Organizational Behavior

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — When it rains on the economy, it pours. Shocks to markets or industries, like the stock market crash of 2008, typically result in a flood of reports about firms’ individual woes. But the reverse is not true: Happy economic events do not lead to a similar...
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In this Closer Look, David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan at the Corporate Governance Research Program and researcher Sarah M. Larcker examine this issue in detail. Read the complete Closer Look Series research piece Explore More Topics, Issues and Controversies in Corporate Governance via...
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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In a new paper, three researchers demonstrate that whether conflict is exhausting or exhilarating depends on what is really threatened in the dispute. A threat to a relationship is most likely to leave one exhausted (and susceptible to the temptation of...
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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Appointed commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command in 2003, General Stanley A. McChrystal was officially the leader of the U.S. counter-terrorism organization. Yet, because of the composition of the group, the now-retired four-star general told...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Everyone knows that on average women earn less than men for the same work. Social psychological research conducted in the 1970s and 1980s suggested that women even pay themselves less than men pay themselves. But this is the nineties, right? It seems likely...
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A couple of years ago, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch visited the Stanford Graduate School of Business to talk about leadership and his book, Winning. With about 800 people, we had a public conversation about managing. The best comment he made, I thought, was the simplest. It’s something...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—You're a manager in a company that has recently merged. Despite aggressive coaching to help your employees understand and embrace a new corporate culture, you have some employees who are unwilling or unable to change their behavior. The success of the merger...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Does racism affect voters' responses to President Barack Obama’s policies? In September, former president Jimmy Carter argued yes in an interview with Brian Williams of NBC. A Democracy Corps focus-group study published on Oct. 16 disagreed, concluding that...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Affirmative action remains one of the most contentious issues in American society. Researchers typically suggest that that people who oppose it do so either because they think it's inherently unfair—or quite simply because they're racist. But Brian Lowery...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—People vote for candidates based on their performance in office — right? While political scientists like to think so, new research argues that a political incumbent's fate can be influenced by far less weighty matters — like whether the local college football...

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