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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Venture capitalists and other investors routinely gamble on which start-up companies warrant their investment. Complex models and detailed algorithms can be used to evaluate an organization's financial position, market potential, and level of quantifiable risk...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—There is mounting evidence that giving people more responsibility for making decisions in their jobs generates greater productivity, morale, and commitment. Yet, in spite of the substantial economic returns to decentralization and delegation, many American...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — As greater numbers of women, ethnic minorities, and other "nontraditional" employees join the workforce, the increasing heterogeneity of employee groups has had a greater negative effect on white males than on nonwhites or women,researchers say. Work done by...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—"The Minority Report," Steven Spielberg's sci-fi movie release in 2002 has the following scene. John Anderton (Tom Cruise), after having eyeballs replaced to escape police detection, walks into an apparel store (the Gap). The camera in the store scans his eyes...
Influenza is an acute respiratory illness that spreads rapidly in seasonal epidemics. Annually influenza outbreaks result in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths around the globe. The World Health Organization reports that the costs of health care, lost days of work and education, and social disruption are...
The existing mammography screening guidelines worldwide do not fully capture the dynamics of mammography screening. Specifically, these guidelines consider only age, which is just one of the risk factors associated with breast cancer, when making policy recommendations. Understanding that women at...
Innovation, to paraphrase a remark by Thomas Edison, is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. But individualist that he was, Edison probably never thought about the effect of employee compensation on innovation. The role of compensation as a motivating force behind innovation is assumed to be...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—When it comes to corporate defaults, the current recession is, as of now, child's play in comparison not only to the Great Depression, but another little-recalled period: the railroad crisis of 1873?1875. New research from Stanford shows that over the past...
Flight delays have been a growing issue and they have reached an all-time high in recent years, with the airlines’ on-time performance at its worst level in 2007 since 1995. A recent report by the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress has estimated that the total cost to the U.S. economy...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—For millions of people across Africa, motorcycles can be a key to effective health care. Vaccines, HIV counseling and treatment, and other public health expertise are out of reach—with access obstructed by shortages, poverty, geography, and lack of...

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