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Haas NewsWire, February 14, 2000

***Due to the President's Day Holiday, the next Haas NewsWire will be published on Tuesday, February 22, 2000.***

Social Venture Business Plan Competition Deadline Set for Midnight
New Center Seeks to Shape Competition Policy in the New Economy and the Courts
Evening MBA Students Go on the Road this Summer: Amsterdam to Accra
Correction: Andersen Consulting Sponsors the Award for California Management Review    Articles
MBA Clubs and Student Organizations for Spring 2000
Haas in the News
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Midnight tonight marks the final deadline for submissions to the first Social Venture Business Plan Competition, a national competition initiated by MBA students at the Haas School to promote the development of ventures that use the tools of business to solve social and environmental problems.

"Haas students are known worldwide for their unique ability to combine entrepreneurial zeal with a concern for building diverse, healthy communities, " said Jay Stowsky, associate dean for school affairs and initiatives. "This competition is a perfect way to marry those two passions to the inventive energy of engineers and scientists at UC Berkeley and across the country."

The SVBP competition is running concurrent with the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition and complements it through its special emphasis on social responsibility. The organizers of both plans have worked to coordinate their events and are encouraging teams to consider entering both competitions explained organizer Sara Olsen.

Judges for the SVBP competition include venture capitalist John May of New Vantage Partners, Republic of Tea Founder Wil Rosensweig, venture philanthropist Jed Emerson, and Director of Packard Foundation's Organization Effectiveness Barbara Kibbe.

The winning plan will be awarded a cash prize, the amount of which will be announced soon. The top three plans will be circulated among 150 angel investors of the Investors' Circle, a national network of early-stage private equity investors who seek financial, social, and environmental returns on their investments. Organizers are close to announcing significant sponsorships from a mix of companies and foundations.

The deadline for submission of executive summaries and registration is today, February 14, at midnight, Pacific Standard Time. The deadline for full business plans is March 7. The finalists will give presentations and the awards will be given on April 7 and 8. More information on the competition can be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/socialventure/home.html.

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A new policy center, founded in November 1999, located within the Haas School of Business in the Institute for Business and Economic Research (IBER), aims to close the gap between academic analysis and policy formation in the area of competition policy. One of the goals of the Competition Policy Center (CPC) is to turn Berkeley's potential in the area of competition policy in the New Economy into reality.

"UC Berkeley has unmatched talent in both the research and legal sides of competition policy, " said Carl Shapiro, director of IBER and the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy. The CPC is drawing on the wealth of current and former policy makers on the UC Berkeley faculty. There are three recent chief economists from the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Richard Gilbert, professor of economics; Shapiro; and Daniel Rubinfeld, professor of law and economics). Howard Shelanski, acting professor of law, is currently chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission, and both Michael Katz, the Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor of Business Administration, and Joseph Farrell, professor of economics, have previously served in this position. In addition, Aaron Edlin, professor of economics and law, is a former senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Farrell is the chair of the CPC.

The guiding principle of the CPC is to support research that is deeply informed by current policy issues, ranging from traditional antitrust to specific concerns in industries undergoing deregulation, such as telecommunications or energy. Severin Borenstein, professor of business in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group and director of the University of California Energy Institute, is focusing his research on competition in deregulated electricity markets, the gasoline industry, and hub dominance in the airline industry. Borenstein explained, "in terms of the deregulation process, the electricity industry today is where the airline industry was in 1978 or where the telecommunications industry was in 1984, just starting down the road."

Borenstein is a member of the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that was established by the state in 1996 as part of the restructuring of California electricity markets. Borenstein also serves on the California State Attorney General's Gasoline Task Force, which is charged with investigating the high price of gasoline in the state and the periodic price spikes. He has testified on electricity, gasoline, and airline issues before the California State Legislature and Congressional Committees in Washington, DC.

Katz is examining anti-trust policy in network-effect markets with Farrell and Shapiro. "In network-effect markets, the greater the number of consumers who use a product the more valuable it is," Katz explained, "Examples include things like the Microsoft operating system or the telephone or the Internet, where the more people who have it the more people you can communicate with."

