Haas School Welcomes New MBA, Ph.D. Students from Around the World

Nearly 500 new students in the Full-time MBA, Evening & Weekend MBA, and Ph.D. programs began classes Aug. 27 at the Haas School.

The Berkeley Full-time MBA Program

A new class of 240 full-time MBA students enjoyed a busy, thought-provoking introduction to the Haas world during Orientation Week (O-week) Aug. 16 to Aug. 23.

O-week kicked off with a keynote speech from Bob Haas, chairman emeritus of Levi Strauss & Co. Haas spoke corporate social responsibility and doing business in a way that benefits society. Later that day, World of Good CEO Priya Haji, MBA 03, spoke to students during the alumni welcome reception.

Throughout the week, students engaged in a mix of social and academic activities, including a panel discussion with second-year MBA students about the Haas School's Leading Through Innovation initiative and a two-day ropes course to promote team- and trust-building.

In a colorful and often humorous speech, IDEO General Manager Tom Kelley, MBA 83, stressed the importance of choosing a career based on the right choices. "Don't start on the wrong path. Think about the job you want and love," said Kelley, the school's first Executive Fellow. "Find someone who loves what they are doing and ask them how they got there."

Barbara Desoer, MBA 77, a member of the school's advisory board and president of mortgage, home equity, and insurance services at Bank of America, talked to students about how her experience at Haas helped her career. Her advice to students: "Be sure to go where it feels least comfortable because by doing that ... you will grow the most."

N.W. (Bill) Jasper Jr., MBA 71, CEO, president, and director of Dolby Laboratories offered insights on a Dolby case analysis that students had worked earlier in the day.

The Berkeley Full-time MBA class of 2010 emerged from an increasingly competitive field. Applications increased by 15 percent this past year to 3,779, and admission was offered to about 12 percent of the applicant pool.

"The Class of 2010 is not only one of the strongest classes to enter the Haas School in terms of GMAT and grade point average, but the students represent an amazing variety of professional and personal experiences," says Pete Johnson, director of admissions. "These are truly some of the best MBA students in the world."

Incoming students have a median five years of professional experience and the highest GMAT score of any class ever admitted to Haas, at 714. Sixty-three percent speak at least one foreign language and the class represents 35 different countries, from Argentina to Venezuela. The median age is 28 and women comprise 30 percent of the class.

Students include a two-time Google incubator award winner, a primary care physician, a former captain of the Swiss National Golf Team, and a certified South African safari tour guide. Five individuals are studying in the program on Fulbright Scholarships and two are recipients of Spain's Ramon Areces Foundation Scholarship.

The Evening & Weekend MBA Program

The Evening & Weekend MBA Program received a record-breaking 853 applications this year, and welcomed 243 new students during a two-day orientation from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10.

These fully employed students average 32 in age and have a median GMAT score of 700. Thirty-four countries are represented by the class and 72 percent of students speak more than one language. On average students have 8 years of work experience and about 43 percent already hold advanced degrees.

The class includes a former player for Arizona Women's Pro Football Team, a silver medalist in the 2004 World Ultimate Frisbee Championships, a Coast Guard officer, and a former body guard.

The new Evening & Weekend MBA class brings the total enrollment for the three-year program to 775.

Ph.D. Program

Fifteen new Ph.D. students were chosen from a pool of 384 applicants. Ten students are from overseas, hailing from China, Israel, Canada, Germany, and Portugal, among other countries. Admission of the new students brings total enrollment in the Haas School Ph.D. Program to 77.

Four of the students have enrolled in Business and Public Policy, three each in Finance and Accounting, two each in Marketing and Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, and one in Real Estate.

Seven New Professors Join Haas in 2008-2009

Seven distinguished educators have signed on to become ladder-track faculty at the Haas School during the 2008-2009 academic year, bringing expertise in finance, real estate, and marketing.

Professor Robert Helsley will join the Haas Real Estate Group in January from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. Helsley has served as director of the UBC Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and UBC's senior associate dean, faculty and research. Helsley received his MA and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton. His research focuses on the growth and development of urban areas; the operation of private land markets; and the economic impacts of government tax, spending, and regulatory policies. Helsley enjoys playing golf and guitar and reading history and literature.

After two years at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), Professor Richard G. Sloan will return to academia in January as a new faculty member of the school's Accounting Group. At Barclays, Sloan served as director of accounting research and head of cross-strategy research, playing a leadership role in BGI's equity research team. Sloan's background includes ten years at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business where he was the Victor L. Bernard PricewaterhouseCoopers Collegiate Professor of Accounting, professor of finance, and director of the school's Financial Research and Trading Center.

Sloan's work focuses on the role of accounting information in investment decisions. He won the 2001 Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award for his research on earnings quality. He earned his MS and PhD in business administration from the University of Rochester. Sloan enjoys jogging, yoga, hiking, and travel.

