhagen Business School Case Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, took second place in a field of a dozen teams from other top business schools from around the world.

The team members are Todd Gilman, Jeff Holiday, Yelena Nisenbaum, and Navid Oreizy. Mark Seasholes, George Cluff, Steve Etter, and David Robinson were the faculty advisors to the team.

"This team's efforts on behalf of Haas added to the already impressive track record for the Undergraduate Program," said Dan Himelstein, executive director of the Undergraduate Program. "Our teams have won awards in nearly two-thirds of the international case competitions they have entered since fall 1998, a truly exceptional achievement."

For more information on this competition, visit http://www.cc.cbs.dk.

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Berkeley Solutions Group Lets Berkeley MBA Students Test the Consulting Waters


Last fall, a consumer packaged-goods company turned to Berkeley MBA students for help with an important strategic business question. Was there potential in the Hispanic market for its products?

Four student consultants, hired through the Berkeley Solutions Group (BSG), went to work conducting data research, observing shopping behavior, and speaking with Hispanic customers to answer this question. The students discovered that the company could profit handsomely by helping grocery stores attract the spending dollars of the Hispanic community through new packaging and displays. Their recommendations are already being implemented.

This team was just one of three other groups last fall and four more this spring that have been working on projects through BSG, a student-run enterprise sponsored by the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. BSG assignments give students the opportunity to work on real-world, paid consulting jobs with companies in industries such as biotechnology, transportation, packaged goods, and real estate. Projects include market research and analysis, feasibility studies, strategy recommendation, financial analysis, operational structure analysis, and competitive profiling.

"With BSG jobs, students can try their hand at consulting before they decide whether they want to work in the field full-time," says Katherine Evans, MBA 05 and BSG co-chair. "Students also learn how create business plans and sometimes make potential job contacts."

BSG consultants often experience the extra reward of having their work bear fruit right away. The packaged-goods client, for example, immediately began implementing his team's suggestions for working with retailers to change packaging and rearrange the placement of products on shelves. "They were exceptionally happy with our work," said Evans.

In addition to consulting with established companies, students may assist startups. Last fall, another BSG team provided market-sizing analysis for a comic book company interested in creating animated video games. "It was great watching the light bulb go on when we presented not-so-apparent market trends to our client," said team member Razab Quasem Chowdhury, MBA 05. "Considering that the business plan that went to venture capitalists was completely based on our findings, I would say that BSG had a significant impact on the overall strategic plan of the company."

For more information, contact BSG co-chairs Katherine Evans at kevans@haas.berkeley.edu or Peter Hajdu, MBA 05 at hajdu@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Undergrads Pitch E-Business Case Proposals on March 16


Four UC Berkeley multidisciplinary undergraduate teams have made it as finalists in the fifth annual E-Business Case Competition and are preparing for their final presentations to the public on March 16 at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.

The annual E-Business Case Competition is sponsored by the Haas Undergraduate Program in association with Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, the Schlinger Family Foundation, Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, and Beta Alpha Psi.

Out of a field of 37 initial teams, the four finalist teams are:


Since February, these students have been toiling on a case created by Cisco Systems and Deloitte Consulting that addresses a real-world problem at Cisco. Once destined to become the first company to reach a market capitalization of $1 trillion, Cisco saw its stock decline from $80 to less than $10 in 2002 with the economic downturn. The networking equipment and software company has been climbing out of the pit, but how can it dramatically grow and transform in order to keep investors happy and emerge as the leader of the high-tech industry in five years? That was the question keeping students busy for the past month.

On March 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Club, the student teams will present their proposed solutions in a session judged by representatives from Cisco and Deloitte. Drawing on various business and financial models they have learned in the classroom students will demonstrate the financial benefits to Cisco of their solutions. Judges will select one winning team out of the four. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the final presentations.

Open to undergraduate students of all majors and levels, the competition is ideal for those considering a career in management consulting, supply chain management, international business, or e-commerce business-to-business applications. For more information on the competition and the case, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/undergrad/casecomp.html.

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Management of Technology Lecture Series Spans Technology, Business, Biotech, and Engineering


The annual Management of Technology lecture series will get under way later this month, giving Haas students the chance to hear high-tech luminaries share their vision on topics ranging from biotechnology to venture capital investing.

This spring's lectures include:

March 31 -- "Technology, Entrepreneurship and Investment" by Mark Kvamme, partner at Sequoia Capital
April 7 -- "The Business of Technology" by Geoffrey Moore, founder of The Chasm Group
April 21 -- "Challenges in Biotechnology" by Keith Grossman, CEO, Thoratec Corporation
April 28 -- "Silicon Valley's New Investment Environment" by Kevin Fong, managing director, Mayfield
May 5 -- "Investing in Semiconductors" by Dado Banatao, managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital (Sibley Auditorium)

These MOT lectures take place on Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Wells Fargo Room, unless otherwise noted. A reception for the speakers follows each lecture. For a complete schedule, visit http://mot.berkeley.edu/lecture/SP%202004.html.

Admission to the lecture series is free to students, faculty, and the University of California community. The Management of Technology Program at UC Berkeley is a graduate research, teaching, and certificate program managed jointly by the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the School of Information Management and Systems.

