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Baba Shiv

Baba   Shiv
Professor, Marketing
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Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing
Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program
Director of The Innovative CIO Executive Program
Academic Area: 
Marketing

Research Statement

Baba Shiv's research expertise is in the area of neuroeconomics, with specific emphasis on the role of neural structures related to emotion and motivation in shaping decisions and experiences. His recent work examines the interplay of the brain’s "liking" and "wanting" systems and its implications for marketing, innovation, leadership and decision making. The nature of the issues that he examines are: Does being denied something make people pursue it more hotly but also simultaneously like it less? Does a wine's price tag price affect the pleasure one experiences? In the past few years, he has also focused his attention onto the neuroeconomics behind innovation and entrepreneurship leadership in companies small and large, from silicon valley tech startups to Fortune 500 companies Baba Shiv teaches courses at the GSB that build on his research interests. Examples of some of the courses that he teaches include, "The Frinky Science of the Mind," and "Entrepreneurial Ventures in Luxury Markets." He frequently hosts executives from around the world in executive education programs at Stanford on strategic marketing management, design thinking and customer-focused innovation.

Bio

In his academic career spanning over than 20 years, Professor Shiv’s research has won numerous awards including the William O’Dell award for an article that made the most significant, long-term contribution to marketing theory and practice. Two of his research publications received the Citation of Excellence from Emerald Management Reviews (Top 50 Management Articles in 2005 and 2009). In 2001, Professor Shiv was identified by the Marketing Science Institute as one of the future leaders of the next generation of marketing academics. His work has been featured in a variety of media outlets including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CNN, Fox Business, Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Radio Lab.

He served as the editor of the Journal of Consumer Research. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Duke University, 1996
  • MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1988
  • BE, College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, 1983

Academic Appointments

  • Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing, Stanford GSB, 2010-present
  • Professor of Marketing, Stanford GSB, 2008-2010
  • Associate Professor of Marketing (with tenure) and Ormond Family Faculty Fellow for 2006-2007, Stanford GSB, 2005-2007
  • Associate Professor (with tenure) and Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow, Department of Marketing, University of Iowa, 2002-2005
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, University of Iowa, 1996 - 2002
  • Instructor, Markets and Management Program, Duke University, 1994-1995

Professional Experience

  • Vadilal Enterprises Limited, Bombay, India (product launch of their ice cream in South India)
  • Blow Plast Limited, India (sales and new product introductions)
  • Larsen & Toubro Limited, India (Caterpillar Tractors and Poclain Hydraulic Excavators)

Awards and Honors

  • R. Michael Shanahan Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2013-2014
  • “Faculty of the year” for seven consecutive years, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa, 1999-2005
  • “Outstanding Faculty” in the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools, 6th, 7th, and 8th Editions (McGraw-Hill), Marketing Science Institute, 1990

Publications

Journal Articles

Jing Wang, Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Baba Shiv. Journal of Consumer Research. April 2012, Vol. 38, Issue 6, Pages 1116-1128.
Sarah G. Moore, David T. Neal , Gavan J. Fitzsimons, Baba Shiv. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. January 2012, Vol. 117, Issue 1, Pages 168–178.
Baba Shiv, Zakary Tormala. Journal of Consumer Research. 2012, Vol. 38, Issue 5, Pages 846-859.
Himanshu Mishra , Arul Mishra , Baba Shiv. Psychological Science. 2011, Vol. 22, Issue 6, Pages 733-738.
Ab Litt, Senia Maymin, Senia Maymin, Baba Shiv. Psychological Science. 2011, Vol. 22, Issue 4, Pages 523-531.
Baba Shiv, Ziv Carmon, Dan Ariely. Journal of Marketing Research. November 2005, Vol. 42, Issue 4, Pages 383-393.
Baba Shiv, Ziv Carmon, Dan Ariely. Journal of Marketing Research. November 2005, Vol. 42, Issue 4, Pages 410-414.
Rosellina Ferraro, Baba Shiv, James R. Bettman. Journal of Consumer Research. June 2005, Vol. 32, Issue 1, Pages 65-75.
Baba Shiv, George Loewenstein, Antoine Bechara. Cognitive Brain Research. April 2005, Vol. 23, Issue 1, Pages 85-92.
Baba Shiv, George Loewenstein, Antoine Bechara, Hanna Damasio, Antonio R. Damasio. Psychological Science. 2005, Vol. 16, Issue 6, Pages 435-439.
Gavan J. Fitzsimons, Baba Shiv. Journal of Consumer Research. September 2001, Vol. 28, Issue 2, Pages 224-238.
Baba Shiv, Alexander Fedorikhin. Journal of Consumer Research. 1999, Vol. 26, Issue 3, Pages 278-282.

