Roadside MBA: Big Lessons From America’s Small Businesses

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Roadside MBA: Big Lessons From America’s Small Businesses

Three economists hit the road to learn about America’s small businesses. Here’s what they discovered.
The sun rising over the mountains
The view from the road | File photo

Economic principles don’t just apply to Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor and economist Paul Oyer. Over the last several years, he and two economist colleagues — Mike Mazzeo from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and Scott Schaefer from the University of Utah — traveled the country to learn from and about America's small businesses.

The result: Their book in which the three professors meet with company owners in the American West to find out what's working for them and what's not.

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