The Ford Motor turnaround required tough decisions and labor cooperation but CEO Alan Mulally is optimistic about the future.
Organizations such as Goodwill Industries and the Camp Fire Girls of America have endured for more than 100 years. The key to their survival is change, not more of the same, their leaders told a business school audience.
Modernizing the New York Stock Exchange required extensive communication efforts with employees, Duncan Niederauer, the CEO of NYSE Euronext, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience. "And when we were pretty sure we'd over-communicated, we communicated a little bit more."
Jonathan Abrams, the founder and former CEO of the social networking website Friendster, was asked by MBA students how to survive the torrential waters of entrepreneurship. His response: "I don't know."
Former students, colleagues, and fellow coauthors of John Roberts gathered in September to present reflections of how his work and mentorship affected both the course of economic research and their lives.
As head of the world's largest beer marketer, Carlos Brito of AB InBev says success of a corporation hinges on hiring high-performing individuals, who bring passion and commitment to the job, and on building a company culture that keeps them.
Since taking over as CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh has vowed to do whatever it takes to keep his employees, customers, and vendors happy. He told a business school audience his strategy leads to profits in the end.
While businesses have worked for hundreds of years to improve quality and reduce costs, the social sector has failed to make similar improvements in programs such as education or welfare, says Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka, the world's oldest support organization for social entrepreneurs.
A five-day MBA course on putting together a business plan took place in an online environment as part of a distance-learning experiment.