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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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December 15, 2011
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Baba Shiv: How Loneliness Affects Consumer Behavior

People who are lonely prefer products outside the mainstream, but only in private.
December 15, 2011
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Sally Osberg: How Social Entrepreneurs are Like Ginger Rogers

The Skoll Foundation president says they're like traditional entrepreneurs, but "do it backwards in high heels" with public sector challenges.
December 14, 2011
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Women Still Underrepresented on Corporate Boards

Women hold about 15% of Fortune 500 corporate board seats and the numbers are not growing rapidly.
December 13, 2011
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Yvon Chouinard: Patagonia's Secret Is in its Supply Chain

The apparel company founder says they track every step to be sure there are "no unintended consequences of our actions."
December 12, 2011
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Despite Sluggish Economy, a Bullish Outlook on Investing

Venture capitalists who spoke at Stanford said available money and billions of internet users mean long-term prospects look good.
December 11, 2011
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Matt Rothe: How the Tractor Killed the Family Farm

An alumnus who watched his family sell their Colorado farm after five generations discusses the importance of sustainability and eating smart.
December 6, 2011
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Rupert Scofield: Social Enterprises are Key to Meaningful Change

Creator of "the World Bank for the Poor" explains how social enterprise can create systems that work for everyone in society.
November 30, 2011
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Arrillaga Book Offers Map for Successful Philanthropy

Don't just feel good about philanthropic gifts, says Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen in her book Giving 2.0. Put your mind to work as well as your heart.
November 18, 2011
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Kent Thiry: Developing Successful Leaders Takes a Village

The CEO of DaVita says management can be taught, but leadership is a skill that requires learning about yourself and other human beings.
November 17, 2011
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Guy Kawasaki: Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

A venture capitalist shares the wisdom from the late Apple founder, including how getting it "wrong" can be right.