Haas NewsWire


Haas NewsWire, April 4, 2005



Berkeley MBA Program Ranks #6 in US News & World Report


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The Haas School’s Full-time MBA Program moved up to #6 in the US News & World Report ranking of business schools, published today, April 4. This marks the highest placement the Haas School has ever achieved in this ranking.


The Full-time MBA program tied with Dartmouth College's Tuck School for the #6 rank, up from #8 last year.

US News also ranked part-time and executive MBA programs in a survey based solely on the opinions of business school deans and program directors. In this poll, the Berkeley Evening and Weekend MBA Program was ranked #6, compared to #5 in 2004. The Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program was ranked #12, compared to #11 in 2004.


"The reputation of the Haas School depends heavily on the reputation of its Full-time MBA Program," said Dean (acting) Rich Lyons. "It is particularly good news that this program has been shown to be so competitive among peer US schools. This is the best overall MBA ranking the Haas School has ever achieved."


The Full-time MBA Program rating is based on the opinions of peer institutions and recruiters as well as the extensive 2004 admissions and placement data of the schools surveyed. These factors were weighed as follows: 40% quality assessment by peer institutions and recruiters, 35% placement success, 25% student selectivity in admissions.


The Haas School also placed in the top ten of several specialty rankings that were also based solely on the assessment by deans and program directors.


#4 in nonprofit
#8 in marketing
#9 in international
#9 in management
#10 in entrepreneurship
#10 in finance


For more information on the graduate rankings, go to http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/rankindex_brief.php



Special UC Berkeley Web Site Addresses Security Issues


UC Berkeley has created a new, expanded web site that provides in-depth information to the 98,000 individuals, mostly graduate students and alumni, whose names and Social Security numbers were on a central campus laptop computer that was stolen recently.


Although the Haas School was not involved in the stolen computer incident, members of the Haas School community were among those whose names were on the computer.

Called idalert.berkeley.edu, the site has been designed to answer detailed questions on how individuals can safeguard their identities by notifying credit reporting agencies and by taking other steps.

Those named on the stolen computer included current Haas school graduate students as well as some Haas School graduate alumni.  The university has established a toll-free hotline number (1-800-372-5110), which individuals can call to determine whether they were on the list of names on the stolen computer.

The original announcement on the theft can be found at http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/03/28_security.shtml.





Sustainable Development Expert John Elkington to Give Peterson Lecture, April 8


John Elkington, a sustainable development expert and pioneer in measuring corporate performance against a triple bottom line of economic growth, social equity, and environmental protection, will speak as part of the Annual Peterson Lecture on Corporate Responsibility on Friday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.


Elkington’s talk is a featured keynote address for "Measuring and Reporting Social, Environmental, and Financial Performance,” a conference on accounting for corporate social responsibility efforts taking place at Haas on April 8 and 9. This lecture is the only conference event open to the public.


Elkington is the chairman and co-founder of SustainAbility, a strategy consultancy and independent think tank specializing in the business risks and market opportunities of corporate responsibility and sustainable development. He has worked in the field for 30 years and is a leading authority on sustainable development and ‘triple bottom line’ business strategy. SustainAbility, whose client list includes Credit Suisse, Nike, and Schlumberger, issues briefs on everything from fuel cells to offshoring. Elkington has also authored or co-authored 16 books, including The Chrysalis Economy: How Citizen CEOs and Corporations Can Fuse Values and Value Creation and The Green Consumer Guide.


The annual Peterson Lecture on Corporate Responsibility is funded by a gift from the late Rudolph Peterson, BS 25, president and CEO emeritus of BankAmerica Corporation. "Measuring and Reporting Social, Environmental, and Financial Performance" is a conference collaboratively hosted by the Haas School’s Center for Responsible Business (CRB), London Business School, Boston University School of Management, and the Aspen Institute.


Sponsors include the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gap Inc. Gavin Power, senior advisor at the United Nations Global Compact is also a featured keynote speaker.


For more information on the conference (not open to the public) and John Elkington, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/upcomingEvents.htm.



Berkeley MBA Students Preview Career Opportunities on Spring Corporate Visits


Berkeley MBA student clubs organizing tech treks and other corporate visits this spring have tapped into the strength of the Haas Alumni Network, gaining connections, knowledge, and experience while giving executives at companies from Apple to Universal Studios the chance to preview the pool of expertise and enthusiasm at Haas.


With support from Career Services account managers, a number of student groups have been visiting companies to learn about their organization, products, strategies, and culture. They also had the opportunity to network with company management and to find out about career paths for MBA students both for full-time placement and summer internships.


