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B-School Buzz: Women Advance the Same, but Check the Temper; Anderson Helps Disabled Managers; New Biz Read from Haas

Stacy Blackman's Weekly Roundup of B-School Intelligence
Getting an MBA in health management is one way to sidestep the gloomy economy, BusinessWeek reports. Recent findings from Moody's Investors Service indicate that President-elect Barack Obama's health-care proposals, if enacted, could galvanize the industry. The plans, which call for expanding the availability of health insurance and reducing health-care costs, could also increase demand for health-care management jobs.

Female executives who break through the "glass ceiling" in corporate America are rewarded with higher overall compensation than their male counterparts and benefit from the same rate of promotion, according to new research from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. However, the study also found that the number of females in top executive positions remains a mere fraction of business leadership overall largely due to the tendency of women to leave the workforce earlier than men.

Meanwhile, Victoria Brescoll, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale School of Management, recently presented a lecture for the Women in Management club in which she discussed "one of the strongest gender stereotypes": the idea that women are more emotional than men. Previous research examining anger as a status cue has found that people will give more status to men who express anger. Brescoll wanted to know if the same would hold true for women. She found that is does not; when women express anger at work they experience a backlash.

After helping more than 150 companies develop corporate social responsibility strategies, Kellie McElhaney, founder of the Haas Center for Responsible Business, decided to encapsulate her advice in a new book, "Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide To Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand." McElhaney hopes her book inspires business leaders. "You read news stories about companies' greed and lack of contribution to society. I wanted some balance out there," McElhaney says. "Some companies are doing wonderful things, but there is no textbook."

UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education Programs (EEP)has forged an alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor to promote career advancement of managers with disabilities. "UCLA Anderson School of Management's cutting edge Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities will change how business schools view managers with disabilities," said Neil Romano, spokesman for the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). "Through this Alliance, ODEP and UCLA Anderson will work to move people with disabilities from the cubicle to the corporate suite."

Two teams of first-year Berkeley MBA students have been selected as finalists in the Impact Mozilla Case Competition from a field of more than 300 entries. Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox Internet browser and other open source products, asked entrants how to win the loyalty of past and future Firefox users. Winners will be awarded $3,000, plus the resources to lead and execute their proposal.

Students studying for their MBA at Clark University's Graduate School of Management may find it a little easier to heed the university's motto of "Challenge Convention. Change Our World." MBA students now have a new option--the Social Change concentration--allowing them to blend the business skills they develop in the MBA program with skills that focus on major social and environmental issues that are increasingly important in the global economy.

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