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Signup Now for the Private Equity Conference, April 1


Tickets are still available for West Coast Private Equity Conference, titled "Reality, Insight and What to Expect," to be held on April 1 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

At the conference, industry experts will join Haas School faculty and alumni to share their perspectives on the economic outlook and the private equity industry. The conference is being organized by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) in San Francisco and the Haas School of Business. Speakers include Rick Cronk, BS 65, retired president of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream; Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration; Andrew Rose, the Bernard T. Rocca, Jr., Professor of International Trade; James Wilcox, the Kruttschnitt Family Professor of Financial Institutions and Tom Ley, BA 79, partner at HIG Capital.

There is a limited number of tickets still available for the event -- visit http://www.acg.org/sanfrancisco/ to register online.

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SBC Boosts Haas Business School Distance Learning Capabilities with $900,000 Grant


Today the SBC Foundation is making the final installment on its grant to support the Haas School's state-of-the-art distance learning classroom.

The executive learning facilities has been open since January and has been used for Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA classes, the Master's in Financial Engineering program, Business Week's CEO Forum, Center for Executive Development classes, and various guest lectures.

"A state-of-the-art distance learning classroom offers tremendous opportunities to share our programs with a wider audience," said Dean Tom Campbell. "Being part of one of the greatest universities in the world, the Haas School now has the ability to capitalize on its resources in management research and education thanks to the SBC Foundation's generous gift."

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Haas NewsWire Schedule for Spring Semester


Haas NewsWire will not be published on Monday, March 22, due to the spring holiday. Normal publication will resume on Monday, March 29, and continue on a weekly basis through Monday, May 17. News items and events must be submitted at least one week in advance to be considered for publication. Please send all correspondence to haasnews@haas.berkeley.edu.

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HAAS IN THE NEWS

Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on March 11 in an article titled "What Slowdown? Home Sales Heat Back Up." Rosen commented that there may yet be a correction in the California housing market in 2005 or 2006. For full text, please visit http://online.wsj.com/article_print/0,,SB107896106716051892,00.html (requires registration).

Hal Varian, professor in the Operations and Information Technology Management Group, wrote a column for The New York Times titled "Economic Scene: What Goes Abroad Usually Comes Back, With Benefits." For full text visit http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/11/business/11scene.html? pagewanted=print&position= (requires registration).

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on March 10 in an article titled "Unexpected Heat Wave Cited in Blackout." Borenstein commented on potential energy problems upcoming this summer. For full text: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-blackout10mar10,1,1570839,print.story

Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist in the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune on March 10 in an article titled "Economist Warns of Jobs Sent Overseas." For full text: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20040310-9999-news_1b10offshore.html

Cynthia Kroll was mentioned in the Los Angeles Times on March 10 in an article titled "Experts Warn of Job Losses In California." Kroll commented on the potential loss of jobs in the Silicon Valley. For the full text visit http://www.latimes.com/business/careers/work/la-fi-rup10.4mar10,1,5187978,print.story? coll=la-headlines-business-careers

Severin Borenstein was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on March 9 in an article titled "Power Firm May Face Criminal Indictments." Borenstein commented on the impending charges against Reliant Energy Services. For full text: http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/ca/v-print/story/8460627p-9389742c.html

Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on March 8 in an article titled "Despite Verdict, Stewart's Product Line Still Selling." Sealey commented on the current reputation of Martha Stewart's brand. For full text: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-martha08mar08,1,3797852,print.story

The Haas School's efforts to expand its ethics programs were mentioned in the Financial Times on March 8 in an article titled "Debate Rages Over How to Teach Ethics: Some MBA Schools Have Separate Courses, Others Try Integration."

Dean Tom Campbell and the Haas School of Business were mentioned in Bloomberg on March 8 in an article titled "Kellogg Denies Guilt as B-Schools Evade Alumni Lapses."

The Haas School of Business was mentioned in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 8 in an article titled "Job Market for Grads Expected to Improve."

The Haas School's programs in Asia were mentioned in the San Jose Mercury News on March 7 in an article titled "MBA Degree Programs Rise in Popularity in Asia." For full text: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/8128260.htm

Dean Tom Campbell was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 6 in an article titled "Stewart Convicted. The Message to Wall Street: Get You Hands in Order, or Else." Campbell commented on the court's decision on Martha Stewart's case. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/c/a/2004/03/06/MNG4F5FR181.DTL&type=printable

Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on March 6 in an article titled "Verdict Hits Her Company: Its Share Price Falls 23%." Sealey commented on the effect of Martha Stewart's conviction on her company. For full text: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mso6mar06,1,3660929,print.story? coll=la-home-business

Dean Tom Campbell was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on March 5 in an article titled "Suit Targets State's Use of Sales Tax: Three Dozen Cities Seek to Prevent Seizure of Their Revenue to Repay $15 Billion Deficit Bond. A Tax Scholar Says Success is Unlikely." For full text: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-budget5mar05,1,7807080,print.story

Peter Sealey was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News on March 5 in an article titled "Another Life for Morris the Cat." Sealey commented on 9Lives cat food bringing back the Morris the Cat character in its ads. For full text: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/8112696.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

Peter Sealey was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on March 5 in an article titled "9 Lives Taps an Old Paw to Catalyze Sales."

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