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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—We live in an extraordinary time. The Internet and related technologies have opened new forms of communication, reduced the costs of many kinds of market interactions, and brought firms and consumers around the globe into closer proximity than ever before. At...
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...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  - Young companies that adopt structured systems to run their operations in their early years grow three times faster than competitors and have a lower rate of CEO turnover, according to an award-winning research paper. "Some entrepreneurs mistakenly view...
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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...

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