Throughout history, economists have observed periods of relative economic stability punctuated by paradigm shifts that have altered the competitive landscape and paved the way for new opportunities. As today's business environment experiences a mixture of rising energy prices, a growing scarcity of natural resources and increasing economic pressures, a new megatrend – sustainability – has taken shape.
Today, business leaders are realizing the potential that sustainable business practices and products can have on driving innovative new business models, opening new markets, and changing industry cost structures.
The Paul Merage School of Business is developing the talent pipeline of executives capable of addressing sustainability issues and driving innovation throughout their organizations. Through class and focused sessions - such as our 2011 Profit Plus
Planet? sustainability conference scheduled in March - we facilitate the exploration of current trends and learn to embrace the evolving issues shaping our future.
Incorporating sustainability education into our curriculum is just one example of how the Merage School seeks to meet the needs of a robust business community. Through initiatives like this one, we're continuing to graduate leaders recognized and rewarded for their skills, and we're proud this has translated into our latest rankings report from Financial Times
- our best ever - at #27 in the US and #53
in the world. I cannot express my thanks enough to the entire Merage School family for the role each of you plays - as teachers, advisors, and lifelong learners who continue to make us proud.
Can Your Businesses Thrive in a Green Environment?
Join the Merage School on March 24 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel for Profit Plus Planet?, southern California's premier sustainability conference. Corporate sustainability experts, thought leaders, clean technology investors, environmental consultants and researchers will gather with hundreds of Orange County's business elite to explore the future of green innovation and learn best-practices techniques to harness the power of sustainability as a driver of innovation and profit.
MBA Program Information Sessions
invite prospective students for Full- Time, Fully Employed, Executive and Health Care Executive MBA programs starting in both spring and fall 2011.
Distinguished Speaker Series
FEBRUARY 10, 2011
MARCH 31, 2011
Douglas Hutcheson, EMBA '91,
President & CEO, Leap Wireless
MAY 12, 2011
President & CEO,
American Funds Distributors
MARCH 24, 2011
Profit Plus Planet?
A Premier Global Sustainability
Strategic Issues in Management
Series from Executive Education
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
TALENT MAGNETISM: BUILDING THE RIGHT EMPLOYEE VALUE PROPOSITION with Will Sproule
MARCH 3, 2011
FINANCE FOR NONFINANCIAL MANAGERS (SESSION I/LEVEL I) with Professor Todd Richey
MARCH 17, 2011
FINANCE FOR NONFINANCIAL MANAGERS (SESSION II/LEVEL II) with Professor Todd Richey
APRIL 7, 2011
CRITICAL THINKING AND DECISION MAKING with Professor Thomas Eppel
Merage on the Move
South American Residential Rated Best Ever
Students report the FEMBA '11C International Residential in Chile and Brazil was one of the best Residentials ever, crediting their positive experience to Professor David Blake, a noted authority on global business strategy, foreign investment, management education and strategic leadership.
During their stay, students met with Citibank Brazil, Wal-Mart, and D&Y in Santiago, two micro finance entities in Chile, and an innovative chemist and entrepreneur in Chile who developed a company called Crystal Lagoons that builds the largest swimming pools in the world using 90% less chemicals than competitors. They also participated in a lively discussion and case study of a startup Brazilian airline, Azul Airlines, where they had the opportunity to meet with company CEO David Neelemen, the founder of Jet Blue.
Registrations Are In for the 2011 Business Plan Competition
The 2011 Merage School Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth, is one of the nation's premier business plan events offering all UC Irvine students, staff and researchers the opportunity to form a team, create a business plan, and potentially fund their business idea all within seven months.
This year's competition is underway as teams develop their plans and prepare to compete for over $36,000 in cash prizes. The next step is for judges to review the concept papers submitted by February 7. For more information about competition, visit merage.uci.edu/go/bpc.
(back row from left) Merage School Undergrads Mona Siddique, George Goodman and Nirav Bhardwaj.
(front row from left) Margo McEntee, Manolo "Jin" Puertollano and Linda Tan.
