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Haas NewsWire, December 1, 2003

Inaugural Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Class to Graduate, Dec. 14
Prof. David Teece and Two Haas Ph.D. Alumni Win Best Paper Award from Strategic Management Journal
Haas School Ranked 2nd in Research Impact by UT Dallas Researcher
Professor Dal Bó Examines How Bribes and Punishment Affect Public Policy
It's Official: Evening & Weekend MBA Students Formalize the EWMBA Association
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Rick Cronk
Rick Cronk, BS 65

UC Berkeley and Columbia MBA degrees will be conferred on the inaugural class of 55 students from the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program on December 14, marking the culmination of 19 months of acquiring new general management knowledge and skills.

William "Rick" Cronk, BS 65, recently retired president of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream and chairman of the Haas School's advisory board, will give the commencement address to the graduating class. Cronk bought Dreyer's with Gary Rogers in 1977 for $1 million, when it was a small, private Bay Area firm with a regional market. Together they turned the company into a national success story, selling more ice cream today than any other US company. After 26 years of remarkable growth, Dreyer's was acquired this year by Nestle.

The December graduation candidates represent 55 companies and brought an average of 12 years of work experience when they entered the program. More than 40% of the class members have the title of president, CEO, vice president, or CFO of their firm. Approximately 35% comes from high-tech companies, with consulting firms and finance companies making up another 17% and 15% respectively.

"In this program, the BCEMBA students were challenged to meet the highest standards of both institutions," said Dean Tom Campbell. "The program draws on the strengths of both institutions -- Berkeley and Columbia -- providing its graduates with not only a top-notch education, but making them part of two vast alumni networks, on which they will draw for years to come."

Merging the strengths of two top business schools, the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program offers on-campus instruction featuring the same rigorous curriculum and world-class faculties as the prestigious full-time programs. Graduates receive two degrees, one from each institution, and join the ranks of two worldwide alumni networks. Each of the five semesters in the 19-month program consists of five long weekends (Thursday through Saturday), with four of the five sessions at Haas and one at Columbia. For more information on the program, visit http://www.berkeley.columbia.edu/.

The December candidates are also invited to participate in the graduation ceremonies at both UC Berkeley and Columbia University in May, 2004.

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The Strategic Management Journal (SMJ) has awarded its Best Paper Prize of 2003 to a paper written by David Teece, the Mitsubishi Bank Professor of International Business and Finance and director of the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization; former Haas lecturer Amy Shuen, Ph.D. 94; and Gary Pisano, Ph.D. 88, professor at Harvard University.

The paper is entitled, "Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management." This award honors the paper for its impact, citations, and thought leadership in the strategy field over the five years since its publication in SMJ in 1997.

In the paper, the authors explored a new framework for analyzing the sources and methods of wealth creation and capture by firms, which they called the "dynamic capabilities framework." Using this framework they concluded that strategizing against competitors is less effective than identifying and taking advantage of new opportunities.

The award was made at the annual international conference of the Strategic Management Society in November, 2003, in Baltimore, MD. The award committee consists of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal and is supplemented by surveys of leading figures in the field of strategic management conducted by the editor in chief and the Association of Editors of the SMJ.

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The Haas School was ranked second best among US business schools for the quality of its research in a study, entitled "The Role of Research in Business School Rankings," conducted by a management professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The top ten schools included those at the following universities: MIT, Berkeley, Chicago, Stanford, Pennsylvania, Duke, Rochester, Vanderbilt, Cornell, and Northwestern.

The purpose of the study, according to its author, Stanley J. Liebowitz, professor of Managerial Economics at the UT Dallas School of Management, was to examine the quality of research rankings by magazines and to create a ranking of business schools based on their research success. Liebowitz issued the paper in March, 2003.

The study also grouped business school research in the following categories: Accounting, Decision Sciences (including IT), Finance and Business Research, Marketing, and Management/Strategy. Haas ranked #1 in Management/Strategy, #4 for Finance and Business Economics, and #7 in Accounting and in Decision Sciences.

