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Oprah Winfrey speaking at Stanford GSB. Photo by Saul Bromberger.
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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March 6, 2014
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David Pitt-Watson: Entrepreneurship Is a Basic Freedom

The cofounder of Hermes Focus Asset Management discusses the value of tolerance, the difficulties of resilience, and the downside of aid.
March 4, 2014
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How ICON Aircraft Developed an Airplane for Everyday Consumers

A Stanford GSB alumnus tells the story behind his company’s easy-to-fly, two-person plane.
March 4, 2014
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Marc Andreessen: People with Courage are Determined to Succeed

The Andreessen Horowitz cofounder explains why his team is biased toward people who never give up.
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.
March 4, 2014
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The Impact of Technology on Diplomacy

Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google explore how technological tools will change privacy, security, and terrorism.
March 3, 2014
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Harikesh Nair: “The Promise of the Big Data Revolution”

A marketing professor uses analytics to help improve the bottom line at a Las Vegas gaming company.
February 28, 2014
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Saumitra Jha: Is There an Economic Solution to Ethnic Violence?

A political economist explores how commerce can help promote peace.
February 26, 2014
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Matt Abrahams: How Do You Make a Memorable Presentation?

A Stanford lecturer and expert on public speaking explains how to manage anxiety and deliver a smooth presentation.
February 25, 2014
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The Promise and Peril of Bitcoin

Economist Susan Athey and venture capitalist Balaji Srinivasan discuss the digital currency.
February 25, 2014
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The Quotable Mary Barra

The new head of General Motors discusses cars, leadership, and the best advice she ever received.