Big Data

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September 4, 2019
Written

With “Retargeted” Advertising, Sooner Is Better Than Later

You know those ads that follow you around online? New research shows that they work, especially when deployed early.

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August 19, 2019
Written

How to Stay Ahead When the Rules Change

A Stanford business professor infiltrates the ever-shifting world of eSports to unearth new lessons in corporate adaptability.
Insights and ideas on operations, information, and technology, including the management of systems, processes, and networks.

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July 12, 2019
Written

Why Hospitals Underreport the Number of Patients They Infect

The misclassification of hospital-acquired infections may be costing Medicare up to $200 million a year, a new study shows.

Insights

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June 28, 2019
Written

How Big Data Can Help You Choose Better Health Insurance

New tools could save millions, but come with red flags.

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May 17, 2019
Video

Testing Rape Kits Saves Money and Stops Crime

Lawrence M. Wein finds that the benefits of testing outweigh the costs.

Latest Stories on Big Data

October 19, 2018
Written

Big Data Is Giving an Edge to Big Companies

The growth gap is widening between large and small companies. A new study offers a surprising explanation.
September 19, 2018
Written

How Much Is Your Private Data Worth — and Who Should Own It?

In an ideal world, consumers would control the rights to their data but would also be able to sell it broadly.
July 13, 2018
Written

Can Ad-Skipping Be Good for Advertisers?

TV sponsors will soon know when you click away, and that’s valuable information.
May 23, 2018
Written

Susan Athey: Why Business Leaders Shouldn’t Have Blind Faith in AI

Telling cats from dogs is easy. It’s the what-ifs that get problematic.
January 22, 2018
Written

How Engineering’s Blind Spot Creates Runaway Monopolies

One of Big Tech’s biggest problems is that designers too often forget to put a soul in the machine.
December 8, 2017
Written

Which Revolution Is More Historic: Industrial or Tech?

A new big data analysis spanning 200 years of patents shows that innovation bursts in the 1800s had greater social impact.
September 19, 2017
Written

How One-Stop Shopping Benefits Consumers

Retailers keep prices low across categories to avoid losing customers to competitors.
August 21, 2017
Written

What Does the Word “Intelligence” Really Mean?

Stanford GSB professors suggest a reading list of articles and books related to the concept.
August 14, 2017
Audio

Podcast: Michal Kosinski Shares His Vision of a World without Privacy

Should your digital footprint be public?
August 9, 2017
Written

How Digital Nervous Systems Can Raise Your Organizational IQ

As technology accelerates the flow of information, businesses have a new role model: computer networks.