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A man wearing protective gear in a decontamination site
October 16, 2014
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Lawrence Wein: Five Disaster Scenarios — and What We Learn From Them

A professor tackles the most effective responses to some of the world's most dangerous risks.

Three economists hit the road to learn about small business in America. See what they discovered.

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A t-shirt says "I love my job"
September 17, 2014
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Harikesh Nair: Human Resources’ Big Data Moment

A marketing professor explains how workplace analytics can transform how companies hire, evaluate, motivate, and retain employees.

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Power plant
October 17, 2014
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What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

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A woman running at sunset.
October 14, 2014
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Szu-chi Huang: Pursuit of a Mutual Goal Can Turn Friends into Foes

Marketing research finds that peer support in programs such as Weight Watchers fades as members near the target.

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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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Street signs that say "Wall Street" and "One Way"
October 10, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: What Leads to Economic Uncertainty?

An economist explains how political polarization and government growth have increased uncertainty.

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Man walking by an advertisement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention
September 8, 2014
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Neil Malhotra: Do Americans Really Want Bipartisanship?

A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.

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Christine Su
September 8, 2014
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Christine Su: “Listen – To Your Customers, Your Team, and Your Employees”

The founder of a business focused on sustainable ranching discusses the value of listening, learning, and understanding your personal vision of happiness.

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October 20, 2014
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Eric Bettinger: Why Stay-at-Home Parents are Good for Older Children

Parental presence isn't just for infants and toddlers.

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San Francisco
September 23, 2014
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Rebecca Diamond: What Is the Relationship Between Economics and Geography?

Research explores the interplay between wages, taxes, housing costs, the movement of workers, and education.

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A sign reads "Closing Down"
September 30, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Entrepreneurship Requires Practice, Practice, Practice

A scholar finds that repeat entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed.

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Alibaba headquarters
September 3, 2014
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Joseph Piotroski: What Is the Relationship Between Chinese Politics and IPOs?

Research shows it’s more complex than mere crony capitalism.

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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 20, 2013
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Researchers: Where Do You Draw the Line Between Trust and Regulation?

David Larcker and Brian Tayan explain why building trust in an organization pays off.
September 20, 2013
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Susan Athey: How Big Data Changes Business Management

The Stanford economist explains how troves of digital data will reshape competition.
September 19, 2013
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A Team of Researchers Explores Health Care Delivery in Africa

Can well-managed fleets of vehicles increase health worker productivity?
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.
September 16, 2013
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Sergio Autrey: Mixing Science and Art in the Satellite Business

One of Mexico's leading businessmen advises a group of artists on their launch of one of the world's first art satellites.
September 9, 2013
Written

Shirzad Chamine: How to Defeat Your Internal Saboteurs

An author and executive coach trainer explains how a more positive outlook can help you reach your true potential.
August 16, 2013
Written

Jayson Jia: Does Playing "Hard to Get" Work?

In a Hong Kong speed-dating experiment, male undergrads have mixed reactions to women who play hard to get.
August 9, 2013
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Francisco Pérez-González: How to Wean Businesses of Over-Borrowing

A novel tax-reform strategy in Europe reduces subsidies for taking on debt.
July 31, 2013
Written

David Larcker: “Lonely at the Top” Resonates for Most CEOs

Nearly two-thirds of CEOs do not receive outside leadership advice, but nearly all want it.