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Bringing the Boardroom into the Classroom

Stanford MBA students face off against alumni in day-long simulation of business issues designed to help students test their ability to deal with real-world business issues in the annual Executive Challenge program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Stanford Executive Education Launches New Executive Leadership Development Course for Emerging Leaders

Executive Education launches a new program, Executive Leadership Development: Analysis to Action, in January 2012. Aimed at high-potential executives and emerging leaders, the course focuses on design thinking, critical analysis, and personal development.

Alumni Weekend 2011
Activities at this year's Alumni Weekend included a roundtable discussion on education, alumni stories of impact, and award ceremonies.

How to Tell Your Story for Impact
Business school communication lecturer JD Schramm helps alumni develop the art and science of tight story-telling for social impact.

Their Focus on Time Makes the Elderly Happier Than the Kids
There's a silver lining to growing old, says Laura Carstensen of the Stanford Center on Longevity. The elderly tend to exhibit better mental health status than their younger and middle-aged counterparts.

China's Alibaba Wants to Acquire Yahoo, Says Jack Ma
Jack Ma, chairman of China's Alibaba internet giant, told a Stanford audience his firm is "very interested" in acquiring Yahoo. Ma was one of the speakers at the "China 2.0" conference sponsored by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Sept. 30.

Who Is More Digital? Teenagers in China or Silicon Valley?
High School students in Palo Alto, Calif., spend more time using digital media daily than their counterparts in Beijing, but the Chinese youths are more likely to build networks online only according to a new study from Stanford University.

Class Taught by Real World Crisis Managers

They had eyewitness accounts as a class of MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business pondered topics like the Euro financial crisis and approaches to combating terrorism in a classroom. Their faculty members were former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Labour Party member David Miliband.

Puts Wheels in Motion at GM

Stanford magazine takes an in-depth look at the world's highest ranking woman carmaker, Mary Barra, MBA '90.

Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Joins Graduate School of Business

Program to enhance global reach and innovation research at business school.

The Assent of Man: My Advice on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Knowing

Robert L. Strauss, MBA '84, tells Stanford magazine readers how bluffing not only got him out of many business clutches, but also had worked when courting women.

Stanford Executive Education Course Helps Pierce the Bamboo Ceiling

In its second year, the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives provided classroom instruction and frank conversations about career problems for mid-career Asian executives from the United States and abroad.

Stanford Executive Education Taps Jet Blue for Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Course

Applications are open for the Customer-Focused Innovation executive education program which includes a collaborative exercise with JetBlue.

Stanford's "Closer Look" Series Examines Hot Topics in Corporate Governance

Case Studies Explore Governance Challenges at Top Companies and Myths Surrounding Board Practices

Summer Programs Keep the Business School Busy

Some 1,600 participants are expected between June and August for events and programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ranging from alumni reunions to catch up with classmates to classes for Fortune 500 chief technology officers , classrooms and meeting rooms are busy all summer.

Fellows Focus on Environment, International Development

The Center for Social Innovation has awarded funding totaling $160,000 to two social entrepreneurs who have been named 2011 Social Innovation Fellows.

Stanford Executive Education Taps JetBlue for Design Thinking Boot Camp

Stanford’s July 6-8 Design Thinking Bootcamp for executives will include a collaborative project with JetBlue aimed at the enhancing the airport travel experience. Applications are due June 6.

Graduates Told to Follow Personal Compass at 2011 Graduation Ceremony
You'll be fine if you speak honestly and openly and live by your own personal compass, Herb Allison, MBA '71, who most recently headed the nation's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), told degree candidates at the Graduate School of Business commencement ceremony.

Costa Rica Strives for a High Tech Future Says President Chinchilla

Costa Rica now exports 4,000 products and is working to attract more technology companies President Laura Chinchilla told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience as the nation broadens its economic base from the focus on eco-tourism.

TEDx Conference Attendees Explore the Future World of Data

Data, its uses, abuses, influence, and future possibilities—was the focus of attention for sold-out TEDx conference attendees who gathered at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Knight Management Center Open For Business

The new home for the Stanford Graduate School of Business opened its doors April 29 with a dedication and open house that drew thousands. There were speeches, tours, and dancing in the town square as the business school community and guests celebrated completion of the eight-building facility.

