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California is Fertile Ground for Music Instrument Innovation

By G. Bryan Cornwall, PhD, PEng (MBA 2018) Some of our most profound memories are linked with music: whether it is your first drive, first date, first kiss, or first anything, there is almost always a song that goes with it. Dick Clark is credited with the claim that “Music is the soundtrack of your life.” Music is art, music is emotion, music is life, and as noted by David Byrne, the former front-man of the band “Talking Heads” in his book: “How Music Works”, music is business [1]. For most of human history music was enjoyed in social venues…

Lying Because We Care

By Matt Lupoli Doctoral Candidate | Rady School of Management Imagine that you have a colleague who will soon be giving a presentation in front of several managers in your organization. A week before she is scheduled to present, this colleague practices her talk with you, and asks for your opinion on her performance. In truth, you thought that the presentation could use significant improvement. However, you are given pause by knowledge that this colleague is dealing with the recent death of a close family member. You can tell that she is in a fragile emotional state, and you feel concerned…

Uri Gneezy & the “Why” Behind Everyday Phenomena

by Julia Lee Walking into Professor Uri Gneezy’s office, one immediately notices the floor-to-ceiling shelves with a vast array of books, ranging from the scholarly and serious to the accessible and entertaining. Atop a round table in the center of the room sits a container overflowing with colorful, multi-sided dice – quite appropriate for a firm believer in the value of randomized, controlled experiments to transform the way sectors ranging from health care to education conduct their business. An experimentalist and scientist at heart, Gneezy learned and applied game theory firsthand on the streets of Tel Aviv while growing up…

Industry Analysis: The Sources of Profit for San Diego’s Privatized Prisons

by Elizabeth Liner While the rest of America has been mired in economic volatility, the prison-building industry has been holding steady. As of 2011, the U.S.’s correctional system incarcerates one of every 107 adults1 and contains the world’s largest prison population.2 With an in-prison population of more than 133,000, California has the nation’s third-largest number of people incarcerated. This population size, compounded with a 65.1 percent recidivism rate, has led to huge overcrowding in California prisons. Consequently, courts have ruled that the state failed to deliver adequate mental or physical health care to the prisoners. In an effort to address…

Accelerating Next-Generation Biofuels

Biofuel developers must find the best way to produce the alternative-energy source and form a viable business model to reach widespread use by Martin Sabarsky, J.D. Among the high-profile approaches addressing the need for large-scale renewable energy resources, biofuels have attracted significant attention. The enthusiasm of policymakers and investors for first-generation biofuels from crops such as ethanol from corn and biodiesel from soybeans waned after peaking in 2006 and 2007. However, increased media and investor attention is now being paid to technologies and companies involved in the development of advanced biofuels. Those technologies include cellulosic ethanol, as well as biofuels based…

Solar-Empowered Property Owners

New purchase and lease options for solar-generated power are making the alternative-energy source more attractive by Trang T. Nguyen & Michael D. Alston, Ph.D. I nnovation in the financing of renewable energy installations for residential and commercial property has lowered the hurdles facing property owners considering adopting solar energy. Long-term financing choices involving fiscal incentives not only make it cheaper for property owners to access solar-generated electricity, but offer more than one way to “go solar.” When presented with clear, customized, cost-benefit analyses of the tradeoffs of alternative energy installations, the rate of adoption of solar-energy systems by property owners…

Medical Tourism

A solution to the healthcare crisis? by Matthew Dunphy With President Obama coming to power amidst promises of change, much of life in America may face a transition, including its healthcare. The debate on the rising cost of healthcare is decades long, and the problem is only getting worse. What better time, then, to evaluate and consider some legitimate options? While not a panacea, medical tourism is a potential solution. Outsourcing in any field often gets a bad rap. People worry about the quality of care received in overseas hospitals and question whether this actually saves money. But, as an owner of a medical tourism company since…