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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
Technology, Platforms and Markets Initiative (TPMI)
TPMI looks at competitive strategy and entrepreneurship in digital platform markets, including mobile technology, app marketplaces, operating systems, marketplaces for e-commerce, internet search, cloud computing, advertising, and the media. In addition, it investigates designing auctions and pricing rules in auction-based platform markets, such as eBay or online advertising; managing supply and demand in digital marketplaces; markets for data; as well as payment platforms and financial technology innovation, including virtual currency.
Data and Analytics Initiative (DAI)
The “big data” phenomenon is transforming business. DAI investigates organizing and leading data-driven business and government. This includes using data and designing metrics to provide incentives and influence decision-making and policy; experimentation, marketing analytics, and statistical/econometric/machine learning methods.
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.
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.