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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Some widely practiced management techniques can actually hamper company efforts to innovate and encourage creativity. Practices such as emphasizing individual accountability, encouraging internal competition, practicing goal setting, and emphasizing budgets may...
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—It's a simple fact of human nature: The minute people fear they may not be able to get their "stuff," they start hoarding whatever's available. On the industry level, notes Stanford professor Hau Lee, a similar dynamic can occur throughout a supply chain. The...
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...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Huge salary imbalances between CEOs and the people who work for them can send bad vibes throughout an organization, weakening loyalty and eroding the talent pool, says Charles O'Reilly, director of the Business School's Center for Leadership Development and...

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