Working Papers

Pressure and Perverse Flights of Familiarity | PDF
Baba Shiv, Ab Litt, Senia Maymin, Taly Reich2010

Courses Taught

Degree Courses

2014-15

The exponential growth in our understanding of the workings of the human brain has led to a rather startling and maybe embarrassing (even depressing) conclusion. While the human brain is unique among species in its ability to strategize,...

In recent years, the study of innovation has been dominated by a school of thought that advocates starting with the customer¿discovering solutions being sought by customers and designing for these solutions. Stated differently, the thrust with...

Doctoral Practicum in Teaching

Doctoral Practicum in Research

This course is designed to prepare new marketing PhD students for conducting rigorous, independent research. In this course, the student will work closely with a faculty member in collaborative research activities and will become familiar with...

2013-14

Why is it so difficult to change human behavior? Why is it that more than 80% of individuals who sign up for fitness classes drop out within a few weeks, even a few days? Why is it that despite the dramatic increase in devices and apps that are...

The exponential growth in our understanding of the workings of the human brain has led to a rather startling and maybe embarrassing (even depressing) conclusion. While the human brain is unique among species in its ability to strategize,...

Stanford Case Studies

The Knight Management Center | RE135
Kathleen Kavanaugh, Jake Kraft, Baba Shiv2010

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

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    Faculty, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Service to the Profession

Journals

  • Editor, Journal of Consumer Research
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Consumer Psychology
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Marketing Research

In the Media

TEDx, June 1, 2012
In a TEDx Stanford talk, the Stanford GSB's Baba Shiv explains why ceding control can sometimes be the best course of action.

Insights by Stanford Business

May 7, 2014
A group of scholars show why what you see isn’t always what you get.
October 15, 2013
What neuroscience tells us about getting the best out of yourself, your colleagues, and the boss.
September 14, 2012
New research shows that seeing all your options at once makes you happier with the choice you make.
August 27, 2012
Professor Baba Shiv discusses how you can coax risk-averse managers to innovate.
August 16, 2012
The simple things your brain needs to perform at its creative best.
December 15, 2011
People who are lonely prefer products outside the mainstream, but only in private.
November 12, 2011
Baba Shiv's research reveals why hypothetical questions aren't as innocent as they seem.
June 1, 2011
Researchers say news about a company or product blemish may actually strengthen consumers’ positive impressions.
March 1, 2011
Research says how people approach failure can be key to their success.
January 1, 2011
New research says people are more likely to achieve a goal if it's sketched out in vague terms than if it's set in stone with a specific target.
August 1, 2009
Rejection increases people’s motivation to pursue that elusive objective. But there’s a catch.
March 1, 2008
Studies show that subjects report a medicine less effective when it doesn't cost as much.
January 1, 2008
A study shows that cost doesn't merely interfere with perceived quality, it actually affects real quality.
September 1, 2005
Research shows that how we feel can be the key to our success.
September 1, 2005
Researchers explore how feelings about mortality affect our self-esteem.

School News

May 1, 2009
School's MBA, PhD and master's students recognize three faculty members for their innovative teaching methods, enthusiasm and personal attention.
September 1, 2005
Three senior professors — in accounting, organizational behavior, and marketing — have joined the Stanford GSB faculty, along with six junior faculty.