Insights by Stanford Business

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July 20, 2020
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True Diversity Comes from Within

Diverse corporate cultures are good, but the best encourage workers to embrace the diversity of their personal, sometimes conflicting, beliefs.

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Susan Athey. Credit: Tricia Seibold
January 16, 2020
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Machine Learning and AI for Social Impact

Innovations developed at big tech firms could transform the nonprofit world, with a little help from academia.

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November 20, 2020
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Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Diversity, and a Giant “Bag of Words”

How machine learning helped researchers sort through 500,000 Glassdoor reviews to weigh the benefits of workplace diversity.

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From left, Robert Wilson, David Kreps, and Paul Migrom, received the 2018 John J. Carty Award in the field of economics. | Elena Zhukova
March 28, 2018
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The Future of Economics

Three award-winning economists talk about where the field has been and where it’s heading.

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Robert Wilson, left, and Paul Milgrom | Credit: Andrew Brodhead
October 12, 2020
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Stanford Economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson Win the Nobel in Economic Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the pair for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

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Bob Wilson (left) and Paul Milgrom in the early morning hours shortly after finding out they won the Nobel Prize.
November 25, 2020
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The Bid Picture: Stanford Economists Explain the Ideas Behind Their Nobel Prize

Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom show how auctions, if designed correctly, can help distribute resources more fairly.

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November 23, 2020
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The World’s Safe Haven Needs an Upgrade

The U.S. Treasury market came close to a meltdown in March, revealing a rickety system that threatens “national economic security,” a Stanford professor says.

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Greg Flynn at Applebee’s in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Credit: Elena Zhukova
November 16, 2020
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How a Restaurateur Is Navigating the Pandemic

Sales at America’s biggest restaurant franchisee plunged 60% after COVID-19 hit, but the company survived. Why? “The strength of the team,” says owner Greg Flynn.
Discover insights and guidance for leading in turbulent times.

Latest Stories

February 23, 2021
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The Staggering Costs of Health Insurance “Sludge”

A new study finds that dealing with health insurance administrators costs the U.S. economy billions in wasted work time and lost productivity.
February 22, 2021
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A COVID Reckoning: American Households Have Big Bills Coming Due

Congress and many lenders let families skip payments on mortgages and other loans during the pandemic. But those bills haven’t disappeared.
February 19, 2021
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The Activist’s Dilemma

Extreme actions draw attention to a cause but erode public support — and many protestors fail to see the link.
February 19, 2021
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What’s Behind the Pay Gap in STEM Jobs?

Women are paid less than men for entry-level positions — and it has nothing to do with their skill sets.
February 18, 2021
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Building Successful Relationships: How to Effectively Communicate in Your Professional and Personal Life

In this podcast episode, we discuss how our behavior impacts our relationships and sharing our feelings can lead to more success as a leader.
February 8, 2021
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Executive Bonuses Might Work Better Than You Think

Cash and equity incentives promote individual and collective performance benefits, new research finds.
February 5, 2021
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“Books, Articles, and Documentaries Will Help Us Understand This Country’s Divide.”

In this podcast episode, a publishing executive talks about decisions editors need to make to bring in more voices to tell our country’s authentic stories.
February 2, 2021
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Are Businesses Undermining Democracy?

A Stanford conference explores the many ways that corporate leaders wield power over government.
February 2, 2021
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The Self-Destructive Downside to Corporate Political Spending

There are risks to the bottom line when a firm’s shadowy political donations run counter to its image of social responsibility.
January 29, 2021
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Latino Entrepreneurs Face — and Can Overcome — Funding Obstacles

A new report details the barriers to loan approval for Latino-owned businesses — and points to ways to break them down.