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A man wearing protective gear in a decontamination site
October 16, 2014
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Lawrence Wein: Five Disaster Scenarios — and What We Learn From Them

A professor tackles the most effective responses to some of the world's most dangerous risks.

Three economists hit the road to learn about small business in America. See what they discovered.

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A t-shirt says "I love my job"
September 17, 2014
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Harikesh Nair: Human Resources’ Big Data Moment

A marketing professor explains how workplace analytics can transform how companies hire, evaluate, motivate, and retain employees.

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Power plant
October 17, 2014
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What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

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A woman running at sunset.
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.

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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.

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Street signs that say "Wall Street" and "One Way"
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.

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Man walking by an advertisement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention
September 8, 2014
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Neil Malhotra: Do Americans Really Want Bipartisanship?

A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.

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Christine Su
September 8, 2014
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Christine Su: “Listen – To Your Customers, Your Team, and Your Employees”

The founder of a business focused on sustainable ranching discusses the value of listening, learning, and understanding your personal vision of happiness.

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October 20, 2014
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Eric Bettinger: Why Stay-at-Home Parents are Good for Older Children

Parental presence isn't just for infants and toddlers.

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San Francisco
September 23, 2014
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Rebecca Diamond: What Is the Relationship Between Economics and Geography?

Research explores the interplay between wages, taxes, housing costs, the movement of workers, and education.

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A sign reads "Closing Down"
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.

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Alibaba headquarters
September 3, 2014
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Joseph Piotroski: What Is the Relationship Between Chinese Politics and IPOs?

Research shows it’s more complex than mere crony capitalism.

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May 1, 2008
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How Much Will We Pay for a Year of Life?

A study figures that $129,000 represents the minimum cost of giving a person an additional “quality-of-life adjusted” year of life.
May 1, 2008
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Nicolás Szekasy: You Need to Be Prepared to Capture Opportunity

The CFO of MercadoLibre, the eBay of Latin America, explains how the company has capitalized on rising internet use.
May 1, 2008
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What the U.S. Can Learn from High School Students in India, China

An entrepreneur screens his new film, 2 Million Minutes, at Stanford GSB and explains how students around the world use their time differently.
May 1, 2008
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Women are Still Scarce in Top-Level Business Positions

Deborah Zoullas, MBA ’78, outlined what professional women can do at the annual banquet organized by the Women in Management MBA student group.
April 1, 2008
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Excessive Executive Pay Makes Headlines, But So What?

A study shows that media clamor over high executive compensation makes virtually no difference in company behavior.
April 1, 2008
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Supply Chain Strategies for Sustainable Companies

Companies can make money being socially responsible and environmentally friendly ways, says Professor Hau Lee. It just takes the Triple-A approach.
March 1, 2008
Written

American Symphonies Often Spend More Than They Earn

A scholar's research suggests that a best-practices review including cost-cutting measures would help.
March 1, 2008
Written

Changing Recruitment Opens More Boards to Women

Stanford GSB graduates at Women's Initiative Network (WIN) encourage women to join boards and expand their networks.
March 1, 2008
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Encouraging Teamwork Can Boost Manufacturing Productivity

In a study of steel mills, rank-and-file workers in strategic teams were effective in tackling complex efficiency problems.
March 1, 2008
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Lee Scott: Criticism May Produce Innovation

The Wal-Mart president and CEO says with some issues, like sustainability, feedback can be used to get ahead of society's expectations.