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- The Rise of Big Data at Haas
Prof. Greg La Blanc is introducing a new course, Data Science/Data Strategy, centered on data science techniques, corporate data strategies and business models built around data. The class is already full, with 60 full-time and 60 part-time MBA students enrolled. La Blanc has worked with Haas Data Science Club members to organize a speaker series featuring industry practitioners.
Read more. See the lecture series page.
- Institute Faculty Featured in California Management Review
Research from three Institute faculty is featured in the latest issue of Berkeley-Haas’ quarterly management journal. The issue includes contributions from Adjunct Prof. Henry Chesbrough (engaging with startups), Lester Center faculty director Prof. Toby Stuart (3D robotics), and Jerome Engel, senior fellow at the Lester Center (clusters of innovation). Read More. See articles on JSTOR.
- Undergrads Design Frameworks for Smarter Cities
19 undergrads in the Smart Cities course taught by Solomon Darwin, executive director of the Garwood Center, are working with four of India’s developing cities and with Bay Area mayors on the smart cities concept: using digital technology and public/private partnerships to reduce costs and resource consumption, improve quality of life, and enhance engagement with residents. Read more. Visit the course website.
- Can Corporations Be Taught to Innovate Like Startups?
In their new book, Hypershift, Lester Center executive director Andre Marquis and Senior Fellow Manav Subodh share how big companies can tap the innovation secrets of Berkeley-Haas startups to enter new markets, establish brand leadership, and unlock value. Read more.
- Applied Innovation and Design Kicks Off at Berkeley
At the inaugural conference of the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design, founded by Sara Beckman (pictured) and Dave Rochlin, EWMBA students applied skills learned in the core Problem Finding, Problem Solving course to develop solutions for PayPal and other companies. “I was impressed by all of the student teams’ ability to apply design thinking” said Hisham Ibrahim, director of product innovation at PayPal. “They brought customer empathy to the problem, re-framed it, and rapidly iterated potential solutions.” Read more.
- Berkeley Founders Get Funded
Entrepreneurs with UC-Berkeley undergraduate degrees founded 284 companies that received $2.4 billion in VC financing from 2009 through August, 2014, according to PitchBook. UCB’s ranking was second only to Stanford and above that of MIT or Harvard. Read more.
- Open Innovation an Ingredient in Chez Panisse’s Success
A case study in California Management Review found that Alice Waters’ success was built upon open innovation, where a community of collaborators – employees, suppliers, customers, and even competitors – benefit from sharing ideas and building relationships with external teams. The study was authored by Henry Chesbrough and Sohyeoung Kim of the Center for Corporate Innovation and Alice Agogino from Mechanical Engineering. Read more.
- Undergrads Innovate with Watson Supercomputer
A Berkeley team of 3 Haas and 3 engineering students are heading to IBM Watson’s headquarters in New York City on January 9 to test the mettle of a new patent application it developed in the Center for Innovation’s “Leveraging IBM Watson” course. The team will vie against nine other teams in the national competition for a prize of $100,000. Read more.