Prof. Teck Ho Receives Prestigious Williamson Award

Professor Teck H. Ho is a great admirer of Nobel Laureate and Haas Prof. Emeritus Oliver Williamson. That admiration only sweetened Ho’s joy when he became the second recipient of the prestigious Williamson Award Feb. 13.

The award is named for Williamson, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences. It is the highest honor bestowed by Haas faculty to a faculty member who exemplifies the attitudes and behaviors that differentiate Berkeley-Haas as an institution, detailed in our four Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

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Prof. John Morgan was the inaugural recipient.

“Williamson was such a role model to me,” says Ho, who holds the William Halford, Jr. Family Chair in marketing. He added that the award came as a big surprise “because there are so many other top scholars here at Berkeley.”

Ho teaches behavioral economics and marketing, examining consumer and firm behavior in economic situations. His course on pricing is the most popular MBA elective at Haas.

“Teck was a perfect choice as the second recipient of this prestigious award,” said Andrew Rose, associate dean for academic affairs and chair of the faculty. “From his passion for research and teaching, to his efforts to connect students to new networks in China, he has made rich contributions to Haas.”

In addition to his teaching and research, Ho is also the editor-in-chief of Management Science journal and the director of Asia Business Center at Haas, which forges partnerships with Asian institutions to further develop management education and research.

Last November, Ho led a group of Executive MBA students on a week-long immersion trip to Shanghai, China. Through his classes, networking sessions, and tours of local businesses and organizations, the trip gave students a deep dive into the fast-paced Asian business environment. On the last night of the immersion, students shared a networking night with Haas alumni based in Shanghai.

Ho, who grew up in Singapore and taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, arrived at Haas in 2002. During his time here, Ho has won the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching three times (2004, 2005, 2006), a Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010, and received multiple National Science Foundation Grants (1995-2003, 2004-2007). His papers have been finalists for the John D.C. Little Best Paper award, the Paul Green Best Paper Award, and the William F. O’Dell Long Term Impact Best Paper Award.

-By Seung Y. Lee

Question the Status Quo: by producing frame-breaking research;

Confidence Without Attitude: by becoming an intellectual partner with his students;

Students Always: by always exploring and uniting diverse fields of scholarship;

Beyond Yourself: by establishing an endowed chair with his Nobel proceeds.

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