Knight Management Center Launch April 29

The Stanford Graduate School of Business’ new home will serve as a launch pad for new courses and programs as well as cutting edge research.

Flags Promote Hopes for New Knight Management Center

Rally flags penned by members of the GSB and Stanford communities and bearing hopes and ideas for the new Knight Management Center are to be displayed at an Open House on April 29 and afterwards.

Knight Management Center Strives for Highest Sustainability Rating

Environmental sustainability practices have been followed in building the Knight Management Center. The Stanford graduate School of Business Hopes to Achieve the highest LEED Platinum® rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Panel Uses Videoconferencing to Unite Alumni Audiences on Two Continents

The Stanford Graduate School of Business expects virtual conferencing to be increasingly important for keeping in touch with its alumni diaspora and for conducting events, discussions, and presentations to alumni groups.

Leadership Challenges Face Alums Coping with Japan's Disaster

Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni based in Japan find unexpected obstacles as entire industries face disruption and an unknown future since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Herb Allison Named 2011 Graduation Speaker for
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Financial services industry leader and public servant Herb Allison, MBA '71, will be the alumni speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business commencement ceremony June 11. In recent years, his career has been devoted to solving some of the most difficult problems affecting finance and the U.S. economy.

Plambeck Receives Grant to Study the Reduction of Energy Used by Buildings

Stanford's Precourt Energy Efficiency Center provided funding for Professor Erica Plambeck to research options for energy-efficient innovations the construction industry can easily adopt.

Stanford Submits Expression of Interest for New York City Campus

Stanford University has submitted a tentative proposal to the city of New York to build a campus for applied science research and graduate education.

Condoleezza Rice, Five Junior Professors Join GSB Faculty

Stanford Graduate School of Business adds former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and five others to its faculty.

VideoRace, Gender and Social Class Still Matter

Social class can be as much of a  barrier to success as race or gender, Stanford trustee Miriam Rivera, MBA '95, said during a discussion of life in  today's post-racial society titled "Access, Success, Impact: How Low-income Students of Color Succeed in College and Beyond." Related Article

Energy Center Director Testifies before Congress on Energy Regulations and Financing

Dan Reicher, executive director of Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power in a hearing on "EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations and Their Effect on American Jobs." The Center for Energy Policy and Finance is a joint effort of the Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of Business.

Helping People Breathe Easier During Global Disasters

A medical ventilator that costs a fraction of the devices in most hospitals is being developed by a team that includes 2010 GSB graduate Frederick Winston. The product grew out of Stanford University's cross-disciplinary Biodesign program.

Golf Carts and Nuclear Reactors: Student Projects Take a New View of the Environment

Smaller nuclear power plants, glorified golf carts for people running errands, and fees to change commute patterns were some of the ideas generated by students as part of a Stanford interdisciplinary joint degree program to prepare students to address world environmental and sustainability issues.

Deploying Clean Energy Technologies Topic of Meeting with Senator Bingaman/Steyer-Taylor Center Leaders

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a leading energy policymaker, met with faculty and staff involved in Stanford University's new Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, on Jan. 11, to discuss deploying technologies at commercial scale in clean energy projects.

Dunning Celebrates her Long Battle Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Zoe Dunning, MBA '93, was at his side Dec 22 when President Barack Obama signed the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in the armed services. For 14 years, Dunning, a retired U.S. Navy commander, was the only openly gay member of the U.S. military. (CBS San Francisco)

  • More: Dunning was interviewed by Stanford Business about her battle to remain in the Navy after she publically declared herself a lesbian in 1993. She came out when she was a second-year MBA student and a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Chilean Mine Rescue Makes Golborne, SEP '96, a Star

As the world watched, Laurence Golborne, SEP '96, found himself directing Chile's efforts to rescue 33 miners trapped below ground for '69 days. Golborne, his nation's mining minister says, it was the most intense experience of his life.

Stanford Creates $7 Million Interdisciplinary Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School have combined forces to push clean energy technology to deployment through a focus on policy and finance. The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance is a new member of the University's wide-ranging energy effort.

Industrial Organization Expert John Roberts Honored

Former students, colleagues, and fellow coauthors of John Roberts gathered in September to present reflections of how his work and mentorship affected both the course of economic research and their lives.

