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Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes kisses his bat during a team workout at Fenway Park, 2013 (USA Today Sports photo by Greg M. Cooper)
March 25, 2014
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Jeffrey Zwiebel: Why the “Hot Hand” May Be Real After All

A Stanford finance professor finds that hot streaks in sports are no illusion. Economists should take heed.

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Worker in a metal warehouse.
October 6, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: Decentralized Firms are More Recession-Proof

Research shows that flexibility wins in bad economic times.

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October 9, 2014
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Kristin Laurin: Do People’s Connections with God Mimic Their Human Relationships?

A scholar finds similarities between interpersonal connections and relationships to a higher power.

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John Browne in 2010
September 24, 2014
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Former BP CEO John Browne: Why Coming Out is Good Business

In an excerpt from his new book, a former oil executive explains why he kept his gay identity a secret for decades.

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Ed Catmull and colleagues
September 19, 2014
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Roderick Kramer: How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave?

A scholar explains some signs that a boss has your — and the organization’s — best interests at heart.

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Sharing a dish in Lima, Peru (Reuters photo by Enrique Castro-Mendivil)
April 21, 2014
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Researchers: Does Breaking Bread Help Make a Negotiation a Success?

Deals over lunch may be tasty, but here’s why they’re not always smart.

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Lindred Greer (Photo by Amy Harrity)
May 7, 2014
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Lindred Greer: How Conflict Goes Viral

A scholar of organizational behavior explains how managers can contain the spread of disagreement in their team.

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July 31, 2014
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Roderick Kramer: How to Avoid Paranoia in the Workplace

A social psychologist explains why our brains sometimes jump to irrational, distrusting conclusions about leaders and organizations.

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A man in a computer lab
March 24, 2014
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Jeffrey Pfeffer: Do Workplace Hierarchies Still Matter?

A professor of organizational behavior says office power dynamics are part of our DNA.
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March 4, 2014
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Matt Abrahams: Presentations and the Art of the Graceful Recovery

A Stanford lecturer and expert on public speaking explains what to do when memory fails.
February 19, 2014
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James March: What Don Quixote Teaches Us About Leadership

A scholar discusses literature, power, and "the two most important things to know about innovation."
February 11, 2014
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Sharique Hasan: A Smart Roommate May Be the Key to College Success

A study in Southern India shows that high-performing roommates may have greater influence than friends or study partners.
February 5, 2014
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Research: The Hidden Benefits of Gossip and Ostracism

A study shows that talking about people behind their backs and voting others "off the island" may actually be good for society.
January 29, 2014
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Glenn Carroll: How Do Local Businesses Affect Social Policy?

New research explores the impact of gay-owned businesses on anti-discrimination laws.
January 27, 2014
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Peter Georgescu: Companies Must Bring All Stakeholders to the Table

The chairman emeritus of advertising firm Young & Rubicam explains why practicing one's values "is a winning strategy in business."
January 16, 2014
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Lindred Greer: How Power Struggles Escalate

New research shows how business leaders can minimize conflicts within their top teams.
January 7, 2014
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Hayagreeva Rao and Robert Sutton: How Do You Scale Excellence?

Two Stanford professors discuss their new book, Scaling Up Excellence, which reveals how the best leaders and teams create a growth mindset.
January 6, 2014
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Research: All Money is Not Created Equal

New research by Stanford GSB Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer shows that the more money we earn, the more money we want.
December 16, 2013
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Nir Halevy: How Do You Resolve a Conflict?

A professor of organizational behavior looks to game theory to better understand how to manage disputes in politics, business, and everywhere else.