Joint United Nations, MOT Effort to Send Students Across the Globe on Development Projects
Responding to the Market: Haas Offers Electives on Timely Topics
Global Social Venture Competition Announces Finalists at Regional Finals, March 5
Private Equity Conference to Draw Upon Haas School Faculty and Alumni Expertise, April 1
Let the Bidding Begin: Attend the C4C Auction Saturday, March 6
Undergraduate Beta Alpha Psi Chapter Recognized for its Website
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas
Creating solar powered lighting systems in rural China, advancing cancer prevention in southern Africa, and extending microfinance loans in Uganda are among the projects groups of Berkeley students will undertake this summer as part of the research portion of the new collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UC Berkeley's Management of Technology (MOT) Program.
The students, called MOT/UN Fellows, formed their own teams, selected a field destination, and prepared a research plan built around a sustainable solution for economic development in a developing country to be considered for a grant. Of the 15 research proposals submitted for review, eight teams (32 students total) were selected for funding under the program, with a total of $150,000 in research funding awarded.
Berkeley MBA or Haas School Ph.D. students lead six of the eight teams selected. In addition to the Haas School, the team members come from the College of Engineering, the School of Information Management and Systems, the School of Chemistry, the School of Public Health, the Department of Economics, the Department of City and Regional Planning, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Energy and Resources Group.
The teams 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. The research results of the eight teams will be published in a new journal created for this program, and presented at the Bridging the Divide 2005 conference set for April, 2005.
In addition to field research, the students will participate in two new classes created for this program, a spring semester class on field work and a fall semester class on preparing research results, both co-taught by Andrew Isaacs, adjunct professor and executive director of the Management of Technology Program, and Kristi Raube, adjunct professor and executive director of the Graduate Program in Health Management.
The MOT/UNIDO collaboration also includes an annual conference. The inaugural conference, "Bridging the Divide -- Technology, Innovation, and Learning in Developing Economies," takes place at the Haas School from April 1 to 3, 2004. For more information on the conference, or to register, visit http://bridge.berkeley.edu.
Creating Intel's site selection strategy for expansion into China might seem a daunting task to some, but for students in International Finance it follows naturally from a semester of discussing complex international strategy issues, especially because they are being taught by someone with vast experience in this area -- Kathleen Connell, president of Connell Group, an investment advisory firm, and former California State Controller.
This course is just one of many new electives on special topics offered to Berkeley MBA students each semester to reflect changing business needs and industry developments. These special courses draw on the expertise not only of the Haas faculty but also on outside experts interested in sharing their knowledge with students.
Sometimes, these courses come about because of the availability of a unique instructor, such as Connell or Peter Goodson, who is teaching Mergers and Acquisitions this spring. Goodson is a legend in the M&A business, having founded Kidder Peabody's M&A group 25 years ago, and recently served as one of six partners in Clayton & Dubilier, a private equity firm.
Here is a small sample of the special course offerings this semester:
The Global Social Venture Competition will celebrate the announcement of all nine finalists, who will advance to the Global Finals in London this April, at its Western Regional Finals on the UC Berkeley campus this Friday, March 5.
The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a partnership between the Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School, the London Business School, and The Goldman Sachs Foundation aimed at promoting new ventures that create both positive social impact and financial returns.
David Bornstein, author of "The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank" and his forthcoming book "How to Change the World," will give the keynote speech at the Western Regional Finals. The event is hosted by the competition's student organizers and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation for competition participants, judges, mentors, and organizers.
This year's competition attracted a record 129 plans from 52 business school teams around the world, of which 87 competed in the Regional Finals in Berkeley, New York, and London.
The nine finalists will compete at the Global Finals in London on April 15-16 for a total of $100,000 in prizes in three categories: high-growth potential, medium-growth potential (including nonprofit organizations), and best blended value of financial and social returns on investment. There is an additional prize for the team that demonstrates outstanding analysis of social return on investment.
