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A dove lands on barbed wire during a protest outside the presidential palace in Manila in 2008 | Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
July 21, 2015
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What Makes Third Parties Intervene in a Conflict?

The motivation of mediators is not solely altruistic.

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The Language of nonprofits includes phrases like "human rights," "efficiency," "social capital," "global health," "catalyst," "social change," "outcomes," "survey," "leadership," "democracy", and "data."
July 2, 2015
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Walter W. Powell: The Language of Nonprofits is Changing

As charitable organizations collaborate more with businesses, their vocabulary transforms.

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An illustration of a large fish swimming near a small fish
July 8, 2015
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In Technology, Small Fish (Almost Always) Eat Big Fish

Leslie’s Law shows how startups can own their markets.

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Victor Koo, chairman and chief executive of  Youku Tudou Inc. | Courtesy Victor Koo
July 23, 2015
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Victor Koo: Venture Capital Firms are Proliferating in China

Youku Tudou CEO on micro movies and other ways Chinese directors are leveraging the internet.

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Courtesy Start-Up Chile
July 24, 2015
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Building a Startup Ecosystem: One Entrepreneur's Playbook

The founder of Start-Up Chile explains what countries can do to build a Silicon Valley on their home turf.

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July 13, 2015
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Iván Marinovic: Why Honest Job Appraisals Can Be Bad for Business

Honesty isn't always the best policy when it comes to performance reviews.

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Craftspeople are the mainstay of India’s non-farming, rural economy. | Courtesy TOTO Express
July 21, 2015
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A Nonprofit Group Helps Struggling Indian Craftspeople

Innovation fellow creates an artisan’s business-to-business matching platform.

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Health care worker reviewing a file in a massive archive | Reuters/Phil McCarten
June 29, 2015
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Daniel P. Kessler: The Hidden Cost in Changing Doctors

High fees for your own medical records can be a barrier to switching.

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In balletic pose, wearing pink shirts to show their support for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, the England Rugby union squad go through warm-up exercises.  Russell Boyce/Reuters
June 19, 2015
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Benoît Monin: How Men React When Their Masculinity is Questioned

Findings have implications for how marketers sell products to men.

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October 15, 2014
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Roadside MBA: Big Lessons From America’s Small Businesses

Three economists hit the road to learn about America’s small businesses. Here’s what they discovered.
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.
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.
October 9, 2014
The New Republic
In a piece for the New Republic, Stanford scholar-in-residence Jeffrey Ball says the two-degree goal — cutting carbon emissions to prevent a two-degree annual increase in the earth's average temperature — is unrealistic and counterproductive.
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.
October 7, 2014
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An Entrepreneur and His Wife Row 2,800 Miles Across the Pacific

For a cofounder of Trulia, a seemingly hazardous adventure was good for mind, body, and business.
October 7, 2014
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Introducing Insights by Stanford Business

Welcome to the new digital home for research, stories, and ideas from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
October 6, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: Decentralized Firms are More Recession-Proof

Research shows that flexibility wins in bad economic times.
October 2, 2014
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William Barnett: When Being a Nonconformist Entrepreneur Pays Off

A study finds that bucking the trend can lead to entrepreneurial success.
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.