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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

What Makes Third Parties Intervene in a Conflict?

The motivation of mediators is not solely altruistic.


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

Walter W. Powell: The Language of Nonprofits is Changing

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


An illustration of a large fish swimming near a small fish
July 8, 2015

In Technology, Small Fish (Almost Always) Eat Big Fish

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


Victor Koo, chairman and chief executive of  Youku Tudou Inc. | Courtesy Victor Koo
July 23, 2015

Victor Koo: Venture Capital Firms are Proliferating in China

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


Courtesy Start-Up Chile
July 24, 2015

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.


July 13, 2015

Iván Marinovic: Why Honest Job Appraisals Can Be Bad for Business

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


Craftspeople are the mainstay of India’s non-farming, rural economy. | Courtesy TOTO Express
July 21, 2015

A Nonprofit Group Helps Struggling Indian Craftspeople

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


Health care worker reviewing a file in a massive archive | Reuters/Phil McCarten
June 29, 2015

Daniel P. Kessler: The Hidden Cost in Changing Doctors

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


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

Benoît Monin: How Men React When Their Masculinity is Questioned

Findings have implications for how marketers sell products to men.

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The Energy Industry: Changing the Balance of Power

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July 13, 2012

Jennifer Aaker: How to Feel Like You Have More Time

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When Pronouns Get Personal

Research shows that the little word 'we' can make a big difference in attitudes toward brands.
June 21, 2012

Zakary Tormala: The Power of Potential

A series of studies shows that mere promise impresses more than actual achievement.
June 15, 2012
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June 6, 2012

Solar Power's Bright Future

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June 1, 2012
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Researchers at Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance urge Congress to reduce the costs of renewable energy by granting tax breaks now available to non-renewables.
May 31, 2012

Heroes and History: Lessons for Leadership from Tolstoy's War and Peace

Professor Emeritus James March takes a look at the lessons of Tolstoy’s War and Peace for leadership, examining the limitations of heroic visions of leaders that Tolstoy exposed.