GSB Students Reflect on Wall Street's Bruised Reputation

Leadership in Crisis Management, a compressed pre-term course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, raised questions among MBA students about ethics and corporate character.

Chilean Mining Minister Accomplishes Rescue Mission

Working tirelessly for the last two months, Laurence Golborne, Stanford Executive Program '96 and Chile's mining minister, coordinated the rescue effort that eventually brought all 33 trapped miners safely to the surface.

New Home of Stanford Graduate School of Business Honored as Green Project of the Year

Citing more innovative sustainable design features than any other business school in the country, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal has named Knight Management Center winner of its 2010 Green Project of the Year, Private Award. The new home of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, scheduled for completion in spring 2011, is comprised of eight buildings around three quads.

Classroom Experiment Toys with Virtual Worlds

A five-day MBA course on putting together a business plan took place in an online environment as part of a distance learning experiment.

Guided by Giverny

High in the Sierra Nevada, Big Springs Gardens has evolved in an old growth forest under the meditative eye of Don Phillips, MBA '59, former assistant dean of the Stanford Business School. Some 20,000 visitors have enjoyed the natural sanctuary since its paths opened to the public in 2002.

Gray Matters

As the recession makes it harder for workers to become retired persons, AARP has sought fresh leadership with an executive who broke color barriers in the 1960s. A. Barry Rand, MBA '73,aims to influence a politicized nation on the rights of people as they age.

Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Launched

Applications now being accepted for the 20-week Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, aimed at Silicon Valley innovators, scientists and engineers. Classes begin in January in the new home of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Social Innovation Magazine Shifting to University

The award-winning Stanford Social Innovation Review magazine migrates to a new home at the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.

Frier Appointed Lead Investment Officer of Stanford Management Company

The Stanford Management Company has appointed Kenneth Frier, MBA '84, as its chief investment officer. He most recently was CIO for Hewlett-Packard, where he was responsible for more than $30 billion of retirement-plan assets.

Video Dean Garth Saloner: What Makes Silicon Valley Tick and Can You Duplicate It?
Stanford Graduate School of Business Dean Garth Saloner shares his views from a Silicon Valley perspective on the various funding policies set in place to help build up entrepreneurs in today's corporate world. Dean Saloner shared his perspective at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Biodesign Course Teaches MBAs, Doctors, and Engineers To Talk To One Another

A team of graduate students is charging forward with an idea to manufacture an affordable device for home dialysis that lessens the chance of patients developing internal infections. The project combines the ideas of team members from medicine, business and engineering.

Sunil KumarSunil Kumar Named Chicago's Business School Dean

Sunil Kumar, the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information and Technology and an expert in operations research at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, has been appointed the next dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

2010 South Africa Trip: Powerful Lessons

When I boarded the plane for my 47-hour journey to South Africa, I honestly did not know what to expect. I was hoping to be inspired by the country's optimism and the ability of its people to succeed, despite the crushing odds. The theme of our trip was education and 20 first-year Stanford Graduate School of Business MBAs were exploring this complex nation.

Sage Answers to Environmental Questions

Apart from political issues, what are the differences in environmental impact between mined diamonds and those created in a lab? Andy Martin, MBA '10, handled this question as part of a program in which Stanford students enrolled in an environmental communications class. The short answer? Manmade diamonds have a smaller carbon footprint.

A Venture Fund to Fight Poverty

In Delhi, India, the Hope Foundation has recently been able to immunize thousands of children and treat an additional 100,000 patients thanks to strategically applied funds from Project Redwood, a new venture philanthropy fund created by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Class of 1980.

Chase Your Dream Skoll Advises Class of 2010

"Define your dream and chase it with as much rigor and authenticity as you can muster," entrepreneur and philanthropist Jeff Skoll advised Stanford Graduate School of Business 2010 graduates.

Stanford Boot Camp Delivers Design Thinking for Executives

The Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford will offer a new Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Insights to Innovation July 14-16.  The executive education course uses hands-on projects to teach a design thinking process that helps organizational leaders drive innovation. The application deadline is June 21.

