Organizational Behavior

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Observers have long noted that women are underrepresented in the young, fast-growing firms that dot Silicon Valley. Now, a six-year study of high-tech startups identifies factors that can predict how hospitable firms are to women and challenges the common...
woman and man talking
Whether you're negotiating for your firm or for your position in it, you'll do better if you avoid some common pitfalls. Successful bargaining means looking for positives in every possible circumstance. "If I can trade off issues that I care about more and you care about less, then we've been able...
diverse group of students working together
The study of diversity in the workplace has taken on new importance as changing economics prompt many companies to downsize and restructure themselves into flatter, more decentralized entities. The result is that today's corporations are built around groups that must find answers to novel and...
Nir Halevy
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - Typically regarded as a common virtue, generosity can also be a sign of weakness for leaders, according to a new study. The research finds that contributing to the public good influences a person's status on two critical dimensions: prestige and dominance. "...
Summer 2009 In today's workplace, where employees rarely expect to remain with one organization for their entire careers, firms are searching for new ways to increase the commitment of their employees. The benefits to organizations of such a commitment, which have been well documented, include...
Francis Flynn
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - Your husband says he wants a woodworking router for his birthday but you really think he'd be more impressed with a pair of 50-yard line football tickets. Guess again. When it comes to gift giving, most people are simply not paying enough attention to what...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Human resource executives say that diversity in the workplace can have a number of benefits, including improved understanding of the marketplace, enhanced creativity and problem-solving ability in teams, and better use of talent. But social science research is...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—You may have called it a "team" or a "study group" or nothing at all. You may have been at work or at play, or even at war. But if you've ever belonged to a "hot group," chances are you'll remember it, by any name, as one of the most creative and productive...
In the world of Hollywood movies, the most important 20 minutes of a film may take place during the pitch meeting. The film "Alien" originally was pitched as "Jaws on a Spaceship" and that image sold. What makes a studio executive or producer bite on an idea? And what makes a successful pitch?...
John Jost is investigating social stereotypes and asking a more complicated question than whether they are true or false. Jost, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the Business School, is asking how being exposed to stereotypes affects our responses to and feelings about the...

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