The author based his study on the number of citations a school received in the year 1999, as reported by the Institute of Scientific Information's (ISI) Web of Science, which indexes all citations by year. The sample of schools included the top 50 schools ranked in US News & World Report and six additional Texas business schools. In all, the study considered the research of 4,714 faculty members primarily of ladder-track professors.

Liebowitz counted the number of citations business school faculty received for both published and unpublished research in other articles to determine the impact a business school's research has had on other researchers. The study is based on the Institute of Scientific Information's (ISI) Web of Science, which indexes all citations by year.

An abstract of the study is available at http://wwwpub.utdallas.edu/~liebowit/citations/cites.htm.

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From Buenos Aires to Washington DC, bribes and threats can significantly influence public policy decisions. Exactly how public officials are affected by these forces is the focus of Ernesto Dal Bó, who came from Oxford University to join the Business & Public Policy group at the Haas School as assistant professor this fall.

Originally from Argentina, Dal Bó is concerned with the phenomenon of corruption and political influence. "I get motivated by real life events," said Dal Bó, "and then pursue the analytical inquiry."

Dal Bó uses game theory to model how groups successfully exert pressure on public officials not only by bribing them but also by subjecting them to smear campaigns, judicial harassment, or even violence. "Most economists don't make a distinction between bribes and coercion," says Dal Bó. "However, one thing my work shows is that the two have very different impacts."

The power of coercion, according to Dal Bó, can cripple a country's political system. Dal Bó's research is the first to prove analytically that societies where violence is rampant are more corrupt. "Our model provides an explanation of how those two phenomena - violence and corruption - relate to each other."

According to some media reports, the going rate to have a person killed in some Latin American cities is about $800. "Given that reality [that assassination is so inexpensive]," says Dal Bó, "do you think the mayors of those cities make their own decisions?" Furthermore, Dal Bó found that coercion in politics makes political careers highly unattractive to a country's young talent. As a result, public policy decisions are then made by less talented or less skilled individuals.

These findings are presented in a series of papers. "Capture by Threat" was published in the Journal of Political Economy in October. A second paper, "Plata o Plomo: Crime and Punishment in a Theory of Political Influence," more generally analyzes the effects of bribes and coercion on political systems.

An overarching concern with democratic politics led Dal Bó to examine societies' reliance on collective decision-making bodies, such as committees or parliamentary assemblies.

Common wisdom has it that groups are more difficult, or more expensive, to influence than individuals. In his paper, "Bribing Voters," however, Dal Bó demonstrates that through special incentive schemes a special interest group can at no cost manipulate a group's collective decision made through voting and induce inefficient or undesirable outcomes.

The paper also provides a framework for how bribes and influence affect observable and unobservable (or secret) votes. "This explains a real life contrast," says Dal Bó, "while votes are secret in general elections, they are public in legislatures." With observable votes, such as those of legislators, it is not obvious who benefits more from being able to see which vote a legislator casts: the electorate or a briber trying to manipulate the vote. Dal Bó's model shows that because the public voting requires higher bribes to manipulate a legislator the electorate tends to benefit rather than the bribers.

Finally, Dal Bó shows that the use of assemblies to direct policy decisions can help reduce policy uncertainty. Supermajority voting rules (requiring more than 50%) help societies achieve a compromise between the need to commit to certain policies while retaining the flexibility to adapt them to changing times, Dal Bó explains. Since supermajority rules induce a bias toward the status quo, a central bank, for example, might require a supermajority for decisions on money supply to favor a more conservative policy.

Dal Bó introduced some of these concepts to Haas Ph.D. students this fall in his class "Political Institutions, Business, and Public Policy." He earned his doctorate and his master's degree in economics at the University of Oxford, and an undergraduate and master's degree in economic policy from the University of Buenos Aires.

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After months of hard work, the leaders of the Evening & Weekend MBA Association (EWMBAA) have succeeded in gaining formal recognition for their student organization.

The association is now the official representative of the EWMBA student body and its agent to optimize and enrich the EWMBA program experience.

"We are riding a wave of activism -- there is a lot of energy and interest in the student body to improve the school," says Heather Hollick, EWMBAA president. "The 2003 leadership team channeled that energy to drive improvements across the program. Now there is structure in place to sustain this momentum."

