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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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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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July 9, 2014
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Carlos Ghosn: Five Percent of the Challenge Is the Strategy. Ninety-five Percent Is the Execution

The head of Renault-Nissan discusses the challenges of being a business leader in a foreign country and why adhering to cultural norms is not always the right strategy.
July 9, 2014
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Jonathan Berk: Are Mutual Fund Managers Skilled, Or Just Lucky?

Research says top managers are good at what they do, yet most investors can’t benefit from it.
July 7, 2014
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Rebecca Diamond: What is Happening to America’s Cities?

New research shows they are increasingly segregated by education.
July 3, 2014
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Ron Johnson: “It's Not About Speed. It's About Doing Your Best”

The former CEO of JCPenney discusses Apple, Target, and lessons learned from a 30-year career in retail.
July 2, 2014
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Charles Lee: Why Fair-Value Accounting Isn’t Fair

An accounting professor says shareholders need accountants to keep track of asset history, not to forecast future prices.
June 24, 2014
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The Stanford GSB professor of organizational behavior, argues that "it's Amazon's relationship with its suppliers that makes the company worse than Walmart."
June 24, 2014
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Stanford GSB alumni entrepreneurs share their top reading recommendations.
June 23, 2014
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Marc Andreessen: “We Are Biased Toward People Who Never Give Up.”

The venture capitalist discusses Silicon Valley’s changing tech landscape and why failure is overrated.
June 12, 2014
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In his “Last Lecture” talk with the Stanford GSB Class of 2013, Professor Grousbeck discusses the key attitudes he believes successful entrepreneurs possess.
June 11, 2014
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Heidi Roizen: “Today Everything Is Relationship-Driven”

Master networker Heidi Roizen on what has changed — and what hasn’t — about professional networking in the era of social media.