As the economy fluctuates and businesses adapt to the new environment, the search for employment has become increasingly competitive. Only those who are the most prepared and who have positioned themselves well will succeed and thrive. The good news is, according to the latest 2009 employment results, Merage School MBAs are quite prepared for the challenge.
Tom Kozicki, the executive director of the Merage School MBA Career Center, has shared preliminary placement results that show our employment stats are surpassing those of the top twenty business schools in the nation. The fact that more than 90 percent of our Full-Time MBA class have accepted full-time positions illustrates how well prepared our students are to enter the work force and take on leadership roles.
Our placement results clearly indicate the business community recognizes the fact that our graduates bring the skills
necessary to help their businesses sustain profitable, long-term growth. The Merage School's functional strengths in operations, information technology, corporate finance and marketing, combined with the four pillars underlying our strategies – innovation, analytics, information technology and collaborative execution – have provided successful career paths for our Merage School graduates. According to BusinessWeek
, Merage School graduates rank among the top 25 nationally in terms of financial remuneration 10 years after graduation.
Our focus on innovation within a highly personalized program has resulted in substantial benefits for our students and
for the Merage School as a whole. Today we are attracting some of the top talent in the world as we distinguish ourselves
among the very best global research-based business schools.
The Power of Alumni Connections
Even though Jeff Pratt, '99, and Tim Jackman, '99, were classmates in the Merage School's EMBA program more than a decade ago, the connection they made follows them to this day and illustrates the power of the Merage Network.
Jackman is now chief of police for the Santa Monica Police Department and Pratt heads strategic development forSpeedTrack, Inc., a leading developer of next-generation faceted search and navigation technologies. While at first glance it may seem an unlikely partnership, Jackman and Pratt's continued collaboration has made a definite impact on both of them.
MBA Programs Information Sessions
invite prospective students for full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs starting in both spring and fall of 2010.
Strategic Issues in Management Series
OCTOBER 29, 2009
"DOING LEADERSHIP" IN A WORLD OF COMPLEXITY with Professor David Blake
NOVEMBER 12, 2009
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: STRATEGIC DECISIONS with Professor Philip Bromiley
FEBRUARY 25, 2010
BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS with Professor Kristin Behfar
MARCH 18, 2010
FINANCE FOR NON-FINANCIAL MANAGERS with Professor Todd Richey
APRIL 8, 2010
DRIVING TRANSFORMATION WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY with Professor Vijay Gurbaxani
APRIL 15, 2010
RESOLVING ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES WITH NEGOTIATION with Professor Lisa Barron
Distinguished Speakers Series
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
President and Chief Executive Officer, Buy.com
JANUARY 21, 2010
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sage Software
MARCH 4, 2010
Chairman and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences
MAY 6, 2010
President and CEO, Hyundai Motor America
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Center for Investment and Wealth Management Luncheon Series
– New Investment Realities in the Current Challenging Environment
with Rob Arnott, CEO and Founder of Research Affiliates, Moderated by Chuck Martin, Chairman/CEO, Mont Pelerin Capital LLC
JANUARY 20, 2010
Center for Real Estate Breakfast Series
Pacific Club, Newport Beach
Merage on the Move
Shaheen Husain, Executive Director, Corporate Relations, and Professor Emile Pilafidis, Instructor and Program Coordinator
Winners Everywhere You Look
What do Experian, Marriott International, PAAMCO, Taco Bell Corporation and Volcom have in common? They are all participants in the Merage School's Fall 2009 Experiential Learning Practicum, which delivers MBA-level business expertise and consulting services to local companies and organizations.
Each of the companies invited to participate in this year's program has identified a critical business issue needing attention. The companies were then matched with an MBA consultant team that will spend the next 10 weeks exploring solutions. Shaheen Husain, Executive Director of Corporate Relations, and Professor Emile Pilafidis, Instructor and Program Coordinator, manage this process with every company.
"This program makes winners out of everyone involved," said Gary Lindblad, assistant dean of the Full Time MBA Program. "Our MBA students benefit from exposure to and responsibility for managing real-life business issues. Participating companies benefit from the fresh ideas and perspectives these dynamic student teams provide."