The largest hurdle in formalizing the organization was drafting and ratifying a set of bylaws, which is required of all official student organizations. The bylaws were written and amended over the course of the fall semester and adopted late last month.

The adoption of the bylaws took place via a three-week survey, netting a 98.8% approval rate from 53% of the EWMBA student body. A turnout of 50% plus one was necessary to ratify the bylaws. Prior to the ratification of the bylaws, the EWMBAA was considered a volunteer organization, not an official student organization like the full-time MBAA.

Much of the work to enact the bylaws was done by the now-outgoing leadership of the EWMBAA spearheaded by Niko Letunic, MBA 05, (who next year will be president of the EWMBAA). Letunic will be joined by Brad Irby, MBA 05, vice president, and Sandeep Shenoy, MBA 06, secretary, in leading the EWMBAA next year.

In addition to the bylaws, the EWMBAA created a web site to better communicate with the EWMBA students, which is home to the web-based newsletter, EWMBAA Access.

Visit http://www.ewmbaa.com/index.html to read the newsletter or for more information on the EWMBAA.

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Two New Senior Development Staff Join Haas

Chris Good and Amy Franklin-Willis joined the Haas School of Business as senior development officers for major gifts on November 10.

Previously, Good was the director of development at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. He also served as director of development at the Great Valley Center in Modesto and as regional development director in University Relations at Cal. Good received his BA in economics from UC Berkeley in 1983 and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Catholic University in 1993. He lives with his wife and two children in Rockridge, where the family grows grapes and makes wine -- about 100 cases a year of cabernet sauvignon.

Most recently, Franklin-Willis served as associate director of Major Gifts at Mills College in Oakland. Prior to this Franklin-Willis was the director of Development Research at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She also served as a research analyst with the American Cancer Society in Oakland. Franklin-Willis received a BA from Mills College in 1994. She is also a writer, with non-fiction work being published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Magazine, and in anthologies. She is currently working on her second novel.

Good and Franklin-Willis are located in the dean's suite sharing office # S522L. Good can be reached at good@haas.berkeley.edu or 642-1509. Franklin-Willis can be reached at amyfw@haas.berkeley.edu or 642-5798.

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Florian Zettelmeyer, associate professor in the Marketing Group, was quoted in Linux Insider on November 25 in an article titled "Bridging the Digital Divide, Cheaply." Zettelmeyer commented on his findings that purchasing a car online can provide more consistent pricing for all buyers. For full text: http://www.linuxinsider.com/perl/story/32249.html.

Dean Tom Campbell appeared on Fox KTVU Channel 2 News regarding the Medicare reform bill on November 24.

Abby Scott, director of MBA Career Services, was quoted in Business Week on November 24 in an article entitled "For MBAs, The Famine Is Over: Spring 2003 Grads Find the Job Offers are Finally Starting to Come In."

William Sonnenschein, Haas lecturer, was quoted in the Oakland Tribune on November 23 in a series of articles on Sexual Harassment. The titles of the articles and links to the full text are below:
"Unwanted Advances: The problem of sexual harassment is still a major concern in the American workplace" at http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/ 0,1413,82%257E1865%257E1786438,00.html?search=filter
"Steps for stopping harassment" at http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/ 0,1413,82%257E1865%257E1786439,00.html?search=filter
"A concerted effort is key to reducing harassment" at http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/ 0,1413,82%257E1865%257E1786440,00.html?search=filter.

The study on job outsourcing by Ashok Deo Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll, both researchers at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was featured in the Contra Costa Times on November 21 in an article titled "Overseas Job-Shift Could Hit Bay Area." Bardhan commented that the Bay Area may be especially vulnerable to outsourcing. For full text: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/business/7317612.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

Dean Tom Campbell appeared on NBC's Today Show on November 20 to comment on the legislation that is having an effect on the prosecution of pop star Michael Jackson on child sexual abuse. As a California Senator, Campbell co-authored this legislation, which passed in 1994, with fellow Senator Quentin Kopp.

