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Haas NewsWire, September 8, 2003

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Students Embark on International Field Study
Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum to Shed Light on the State of Venture Capital
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The first cohort of students in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program (BCEMBA) will embark on its international study trip next week to learn firsthand about the global economy, world trade, and international business management.

The International Seminar, taught by Sebastian Teunissen, executive director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, is a required course in the BCEMBA program and will take the students to meet with business and government leaders in Prague and Budapest over the nine-day schedule.

The seminar offers the executive MBA students an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the economic, commercial, political, and cultural perspectives of other countries. Prior to the trip, the students spend class time learning more about their destinations and becoming familiar with the business and economic issues in these regions.

The site visits in Prague will include Procter & Gamble's Rakona plant, one of the biggest Procter & Gamble production plants in Eastern Europe; Pilsner Urquell, a large, historic complex including the management headquarters of Plzensky Prazdroj and the Pilsner Urquell Beer World Visitor Centre; and Skoda, a company that is part of Volkswagen Group.

While in Budapest the group will hear a presentation by the president of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce before visiting several companies in the area. In Budapest the students will visit Graphisoft, a pioneer in CAD (computer-aided design) software development, and Henkell & Söhnlein Wiesbaden, the majority owner of Hungarovin wineries, and meet with senior managers at Procter & Gamble's Central European headquarters. The students will also make a trip to Hungary's wine region.

The students will also meet with a variety local business people over dinner. For example, in Prague the dinner at Nelahozeves Castle will be attended by representatives of Centrum.cz, Foxconn, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Eurotel, and the American Chamber of Commerce. At the Owl's Castle in Budapest Adevent International, Graphisoft, Laserbit, and various other companies will be represented.

"The students spent the last three months intensively researching both of these regions and drawing upon the new skill sets they are building in the program and their years of professional experience," says Robert Gleeson, executive director of the BCEMBA program. "This trip will allow them to put that knowledge into practice."

For more information on the BCEMBA program, visit http://www.berkeley.columbia.edu/.

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The next Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum, presented by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will explore the state of venture capital funding with a panel of distinguished venture capitalists on September 25.

The evening begins with a catered networking reception at 6:30 pm in the Haas School's Bank of America Forum and commences with the program at 7:30 pm in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium. For information on tickets to this event or for an annual subscription to the forum, visit http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/bef.asp.

The "2003 Venture Capital Report: A Savvy Assessment of Current Financing Trends" will bring some of the most successful investors in the venture capital arena to the Haas School to share their insights on venture capital funding. This month's forum is sponsored by Fenwick & West.

The evening's forum will begin with a presentation by Steve Bengston, managing director of Emerging Company Services (ECS) at PricewaterhouseCoopers, on the state of venture capital for the first six months of 2003. Moderator Sam Angus, a partner at Fenwick & West, will then moderate a panel discussion on the presentation. Angus' practice concentrates on the formation of startup companies, venture capital and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, and joint ventures.

The panel will include: Robert Ackerman, founder of Allegis Capital; John Denniston, chief operating officer at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Mark Kvamme, partner at Sequoia Capital; and Brian Atwood, co-founder of Versant Ventures.

A complete schedule of events at the Lester Center this fall can be found at http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu.

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There is still time to reserve a spot at one of the Haas School's top technology events -- the 6th annual Leading Edge Technology Conference on September 20.

Tickets are still available for this student-organized conference at http://www.theleadingedge.org/2003/register.htm.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) founder and chairman Jerry Sanders will give the keynote address, which is followed by a day of panel discussions that will take a look behind the scenes of current technology trends. Panel topics include:

Over the lunch break, attendees will get a chance to check out the latest gadgets and products from select technology companies at the product and technology fair, EdgeXpo.

For more information on the conference and technology fair and up-to-the-minute news on panels, visit http://www.theleadingedge.org/

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Faculty News

Karlene Roberts, professor in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations group, briefed the House Science Committee and Subcommittee on Space at the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, September 3, in preparation of the testimony of Admiral Gehman, chairman of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), on Thursday. Prof. Roberts previously testified before the CAIB on the impact of management factors on the shuttle accident.

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The Haas School and Dean Tom Campbell were mentioned in The New York Times on September 8 in an article titled, "Columbia Business School Dean for 14 Years Will Resign." Read the full story at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/08/business/08DEAN.html?pagewanted=print&position=. Requires registration.

Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on September 5 in an editorial titled "Is Sacramento Chasing Off Jobs?" Read the full text at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/05/ED138014.DTL.

Janet Yellen, the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration, was mentioned in the Charleston Gazette on September 3 in an article titled "More Taxes Needed to Pay for Future Financial Shortages, Analysts Say."

Jonathan Berk, the Harold Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values, was mentioned in the San Jose Mercury News on September 3 in an article titled "Breath of Fresh Air on Proposition 13 Quickly Deflated." To read full text, visit: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/business/6679971.htm

Janet Yellen was quoted in the Money section of USA Today on September 2 in an article titled, "A-list Experts Discuss Threat of Crippling Deflation." Read the full story at http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/inflation/2003-09-02-jackson_x.htm

Janet Yellen was quoted in the Financial Times on September 1 in an article titled "Fed's Communications Strategy Remains a Work in Progress."

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Alumni Events

For the most up-to-date listing of alumni events, please visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/events/events.html.

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