“These visits are also a great opportunity for students to show their skills,” says Rich Wong, Career Services account manager for high tech, entertainment, nonprofit, and government. “At one company we had a case study where students were given a problem to solve and worked in teams to create solutions that they presented to the company reps.”


The Haas Technology Club has made spring tech treks to Apple, eBay, and Hewlett Packard, with alumni in senior management positions out in full force to share insights with current students. Participating alumni included Apple’s Felice Liang, MBA 01; Adobe’s John Brennan, MBA 91; eBay’s Laurence Toney, MBA 97, and Marie-Claire Meisels, MBA 03; and Hewlett Packard’s Kristin Brennan, MBA 96, and Kai Xu, MBA 01. Upcoming tech treks include an April 8 visit to Yahoo!, to Electronic Arts on April 15, and to Symantec on April 22.


The Berkeley BioBusiness Association also organized a spring trip, visiting Roche Molecular Diagnostics in Pleasanton. The MBA students met with top executives, including Heiner Dreismann, president and CEO, and Greg Heath, senior vice president for Product Marketing, who engaged the students in spirited discussion. “These speakers really wanted a dialogue with our students,” says Lisa Feldman, Career Services account manager for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. “They made a point to say that they were eager to answer probing questions from our students about Roche’s business model.”


Other corporate visits have included a Digital Media and Entertainment Club Los Angeles trip to Disney, Sony, and Universal; visits to Knight Ridder publishing and to Harrah’s and Bellagio in Las Vegas, and a spring break trip to Washington, DC by a group of students interested in international development.


For upcoming events and more information, visit


Career Services at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/careercenter/
The Haas Technology Club at http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/htc/
The Berkeley BioBusiness Association at http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/haasbio/
The Digital Media and Entertainment Club http://dmec.haas.berkeley.edu/



YEAH Events Showcase Youth Accomplishments and Community Outreach


More than 30 Berkeley MBA students are making a difference in local disadvantaged high schools as mentors for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH), which celebrates its inaugural Business Consulting Showcase on Thursday, April 7, and the 14 th annual Youth Venture Capital Competition on Saturday, April 23.


The Haas community is invited to both events, where YEAH’s participating ninth- and tenth-graders will demonstrate new-found skills in business planning. YEAH provides middle- and high- school youth from disadvantaged school districts in the Bay Area with important study skills by teaching them basic business skills.


“This year we’ve really seen our impact on the community grow,” says Oscar Wolters-Duran, executive director of YEAH. “Not only are we building connections with our participating youth, but we’re seeing them apply their entrepreneurial skills to the benefit of the local community as well.”


At the inaugural Business Consulting Showcase, 32 tenth-graders from the Saturday Business Academy will present their recommendations for local micro-businesses. Berkeley MBA students have been serving as project managers to teams of four high school students, each of which partnered with a small business owner from the Berkeley Flea Market to evaluate and assess business dimensions such as market, pricing, and location and then make recommendations to strengthen the vendor’s business. Products included fruit, clothing, and custom furniture.


The Youth Venture Capital Competition features the work of 41 ninth-graders who dedicated two weeks this past summer and every other Saturday throughout the school year to creating a business plan that could realistically be executed while the business owner is in high school. Students split into teams of four, and each team has been coached by two Berkeley MBA mentors. The competition will be judged by venture capitalists, educators, and community leaders, awarding prizes and a savings bond for each participating student.


YEAH is dedicated to strengthening the business skills and future opportunities of youth in Bay Area middle and high schools with disproportionate numbers of disadvantaged youth. Wolters-Duran notes that YEAH is supported by many layers at Haas. While a small administrative staff coordinates and supports the program’s efforts, it is largely student driven, with faculty involvement as well. This year’s high school students are learning how to create the financial component of a business plan from lecturer Suneel Udpa and honing their presentation skills with lecturer Bill Sonnenschein. “The most important concept I discuss with these students is how important it is to be authentic in their delivery, and that authenticity comes from content that is meaningful to them,” said Sonnenschein. “They always understand the need to "keep it real" and seem fearless in expressing their points of view.”


The contributions of Haas undergraduate students to YEAH’s After School Business Clubs for middle school students will be featured in a future issue of Haas NewsWire. April YEAH events take place as follows:


Business Consulting Showcase
Thursday, April 7
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Heyns Room, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley


14 th Annual Youth Venture Capital Competition
Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business

For more information, contact the YEAH office at 510-643-0923 or visit
http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/yeah.