Assistant Professor Marcus Opp joins the Finance Group after receiving his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He studies international finance, corporate finance, information economics, and applied game theory. Opp's work includes the study of firms and contracts in countries where the government and legal systems are dysfunctional. Opp says he chose Haas because of its "collegial and accessible atmosphere." Opp moved to the Bay Area with his new wife, whom he married in August in his native Germany. Opp enjoys basketball, running, and is a 5.5-rated tennis player.

Haas's Marketing Group welcomed Assistant Professor Zsolt Katona, who studies online marketing, search and social networks, and Internet advertising. Katona received a marketing management doctorate from INSEAD in France in 2008 and earned a Ph.D. in computer science in 2007 from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. When not on campus, Katona and his wife are busy perfecting their skills as competitive Latin dancers. The pair has won first-place in two dance competitions in Hungary.

Assistant Professor Alexei Tchistyi joins the Haas Real Estate and Finance groups. Tchistyi's research interests are mortgages, financial innovations, dynamic contracting, agency theory, and corporate finance. Tchistyi, born in Belarus, was a finance professor at NYU's Stern School of Business for the past three years. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tchistyi enjoys soccer, hiking, and an occasional game of chess "for fun."

Joining Haas's Finance Group is Professor Martin Lettau, who spent the past year as a visiting professor of economics at Columbia University. Lettau is also a former assistant Finance professor at Stern and served as senior economist in capital markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He received his MA and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. Lettau's research has included stock-return predictability, the effect of macroeconomic volatility on the stock market, and stock dividends.

The Haas community already knows Assistant Professor Meghan Busse, who has been appointed a ladder-track faculty member in the Economic Analysis and Public Policy Group. In the spring, Busse earned membership in Club 6, a measure of teaching excellence based on student evaluations. Busse is currently on leave. Busse's research focus includes price discrimination, market structure and competition, and tacit collusion. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Profs. David Vogel and Barry Staw Honored by Academy of Management

Haas School Professor David J. Vogel was honored with a best book award from the Academy of Management at its annual meeting in Anaheim earlier this month.

Professor Barry Staw received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the field of organizational behavior. Staw's award was previously announced in March 2008. To read more about it, visit http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/newspubs/haasnews/archives/hn033108.html#story1.

Vogel, an expert in corporate ethics, earned the academy's Social Issues in Management Division Best Book Award 2008 for his book The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility, published in 2005 by Brookings Institution Press.

The award is bestowed annually for an outstanding book in print for at least three years. Although Vogel knew he was a finalist, the announcement still came as a pleasant surprise. "I am honored to receive this award because it comes from colleagues who share my enthusiasm for corporate social responsibility, says Vogel, the Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor in Business Ethics. "I am grateful to have my work acknowledged by a group of peers I greatly admire."

Vogel was inspired to write the book in 2000 with the resurging interest in corporate ethics, philanthropy, and volunteerism, along with the belief such practices would increase profitability. In his research, he found little proof that corporate social responsibility directly improved profitability, but it could still improve public perception, employee morale, and loyalty on the part of senior management.

Vogel has been on the faculty at Haas since 1973 and has closely followed issues related to corporate social responsibility for nearly four decades. For him, the most rewarding aspects of academic life include writing, tackling research, developing analyses, and challenging people to think about ideas in a different way.

"David is a major contributor to the discourse on corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility," says Ganesh Iyer, associate dean for academic affairs. "We are fortunate to have such a distinguished member of our faculty."

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt to Speak Sept. 9

Jeff Immelt

General Electric's Jeff Immelt, one of the country's most well-regarded CEOs at one the country's most storied companies, will address the Haas community on September 9. The free event, part of the Dean's Speaker Series, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

Immelt took the helm as the ninth chairman of the 130-year-old industrial conglomerate just a few days before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He was appointed president and CEO in 2000. Even as he led GE through some turbulent times, Immelt has attracted numerous accolades, including being named one of the world's best CEOs three times by Barron's and one of the top 25 most influential people in business by Fortune.

GE, which produces everything from jet engines to light bulbs to television shows, has thrived during Immelt's tenure. The company, ranked sixth on the 2008 Fortune 500, was also the second most profitable. Fortune has named GE "America's Most Admired Company."

Immelt is known for his personable style and for moving GE toward a more team-based leadership model. He came to the company in 1982 and has served in several global leadership positions. He is also a member of The Business Council and on the board of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Immelt earned a BA degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1982.

Immelt's speech is open to the Haas community and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Profs. David Vogel and Robert Reich To Debate Corporate Social Responsibility, Sept. 2

Haas School Professor David Vogel will face off against former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich in a debate on corporate social responsibility Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Haas School.

The debate, titled "Corporate Social Responsiblity: Is it Responsible? Professor David Vogel vs. Professor Robert Reich," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. It is part of the Dean's Speaker Series.