Entering its seventh year, the Experiential Learning Program has a track record of proven success. The winning formula involves several key elements: the participation of top businesses (often through their membership as a Merage School Corporate Partner), a team of exceptional Merage School MBAs, and a faculty technical advisor who provides valuable suggestions in terms of conceptual frameworks, research sources and methodology. The secret ingredient is the addition of an executive coach who provides the team with business advice. More often than not, the executive coach is a Merage School alum or Dean's Leadership Circle member. This quarter's combination of corporations, faculty, executives and students is quite remarkable. Visit merage.uci.edu/go/MBAConsulting to read more details.
Fully Employed MBAs Making Headlines
The Fully Employed MBA Class of 2012 boasts the largest class size since the program was expanded in 2003. Applications were the second highest in the program's history with an increase in both the number of women enrolled in the program and
the percentage of international students.
"The caliber of students we are attracting is more impressive every year. This FEMBA class demonstrated an increase in several categories, including a 10 point increase in GMAT scores," said Tony Hansford, assistant dean of the Fully Employed MBA Program.
The Merage School's Fully Employed MBA program draws students from companies including: Allergan, Aramark, Black & Decker, Boeing, Broadcom, Edwards Lifesciences, Experian, Fluor, GlaxoSmithKline, Hitachi Consulting, Kaiser Permanente, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Nestle, PIMCO, Skyworks, The Walt Disney Company, Verizon Wireless, and Wells Fargo.
Marangell Answers the Call
Barbra Marangell has joined the Fully Employed MBA Office as interim director until the position is filled. In this temporary position, Marangell will facilitate FEMBA Marketing and Recruitment activities. Marangell is a Merage School alumna (FEMBA '08) with more than 10 years of professional experience as a news editor, communications specialist and marketing communication manager.
New Research, Books & Ideas
Professor Imran Currim’s research titled, Multi-stage purchase decision models: Accommodating response heterogeneity, common demand shocks, and endogeneity using disaggregate data, has been accepted by the International Journal of Research in Marketing. His paper, Amalgamation of Partitions from Multiple Segmentation Bases: A Comparison of Non-Model- Based and Model-Based Methods, has been accepted by the European Journal of Operational Research.
The Seeds of Salvation
, an article written by Professor Dennis Aigner
, was published in the July 2009 edition of the Milken Institute Review
. Aigner also received a $25,000 UC MEXUS grant for Research on Sustainability and Competitiveness in Mexico. He will be conducting the research with Professor Antonio Lloret of the business school at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City beginning October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010.
Information Systems Research has accepted a paper by Professor Sanjeev Dewan
titled, Information Technology and Firm Boundaries: Impact on Firm Risk and Return Performance
Professor Mary Gilly's
research, Employees as Internal Audience: How Advertising Affects Employees' Customer Focus
, will be published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
Communications of the ACM
will publish two of Professor Ken Kraemer's
studies: Who Captures Value in a Global Innovation Network? The Case of Apple's iPod and One Laptop Per Child: Vision vs. Reality
. Professor Kraemer's study, Who profits from innovation in global value chains? A study of iPods and notebook PCs
, has been accepted by Industrial and Corporate Change
Professor Connie Pechmann Keynotes Chinese BusinessSchool Conference
Merage School marketing area chair, Professor Connie Pechmann
, was invited to the Antai Management School at Shanghai Jiao Tong University inShanghai, China, where she was featured as the keynote speaker at the annual conference of Chinese business school deans and marketing department chairs.
Pechmann spoke about the impact of tobacco research on public policy, and the next day was invited to give a second talk to the schools' PhD students and faculty.
Pechmann has received nearly $1.5 million in grants to study antismoking advertising and adolescents,and assists the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in overseeing a federally funded, multi-year, billion dollar anti-drug advertising campaign. She conducts controlled experiments to study the effects of advertising on consumers, focusing on if, and how, the federal government should regulate controversial advertising forms. Pechmann has received six grants from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to study the impact of cigarette and anti-smoking advertising on youths, including tobacco placements in movies and television programs, and the showing of anti-smoking public service announcements before movies.
Learn more about Professor Pechmann and her research at merage.uci.edu
2009 "Merageville" Alumni Reunion
Vincent Hamamoto ‘99, and Tim Jackman ‘99 (shown here with his wife Lisa) were among the Merage School alumni who returned to campus to reunite with classmates during "Merageville," the 2009 reunion held on Saturday, September 12, 2009.