SHIFT

When Shifting Hits Home

Shift cover. | Illustration by Chad Wys

Choosing the theme “Shift” for this issue of the magazine allowed us to dive into Stanford GSB’s transformative nature — not only in the life-changing lessons taught here at school, but also in the way so many alumni continue to change direction decades after graduation.

In this issue, two management experts explain how large firms can pivot like nimble entrepreneurs, a former banking executive talks about his move to upstate New York to run a goat cheese farm, and an economics professor details why he’s hopeful that technological advances might soon cause an end to traffic jams.

Featured Story

Williamson, West Virginia. Credit: Travis DeWitz
April 5, 2019
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How Stanford GSB Alumni Are Helping an Appalachian Town Move Beyond Coal

Social entrepreneurs Daryn Dodson, MBA ’07, and Jenna Nicholas, MBA ’17, are building a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world — one community at a time.

Insights

Charles A. O'Reilly III and Amy Wilkinson. Credit: Drew Kelly
March 6, 2019
Written

Can a Giant Company Behave Like a Startup?

Stanford GSB faculty reveal the art of engineering entrepreneurialism within existing organizations.

Insights

Exterior view of the Amazon factory in Boves, France. Credit: Reuters/Yoan Valat/Pool
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.

Insights

Commuters stuck in a traffic jam | iStock/anouchka
April 26, 2018
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An End to Traffic Jams? It Might Not Be a Dream

Three new technologies could end the nightmare of commuting.

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A diverse group of people connected through social networks and digital media. Credit: iStock/aurielaki
December 11, 2018
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Beyond Social Networks: How Cultural Beliefs Really Spread

From anti-vaxxing to gun control, the propagation of beliefs and behaviors is influenced as much by the meanings we ascribe to them as by our social circles.

Insights

A woman rests while watching Netflix. Credit: iStock/wutwhanfoto
August 17, 2018
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Why Every Business Will Soon Be a Subscription Business

Everything you purchase — from transportation to entertainment to groceries — will soon come with a monthly plan, says Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo.

Insights

A sign for BlackRock Inc hangs above their building in New York. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson
August 6, 2018
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The Biggest Antitrust Story You’ve Never Heard

The rise of institutional investors threatens competition, hurts consumers, and might qualify as a new kind of monopoly.

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A woman prepares an injection for a meningitis vaccination in East Darfur. Credit: Reuters/United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur/Albert Gonzalez Farran
October 10, 2018
Written

Reshaping Markets to Solve Poverty and Inequality

Academics, investors, and nonprofit leaders on how to find innovative solutions for the world’s starkest problems.

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Benjamin Fernandes. Credit: Drew Kelly
March 1, 2019
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Bringing Bankless Banking to East Africa

Tanzania’s Benjamin Fernandes took his Stanford MBA and went home.

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Sketch of possible future car. Credit:  Tricia Seibold (with iStock/maxiphoto)
August 9, 2018
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Car 3.0? A Robot With Wheels

Nio U.S. CEO explains that cars of the future will be built on software.

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An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing car. Credit: Reuters/Chris Helgren
November 2, 2018
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Risks and Rewards of the Mysterious Private Stock World

Private marketplaces are thriving as companies leverage a valuable recruitment tool.

Overcoming Barriers for Latino Business Owners

While the number of Latino businesses is growing faster than any other demographic, most of those businesses start small and stay small.

In this five-part series, Stanford Business explores the latest findings from a survey of more than 5,000 U.S. Latino business owners and asks four to share their stories firsthand.

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An older businesswoman giving a presentation. Credit: iStock/skynesher
November 19, 2018
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Shoved off the Retirement Cliff?

New research shows 40% of American retirees would prefer to be working.

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David Brunner walks a field with his goats. Credit: Corey Hendrickson
December 6, 2018
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A Long, Slow Journey Back to the Farm

It took three decades, but Stanford MBA David L. Brunner eventually left a high-powered banking career to rebuild a New York dairy farm.

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A young doctor performing a wellness check. Credit: iStock/asiseeit
November 20, 2018
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The Surprising Power of Small Data

More information isn’t necessarily better in health care — or business.

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Chesca Colloredo-Mansfield. Credit: Lissa Gotwals
March 19, 2019
Written

Finding a Low-Cost Treatment for Clubfoot

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld’s journey from online retail to academia to a healthcare nonprofit has paid off in ways that can’t be measured.
Insights on applying information, imagination, and initiative to generate and implement new ideas to derive greater or different values from resources.

Featured Story

Charles Shaw. Credit: Tim Klein
March 6, 2019
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Charles Shaw, MBA ’71: The Risk of Rigidity

This Stanford GSB graduate is sanguine about the best-selling wine brand that bears his name and has made millions of dollars — for someone else.
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