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December 12, 2014
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Ten Popular Business Videos of 2014

Guest speakers, alumni, and students share insights on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and more.

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December 5, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Big Box Stores Pay Higher Wages Than You Think

A new study compares pay scales at chain stores to mom and pop shops.

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December 12, 2014
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How Do You Stay Competitive When You’ve Lost Your Patent?

An industrial mixer company combines product and process innovation.

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December 11, 2014
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Five Things You Should Know About Risk

From outer space to the boardroom, risk is all around us.

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December 15, 2014
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UT Bank Ghana CEO on Entrepreneurial Passion and His Biggest Firing Mistake

Prince Kofi Amoabeng explains how he went from the timber business to upending Ghana's industry of small business loans.

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December 10, 2014
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Itamar Simonson: What Influences Shoppers?

Researchers revisit a longheld marketing concept about how product placement impacts purchases.

Stanford Business magazine

Without risk takers, there would be little innovation, progress, or fun. That’s why the new issue of Stanford Business explores the theme of risk from a variety of perspectives. And it offers this gentle reminder that when taking a big risk, it can be useful to have a bit of a backup plan.

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Tristan Walker
December 15, 2014
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Tristan Walker: You Should Always Ask, “What If?”

The founder of health and beauty business Walker & Co. discusses appreciating life's difficulties and the value of authenticity.

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Surgeon's hands
November 15, 2014
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Stefanos Zenios: What Hospitals Around the World Can Learn From India

How a smart hospital used a simple approach to solve a big problem.

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Charles O'Reilly
December 5, 2014
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Charles O'Reilly: How to Be a Chief Culture Officer

Advice for managers on creating a culture of adaptability.

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June 10, 2014
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Lessons From the Roadside

In an excerpt from their new book, three economists share what they learned about small businesses in America.
June 6, 2014
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Researchers: How Do You Find the Best Private Equity Funds?

Research finds there are differences in skill among fund managers, but identifying the top funds is no easy task for investors.
June 5, 2014
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How Mindy Grossman Turned Around HSN

The CEO discusses customer service, disruption, and the bottom line.
June 3, 2014
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Glenn Carroll: The Value of Authenticity

Researchers find that when consumers assess products, they really want the real thing.
May 29, 2014
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MasterCard CEO: Challenge Conventional Wisdom

The payments technology executive discusses the cash economy, staying humble, and knowing when it's time to move on.
May 29, 2014
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Researchers: How Do You Encourage Saving?

A new study shows that people who feel powerful save more money.
May 28, 2014
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The professor of organizational behavior says leaders need support — and when that "vanishes, so do their careers."
May 28, 2014
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Matthew O. Jackson: Can Trade Prevent War?

A new network model suggests that international trade alliances are considerably more effective than military ones at keeping the peace.
May 27, 2014
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Mary Barra: "I'm Not In a Startup, But a Start-Over"

The new head of General Motors discusses leadership, culture, and how to prepare for what you can't control.
May 23, 2014
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Nir Halevy: How Do You Make Decisions?

New research shows that decision-makers focus on what will lead to the best possible outcome.