Haas in the News


Kristina Raube, adjunct professor and executive director of the Graduate Program in Health Management, was mentioned in the Star Ledger in an article titled “Study Questions Formula for Free Medicine” on March 31. Raube was mentioned for the study she did on patient assistance programs. For full text: http://www.nj.com/business/ledger/index.ssf?/base/business-0/111224857712880.xml


Abby Scott, director of MBA Career Services, was quoted in the East Bay Business Times in an article titled “Recruiters Head Back to Campus” on March 27. For full text: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7314300/


Peter Sealey, adjunct professor of marketing, was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News in an article titled “Vocie Recognition: They Speak Thereby They Brand” on March 21. Sealey commented on branding and the steady improvement of technology. For full text: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/11191007.htm


Terrance Odean, associate professor in the Finance Group, was mentioned in the Motley Fool in an article titled “Invest Like a Women," on March 18. For full text: http://www.fool.com/News/mft/2005/mft05031801.htm (registration required.)


Sealey was mentioned on Market Watch in an article titled “Disney Keeps Rising After CEO Named” on March 15. For full text:http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?page=1&param=archive&guid={255ABC5E-3D6C-4170-9546-E4E68B930AD8}&siteid=google



Happening at Haas


MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY LECTURE
"Silicon Valley's New Investment Environment" by Kevin Fong, managing director, Mayfield
Wednesday, April 6
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu.


CLAUSEN CENTER SPEAKER SERIES
"International Finance at Yahoo!" with Darren Gocher, senior director, International Finance, Yahoo! Inc.
Thursday, April 7
4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Erin Smith at epsmith@haas.berkeley.edu.


YEAH CONSULTING SHOWCASE
Inaugural Business Consulting Showcase
Thursday, April 7
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Heyns Room, Faculty Club, UC Bekeley
The showcase culminates the 10th grade series of YEAH's Saturday Business Academy. Student teams and their MBA project managers will present their recommendations for partnering local micro-businesses.
For more information, contact the YEAH office at 510-643-0923 or visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/yeah .


CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS METRICS CONFERENCE
Measuring and Reporting Social, Environmental and Financial Performance
Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9
Haas School of Business
The conference will discuss CSR metrics topics that are wide ranging, including theory and evidence on trends in reporting, disclosure, accountability and measurement. Keynote speakers for this conference are John Elkington, co-founder of SustainAbility and Gavin Power, senior advisor at the United Nations Global Compact.
For more information, call 510-643-7668 or visit http://haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/conference/index.htm.


CLAUSEN CENTER SPEAKER SERIES
"The Story of How Two Haas Students Started a University in Ghana" by Nina Marini, MBA 99, Co-founder and Vice President of Ashesi Univeristy and the Ashesi Foundation
Tuesday, April 12
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Ashesi University is a new private, non-profit university in Ghana, West Africa, an extension of its parent organization, Ashesi University Foundation in Seattle Washington. Marini has been involved in all aspects of the university's growth, from a feasibility study in 1998 and the start of instruction in March 2002.
For more information, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/HaasGlobal/events.htm or contact Erin Smith at epsmith@haas.berkeley.edu.


ANNUAL NET IMPACT/NON-PROFIT AND PUBLIC MANAGEMENT ALUMNI-STUDENT DINNER
Leadership and Social Change: Overcoming the Real Obstacles and Challenges of Leading Today
Tuesday, April 12
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley's International House
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, will give the keynote address.
To register for the dinner, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=82796.


MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY LECTURE
Geoffrey Moore, founder, the Chasm Group
Wednesday, April 13
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu.


NET IMPACT SPEAKER
Joy at Work Author Dennis Bakke, cofounder and CEO emeritus of AES
Thursday, April 14
12:30 p.m.
Seaborg Room of the Faculty Club
This event is free and open to the entire Haas community. For more information, contact
Dave Guendleman at guendelm@haas.berkeley.edu.


GLOBAL SOCIAL VENTURE COMPETITION FINALS EVENT
Friday, April 15
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley Art Museum
For more information, visit http://www.socialvc.net.


ANNUAL CLAUSEN CENTER DEBATE
The Lion and the Rose Redux - "The Incredible Shrinking Dollar"
Tuesday, April 19
4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Organizer(s): Clausen Center for International Business and Policy
Admission is free, reception to follow in Bank of America forum
Haas Professor Andy Rose and Dean Rich Lyons are setting up for a re-match on the timely topic, "The US Dollar: Will the bottom fall out?" at the annual Clausen Center debate.


Lyons on the No side commeted: "Anybody peddling the view of major crisis in the dollar is reading too much sensational press. Simple efficient markets logic tells us that if the dollar were headed for a big fall, and everybody knew it, it would fall right away. It's a little sad that Professor Rose doesn't seem to be able to apply the skills and knowledge that all economists and Haas graduates possess."


