Organizational Behavior

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
Stanford Graduate School of Business will launch a massive open online course on September 15, 2014 to help business leaders grow their organizations without falling prey to common pitfalls. In this free five-week course called “Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up,” Stanford faculty...
Google self-driving car.
Running a company in an industry driven by fast-paced innovation typically requires putting decision-making powers in the hands of employees at various levels, not just top-level managers. “If your industry is very innovative and your customer and product are changing all the time, it’s very hard...
A football player throwing a Hail Mary pass.
In a results-driven world, corporate executives often live and die by the sword. They earn huge bonuses when profits are climbing, and they can lose their jobs quickly if results turn sour. But when a company plunges into a true crisis, new research suggests that offering executives the right kind...
Richard Nixon with NASA Administrator Dr. James C. Fletcher
Trust can be a good thing in business: If you as an Apple employee in the Steve Jobs era believed in his brilliance as an innovator, for example, you’d feel more committed to the decision to develop a tablet device that did not yet exist. Trust is a way to have friction-free relationships by...
Kenneth “Hap” Klopp
In 1968, Kenneth “Hap” Klopp acquired The North Face – then two small stores, one in San Francisco and one in the Old Barn at Stanford – and turned it into a global apparel business that he ran for 20 years. He also became the executive chairman of Cocona, a nanoparticle company that makes fibers...
Women waving scarves in Hong Kong
When the British transferred Hong Kong back to the Chinese in 1997, it ranked as one of the most significant political transformations in modern history. Since then, the effects of the transition have been scrutinized by economists, diplomats, political activists, and journalists. Until now,...
Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison towered again among the top ranks of the highest-paid CEOs in 2013 with total compensation of $78 million. He is in plentiful company. Sixty-five chief executives took home annual pay of more than $20 million last year. What prompts boards of directors to grant such astounding sums?...
Carlos Ghosn
Imagine it’s your first day on the job as chief operating officer of a global manufacturing company in a foreign country. You don’t speak the language, you don’t know where the company’s plants are located, and you don’t even know how to make a phone call. That’s what it was like for Carlos Ghosn...
Sanofi-Aventis CEO Chris Viehbacher and Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer
Here’s a tip for those who like to predict corporate takeovers: Look for companies where the chief executive is turning 65. Not 63, mind you. And not 67. The magical moment for mergers is specifically the traditional retirement age of 65. A new paper coauthored by Dirk Jenter, associate professor...
employees and managers talking
Sometimes, when a CEO addresses his or her employees, less is more. That’s what Nir Halevy, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, found when he and Yair Berson, a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, examined the way in which leaders — whether they are country presidents, chief...

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