Career & Success

What Does “Value” Mean to You?

Stanford GSB faculty recommend books, articles, and movies related to the concept.

December 19, 2018

| by Jenny Luna


A contemplative figure. Credit: Jocelyn Tsaih

From the sacred to the secular, the term “value” has many meanings. | Illustration by Jocelyn Tsaih

The Autumn 2018 issue of Stanford Business magazine was built around the theme of “value,” which allowed us to curate articles examining one of the more provocative aspects of the current business and political climate: the idea that leaders of all sorts should focus more on placing the common good above their personal interests. To expand on the concept, we asked several faculty members at Stanford Graduate School of Business to recommend books, articles, films, reports, and other media related to the theme. This is a list of their suggestions.

Shelley Correll, Professor of Organizational Behavior (by Courtesy) at Stanford GSB and Barbara D. Finberg Director of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research

“Three Ways a Growth Mindset Benefits Companies and Employees,” by Ross E. O’Hara, Psychology Today, May 2018

Make Your Values Mean Something,” by Patrick M. Lencioni, Harvard Business Review, July 2002

Work as a Masculinity Contest,” by Jennifer L. Berdahl, Marianne Cooper, Peter Glick, Robert W. Livingston, and Joan C. Williams, Journal of Social Issues, September 2018

Robert Daines, the Pritzker Professor of Law and Business at Stanford Law School and Senior Faculty Member at the Rock Center on Corporate Governance

Does Backdating Explain the Stock Price Pattern Around Executive Stock Option Grants?” by Randall A. Heron and Erick Lie, Journal of Financial Economics, 2007

Executive Compensation: Where We Are, and How We Got There,” by Kevin J. Murphy, Handbook of the Economics of Finance, August 2012

Corporate Governance Matters, by David F. Larcker and Bryan Tayan, 2015

Szu-chi Huang, Associate Professor of Marketing

Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? edited by J. Michael McGinnis, Jennifer Appleton Gootman, and Vivica I. Kraak, 2006

Meditations on the Fridge: Freedom from Dieting by Maintaining Your Weight Mindfully, by Tarika Lovegarden, 2016

We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter, 2017


A contemplative figure, with the foundation as connected lines and dots. Credit: Jocelyn Tsaih

What values underpin your choices? | Illustration by Jocelyn Tsaih

Peter A.E. Koudijs, Associate Professor of Finance

Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers, by Joris Luyendijk, 2015

Margin Call, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, 2011

When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager, by David A. Moss, 2002

Scotty McLennan, Lecturer in Political Economy at Stanford GSB and Former Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University

Deep River, by Shusaku Endo, 1995

No Longer at Ease, by Chinua Achebe, 1960

Miramar, by Naguib Mahfouz, 1992

Jasmine, by Bharati Mukherjee, 1989

The Ghost Writer, by Philip Roth, 1979

Charles A. O’Reilly III, Frank E. Buck Professor of Management

Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails, by Michael Maccoby, 2007

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us about Success, by Kevin Dutton, 2012

The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed — in Your World, by Jeffrey Kluger, 2014

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