The Aetna-CVS Merger, Graziadio Name Change and More – Los Angeles News

We’ve rounded up some of the top stories from business schools in the Los Angeles metro this week.

Will the Aetna/CVS Merger Transform American Health Care? – Mihaylo News Room

Xiaoying Xie, finance professor at the Mihaylo College of Business at California State University, Fullerton, weighed in this week on the potential upcoming Aetna-CVS merger. The deal, which was approved by both companies’ shareholders in December 2017, remains to be confirmed by the federal Department of Justice.

A specialist in insurance studies, Professor Xie believes there may be potential benefits to the merger. By combining insurance companies, medical providers and pharmacy services, Xie says, benefits will be passed on to the consumers in the form of convenience and lowered costs. “It may possibly lower the overall health care costs through offering a one-stop solution for minor medical services and helping members manage their chronic diseases more cost-effectively.”

To read more about the merger and Professor Xie’s research, click here.

Fishing for Profits: UCLA Anderson Field Study Team Dives Deep into Galapagos Tuna Supply Chain – UCLA Anderson Blog

MBA students at the UCLA Anderson School of Management recently gave their final presentations as part of the school’s Applied Management Research (AMR) program. AMR is the country’s first ever business school field study program, partnering students with top organizations to solve an important strategic problem. MBA students in the AMR program complete research projects in place of a thesis, and this year that included four Anderson teams partnering with Conservation International, an organization that connects student consultants with local experts and indigenous groups.

This year’s teams were sponsored by the Center for Global Management and included collaboration with Conservation International to develop sustainable solutions and boost economies throughout centers of environmental importance throughout the world.

UCLA ’18 MBA students Daniel Osorio, Traci Kuratomi, Will Berman, and Kevin Oswald (left to right) in the Galapagos / Photo via

“Going to the Galapagos Islands provided a wealth of information crucial to the success of this project, which would have been impossible to gather otherwise. At the same time, we greatly enjoyed meeting people in the local community and each of us has been left with memories we will take well beyond the conclusion of this project,” the group said.

Click here to read more about the Applied Management Research and the story of the UCLA Anderson team.

Pepperdine University Announces Business School Name Change – Pepperdine Newsroom

The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University officially changed its name to the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, effective late last March. According to dean Deryck J. van Rensburg, the change reflects the school’s future, unifying under one consistent brand while enabling the business school to maintain its connection to Pepperdine.

The renaming of the business school is just one step in a comprehensive strategic plan for the school, which has been laid out in a document called ASPIRE 2025.

“As Pepperdine continues to set standards for progress and innovation, the renaming of the Graziadio School of Business and Management is an exciting part of the momentum that will propel the University into a new era,” said Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton.

Click here to read more about the renaming and the future of Graziadio.


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