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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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Latest Stories in Organizational Behavior

November 21, 2013
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Francis Flynn: What Makes People Want to Help Others?

In his quarterly column, a Stanford professor of organizational behavior describes how group membership influences behavior.
November 5, 2013
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Kristin Laurin: Can Belief in God Affect How We Act at the Office?

Researchers find that just reading about God can affect people's behavior on tasks, even the behavior of non-believers.
October 30, 2013
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Sarah Soule: How Design Thinking Can Help Social Entrepreneurs

A Stanford scholar discusses a collaborative, human-centered approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
October 15, 2013
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Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

What neuroscience tells us about getting the best out of yourself, your colleagues, and the boss.
October 8, 2013
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David L. Bradford: How Do You Manage Up in the Workplace?

The co-author of Influencing Up describes how to build a more productive relationship with the boss.
October 7, 2013
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Irv Grousbeck: Finding One's Way on the Entrepreneurial Path

What are the characteristics of an entrepreneur? What are the risks? H. Irving Grousbeck explains.
October 1, 2013
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Jesper Sørensen: How Do You Explain a New Product Category?

A game-changing idea can win or lose depending on how quickly the consumer “gets” it.
September 25, 2013
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Research: Can Money Buy Happiness?

In his quarterly column, Francis J. Flynn looks at research that examines how to spend your way to a more satisfying life.
September 23, 2013
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Researchers: Should You Be a Specialist?

Stanford scholars explore how the path you take affects your career prospects.
September 19, 2013
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Researchers: If You Want a Favor, Ask and Ask Again

Why the people you least expect to help you are the ones you should approach.