Vogel is a business ethics expert and author of 13 books, including The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility. He holds the Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professorship in Business Ethics at the Haas School and is also a professor in Berkeley's Political Science Department and an affiliate professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Reich, a professor of public policy at the Goldman School, has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He is the author of 11 books, including his latest book, Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life.

Fall Speaker Series to Examine Open Innovation

Leaders in open innovation -- the concept that organizations benefit from making their walls permeable to the flow of new internal and external ideas -- will share their insights in a new speaker series every other week this fall.

The lectures will run from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays and are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

The series is organized by Haas Adjunct Professor Henry Chesbrough, who developed the open innovation paradigm and described it in two books. The co-organizer is UC Davis Assistant Professor Siobhan O'Mahony. The series is sponsored by the Haas School's Center for Open Innovation and the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis, with help from the four-campus Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

"Open innovation explores a rich set of phenomena going on across industries," Chesbrough says. "We will showcase some of the work by academics to understand these phenomena, as well as the perspectives of managers from a variety of sectors who are using this more open process."

Lectures will be held in the Hearst Mining and Minerals Building, Room 290, except as noted:

John Wilbanks
Vice President, Science Commons
September 10

Carol Mimura
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances,
UC Berkeley
September 24

Alpheus Bingham
Founder, Director, and former CEO, InnoCentive, Inc.
October 8

Siobhan O'Mahony
UC Davis Graduate School of Management
October 22

Ronald Wolf
Phillips Electronics
October 29

Linus Dahlander
Lecturer, Imperial College London, Tanaka Business School
November 5

Lee Fleming
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Technology and Operations Group, Research on the Internet Engineering Task Force
November 19

Fiona Murray
Associate Professor Management of Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Business
December 3

Speakers' papers will be posted at http://openinnovation.haas.berkeley.edu/oiss/ as they become available. To join the mailing list for papers, contact Siobhan O'Mahony at somahony@gsm.ucdavis.edu.

Fisher Information Technology Center to Co-Host Green Building Workshop

Keeping up with the latest trends in the rapidly growing sustainable construction movement can seem as daunting as trying to solve the global warming crisis. To help, the Haas School's Fisher Information Technology Center is co-hosting a lively forum on tackling sustainable building issues on Sept. 9, at Stanford University.

The Fisher Information Technology Center is co-hosting the workshop, titled "Meeting the Demand for Sustainable Buildings," with Stanford's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) and Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the discussion will focus on the demand for sustainability and improvements to the structure of the industry. Facility owners, designers, engineers, builders, and scientists who strive to provide leadership in sustainable building won't want to miss this one-day workshop.

Featured speakers and panelists include:

  • David Winstead, commissioner, US General Services Administration
  • John Hennessy, president, Stanford University
  • David Hovey, fellow of the American Institute of Architects and president, Optima
  • Steve Selkowitz, head of building technologies department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories
  • Susan Ubbelohde, associate professor of architecture, Berkeley College of Environmental Design
  • John King, design writer for the San Francisco Chronicle

Individual registration fees are $345 for CIFE Members and $495 for non-members. Group rates are also available. To register, visit http://cife.stanford.edu.

Research Spotlight: Prof. Catherine Wolfram finds MBAs More Likely to Take Mommy Track than MDs, JDs

Catherine Wolfram

A surprising number of highly educated MBAs are dropping out of the labor force. Associate Professor Catherine Wolfram, a member of the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, studied surveys taken by nearly 1,000 Harvard undergraduate alumni and found 15 years after graduation, business school graduates are more likely than doctors and lawyers to leave the workforce. The common factors: being married, being female, becoming a mother.

In her study, "Opt-Out Patterns Across Careers: Labor Force Participation Rates Among Highly Educated Mothers," Wolfram conjectures that the business world is less female-friendly than the fields of medicine and law. "Women who are in family-friendly environments are more likely to stay working," says Wolfram, who co-authored the study with Jane Leber Herr, Ph.D. 08, UC Berkeley's Department of Economics.

Wolfram and Herr used Harvard College reunion surveys for the 1988 to 1991 graduating classes to mine for their initial data. The women surveyed were approximately 37 years old and had at least one child. Fifteen years after graduating from Harvard College, 28 percent of the women who went on to get MBAs were stay-at-home moms. By comparison, only 6 percent of MDs stopped working outside of the home.

Of the MBAs surveyed, 27 percent had careers in the financial sector and 17 percent worked in consulting. The majority of the MDs worked in specialties centered on women, children, and family. Wolfram hypothesizes that work environment plays a key role in determining career longevity. Doctors, for example, often work in private practices and may be able to work part-time more easily than women in other fields. On the other hand, businesswomen more commonly must adhere to the corporate dictate, in terms of both daily hours and heavy travel commitments.

The research also found that 79 percent of attorney moms continued working after having children. JD mothers who remained in the labor force were more likely to switch careers, while MBA moms were twice as likely to merely quit.

