The Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford offered a new Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Insights to Innovation. The executive education course used hands-on projects to teach a design thinking process that helps organizational leaders drive innovation.
The United States will see a slow move toward electric car adoption in the next 5-to-10 years while China will see only a small market for cars but big opportunities to manufacture and export batteries. A Stanford MBA student class study doubts either nation will move quickly to adopt clean coal technology.
Ted Turner, who 30 years ago heralded the Information Age by founding CNN, has turned his focus to developing ways to stop global warming, encourage energy conservation, and stem population growth. He challenged MBA students to find solutions because "We've got to take better care of the planet."
His career has taken Jonathan Reckford, MBA '89, from corporate leadership to his current post as chief executive officer with global nonprofit Habitat for Humanity. His success, he says, comes from following his faith and his heart.
One benefit of knowing you're in the minority is a clearer sense of self, says marketing Professor S. Christian Wheeler. Business organizations, which have been shown to improve their decision making when diverse ideas are present, may therefore want to think about more structured ways for encouraging naysayers to speak up.
After being advised she was "too nice," Laura Sanchez ultimately learned that success meant ignoring the advice and letting her own personality show. Sanchez is the 2010 recipient of the Porras Award presented by the Hispanic Business Students Association at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Consumers frequently stereotype nonprofits as warm, generous and caring organizations, but assume their business abilities will be less competent than their for-profit peers’. In contrast, for-profit companies are stereotyped as more competent with a balance sheet, but are not necessarily socially aware. Understanding these views can affect how both groups do business.