New book provides window into history of Haas
How did the nation’s second oldest business school evolve from its post-Gold Rush founding to become one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge? In Business at Berkeley: The History of the Haas School of Business (Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 2016), Sandra Epstein, a former University of California administrator, researcher, and decades-long friend of the school, details the journey.
The historical account is anchored by Epstein’s personal connections to Berkeley Haas. Her book includes dozens of interviews with key Haas deans, faculty, and administrators whose decisions, policies, collaborations, and leadership led the school to where it is today. The book also covers many of the century’s political and cultural struggles and controversies: the 1949 faculty loyalty oath, the 1960s Free Speech Movement, and improving the roles of women in business schools.
Meticulously researched, this book provides a detailed account of the rise of a top-ranked business school through the tumultuous 20th century to today.