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The future of (not) driving

Catherine Wolfram, faculty co-director, Energy Institute at Haas | May 17, 2016

We have a momentous event coming up in my household: my son will turn 16 at the end of the month and will — if the DMV gods are agreeable — get his drivers license. This has sparked a lot of debates in my family about what driving will look like over the next 10-20 … Continue reading »

The power of supply chains in implementing innovations

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | March 17, 2016

Many of the products and services we consume today did not exist a hundred years ago (internet, television, modern cars, cell phones, computers, penicillin, McDonalds and Whole Foods). The world thrives on innovation, which is frequently derived from new scientific knowledge, as well as inspiration. Innovations may include (i) a new product, (ii) a new … Continue reading »

Why I still support Sanders’ economic agenda

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | February 19, 2016

A few days ago, Neel Kashkari – now president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, who was the senior Treasury Department official in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations helping to save the big Wall Street banks – said “I believe the biggest banks are still too big to fail and continue to … Continue reading »

Feeling smug about your solar rooftop? Not so fast

Severin Borenstein, professor of business | January 21, 2016

If you installed solar panels on your roof and feel aglow with environmental virtue, you may be in for a rude awakening. There’s a good chance someone else has purchased your halo and is wearing it right now. In most states (including California) power generated by rooftop solar panels earns Renewable Energy Certificates, which quantify how … Continue reading »

Innovation outposts and the evolution of corporate R&D

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | December 22, 2015

I first met Evangelos Simoudis when he ran IBM’s Business Intelligence Solutions Division and then as CEO of his first startup Customer Analytics. Evangelos has spent the last 15 years as a Venture Capitalist, first at Apax Partners and later at Trident Capital. During the last three years he’s worked with over 100 companies, many … Continue reading »

Searching for coexistence of GMO and organics in Amsterdam

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | November 30, 2015

I recently returned from a conference on the co-existence of genetically modified food (GMO) with other food, such as organic. The meeting was on November 17-20 in Amsterdam, which was rainy, cold and windy, an unpleasant departure from the sunny and dry climate of drought-stricken Berkeley that I have grown accustomed to. Fortunately we were … Continue reading »

Are we too optimistic about optimism?

Don Moore, professor, Haas School of Business | November 19, 2015

The $10 billion self-help industry offers to inspire us to be optimistic, confident, and therefore successful. We are buying it. Especially in the U.S., we tend to value optimism. This may be because we think we see evidence of optimism’s power all around us: We see winning athletes attribute their success to confidence; optimistic political … Continue reading »

Beeronomics: I’ll drink to that

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | September 14, 2015

This past week I attended the fourth Beeronomics conference in Seattle. The conference brings together economists and other scientists who work on the economics of beer. The first three conferences were in Europe; this was the first U.S. conference. I was excited about the conference first because of the location: I wanted to see my friends and … Continue reading »

Hacking a corporate culture: Stories, heroes and rituals in startups and companies

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | September 10, 2015

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. I’ve summarized my learnings in this blog post, and here, here and here and here and put it together in the presentation here. One of the interesting innovation challenges I’ve encountered centers on a company’s culture. While startups … Continue reading »

UC Berkeley and IDB partner to improve impact evaluation of projects

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal, Global Networks Director, Center for Effective Global Action | September 9, 2015

With over 3,743 investment projects approved during the last five years in Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the largest and oldest multilateral lender in the region. In order to address pressing development challenges within the 26 borrowing member countries, the IDB has invested billions in project design, implementation, and evaluation. As a result … Continue reading »

Whither China’s currency?

David Roland-Holst, adjunct professor, agricultural and resource economics | September 2, 2015

While the floors of the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges were awash in red ink, much of the black stuff was being splashed on financial pages to divine the fate of China’s currency, the Renminbi (RMB). Outsiders might care about the currency because of international competitiveness. China cares about it as a matter of international status, aspiring for … Continue reading »

Is burnout the best business model?

Christina Maslach, professor emerita, psychology |

By Christina Maslach and Cristina Banks In the recent New York Times article “Inside Amazon,” Amazon claims that its culture is peculiar. Actually, it is peculiarly American. There is a long history, in many U.S. workplaces, of carving business success out of the dedication and self-sacrifice of workers. As practiced, this model reflects the philosophy of American … Continue reading »

Displacement: The misunderstood crisis

Karen Chapple, Professor, City and Regional Planning | August 28, 2015

When we think of gentrification and displacement, we typically envision a hipster – young, professional, and probably white – in the Mission District or Brooklyn at the peak of the real estate boom. But this archetype, while not inaccurate, is just the tip of the iceberg. Displacement, which is distinct from gentrification, occurs in many … Continue reading »

Why corporate entrepreneurs are extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

Steve Blank, lecturer, Haas School of Business | August 26, 2015

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors. —– What Have We Lost? I’ve been working with Richard, a mid-level executive in a … Continue reading »

The future of displacement

Karen Chapple, Professor, City and Regional Planning | August 24, 2015

The year is 2030. Protesters gather around yet another apartment building where long-term residents are being evicted to accommodate newcomers. We must be in San Francisco. No, we’re in Oakland. Guess again. It’s Hayward. Or, Concord. Or perhaps, Santa Rosa. In 2030, these and many other Bay Area communities may realize that their neighborhood has … Continue reading »

Is “secular stagnation” a monetary-financial problem or a fundamental technological problem?

Brad DeLong, Brad DeLong | August 8, 2015

Over at Equitable Growth: On about four of the seven days in a week, my view is that the problems lumped under the heading of “secular stagnation” are primarily monetary-financial problems. Now comes Barry Eichengreen to review the case that these problems are at their root instead of also technological-fundamental. And I must say he … Continue reading »

Depression’s advocates

Brad DeLong, Brad DeLong | July 31, 2015

Over at Project Syndicate: Depression’s Advocates: Back in the darker days of late 2008 and 2009, I had one line in my talks that sometimes got applause, usually got a laugh, and always made people more optimistic. Because the North Atlantic had lived through the 1930s, I would say “This time we will not make … Continue reading »