Despite the seemingly disheartening results of her research, Wolfram believes shifting policy and social norms in the more inflexible fields, such as business, may increase the propensity to work after motherhood. Wolfram also offers advice to young MBA women embarking on a career in business: "Talk now to women ten years older than you. The message is to be cognizant of the environment your degree gets you into and what opportunities it offers."

Berkeley-Columbia Gala to Feature After-Party Dancing, Sept. 13

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA students and alumni will dine, dance, and donate at the fourth annual Berkeley-Columbia Gala on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley.

The celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with networking, cocktails, and a silent auction, followed by dinner, a welcome for new Haas School Dean Rich Lyons, and a live auction. Then, in response to feedback from students and alumni, the celebration will feature an after-party for the first time, with music, dancing, and a no-host bar from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Auction proceeds will benefit the Haas Annual Fund.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/bcgala/.

Haas Undergraduate Program Scores High with US News

The Haas School ranked #3 on a list of the best undergraduate business programs published Aug. 21 by US News & World Report. The Haas School Undergraduate Program also landed among the top 10 schools in several specialty rankings by the magazine.

All of the rankings are based entirely on a survey of deans of business schools with undergraduate programs, as well as undergraduate business program directors.

Haas ranked among the top 10 best undergraduate programs in eight business specialty categories:

  • #4 in management
  • #4 in real estate
  • #5 in marketing
  • #5 in quantitative analysis
  • #5 in finance
  • #7 in production/operations management
  • #7 in international business
  • Tied for #10 in entrepreneurship

Haas Makes List of Top 10 "Quant" Schools

Advanced Trading magazine included the Haas School's Master's in Financial Engineering Program on a top 10 list of schools that offer degrees for quantitative analysts in the finance sector.

Advanced Trading, a magazine and Web site that covers stock trading trends and technology strategies, published the alphabetical list of top 10 quant schools on July 21. The magazine created a four-member board to choose the schools, which were not ranked against each other.

The board was composed of Robert Almgren, co-founder of Quantitative Brokers, adjunct faculty member at New York University Courant Institute's Mathematics in Finance program, and former director of the Mathematical Finance Program at the University of Toronto; Ian Domowitz, managing director of networking and analytical and research products at ITG; Steven Janowsky, head of financial engineering at FX Solutions; and Leo Murphy, manager of Trading Technologies' University Relations Program.

To read an article about the ranking, visit http://www.advancedtrading.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=209102204.

New California Management Review Explores IKEA, YouTube Ads, English Football

Want to learn how Swedish furniture giant IKEA keeps its products so cheap yet innovative? Or what a firm should do when a consumer creates a spoof ad of its product on YouTube?

Those are just two of several timely management topics examined in the new issue of California Management Review, the Haas School's quarterly journal.

The recurring theme in the summer issue is that managing today's complex networks -- virtual, brick and mortar, or human -- requires a deeper understanding of what drives them. Enrico Baraldi of Sweden's Uppsala University offers a detailed dissection of how IKEA developed its massive global supply network for efficiency and innovation.

Another piece culls talent management lessons from 1930s English football (soccer in the US) to explore why some teams outperform others. "Breaking Up is Never Easy: Planning for Exit in a Strategic Alliance" examines how to end things when partnerships go sour. And "Ad lib: When Customers Create the Ad" delves into the lively world of consumer-generated advertising.

Haas Senior Lecturer Sara L. Beckman has stepped in as acting editor of the journal while Haas Professor and Editor David Vogel is on sabbatical.

Complimentary copies of CMR are available for Haas School students in the program offices and lounges. Student and alumni subscriptions are available for $40, or $60 for international mailing. To subscribe, e-mail cmr@haas.berkeley.edu. Alumni may also request a complimentary copy of a previous issue. CMR is also available on the web at http://cmr.berkeley.edu.

Show Your Cal Spirit at Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 4

Enjoy a day of spirited fun and networking as the Cal Bears take on Arizona State during the annual Haas Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 4.

All Haas School alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to converge on campus for the festivities. The celebration will begin in Andersen Auditorium with a workshop titled "Web 2.0 Goes Mainstream Business" by Amy Shuen, Ph.D. 94, a former Haas lecturer. Then new Haas School Dean Rich Lyons will speak on what he learned as Goldman Sachs chief learning officer and the strategic positioning of the Haas School.

From there, it's off to the Haas courtyard for a pre-game Mexican fiesta lunch with live music and special activities for kids. After that, come cheer on the Golden Bears in specially reserved tickets for Haas alumni and their guests.

During Homecoming, undergraduates from the classes of 03, 98, and 83 will also celebrate Reunion Weekend, including special seating at the Blue and Gold Dinner at Pauley Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 3.

The deadline to register for homecoming events is 10 p.m. Monday, September 22. Additional tickets for the Fiesta Lunch, if available, will be available for purchasing at Homecoming on Oct. 4 at the registration table in the Haas courtyard. For more information, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/homecoming/.

