Haas NewsWire

Haas NewsWire, November 27, 2000

**In December there will be only one Haas NewsWire, to be issued on December 4. We will resume regular publication on January 16, 2001.**


Leading Venture Capitalist Alan Patricof to Speak on the Future of Dot-Coms on November 29
Top Bell Labs Researcher to Give Lucent Lecture on November 30
Assistant Professors Zettelmeyer and Zhang Named 2001-2002 Schwabacher Fellows
Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers to Speak on Maintaining Economic Growth
E-Business in the Brick and Mortar World: CITM Addresses E-Business Transformation
Real Estate Industry Well Equipped to Weather an Economic Downturn, Predicts Rosen
Executives to be Coached on the Latest Thinking in Strategic Supply Chain Management
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Alan Patricof, chairman and general partner of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., will give his take on "The Shakeout in Cyberspace: What's Next for the Dot-Coms?" as part of the next Business Faculty Research Dialogues on Wednesday, November 29, at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo room. The event is free and open to the public.

Patricof says he will address these questions: "How did we get where we are? What were the forces at work and could they have been prevented? What can companies do today to survive and move forward?"

Founded by Patricof in 1969, Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc., US member of Apax Partners, is a global private investment firm with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Palo Alto, London, Leeds, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Zurich. Its team of over 130 investment professionals manages over $7.0 billion worldwide for leading institutional investors. With over 30 years of direct investing experience, Patricof & Co. Ventures provides long-term, equity financing to build growth companies in a wide range of industries including business-to-business, e-commerce, business services, information technology, telecommunications, health care, consumer, and retail.

Please contact Meredith LaCorte to register for the event. She can be reached at 510-643-2027 or by e-mail at lacorte@haas.berkeley.edu.

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"Beyond 2001: Trends, Developments, and Opportunities in Communications Networking" is the topic that Dr. Alfred Aho, vice president of Computing Sciences Research at Bell Labs, will address at the second annual Lucent Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on November 30, in the Wells Fargo Room. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni on a first-come, first-served basis. Aho is replacing Arun Netravali, president of Bell Labs, who was originally scheduled to speak.

The Management of Technology program, a joint program between the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the School of Information Management and Systems, sponsors the annual Lucent Lecture. Lucent Technologies annually awards a three-year fellowship to a Ph.D. student in the networking and communications field. At this year's lecture, Ph.D. student Gwendolyn Kuo-Fang Lee will be awarded the Lucent fellowship award by Aho.

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Florian Zettelmeyer, assistant professor in the Marketing Group, and Xiao-Jun Zhang, assistant professor in the Accounting Group, are the co-recipients of the Schwabacher Fellowship for 2001-2002. The Schwabacher Fellowship has traditionally been given to an assistant professor or pair of assistant professors to acknowledge their accomplishments in teaching and research.

A committee made up of the academic group chairs and the assistant professors' representatives chooses the recipients. In addition to the honor, the Fellowship offers a small cash prize, a modest research budget, and a reduction in their teaching load.

Recent Schwabacher Fellows

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"Keeping the Economy Growing" will be the topic of a speech by US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers at the Haas School Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m., in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium. Summers is the third speaker in the Business Faculty Research Dialogue Series this year.

In his first visit to campus as Treasury Secretary, Summers will focus on the policies he believes will maintain the economic growth of the last decade. Summers has served as Secretary since July of 1999. Prior to that, he was Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under Robert E. Rubin.

Although the event is free and open to the public, the deadline for reserving tickets has passed. For those individuals still interested in attending, there may be a few empty seats and room to stand at the back of the auditorium for the event. Please line up at the upper doors to the Arthur Andersen Auditorium for the last minute spaces.

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A conference dealing with the issues of e-business in traditional brick and mortar companies will be held by the Haas School's Center for Information Technology and Marketplace Transformation and one of its sponsors, Ford Motor Company, on December 6 in the Wells Fargo room. The conference is part of the launching of a new forum, Enabling E-Business, which will be held regularly starting in January of 2001. Attendance for the conference is by invitation only. To request an invitation and a fee schedule, send e-mail to citm@haas.berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-5316. For up to date information visit http://haas.berkeley.edu/citm.

The new forum on Enabling E-Business joins the existing Berkeley Forum on Procurement and Marketplace Transformation, which CITM has organized since 1998. "Given the business potential, as well as the newness of the field, the market is characterized by fierce competition among vendor companies as well as constantly changing and evolving experimental business models by companies," says Arie Segev, a professor in the Manufacturing and Information Technology Group and director of CITM. At the conference, Segev will present a conceptual framework for e-business transformation that challenges existing assumptions and practices.

The keynote speaker is George Surdu, director of the Information Technology Services Group at Ford Motor Company. Surdu will discuss the path that Ford is following to become completely e-business enabled and its strategies to overcome legacy obstacles. Other speakers include: Peter Brown, who is heading the CommerceNet initiative on Next Generation Internet and Business Applications; Dr. Bernard Hale, an expert in logistics management; and Gay Slesinger of iMarket Strategies. A concluding panel will examine the similarities of legacy related issues across different industries.

CITM is affiliated with the Fisher Center for the Strategic Use of Information Technology.

