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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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February 5, 2014
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Researchers: How to Create Sustainable Tourism in Rural China

By making key changes to the normal supply chain supporting tourism, a group of researchers look to alleviate rural poverty.
February 4, 2014
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How the Digital Age Rewrites the Rule Book on Consumer Behavior

The authors of a new book on market research explain how a shift in consumer decision-making is fundamentally changing marketing.
February 3, 2014
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Sam Yagan: "Don't Start a Company Lightly."

The CEO of Match.com discusses leadership, lessons, and "the most important search of your life."
January 31, 2014
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Shan-Lyn Ma: "Can the Idea Be Bigger?"

The cofounder of wedding registry site Zola discusses leadership, finding great talent, and the most important values in business.
January 29, 2014
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A Stanford GSB finance professor discussed actions to improve the safety of the international financial system.
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 28, 2014
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Stanford GSB faculty, alumni, and visitors shed light on the power of stories and how to craft an effective one.
January 28, 2014
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Stanley McChrystal: What Makes an Effective Team?

The retired four-star general explains why employees need to have faith in each other and alignment behind a common goal.
January 28, 2014
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T. Renee Bowen: The Political Impact of Mandatory Spending Programs

Game theory shows why “discretionary” spending programs lead to more self-interested behavior by politicians than “mandatory” spending programs.
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."