Tech Experts Converge at Haas for New Media Marketing Conference

Executives from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other Bay Area tech companies converged on Haas and Stanford in early August to talk to business school marketing professionals from around the world about how the latest new online media trends - also known as Web 2.0 -- are changing the way people communicate.

Haas and Stanford tapped fifteen technology executives from around the Bay Area for a new two-day workshop titled the "Stanford-Berkeley New Media Workshop." The conference attracted about 75 public affairs and marketing professionals from business schools from North America and Europe.

Panel discussions included how to communicate via Web video; new marketing tools such as Second Life, Wikipedia, and Google Earth; and the growing power of online social networks.

The workshop's keynote speakers were Wired magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson, whose new book Free will be published in June 2009; and Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies and a former vice president of Forrester Research.

The workshop was organized by the Haas Marketing and Communications Department and Stanford Graduate School of Business Office of Marketing and Communications. The organizers included Ute Frey, Richard Kurovsky, and Valerie Gilbert from Haas and Barbara Buell, Helen Chang, and Kathey Holland from Stanford.

Apply for Berkeley Board Fellows by Sept. 15

Applications are due Sept. 15 to participate in the Berkeley Board Fellows program, which places graduate students on local nonprofit board of directors for nine months.

An information session on the program will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 in the Helzel Board Room.

The program's primary goal is to develop students' governance and leadership skills while contributing their time and talent to select nonprofit organizations. Fellows act as non-voting members of the board. The program is sponsored by Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, in partnership with Net Impact Club and Goldman School of Public Policy.

For an application and more information, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/nonprofit/board.asp.

"WarnMe" System to Alert Campus to Dangers

After careful planning and testing, the new campus-wide "WarnMe" alerting service is scheduled to be operational at the start of the fall semester for all UC Berkeley students and staff who choose to participate. The system is part of the university's ongoing efforts to enhance campus safety and improve emergency response.

WarnMe will proactively notify individual students, faculty, and staff of situations on or near campus that may pose an immediate threat to their safety and provide instructions on how to respond. The system will also send alerts and instructions in the event of other significant types of emergencies, such as major accidents and natural disasters.

WarnMe is a free, opt-in system that provides subscribers with emergency alerts via cell phone, text messaging, TTY, e-mail, and telephone. Individuals select how to be notified and all contact information is protected, kept private, and omitted from campus directories. To receive warnings and instructions, sign up using your CalNet ID at warnMe.berkeley.edu.

New Vendor to Bring Asian Flare to Café

A fresh décor and new menu items with an Asian influence are the latest changes to come to Jimmy FIFO Café with the arrival of new owner.

Moon Chul Yun, a Cal alumnus and longtime north-side restaurant owner, took over management of Jimmy FIFO Café in July. Among his first changes: Livening up the décor by painting the formerly yellow walls white and hanging up colorful artwork. He also removed the salad bar to relieve congestion and plans to add prepackaged salads and other grab-and-go items.

Yun, who earned a master's degree in civil engineering from Berkeley in 1989, already has added more Asia-inspired dishes to the menu, including potstickers and two varieties of California rolls. Rice plates are planned for the future, along with fixed day-of-the-week specials and soups.

Yun hopes to better serve time-strapped Evening & Weekend students. Before classes start, he'll let them choose a dish from a menu of five popular items, and then have the food ready for them to pick up during their break.

Yun brings 18 years of restaurant experience to his job as the new vendor managing Jimmy FIFO. He owned Seven Palms Food Center, a grocery store and sandwich shop on Euclid Avenue, for 17 years and Asiana Garden restaurant, a Japanese and Korean restaurant also on Euclid, for almost two years.

Both of those businesses served primarily Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. "I know what they like," he says.

Haas Launches Top News RSS Feed

The Haas School has launched a new RSS feed to keep subscribers up to date with the latest news from the school.

The RSS feed will include top stories from Haas Newswire -- the school's email newsletter for students, faculty, and staff -- as well other articles.

Users can subscribe to the RSS feed by clicking the orange RSS button at the bottom of the Haas School's homepage (http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/) or the bottom of the main school's newsroom page (http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/news/). Subscribing to the feed requires either a feed-capable Internet browser (such as Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 3) or a special feed reader installed on your computer. Services such as Yahoo! and Google also allow you to manage your favorite feeds from their web sites.

Future RSS feeds are in the works for Haas research and innovation news.

Staff News

David Gent Named New Executive Director of Evening & Weekend Program; Jennifer Sang Named Director of Cross-Platform Initiatives

David Gent was named the new executive director of the Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program on Aug. 7.

Gent comes to Haas after a distinguished career at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he served first as associate director of Kellogg's Office of Admissions, and then as senior associate director of Kellogg's Career Management Center. In these positions, Gent directed admissions for five joint degree programs, oversaw campus recruiting efforts, and served as an adjunct faculty member for Kellogg's course in international business, for which he has developed curriculum.

