The economic resilience of developing nations during the world economic crisis has been encouraging, Stanford Graduate School of Business economist Michael Spence told a student audience, but ongoing global growth needs an integrated financial strategy. Spence heads the Commission on Growth and Development.
In the next 40 years, a global power shift will see today's leading economic countries drop from having 80% of the world's income to 35%, says John Wolfensohn, former World Bank president. By 2030, two-thirds of people in the world's middle class will be Chinese.
The high price of popcorn at most movie theater concession stands actually benefits moviegoers, say researchers, including the business school’s Wesley Hartmann. It helps hold down the price of the movie ticket.
Social pressure plays a major role in determining corporate strategy and performance according to an award-winning paper coauthored by Professor David Baron. The researchers find that social pressure and social performance reinforce each other, greater social pressure is associated with lower financial performance, and financial and social performance are largely unrelated.
Although Nobel Laureate William F. Sharpe didn't give listeners any new advice about how to weather the current financial crisis and fill the holes in their portfolios, he did explain during a speech on the Stanford University campus how futile it is to read sure-thing investing books or watch the latest financial guru to find easy answers.
Rock groups can lose as much as 40% of their potential sales because consumers don’t know enough about them, says the Stanford Business School’s Alan Sorensen. There are lots of crowded markets out there where lack of information skews sales.