Each year, the three partner schools rotate hosting the Global Finals; next year, they will be hosted by the Haas School of Business. For information on participating as an entrant, judge, or mentor, please contact Tamara Williamson at the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at 510-643-4592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.socialvc.net.
Industry experts are joining with Haas School faculty and alumni to share their perspectives on the economic outlook and the private equity industry at the West Coast Private Equity Conference, titled "Reality, Insight and What to Expect," on April 1 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
There are a limited number of tickets still available for the event -- visit http://www.acg.org/sanfrancisco/ to register online.
The conference was organized by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) 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.
The conference was the vision of alumnus Stephen Etter, BS 83, MBA 89, partner at Greyrock Capital Group. Haas alumni and ACG board members Mark French, MBA 98, partner at Greyrock Capital Group; and Linda Carleton, MBA 89, CEO and president, Financestaff Inc., were also part of the planning process. Approximately 20 current MBA students were instrumental in enabling the conference planning committee to hold the event.
"The conference is really helping to build a bond between the private equity community and the Haas School," Etter remarked. "Our goal was to provide the community with the valuable insight the Haas faculty has for the private equity investment world and at the same time get our students closer to this diverse community. I can see future opportunities for the Haas Executive Education program with curriculum designed for this community and more jobs for our graduating students. The conference planning committee was overwhelmed with quick sell-out of sponsorships and equity tables for the event with many firms from Chicago and New York making the trip out west!"
Tickets are still available for the 21st Annual Challenge for Charity Auction, "Auction Powers: Goldbidder," which will take place this Saturday, March 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in the Lipman Room at Barrows Hall.
Items up for auction this year include:
The MBA Challenge for Charity is a competition among six west coast business schools (the Haas School of Business, Stanford's Graduate School of Business, the Anderson School at UCLA, the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management, the Marshall School of Business at USC, and the University of Washington Business School) to raise money and provide volunteer hours for the Special Olympics. For more information, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/c4c/.
The Lambda Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi took the first place award for Most Informative and Useful Website at the Beta Alpha Psi Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Beta Alpha Psi is a national scholastic and professional honors fraternity for students and professionals. Visit the website at http://www.berkeleybap.com/.
Jerry Engel Spoke on Innovation at Performance Conference
Jerome Engel, adjunct professor and executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, spoke at the Regent Pacific Management Corporation and Alternative Investor: VentureOne joint conference titled, "Breaking the Performance Barrier - Restructuring, Renewal, Results" on February 10, 2004. Engel appeared on the panel "Innovating for Success."
David Levine, professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group and the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, appeared on the KTVU Channel 2 News on February 24. Levine commented on Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's speech on cuts to Social Security.
The Haas School was mentioned in an article in the San Jose Mercury News on February 27 titled "Alum Rock Reaches High for Education Innovation." The article was about the granting of a charter to a Knowledge is Power Program school in the south bay and mentioned the training that KIPP principals receive at Haas.
Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, was quoted in USA Today on February 26 in an article titled "Queer Eye Has Keen Eye for Sales; Show Rides a Wave of Marketing." Sealey commented that product placement in shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy allow advertisers to reach consumers who use new technologies to skip commercials.
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 Wall Street Journal on February 25 in an article titled "Is Greenspan Right About Your Mortgage?" Rosen commented on possibility of mortgage rate increases by the end of next year.
Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 24 in an article titled "Shell to Close Bakersfield Refinery; State's Gasoline Prices Could Go Even Higher With Loss of Fuel Production From Plant." Borenstein commented on the effect that Shell's plant closure will have on gasoline prices. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi? file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/24/BUGUN56L9H1.DTL.
Robert H. Edelstein was quoted in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal on February 20 in an article titled "Mortgage Options Abound, But With a Risk." Edelstein commented that mortgages that require no money down or allow rates to float are risky for homeowners and lenders. For full text: http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2004/02/23/focus2.html
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