In their current study, the three researchers are looking at the effects of business practices on innovation and pricing, and how public policy can affect or improve it. "This particular paper on predatory pricing finds that while there is greater reason to worry about predatory pricing in network markets, there is also greater concern that policy could do damage, " said Katz, "Policy makers need to take the threat of predation seriously in network-effect markets but at the same time they need to tread very cautiously."

The CPC expects to announce new initiatives for research, dissemination, and outreach during the forthcoming year. For more information, see the CPC's web site at http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/cpc/. Farrell summed up, "This is really a very pivotal time for competition policy. UC Berkeley has a responsibility to be as useful as possible."

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While most Evening MBA students are still thinking of spring, a small group of them have already planned their summer vacations. Twenty-seven Evening MBAs will be using two weeks of their vacation to participate in the second annual Seminar in International Business. After a few weeks of classroom sessions at Haas, this group will be packing their bags for a trip to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ghana.

Departing San Francisco on July 8 for Amsterdam, half the class will change planes there and immediately head to Accra. The other half, meanwhile, will remain in Amsterdam to begin a week of visits to companies and organizations in the Benelux region. While the European group is visiting the likes of Philips, Procter & Gamble, or Level3 Communications, the Ghana group is likely to be learning about the intricacies of establishing wireless telecom or managing a gold mine in a sub-Saharan economy. After one week the groups will briefly reunite in Amsterdam before trading places for a second week.

Lead by Andy Shogan, associate dean of instruction; Diane Dimeff, director of the evening MBA program; and Sebastian Teunissen, director of international affairs, the objective of the course is to provide students an opportunity to study the culture, history, and business environment in the selected countries. In 1999, Shogan, Teunissen, and 13 students undertook a similar program focused on Japan and Vietnam. In future years, Latin America and other regions will be included.

Participating students must complete a research project on some aspect of doing business in the selected countries and, where possible, tie these into the business of their respective employers.

For complete details please visit the course web site at: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/HaasGlobal/NGcourseoutline.htm

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Andersen Consulting sponsors the Andersen Consulting Award for articles published in the California Management Review. The article in last week's NewsWire mistakenly referred to a different firm in the final paragraph.

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The MBA student clubs and their presidents are listed below. Students clubs are funded in part by the MBA Association.


Clubs on Trial Basis for Spring 2000

Student Organizations that are not funded by the MBAA.

Student Programs Sponsored by the East Bay Outreach Project

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The Haas Undergraduate Program was the subject of "Where Social Skills are an Academic Asset" in the Daily Californian on February 14. Haas undergrad Mohan Krishnan and Haas hopeful Jimmy Chu were interviewed about the life of Haas students.

A news brief on the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition was published in the February 14 edition of the Financial Times in the "News from Campus" column.

The Daily Cal (February 9) published an article on the Microsoft Lawsuit Debate that was held last week at Haas. The article, "Debate Ensues Over Microsoft Case", may be found at http://www.dailycal.org/article.asp?id=1479&ref=search.

Recent alumnus Sanjay Agarwal (MBA 1999) has parlayed his December graduation from the Evening MBA program into a chief operating officer position with MedCenter, a healthcare portal based in Brazil. He was included in a February 9 story in the Wall Street Journal, "For US Business-School Graduates, Path to Internet Success Often Leads South", about graduates from US MBA programs starting companies in South America.

The Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program was featured in the Berkeleyan's special summer camps section in the February 9 -15 issue.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson in "The Presidents Budget; Boom Times Put Brakes on GOP Tax Cut Drive" published on February 8. Tyson explained that for the average family, taxes as a share of real family income are down over the last 20 years and that in the current economic environment, tax cuts are not a priority.

Louis Bucklin, professor emeritus in the marketing group, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on February 1 about the cost of establishing a brand on the Internet in the article "Despite Cost Dot-Coms Pull Retailers into Net."

In the Toronto Star's Davos Noterbook (from the World Economic Forum) of January 30, Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson describes the US Agenda in the future as focusing on five key areas; distribution of income, skills shortage, health coverage, global responsibility, and regulation of new technologies.

Industry Week published a Global Manufacturers Resource guide on January 24 that mentions the Haas School's MBA and executive education programs. Haas was on the list of the top eighty business schools according to the Princeton Review's annual listing of schools and number 25 in the top 30 executive education programs as previously published in the business school rankings by the Financial Times.

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