Undergrads Continue to Distinguish Themselves
UC Irvine's central campus is transferring a $500 cash award to the Merage School in recognition of the outstanding participation of the School's undergraduate students' in the University of California's Undergraduate Experience Survey. Merage School undergrads, by far, had the highest student response rate and won first place. In addition to the cash award, which will be used to support student activities, the Merage School received a plaque and recognition at the Dean's Advisory Council meeting.
New Research, Books & Ideas
Professor Kristin Behfar's
study titled, "Conflict in Small Groups: The Meaning and Consequences of Process Conflict,"
co-authored by Elizabeth Mannix, Randall Peterson,
and William Trochim, has been accepted
at Small Research Group
The study was designed to better understand
the meaning and consequences
of process conflict. The
results showed that process conflict
negatively affects group performance,
member satisfaction, and
Greg Linden from
in the Center for
Research on Information Technology
and Organizations (CRITO), have announced
a new report titled, "The
Distribution of Value in the Mobile
Phone Supply Chain."
The report explores
how supply chains of the mobile
phone industry span national
and firm boundaries. The report can
be accessed at merage.uci.edu/go/cellphone
of Leadership and
director of the
Center for Global
leading a program
to translate quality
research into practice, and make
those translations easily available to
practitioners throughout the world.
Three translations are already complete
with more to come. For more
information on the translation project
The Journal of
Public Policy &
a paper by Professor Cornelia
titled, "Learning about
At-risk Consumers: Research Challenges
explores the plight of at-risk
consumers, a perennial problem in
social marketing and public policy.
the position of executive
brings more than
25 years of consulting and industry
experience to the position, most recently
as managing director of PRTM
Management Consultants. Aghajanian
is a Merage School alumnus
where he earned an MBA with a concentration
in Technology Management.
Aghajanian is a member of
the Dean's Advisory Board, a Visionary
Member of the Dean's Leadership
Circle, and serves on several
committees for the School including
the EMBA Taskforce and the Sustainability
Melissa Beck '12
has accepted the
role of acting director
for the Center for
(CIWM) in addition
to her role as executive assistant to
the Dean. In her new position, Beck
will serve on all Center committees
and oversee operations and events
for CIWM. Beck is enrolled in the Executive
MBA program class of 2012.
has been promoted
to associate creative
director in the
Marketing & Communications
extensive design skills, Bresse has
been instrumental in providing creative
vision and direction while upholding
and improving upon the
brand image of the Merage School
year after year.
been promoted to
assistant dean of
the Fully Employed
MBA Program. Previously
the Full-Time MBA
program, Clark and her team have
worked to recruit increasingly competitive
MBA students, expanding
the applicant pool by 42% and improving
the caliber of the incoming
class in terms of GMAT, GPA and
employability post-MBA. Her role
helped the Full-Time MBA program
gain national prominence, recently
ranking 27th in The Financial Times
has taken on the
role of interim assistant
the University of
California Irvine. In this role she will
be responsible for providing leadership
and management support to
campus-based fundraising programs
as well as to the foundation and corporate
has joined the FEMBA
team as associate director of Student
Affairs. Originally from San
Diego, Narens completed her BA in Communication at
San Diego State
University and later
finished her Masters
degree in Education.
brings a wealth of
experience to the Merage School including
two years at Harvard Business
School in MBA Career Services
and the Student Services Office in
the Department of Psychology at
Stanford University. Most recently,
Narens worked in Campus Recruiting
at PIMCO where she led university
recruitment efforts for the
been promoted to
assistant dean of
the Merage School.
Patrick has been
with the School for more than 23
years working in Student Affairs.
Due to her efforts, the Merage
School's undergraduate major and
minor programs together enroll
nearly 1,000 students annually.
Diane Sagey '99
has been promoted
to interim assistant
dean of Marketing
and Strategic Initiatives
for the Merage
School. Her responsibilities
include oversight of the
Marketing and Alumni Relations
functions, plus the added role of
taking on initiatives such as conference
planning, data management,
research on strategic priorities,
process improvements, issues identification
and solutions management.
She is a member of the
Dean's Leadership Circle.