Gent earned his master of management from Kellogg in 1991. Prior to that, Gent served in a series of operational roles, with a focus in nonprofit management, and he has remained active in that community as, among other things, the co-founder and president of the Kellogg Social Impact Alumni Network.

With Gent's appointment, Jennifer Sang, formerly acting executive director of the EWMBA program, will resume her role as EWMBA director of academic affairs and also has been named the Haas School's new director of cross-program initiatives, a role that will enable Sang to help identify and share best practices across the organization.

Carinne Johnson Becomes New Haas Web Editor

Carinne Johnson began work July 28 as the new Web editor in the Haas School's Marketing & Communications office.

Johnson most recently worked in New York City with Simon & Schuster publishers and has spent a year teaching in Japan.

She will be a key part of the Haas Online Marketing Team maintaining the content of the main Haas School website and extending our the Haas School's forays into social media on the web. She will be working closely with the Virtual Web Team members.

Johnson's outside interests include hiking, swimming, watching live theater, and traveling internationally. Most recently she traveled to Australia, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam while living in Japan.

Email: carinne_johnson@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 643-4365
Office: S328

Three New Faculty Assistants Join Haas

The Haas School hired two new faculty assistants in August: Sofia Carbonell, Alan Lambert, and Cliff Mak.

Carbonell grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is a recent graduate of St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she studied Political Science. Sofia's support assignment includes members of the Operations and Information Technology Management group (OITM) and four faculty in other areas of expertise.

Email: sofia_carbonell@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 642-5588
Office: F470

Prior to coming to Haas, Lambert worked at UC Berkeley's Physical Plant office as a customer service representative and, more recently, at the Business Services office as an administrative assistant. Lambert's support assignment includes members of the Business and Public Policy faculty group and faculty in other areas of expertise.

Email: alan_lambert@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 642-2335
Office: F583

Mak is a recent graduate of Cal, where he studied Comparative Literature in English and Latin. He hopes to continue his studies on a graduate level sometime in the future. Cliff's support assignment includes members of the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations faculty group (OBIR).

Email: cliff_mak@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 642-8544
Office: F531

Jia Ma Hired as New Database Administrator

Jia Ma joined Haas Computing Services July 17 as its new database administrator.

Ma, originally from China, came to Haas from a software firm in Moraga. Ma will be working to run the school's database servers and clusters, and will assist in running the customer relationship management (CRM) system and other server technologies. She comes to Haas with a wide range of software development, database, CRM, and other skills.

Ma's favorite hobby: looking for good restaurants.

Email: jma@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: Not yet installed.
Office: S300M

Sarah Segal joins Development & Alumni Relations as Staff Assistant

The Haas Development & Alumni Relations staff welcomed Sarah Segal Aug. 14 as its new staff assistant reporting to Sue Clifton, TK.

Segal graduated in June from UC Santa Barbara, where she worked at the UCSB Annual Fund, first as a caller and then later as a recruiter seeking Annual Fund callers. She also was a development assistant for Santa Barbara Special Olympics.

Now that she has relocated, Segal plans to be a coach for Special Olympics Northern California. Her other interests outside of work include books, knitting, art, and good movies.

Email: sarah_segal@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: (510) 643-0474
Office: 2001 Addison St.

Haas Staffers Awarded for Going the Extra Mile

Five Haas staff members received Spot awards for their exceptional service in their departments or the school as a whole.

Spot awards are part of a university-wide program recognizing deserving managers, supervisors, and non-represented members of the school. Recipients receive $250.

Award criteria includes being collaborative, promoting an inclusive work environment, taking initiative, going the extra mile to meet critical deadlines, and providing exceptional service and stewardship.

Milton Fong, faculty assistant, was nominated by fellow faculty assistant Donna Seaward, for "taking the lead" in producing letters of recommendation for three students, following through with final letters, and training a faculty assistant.

Tyson Nagler, facilities coordinator, was nominated by Steve Holton of Intercollegiate Athletics, for "representing the inter-department cooperation that the Spot award recognizes" when he helped move the football ticket operation to Haas on game days.

Aaron Paul Nebres, MFE assistant lab manager and assistant HCS lab coordinator, Computing Services, was nominated by Ph.D. student Atul Teckchandani for "going the extra mile to make sure that his customers are satisfied," including helping Teckandani with a problem with remote terminal services.

Grateful for his dedication, hard work and prompt response, Ph.D. student Teckchandani also nominated John Smoot, technical support, Computing Services, because "he provides excellent service and always handles HCS service requests to the utmost satisfaction." Smoot spent two days, including working very late on a Friday night, re-imaging Teckchandani's PC.

