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Haas NewsWire, February 23, 2004

Haas Professor David Teece to Receive Honorary Doctorate
Tickets Available for United Nations and Management of Technology Conference on Bridging    the Industrial Divide
Gap CEO and President to Speak on Leadership, March 1
Outside Speakers Enrich the Berkeley MBA Classroom Experience
Entrepreneurship at Haas Ranks Among Top-Tier National Programs
Tech Treks Provide Networking and Job Leads for Berkeley MBA Students
Staff News
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Haas Professor David Teece to Receive Honorary Doctorate

David Teece, the Mitsubishi Bank Professor of International Business and Finance and director of the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization, will receive an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen School of Business on March 19, 2004.

Teece's contributions to the theory of the firm and the understanding of the innovation process motivated his selection as this year's honorary doctorate. The award specifically notes his significant contributions in the areas of the theory of the firm, strategic management, the economics of technological change, knowledge management, technology transfer, antitrust economics, and several other areas.

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Tickets Available for United Nations and Management of Technology Conference on Bridging the Industrial Divide

Tickets are now available for "Bridging the Divide -- Technology, Innovation, and Learning in Developing Economies," the inaugural conference that is part of a new collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UC Berkeley's Management of Technology (MOT) program and takes place on April 1 -- 3.

The conference, which aims to bring technological solutions to problems in the developing world, will be held at the Haas School on April 1 - 3, 2004. Organized under the auspices of the MOT program, a joint effort between the Haas School, the College of Engineering, and the School of Information Management and Systems, the conference has garnered support and enthusiasm from faculty and students across the UC Berkeley campus, global industry leaders, and public officials and UN representatives from around the world.

"The expertise we can draw on here at Haas and across UC Berkeley through the MOT program meshes perfectly with the goals of this conference," says Andrew Isaacs, executive director of MOT. "The focus is to work on real solutions to the problems of the developing world."

Confirmed keynotes include John Morgridge, chairman of Cisco Systems; Vice Minister of Education for China Zhang Xing Shen; Long Yongtu, former vice minister, Ministry of Economics and now China's chief World Trade Organization negotiator; John Gage, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems; Robert Reich, former secretary of labor and visiting UC Berkeley this semester as a distinguished visiting scholar; and Akainobu Kanasugi, president of NEC Limited.

Haas and other UC Berkeley graduate students get the chance to create content for next year's event through the Berkeley/UNIDO Fellows Program, a new research program established in conjunction with the conference. The fellows will spend at least three weeks in a developing region conducting field research including primary and secondary data collection, interviews with government and industry leaders, focus groups with individuals, interviews with non-governmental organizations, and site visits.

For more information, or to register, visit the event web site at http://bridge.berkeley.edu.

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Gap CEO and President to Speak on Leadership, March 1

Paul Pressler, CEO and President of Gap Inc., will share his vision of leadership at the first Dean's Lecture of the year on Monday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

This event is open to the entire Haas community and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information contact Susie Hanna at hanna@haas.berkeley.edu.

Gap Inc. is a leading international retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy brand names. Gap brand includes Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapBody, and Gap Outlet.

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Outside Speakers Enrich the Berkeley MBA Classroom Experience

A superior court judge, the CEO of Niman Ranch, and the treasurer of the University of California are just a few of the expert business and public policy leaders who have been invited by Haas School faculty members to speak in Berkeley MBA classrooms this spring.

Every year, members of the Haas faculty invite CEOs, founders, and government experts to offer first-hand accounts of their experiences from the frontlines of business and government with Haas students.

The list below is a sampling of some of the dozens of speakers who are scheduled to speak in Berkeley MBA courses this semester. The name of the MBA course (in bold) is followed by the name of the speakers. In general these classroom appearances are not open to anyone other than students registered for the class; however, professors may make exceptions on an individual basis.

In addition to the course speakers, the Haas School organizes speaker series and major events throughout the year that are open to the entire Haas School community. Check Haas NewsWire and Haas events calendar for upcoming events.

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Entrepreneurship at Haas Ranks Among Top-Tier National Programs

The Haas School's entrepreneurship program was named to be among the 12 top-tier entrepreneurship programs in the US, and was also ranked #4 by alumni and #6 by faculty, according to Entrepreneur Magazine's 2004 ranking, published in its current issue.

Entrepreneurship at Haas, which is housed in the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, was one of only three programs in this survey that were ranked in the top ten by both faculty and alumni.

Entrepreneur Magazine's ranking is based on questionnaires completed by universities and surveys of their entrepreneurship faculty and alumni, and of peer institutions.

The survey was conducted for Entrepreneur by TechKnowledge Point Corp., which researched 700 universities across the US. The survey ranked 50 schools with what it considered "comprehensive entrepreneurship programs" at both nationally prominent colleges and universities and 50 such schools at the regional level. It also identified nearly 200 schools with an "entrepreneurship emphasis" and another 75 schools with "limited curriculum programs," according to the survey.

For the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.

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Tech Treks Provide Networking and Job Leads for Berkeley MBA Students

The Haas Technology Club's Tech Treks are a great way to network for internships and jobs with leading technology companies in Northern California, as Taylor Schreiner, MBA 04, discovered last year.

