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Research Centers & Initiatives

Stanford GSB encourages faculty research, curriculum development, and interaction among academic disciplines, and provides access to dedicated staff support and facilities for research and teaching needs.

Centers and Initiatives for Research, Curriculum & Learning Experiences (CIRCLE)

CIRCLE provides services that are tailored and responsive to the needs of faculty members, including: facilitated connections to industry leaders, research design and analysis, curriculum development and revision, as well as event management for webinars, seminars and conferences to disseminate learning.

When multiple faculty members choose to pursue a common area of research activity, their efforts can be supported through a dedicated research initiative. Following are the centers and initiatives currently supported by Stanford GSB:

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES)

Building on a half-century tradition of entrepreneurship at Stanford GSB, CES promotes research on entrepreneurial formation, finance and management. In addition, CES supports innovation in, and provides support for, curriculum development, teaching tools, and expansion of external relationships. Current areas of research include: Early-stage financing decisions, the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurs Program (SLEP) and the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies II (SPEC II).

Center for Social Innovation (CSI)

CSI is dedicated to creating social and environmental change in the world. Through research, education, and experiential learning, CSI strengthens the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions for poverty alleviation, access to healthcare and education, sustainable development, environmental protection, human rights, and more. We envision a networked community of leaders actively working across frontiers, sectors, and disciplines to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world.

Corporate Governance Research Initiative (CGRI)

CGRI focuses on research to advance the intellectual understanding of corporate governance, both domestically and abroad. By collaborating with academics and practitioners from the public and private sectors, we seek to generate insights into critical issues and bridge the gap between theory and practice. Our research covers a broad range of topics that include executive compensation, board governance, CEO succession, and proxy voting.

Digital Business: Data, Decisions & Platform Strategy Initiative

Digital Business investigates management issues related to leading data-driven organizations and governments. This includes using data and designing metrics to influence decision-making in all aspects of business, including policy making, product development, and strategic marketing.

Through this initiative, we seek to prepare the next generation of business leaders to make informed decisions in data-rich environments by equipping them with contemporary methods and tools to analyze data.

This initiative also looks at competitive strategy and entrepreneurship in digital platform markets, including auctions, online advertising, electronic payments, and media. Example topics include competitive dynamics and incumbent strategies, the strategic use of data and data-driven technology, and the broader economic implications of technological advances.

Sustainable Energy Initiative

In response to the world’s changing climate, governments have initiated a wide range of renewable energy policies while businesses have embarked on ambitious research and development programs and sizeable capital expenditures. SEI seeks to advance the research and understanding of the business opportunities and challenges emerging from the global transition to low carbon energy systems. Projects supported by the initiative will focus on the interplay of business fundamentals, technological innovations and public policy.

Value Chain Innovation Initiative (VCII)

VCII brings together academics and students from multiple disciplines and practitioners to explore the economic and social impacts of the global dynamics and digital communications that are reshaping business, industries, and ecosystems. Research projects focus on solving problems that are highly relevant to the greater global business community. They may be structured as theoretical or model-based research, empirical research, or detailed field-based case studies. Periodically, VCII hosts events featuring thought leaders in the field of value chain strategy. VCII is actively engaged with a broad cross-section of leading and emerging industries to identify, document, research, develop, and disseminate best practices in value chain innovation.

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

The institute, known informally as SEED, seeks to stimulate, develop, and disseminate research and innovations that enable entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders to alleviate poverty in developing economies. SEED’s work is based on the belief that a critical route for economic growth is through the creation of entrepreneurial ventures and by scaling existing enterprises.

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Founded in 2011 as a joint initiative between the Stanford Law School and Stanford GSB, the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance develops and explores economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance cleaner and more secure energy. The center aims to design and execute research projects, publish results in academic and popular media, enhance and expand curriculum for graduate students, and provide critical expertise to policy makers and investors.