Praised for her "tremendous hard work and dedication," Yen Tran, assistant director, Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program, was nominated by Marjorie DeGraca, interim executive director of the BCEMBA Program, for carrying "a very heavy load" and being the "primary point of contact for staff, students, and faculty" as a result of staff changes and departures.

Haas in the News - As of 8/27/08

Simona Chin Campbell, MBA 07, was featured in an article on being the coxswain on the Paralympic rowing team for the USA in an August 19 Georgetown University News article titled "Ready to Row Toward Gold."

Shantanu Narayen, EWMBA 98, was featured on making it to the Forbes list of the 15-top paid young CEOs in the United States in an August 19 CNBC article titled "Two Indians make it to the Forbes 15-top paid CEOs in US."

Craig Kerr, MBA 88, was featured on his appointment as the new vice president of marketing at iPost in an August 19 MarketWatch article titled "iPost Appoints Craig Kerr Vice President of Marketing."

Peter Johnson, executive director of admissions, was quoted on interest from abroad in obtaining an MBA in the US in an August 17 San Francisco Chronicle titled "Weak Dollar Beckons Foreign Students to State."

Benjamin Hermalin, professor of finance, was quoted on the challenges of closing down an organization in an August 17 (San Joaquin) Recordnet article titled "Descent into debt doomed Seniors First."

The Lester Center for Responsible Business' Moskowitz Research Program was mentioned in an August 17 Charleston Gazette article titled "Socially Correct Investing."

Severin Borenstein, director of the UC Energy Institute and professor of business administration and public policy, was quoted on solar power versus natural gas and wind power in an August 15 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "PG&E plans big investment in solar power."

Borenstein was quoted on the effect of installing solar photovoltaic technology in an August 15 Wenatchee World Online article titled "Don't Jump into Solar."

The Haas School was mentioned in an August 14 CBS5 story titled "Bay Area Grad School Admissions on the Rise."

Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted on the foreclosure crisis and subprime loans and interest rates in an August 14 ABC 7 News story titled "Counties see skyrocketing foreclosure rates."

Borenstein was quoted about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an August 13 ABC 7 News story titled "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on Bush to open oil reserves."

Scott Kucirek, MBA 99, was featured on his move to lead the development of a statewide multiple-listing service at the California Association of Realtors in two articles:

+ August 13, East Bay Business Times, http://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/08/11/daily54.html

+ August 13, MarketWatch,

Kenneth Rosen, professor of real estate and urban economics, was interviewed on Freddie Mac and the housing market in an August 12 MarketWatch segment titled "Freddie Mac and the Housing Market."

Borenstein was quoted on the effect of offshore drilling in two stories:

+ August 12, United Press International, http://www.upi.com/Energy_Resources/2008/08/12/Outside_View_Offshore_drilling_deception/UPI-53481218555686/ (registration required)

+ July 30, CBS News, "Reality Check on Offshore Drilling."

Jim Wilcox, professor of finance and economic analysis and policy, was quoted on the Federal Reserve's report of the deepening credit crisis in an August 11 KCBS story.

Henry Chesbrough, executive director of the Center for Open Innovation, was quoted on the history of research and development and its role in corporations' move towards open innovation in an August 11 Computer World article titled "The New Face of R&D."

Borenstein was quoted on consumers' attention to the cumulative effect of higher gasoline prices in an August 9 Sign On San Diego article titled "Gas Prices in S.D. region falling to $4 a gallon."

Kroll was quoted on the housing market in an August 8 ABC 7 News article titled "Bay Area Home Sellers Opting to Rent."

A $4.5 endowment by the late Ed Garwood, MBA 31, was featured in an August 8 East Bay Business Times article titled "Berkeley's Haas creates new center with endowment." The endowment will fund a new center focused on developing new management strategies and technologies to promote innovation in US firms. http://eastbay.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/08/11/story11.html

Dean Richard Lyons was featured about his aim to move Haas into the stratospheric top five business schools in America in a August 8 East Bay Business Times article titled "Dean aims to put Haas in top five business schools."

Borenstein was quoted on gas prices and airlines in an August 8 article titled "Lupta pentru supravietuire a companiilor aeriene" in Adevarul, based in Bucharest, Romania.

Laura Kray, associate professor of management philosophy and values, and Connson Locke, Ph.D. 07, were featured about their research on flirting during business negotiations in two articles:

+ August 7, Daily Californian, "Kissing That Bigger Paycheck Goodbye"

+ August 7, Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/Page/document/v5/content/subscribe?user_URL=http://www.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2Fstory%2FLAC.20080730.CAFLIRT30%2FTPStory%2FBusiness&ord=83601385&brand=theglobeandmail&force_login=true (registration required)

Wilcox was quoted on the Federal Reserve and interest rates in two stories:

+ August 6, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fed, 'boxed into a corner,' keeps rates steady

+ August 5, Channel 2 News

Borenstein was interviewed on lowering gas prices and energy policy in an August 5 Marketplace article titled "Candidates shift positions on energy."