Schreiner, who previously worked at Staples, visited Intuit in spring 2003 to learn more about products and career opportunities. It was during the visit that he heard about an internship for someone interested in paper goods. He quickly submitted his resume, was immediately granted an interview, and was offered the position. "As a result of this Tech Trek, I was able to bypass the entire Intuit recruiting process, interview directly with the group, and get a great job last summer," Schreiner said.

Schreiner is just one of a number of students who have landed jobs as a result of their participation in Tech Treks, which organizes five to ten trips each year. The informality of the visits and the direct contact they give students with company representatives are what make them such fruitful ground for networking.

Tech Trek trips usually begin with a company overview, which includes discussion about the firm's culture and recruiting process. Senior managers then speak on issues such as the company's direction, competition, and high-level concerns. A Q&A panel follows with managers talking about what goes on in the trenches in various career areas and functions. Occasionally, the student groups, which range from 15 to 50 people, end with a tour of the company facilities. Haas alumni are often key organizers and participants for these events.

At Apple last November, for example, students learned about the company's business development plans, new technologies, and product marketing. They also had lunch with two Haas alumni and visited the Apple retail store at the end of the tour, which allowed them to play with the latest products and get products at the employee discount. "Tech Treks can be both entertaining and informative," says Ryohei Asao, MBA 05, one of the trip organizers.

Technology Club members, who this year include Asao and Andre Fernandez Vincent, MBA 05, plan the trips by working closely with Rich Wong, Haas Career Services associate director and technology account manager. Wong helps identify alumni and managerial contacts within companies. Haas graduates have been extremely helpful in generating internal support and momentum for the various Tech Trek visits. Students are also encouraged to suggest ideas for future trips based on their own connections within companies.

This spring, Tech Trek destinations will include BEA, PARC, and Electronic Arts. Trips fill quickly. Students who would like more information should contact Andre Vincent at andre.vincent@mba.berkeley.edu or Ryohei Asao at ryohei.asao@mba.berkeley.edu.

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Staff News

Two New Staff Members Join Human Resources and Administration Department

Denise Boyd joined the Haas School today as the director of Human Resources and Administration and management services officer.

Boyd has over twenty years of professional experience in manufacturing, sales, and nonprofit organizations. Most recently she was director of employee relations at Shaklee Corporation in Pleasanton, where she handled employee relations and staffing functions for more than 800 employees. Prior to this, she was vice president of Human Resources at the Jane Addams Hull House Association, in Chicago.

At Haas, Boyd will oversee human resources and administration and handles all personnel administration.

Boyd lives in Berkeley and likes to travel and collect teapots. Boyd's office is at F516. She can be reached at dboyd@haas.berkeley.edu or at 510-642-6468.

Maya Brewer also joined the department early this semester to handle room reservations, keys, and other facilities tasks.

Prior to joining Haas, Brewer held clerical positions with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the California Indian Manpower Consortium, and the Northern California Indian Manpower Consortium. Originally from Oklahoma, Brewer is half Kiowa. She is also a sculptor working in both bronze and clay.

Brewer's cubicle is in the suite at F514. To reach her regarding room reservations, e-mail roomres@haas.berkeley.edu. For all other e-mail, send it to maya@haas.berkeley.edu. Her phone number is 510-643-0475.

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Dean Tom Campbell was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 21 in an article titled, "Schwarzenegger's First 100 Days Feature Action, Fewer Results." Campbell commented on the spirit of bipartisanship that Schwarzenegger has engendered. Read the full text at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/news/archive/2004/02/21/state1421EST0043.DTL&type=printable.

A study by Hal Varian, professor in the Operations and Information Technology Management Group, was cited in the San Jose Mercury News on February 22 in an article titled, "It's True -- There's Too Much Information." Read the full text at http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/8013938.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

Dean Tom Campbell was mentioned in an article in the San Jose Mercury News on February 22, titled "Internal Affairs: Wishful Thinking." The article included Campbell in the list of possible candidates for a new president for San Jose State University. Campbell is quoted saying that he is staying at Berkeley. For full text, visit: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8014018.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

Sarah Takesh, MBA 03, and her company Tarsian & Blinkley, were featured in The New York Times Magazine on February 22 in an article titled "Silk and Human Kindness." For full text visit http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/22/magazine/magazinespecial/WFOTAFGHT.html? pagewanted=print&position= (*requires registration).

Sarah Takesh and Tarsian & Blinkley were also featured in the Los Angeles Times on February 21 in an article titled, "Dignity and Reform, One Thread at a Time." Read the full text at http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-et-rommelmann21feb21,1,3034623,print.story.

Ashley Bryan, MBA 03, was mentioned in the Houston Chronicle on February 18 in an article titled "Lamar High School Honors Former Teacher." The article is about Bryan's nonprofit organization aimed to improve school safety. For full text: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.hts/features/2406736.

Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist in the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was mentioned in the Mac Observer on February 17 in an article titled "Apple Exporting America for Cheap Labor Overseas." For full text: http://www.macroobserver.com/article/2004/02/17.13.shtml.

Janet Yellen was quoted in The New York Times on February 15 in an article titled "The Bright Side of Sending Jobs Overseas." Yellen commented on outsourcing in the high-tech industry. For full text: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/15/weekinreview/15porter.html? pagewanted=print&position= (*requires registration).

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