Hal Varian, professor in the Operations and Information Technology Management Group, wrote an article titled "Which Party in the White House Means Good Times for Investors?" for the New York Times published on November 20. For full text (registration required): http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/20/business/20scene.html? pagewanted=print&position=.

The Haas School of Business was mentioned in the November 20 issue of the Business Standard in an article on business participating in an annual meeting at the Indian Institute of Management. For full text: http://www.business-standard.com/today/story.asp?Menu=23&story=27923.

Dean Tom Campbell was quoted in MSNBC News on November 17 in an article titled "Strategy: Recruit Startups." Campbell commented on the city of San Jose's strategies for recruiting new businesses to the area.

Dwight Jaffee, the Willis Booth Professor of Banking, Finance, and Real Estate, was quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune on November 14 in an article titled "Some Victims Now Find Their Homes are Underinsured." Jaffee commented on the cost of rebuilding homes after the Oakland hills fire and how this affected insurance policies in the area. For full text: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/fires/20031115-9999_1n14insure.html.

Henry Chesbrough, visiting assistant professor and executive director of the Center for Technology Strategy & Management, was mentioned as one of Scientific American's Top Fifty Innovators in the Contra Costa Times on November 14 in the "People" column. For full text: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/ counties/alameda_county/cities_neighborhoods/berkeley/7260825.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

The Haas School of Business was mentioned in Ahmedabad Newsline on November 13 in an article titled "Pak Students Wait for Visas, IIM Keeps Fingers Crossed."

Raymond Miles, Professor Emeritus and former dean, was quoted in the Business and Technology section of the Contra Costa Times on November 9 in a front page article titled "Schwarzenegger's First Job: To Listen: Like An Incoming CEO, the Governor Will Succeed or Fail Based on How He Needs Advice." Miles commented on how a governor's job is different from that of a CEO.

Ashok Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll were mention in the following news sources:

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  • ACES Career Enhancement Session
    Wednesday, December 3
    5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    The Center for Financial Reporting and Management (CFRM) at the Haas School is offering a seminar for undergraduate students interested in accounting aimed at improving their resume writing, interviewing, and job-hunting skills to prepare them for the recruiting process. The event is free, and pizza and drinks will be served. Admission will be on a first-registered, first-admitted basis. For further information, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/accounting/students/ACES/Fall2003/index.html. Priority will be given to Haas undergraduate students and students who have an interest in accounting careers.

  • Upcoming Evening & Weekend MBA Admissions Events:
    The Berkeley MBA Women's Forum
    December 6, 2003
    10:00 a.m. to noon
    Levi Strauss & Co., 1155 Battery, San Francisco, CA
    This is a forum for individuals interested in the value of an MBA for women. Alumni, current students, and admissions staff from all Berkeley MBA programs will be on hand to answer questions. The recommended attire is business casual. This event is open to all interested participants.


    "Complementarity in Action and Perception: Some Processes Involved in the Automaticity of Hierarchy" by Larissa Tiedens, associate professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
    Wednesday, December 3
    4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Room C135, Haas School of Business
    For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

    "Mandated Disclosure, Stock Returns, and the 1964 Securities Acts Amendments" by Annette Vissing-Jorgensen, Northwestern University
    Thursday, December 4
    4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
    Room C210 Cheit Hall
    For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

    "Does Organizational Structure Affect Firm Strategy and Performance? Evidence from Consumer Automobile Leasing" by J. Lamar Pierce, Haas School of Business
    Thursday, December 4
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Room C325, Haas School of Business
    For more information, contact Anita Stephens at Stephens@haas.berkeley.edu

Alumni Events

    Longfellow Wine Cellars Annual Release Party in Napa
    Saturday, December 6
    1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Vintner's Collective Tasting Room, 1245 Main Street, Napa, CA
    Longfellow Wine Cellars was founded three years ago by childhood friends Mark Smith, MBA 1996, and Craig Whitney. No charge for Haas alumni and their guests.
    For more information: RSVP to mark@longfellowwines.com

    Dinner in Milan, Italy
    Friday, December 12
    8:00 p.m.
    Milan (details to come)
    Please RSVP to Ada Perniceni at aperniceni@hotmail.com or Mobile: +39 3357529818

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