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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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January 1, 2011
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Ilya Strebulaev: Bankruptcy Laws Drive Corporate Default Rates

A finance professor says permissive bankruptcy laws, not bad business downturns, seem to be the greatest cause of corporate bond defaults.
January 1, 2011
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Nonprofits Must Change as Old Funding Models Decline

Particularly older organizations, such as Goodwill Industries, need to innovate to survive, nonprofit leaders told a Stanford GSB audience.
January 1, 2011
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Panel: A Sobering Look at Today's Federal Debt

Economics experts from Stanford GSB and beyond explain why there are no easy solutions to the estimated $14 trillion debt.
January 1, 2011
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Paying Star Employees Well is a Good Strategy for Innovation

New research shows that the most successful companies get their edge by paying star employees more than the competition to fuel innovation.
January 1, 2011
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Setting Vague Goals Can Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

New research says people are more likely to achieve a goal if it’s sketched out in vague terms than if it’s set in stone with a specific target.
December 1, 2010
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Duncan Niederauer: Communication Is Key in Changing Culture

The New York Stock Exchange CEO explains that accelerating a slow-moving company to light speed requires stating—and repeating—a clear vision.
December 1, 2010
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Ilya Strebulaev: Tax Policy Has Changed Who Owns Stocks

A new study argues that household stock ownership decreases as the tax benefits associated with owning stocks inside a pension plan increase.
December 1, 2010
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Research: Economics Lessons From Indian Textile Firms

New studies show that firms implementing systematic management practices improved their productivity by 10 percent reduced defects by 60 percent.
November 1, 2010
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Academic Researchers Need to Learn to Talk Across Disciplines

A professor argues explores why it is difficult for researchers to learn to talk to peers from other areas of academia.
November 1, 2010
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Carlos Brito: Corporate Success Depends on Individual Employees

The head of the world's largest beer marketer says success is built on high-performers who challenge each other and don't take criticism personally.