Former Dean Tom Campbell was interviewed on tenure as dean of the Haas School and his past in teaching in Africa in an August 3 San Jose Mercury News article titled "Tom Campbell's Journey: From D.C. to Berkeley to Africa."

Rosen was interviewed on the recession and housing market in an August 3 CNBC segment titled "Recession Has Just Begun."

Borenstein was quoted on California's higher energy prices in an August 3 iStockAnalyst article titled "The Downturn: As Economic News Worsens, Area Residents Tighten Belts."

John O'Brien, professor of financial innovation, was mentioned on the hiring of this year's class of financial engineering graduates in an August 1 International Herald Tribune article titled "Financial engineers thrive despite the subprime mess."

Jennifer A. Chatman, a professor in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, wrote a piece about how companies can fight prejudice in the workplace in a July 31 issue of the Greater Good titled "Rising Together."

Borenstein was quoted on oil prices in a July 31 Daily Californian article titled "Students Move Away From the Pump."

Borenstein was quoted on the sale of gasoline to independent middlemen at lower prices in a July 31 North County Times article titled "Gasoline: Cutbacks drive down prices, analysts say."

Wilcox was quoted on the recession and the tech industry in a July 30 KTVU Channel 2 segment titled "Recession-Proof Jobs."

Nora Silver, an adjunct professor and director of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, was quoted on the personalities of business philanthropists in a July 28 Financial Times article titled "MBAs lift non-profit sector."

Johnson was quoted about supporting security measures at testing centers in a July 27 KCBS story titled "Graduate School Tests to Use High Tech Security Measures."

Sean Luangrath, BCMBA 07, was featured on his idea to launch the first service for Chinese-English translations by cell phone in a July 18 East Bay Business Times article titled "Pleasanton startup offers mobile phone translation to travelers in China."

Kroll commented on Jelly Belly's first overseas plant location in Thailand in a July 25 East Bay Business Times article titled "Jelly Belly prepares to open first overseas plant as demand sweetens."

Haas School of Business is included in a July 25 BusinessWeek article titled "The Spread of Specialized MBA Programs."

Wilcox was interviewed live in the studio by Phil Matier on CBS5 News on the Sunday morning news show on July 20 about the risk and failure of banks. http://cbs5.com/video/?id=36799@kpix.dayport.com

Happening at Haas

Corporate Social Responsiblity: Is it Responsible?
Professor David Vogel vs. Professor Robert Reich

Tuesday, September 2
7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room

Dean's Speaker Series
Jeff Immelt,
CEO, General Electric

Tuesday, September 9
7:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium


Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum
The Changing Face of Venture Investing
Thursday, August 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
For more information and to register: http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/bef/aug08forum.html

Lester Center Information Session
Thursday, August 28
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bank of America Forum
First-year MBAs are encouraged to attend in order to learn about the Lester Center, including leadership opportunities. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, venture capital, microfinance or socially responsible business, be sure to attend--and stay for a great opening program of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum. Refreshments will be provided.

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum
The Halo Effect: Pitfalls to Entrepreneurial Success
Thursday, September 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
For more information and to register: http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/bef/sep08forum.html

"The Buy - it-now-Option, Risk Aversion, and Impatience in an Empirical Model of eBay Bidding"
Daniel Ackerberg, UCLA
Thursday, August 28
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250

"EM Algorithms for Nonparametric Estimation of Mixing Distributions in Consumer Choice Models"
Kenneth Train, UC Berkeley
Thursday, September 4
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


LGBT Business Plan Loan Factory Workshops: Credit Scores Review & Loan Application Process
Tuesday, August 26
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street @ Octavia, San Francisco
Register: e-mail TraceyW@SFCenter.org or call 415-865-5611

Berkeley Law Lecture Series
Why Japanese Entrepreneurs Don't Give Up Control to VCs
Tuesday, August 26
12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Boalt Hall, Room 170 (new Koret Room), UC Berkeley
Register/RSVP: Register online at BCLBE@law.berkeley.edu or contact Phyliss Martinez at
(510) 642-0532

Berkeley-Columbia Monthly Silicon Valley Happy Hour
Thursday, August 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nola's Restaurant & Bar, 535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
No RSVP necessary, but to see who is coming, go to http://bcemba08happyhours.wikispaces.com/.

LGBT Business Plan Loan Factory Workshop: Income Statement
Tuesday, September 2
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street @ Octavia, San Francisco
Register: e-mail TraceyW@SFCenter.org or call (415) 865-5611

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Friday, September 5
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Varnish Gallery, 77 Natoma Street, San Francisco
Registration: www.acteva.com/go/hansf
For questions, contact Elaine Kan at ekangaroo@alumni.haas.org.

Joint Business School Healthcare MBA Happy Hour
Friday, September 5
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sens Restaurant, 4 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco,
For additional info on the event, contact Amy Belt at amy_belt@hotmail.com.

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