At a research university such as UCLA, a highly effective means of increasing the international content of courses is through support of international research opportunities for faculty, doctoral and graduate students.
How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes
An academic conference, How Long is the Shadow of History: The Long Term Persistence of Economic Outcomes, was held at UCLA Anderson on May 18-19, 2012. The conference was co-sponsored by UCLA Anderson's Center for Global Management and co-organized by Professor Romain Wacziarg (pictured here). It brought to UCLA Anderson over 50 top scholars from internationally renowned institutions, including UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Brown, Chicago and Berkeley, to discuss emerging research evaluating the long-run sources of variation in economic performance across countries. Taking a long view, this research seeks to understand economic development by going back far in history - even as far as the Neolithic period - to understand the geographic and cultural factors that facilitate or impede the growth of emerging market economies. The conference program, including links to the papers that were presented, can be found here. The conference demonstrated UCLA Anderson's strong commitment to studying and teaching issues of global economic relevance, including subjects related to the growing economic influence of emerging markets, and demonstrated the academic excellence of UCLA Anderson's vibrant group of academic economists.
Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce
A research grant was also awarded to Chris Tilly, director of UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and professor in the urban planning department, to support a recent academic conference, Improving Jobs for the Global Informal Workforce: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Held at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center in Los Angeles on April 20-21, 2012, the conference brought together top scholars from the eight countries mentioned in the title, including distinguished researchers from Peking University (China), the University of Campinas (Brazil), the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and others, along with U.S. researchers from UCLA and other institutions. Participants discussed how new patterns of global economic flow have intensified the problem of informal work and suggested strategies for improving informal jobs. The conference included a one and a half-day invitation-only workshop of 25 researchers and a public evening event that attracted an audience of around 100. Sponsors of the conference included the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and UCLA CIBER.
The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors?
The Center for Global Management was the main sponsor of UCLA Anderson's December 2011 Quarterly Economic Forecast Conference: The California-China Relationship: Partners or Competitors? held in Korn Convocation Hall on December 7, 2011. The event attracted almost 200 attendees and brought together a group of experts who shared a diverse set of viewpoints on U.S.-China relations.
William Yu (upper right photo), economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, presented a macro-economic overview of the Chinese economy, Understanding the Risks to China's Economy, which was followed by two panel discussions. Jerry Nickelsburg (left photo), senior economist of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, moderated the first panel, Hard or Soft Landing for China's Economy, with panelists Cindy Fan, professor of geography and Asian American studies at UCLA; Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at The Paul Merage School of Business of the University of California, Irvine; Charles Wolf, Distinguished Corporate Chair in International Economics at The RAND Corporation and professor at The Pardee RAND Graduate School; and Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California, Irvine.
The second panel focused on Intellectual Property Protection and California Exports and was moderated by Lance Yang, patent and trademark attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP; with panelists Alan Chu, partner and Leader of China Business Network, PwC; Thomas T. Chan, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP; Jason Childs, vice president of sales and marketing at Staco Systems; and Michael Christensen, deputy executive director of development at the Port of Los Angeles.
Financial Access at Birth Receives Research Support from the Center
Financial Access at Birth (FAB) is a program developed by Bhagwan Chowdhry, a professor of finance at UCLA Anderson. It is a social and economic innovation that seeks financial inclusion. Chowdhry's idea is to convince the world's nations to contribute one-fiftieth of one percent of their gross domestic product - the sum of all goods and services produced within a nation's borders to create a fund that would give every child born in the world $100 in a savings account that would be opened when his or her birth is officially registered. Chowdhry's initiative is being hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an international collaboration aimed at advancing the commercial model of microfinance. In addition to providing a grant to support FAB, the center also supported the recent CFI board meeting in March that was held at UCLA Anderson. MBA students also have worked on research projects supported by the center to study the feasibility of testing the idea in one country.
In recent years, UCLA CIBER faculty and doctoral research grants have successfully promoted increased interest in international research on the part of both UCLA Anderson and UCLA faculty. Proposals have been drawn from all academic areas at UCLA Anderson as well as faculty and doctoral students from across the UCLA campus. Support usually includes international research travel funding, conference attendance and research assistant support. Over $85,000 in faculty seed, assistant faculty development and doctoral grants were awarded as part of the UCLA CIBER grant over the most recent two-year grant cycle ending September 30, 2012. Calls for proposals are anticipated early 2013.
UCLA CIBER 2010-12 Research Grant Awardees - Faculty (Click to expand)
Paola Giuiliano, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Global Economics and Management Area
Miriam Golden, UCLA Department of Political Science
Noah Goldstein, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management and Organizations Area
Keyvan Kashkooli, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management and Organizations Area
Peter Katona, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Kumar Rajaram, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Decisions, Operations and Technology Management Area
Richard Roll, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Finance Area and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University
Michael Ross, UCLA Department of Political Science
Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Global Economics and Management Area
Shi Zhang, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Marketing Area
Magali Delmas, UCLA Institute of the Environment
Reza Ahmadi, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Decisions, Operations and Technology Management Area
UCLA CIBER 2010-12 Research Grant Awardees - Doctoral (Click to expand)
Joshua Eisenman, UCLA Department of Political Science
Kyle Herkenhoff, UCLA Department of Economics
Mitsuru Igami, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Global Economics and Management Area
Tom Narins, UCLA Department of Geography
Meher Varma, UCLA Department of Anthropology
Working Papers highlighting the results of center-funded research 2010-2012 should be available early 2013.
The Center for Global Management supports students for their Applied Management Research (AMR) projects, the mandatory field study requirement of the full-time MBA program, which serves as the capstone course for second-year students. Since 1967, the AMR program has partnered MBA student teams with more than 3,000 organizations around the world. Each year, 75 teams of five students spend 20 weeks completing an in-depth strategic study for organizations to examine strategic opportunities and deliver implementable solutions to some of their most pressing organizational issues and challenges.
The center supports projects that focus on international social entrepreneurship and microfinance, one of the identified thematic areas of the UCLA CIBER grant, to broaden student awareness of the issues facing entrepreneurial development within emerging markets. Since 2006, around 45 global pro-social projects across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania have been supported by the center with over $200,000 of funding, benefiting over 200 students. View video: "Microfinance Showing New Potential in Emerging Markets" >>
CGM is also a proud sponsor of the annual Chicago Booth and Zell Center Microfinance Conference and is a member of the Global Business School Network.
Research grants are awarded to student teams based on project scope, rationale and depth of research and are used for expenses incurred in carrying out data collection and necessary research, including support for a primary research field visit - an integral component of the AMR project.
For students interested in applying for center funding, and for individuals and organizations interested in working with a team of students for a field study project, or sponsoring a project, please contact Lucy Allard.
Timetable for Students
For a complete schedule for Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring teams, visit the AMR website. For students interested in applying for Center funding, a presentation must be made once the team's research plan is prepared for submission to the AMR office. Please contact Lucy Allard for more information.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, the center sponsored six teams who carried out research projects in China, Peru, Brazil, and the South Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Vanuatu. Two AMR teams worked with a client organization that is a network of microfinance organizations working in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, in the South Pacific. It is dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises. One team prepared a market entry strategy for the organization to enter Kiribati, and another team analyzed whether the client organization should enter the microfinance market in Vanuatu or acquire an existing microfinance institution. 2011-2012 center supported teams:
AMR Team - Brazil
AMR Team - China
AMR Team Kiribati
AMR Team - Peru
AMR Team Vanuatu