Rose on the Yes side says: "My colleague Professor Lyons is the quintessential ivory-tower academic. That I've known for a long time now. What stuns me--I mean really stuns me--is that as an international economist, he fails to appreciate that we operate in a global economy. That global economy is producing powerful forces for a dollar fall. I look forward to a little consciousness-raising at the debate."


UNIDO/MOT SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Bridging the Divide
April 21, 22, and 23
College of Engineering
The conference brings together scholars, practitioners and government and corporate policymakers into a single forum focused on the role of technology in the world's developing economies.
For more information, visit http://mot.berkeley.edu.


14TH ANNUAL YOUTH VENTURE CAPITAL COMPETITION
Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
The Venture Capital Competition culminates the 9th grade series of the Saturday Business Academy. Students and their MBA business coaches will pitch their business ideas to a mock board of venture capitalists.
For more information, contact the YEAH office at 510-643-0923 or visit
http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/yeah.


DAVID AAKER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES IN MARKETING
"Brand Portfolio Strategy" by David Aaker, Marketing Professor Emeritus
Tuesday, April 26
4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Seats will be available on first-come, first-served basis. No reservations required.
For more information, contact Sarah Benson at benson@haas.berkeley.edu.


Seminars


OBIR COLLOQUIUM
Trond Petersen, Haas School of Business
Wednesday, April 6
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C330
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


OPERATIONS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (OITM) SEMINAR
"Complementarity in Improvement Programs" by Phillip J. Lederer, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester
Thursday, April 7
8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
S489
For more information, contact Alysia Nero at anero@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
"The Effect of Information on Competition in Procurement Auctions" by Philip Leslie, Stanford University
Thursday, April 7
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


FINANCE SEMINAR
"Corporate Financing Decisions When Investors Take the Path of Least Resistance," by Malcolm Baker, Harvard University and visiting at Stanford University
Thursday, April 7
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C135
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR
Benoit Monin, Stanford University
Friday, April 8
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


OBIR COLLOQUIUM
Erika Henik, Jennifer Kurkoski and Carmit Tdamor, Haas School of Business Ph.D. candidates
Wednesday, April 13
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C330
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
TBA by Marianne Bertrand, University of Chicago
Thursday, April 14
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


FINANCE SEMINAR
Mitchell Petersen, Northwestern University
Thursday, April 14
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C135
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR
Antonio Rangel, Stanford University
Friday, April 15
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


Alumni Events


Los Angeles chapter
Real Estate Market Panel Discussion --“Real Estate Bubble Or Not?”
Wednesday, April 6
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Panelists include Robert Edelstein, Christopher Thornberg, and Christian L. Redfearn
For more information, visit www.acteva.com/go/haasla


Berkeley BioBusiness/Healthcare Alumni Extravaganza
Thursday, April 7, 2005
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Meet other Haas alumni and students to discuss the biotechnology and healthcare industries. Companies represented include Genentech, Elan, Guidant, Roche, Boston Scientific, Kaiser Permanente, and BCG.
Sponsored by Berkeley BioBusiness Association
For more information, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=84141


INdia Alumni Chapter
All-India Foreign University Networking Social
Saturday, April 9
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Flavors Restaurant, New Delhi
Alumni from UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, London School of Business, Wharton, Kellogg, NYU, Yale, Cornell, Stern, Boston University, Duke, and MIT, including spouses, and friends of alumni meet to network and socialize.
Sponsored by the India Haas Alumni Network.
For more information, contact jjain@jaintechnologies.com.


ANNUAL NET IMPACT/NONPROFIT AND PUBLIC MANAGEMENT ALUMNI-STUDENT DINNER
“Leadership and Social Change: Overcoming the Real Obstacles and Challenges of Leading Today”
Tuesday, April 12
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley's International House
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy will give the keynote address.
Sponsored by Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
For more information, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=82796.

SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER
"What Is Your Dream? Driving an Invisible Movement That Will Change Everything" By Will Marre
Wednesday, April 13
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
World Trade Club, One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
Sponsored by San Francisco Haas Alumni Network.
For more information, visit www.acteva.com/go/hansf.


TOKYO CHAPTER
Seminar on Japanese Diplomacy Regarding the United States and China (presented in Japanese)
Seminar by Dr. Gregory Noble, professor of the University of Tokyo
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gakushi Kaikan Room 202, Tokyo, Japan
Sponsored by Tokyo Haas Alumni Network.
For more information, contact ucjapan@gol.com.



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