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January 16, 2015
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Everything That Can Go Wrong in a Field Experiment (and What to Do About It)

Four Stanford scholars share the most important lessons they’ve learned in the field.

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January 12, 2015
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Cheer Up, Americans! Gridlock and Bureaucrats Actually Improve Our Politics

A Stanford professor of political economy finds virtue in filibusters and “unelected bureaucrats.”

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January 5, 2015
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Sarah Soule: How Corporate Activism Alters Companies

Companies that are targeted by activists become more socially-responsible over time.

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January 12, 2015
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William Barnett: Beware of VCs Who Claim to Know What’s Next

Most disruptive changes in markets are not predicted by experts.

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
November 3, 2014
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Netflix Founder Reed Hastings: Make as Few Decisions as Possible

The CEO of Netflix discusses what he's learned while redefining movie-watching.

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A man sitting at his computer
January 16, 2015
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Sridhar Narayanan: With Google Search Ads, Higher Isn’t Always Better

The researchers gained rare insight into the effects of position in paid search advertising on Google.

Latest Stories

February 6, 2012
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Jared Cohen: Harnessing Social Media for Revolution and Democracy

The Google Ideas leader says online technology challenges citizens to build better societies, not just revolt against bad ones.
January 24, 2012
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Marketing 101 for Designers of Great Products

Entrepreneur Perry Klebahn tells why building a good market is as essential as building a good product.
January 24, 2012
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Mobile Banking Takes Off in Nigeria

Mobile devices are revolutionizing transaction services in Africa, similar to the way computers did in industrialized countries.
January 17, 2012
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Darrell Duffie: How Should We Interpret the Volcker Rule?

A scholar proposes alternative capital requirements for banks to eliminate potential unintended consequences of financial reform.
December 17, 2011
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Everyday Low Pricing May Not Be the Best Strategy for Supermarkets

New research looks at supermarkets’ “everyday low pricing.”
December 16, 2011
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Ian Davis: The Five Things Successful Leaders Do

The retired senior partner at McKinsey explains how these traits are more important than organizational rank.
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."