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Despite some pockets of sluggishness, the real estate industry overall is well equipped to weather any slowdown in the economy, according to Kenneth T. Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and the chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Peter D. Linneman, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, University of Pennsylvania who spoke at the Urban Land Institute's Annual Fall Meeting in Chicago.

Nearly 5,000 ULI members and guests attended the meeting. Both economists agreed that while the economy in general appears to be slowing, most sectors of the real estate industry will remain healthy.

"Real estate is the best performer of the economy today; some areas are still in a growth cycle and most sectors are solid," Rosen said. Conservative lending by banks has kept construction in residential and commercial sectors balanced, and has held off overbuilding, he noted. "While we hope for a soft landing for the economy, real estate will be able to sustain even a hard landing. There is no chance of repeating a downward cycle within the next two years."

Continued strong job growth is fueling office space demand, keeping vacancy rates low and rent prices up, Rosen noted. In the multifamily sector, construction has kept pace with demand in most areas (California being an exception) and vacancy rates are down. Because a large segment of the population is turning 18 by 2010, rental demand can be expected to increase, Rosen said. The retail sector remains healthy and has been largely unscathed by competition from online shopping; however, there is too much new construction in the retail industry overall, as retailers are over-expanding their space and overestimating consumer spending, he said.

According to Rosen, most of the healthiest markets, in terms of economic growth, are on the two coasts, with a couple of exceptions: the top ten cities for employment growth are Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, Phoenix, San Francisco, Houston, New York, Tampa and Orlando.

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Executives will be coached on the newest knowledge and best practices in supply chain management at an innovative executive program to be held December 6 to 8 at the Haas School. The Center for Executive Development's Strategic Supply Chain Management Program will teach the latest thinking that companies need to develop new initiatives that integrate and accelerate supply chain systems.

Registrations are still being accepted for the program. For more information, contact Jean Thomma at the Haas School of Business at 510-643-1056 or at thomma@haas.berkeley.edu.

The program helps participating executives meet the challenges of today's competitive global markets, where no business can be successful without mastering the issues, problems, and possibilities in managing supply chains. Managers must employ new technological and tools to devise an integrated approach to managing their entire business, including procurement, inventory, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and sales.

The program is one of a variety of cutting-edge, non-degree business programs offered by the Haas School's Center for Executive Development. In addition to developing open enrollment programs at UC Berkeley and custom programs worldwide, the center focuses on e-learning strategies for today's companies.

For more information visit the Web site www.haas.berkeley.edu/ced.

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Hal Varian, professor at Haas and dean of the School of Information Management and Systems, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on November 26. In "What's Next for the Dot-Com Casualties," Varian predicts that there will be more layoffs ahead. Read the full text at http://www.latimes.com/business/cutting/20001126/t000113403.html.

Brian Peters, MBA 95, was featured in the Contra Costa Times on November 26. "CEO Tactic: Hire Best Team," was about Peters management of Blaze Network Products. Read the full article at http://www.contracostatimes.com/biztech/columnists/stories/o26leader_20001126.htm.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and director of the University of California Energy Institute, was quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune on November 25 in the article "California Power Crisis: Bringing Stability to Utility Rate." Borenstein commented that the California Public Utilities Commission needs to act quickly to encourage utilities to enter into long-term contracts with power providers.

Lecturer Phillip Gordon was quoted by Agence France-Presse in November 21. He commented on a recent French court decision requiring Yahoo to block access to Nazi memorabilia sales pages. Phillip says the implementation of this sort of decision is costly and problematic.

David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, and Pete Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, were quoted in the Los Angeles Times on November 20. The article "Money Couldn't Buy Time for Net Firms" is about the need to have time to build brand awareness and a successful advertising campaign. Read the full article at http://www.latimes.com/business/cutting/20001120/t000111455.html.

Paul Gertler, professor of Health Services Finance and director of the graduate program in health management, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on November 16. The article, "A Struggling David in a Goliath World" was about a small biomedical company that is struggling in a shrinking market niche. Gertler commented that larger companies have access to the financial and intellectual capital necessary to survive. Read the full article at http://www.latimes.com/business/smbiz/20001116/t000109908.html.

Dean Laura Tyson was quoted in the Santa Rose Press Democrat on November 14. Tyson commented on the deregulation of the California electricity market.

Sealey was also quoted in eWeek on November 14. At the end of the article, "Personalization May be Bigger News Than the Election" Sealey says that the next boom in the internet will be dominated by Fortune 500 companies. Read the article at http://www.zdnet.com/eweek/stories/general/0,11011,2653507,00.html.

Former WebMD Director Jim Clarke's visit to the Haas School as the keynote speaker at the Leading Edge Conference was mentioned in the San Jose Mercury News on November 13.

Ken Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and the chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the St. Petersburg Times on November 10 on his predictions for the cities with the highest job growth.

John Brennan, MBA 91, was featured in Fortune magazine's November 6 cover story, "Lessons from the Dot-Com Crash." He is currently VP of Corporate Strategy & Panning at Hewlett-Packard.

David Levine, associate professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group and the Organizational Behavior Group, was quoted in the Oakland Tribune on November 5 on the efficacy of team building exercises.

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