Academic Areas

Stanford GSB faculty pursue research and teaching within seven academic areas.

Research is sparked by intellectual curiosity and enriched by interactions with other academics and business leaders around the globe. Many are engaged in multidisciplinary work that crosses scholarly boundaries within the school or take part in work that involves faculty from other schools or departments at Stanford University.

Courses are renewed constantly as knowledge gained through faculty research enters classrooms to enrich the experience of MBA and PhD students, Fellows in the Stanford MSx Program, and the executives and non-business students in our Executive Education and other non-degree programs.

Recent Publications

Elizabeth Pontikes, William P. Barnett
Administrative Science Quarterly. March
1 , 2017, Vol. 62, Issue 1, Pages 140-178

Salient successes and failures, such as spectacular venture capital investments or agonizing bankruptcies, affect collective beliefs about the viability of particular markets. We argue that collective sense-making in the wake...

William P. Barnett, Daniel Levinthal
Strategy Science. March
Susan Athey, Jonathan Levin
Research in Economics ( in press ). February
16 , 2017

We study the information preferences and information demand of decision-makers facing uncertainty. We focus on monotone decision problems in which the posterior beliefs induced by the decision-maker’s information can be...

David S. Yeager, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Sophia Yang Hooper, Geoffrey Lawrence Cohen
Child Development . February
8 , 2017

This research tested a social-developmental process model of trust discernment. From sixth to eighth grade, White and African American students were surveyed twice yearly (ages 11–14; Study 1, = 277). African American...

Susan Athey
Science. February
3 , 2017, Vol. 335, Issue 6324, Pages 483-485

Machine-learning prediction methods have been extremely productive in applications ranging from medicine to allocating fire and health inspectors in cities. However, there are a number of gaps between making a...