Stanford Graduate School of Business and CTO Forum Launch Executive Program

In collaboration with the Chief Technology Forum, the Stanford Graduate School of Business will launch a custom executive education program aimed at overcoming the challenges that Fortune 500 chief technologists face. The program will run August 11-14. The application deadline is June 30.       

California State Pension Funds Going Broke

New calculations show that California's three main public employee pension funds that cover 2.6 million people could be underfunded by more than $200 billion. Student researchers included Howard Bornstein, MBA Class 2010 who is earning a joint masters' degree in Public Policy.

Bringing Light to India's Villages

D.light's lofty goal of providing safe, affordable lighting meets the practical challenges of distribution and financing. [Includes Video]

cover SummerPersistence Required

Laura Esserman, MD '83, MBA '93, challenges the conventions of breast cancer treatment using skills she learned learned at the Medical School and at the GSB.


Foregoing a Traditional Career Path

A Sloan fellow forgoes a more traditional career path with a multinational to help a Brazilian startup expand.

Career Advice

Sooner or later, all Stanford business school graduates must chart their career courses through life's tricky transitions.

Global Security Risk

Ken Coleman, MBA '89, has conducted an investigation into the growing market for a wrinkle-fighting toxin and concludes it raises terrorism concerns.

How's My Driving?

DriveCam's windshield-mounted digital camera can concurrently record a driver and the road ahead, and tell you when you make a mistake. .

Need for Better Regulation of Financial Sector

Two Stanford experts on the finance industry distinguished between ethical and legal issues during a public analysis of the Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs' allegedly fraudulent Abacus deal. Both came down in favor of stiffer regulation of derivative markets.

Credit Default Swaps and the Greek Financial Crisis Testimony

Finance professor and derivatives expert Darrell Duffie testified about the role of credit default swaps in the Greek financial crisis before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee in Washington, DC. Duffie, the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, delivered his comments April 29, 2010, just as the Greek debt crisis intensified, before the subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprise.

Srinivasan's Career in Marketing Science Commemorated

Professor Seenu Srinivasan is recognized internationally for his work on consumer choice and sales force compensation, but as his peers testified during a gathering celebrating his 36-year academic career, Srinivasan is also revered as a teacher and mentor.

Management Stars Act the Part: Journal Follows an Innovative Class

The 2010 Acting With Power class draws on the craft of acting and the concepts of psychology to help participants develop the characters that can play these roles effectively. A journal series by Arthur Patterson covers the progress of the course.

Health Care Reform: It's Not Perfect but . . .   

The U.S. health care reform bill "doesn't begin to fix the issue of cost growth," business school Professor Alain Enthoven said during a discussion of health care policy reform. He joined Stanford Medical School Dean Philip Pizzo and  Alan Garber, professor of medicine, in the discussion of where health care reform goes now.  Includes video.

The MBA Water Trip

Water has taken on new meaning for MBA students whose  spring break study trip through California and Nevada included water policy, water resource management, and innovation in a resource-constrained environment.

Jeff Skoll Named First Graduation Speaker for Stanford Graduate School of Business

Creating a new annual tradition, the Stanford Graduate School of Business has named philanthropist and entrepreneur Jeff Skoll as its first graduation speaker. He will address business school graduates at Stanford June 12. Skoll, MBA '95, was the first president of eBay, and is the founder of the Skoll Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and Participant Media, which has produced feature films and documentaries including Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc., and 2010 Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove.

Baseball Doesn't Strike Out on the YES Network

The regional sports channel originally offered by cable and satellite providers is now extending its reach to in-area Wi-Fi hotspots, thanks to the efforts of alumni Leo Hindery, Jr; Tracy Dolgin;and Michael Spirito.

Pulin Sanghvi Named Director of Career Management Center at
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Pulin Sanghvi, MBA '97, has been named assistant dean and director of the Career Management Center which offers career counseling and placement services for business school students.

2009 Social Innovation Fellowships Awarded to Two MBA Recent Grads

Recent MBA graduates Federico Lozano Fernandez and Jayampathy "Chari" Ratwatte Jr are the first recipients of Stanford Social Innovation Fellowships for their nonprofit ventures to serve disadvantaged populations in Mexico and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Extreme Affordability Journal

Our journal follows the progress of the 2009 MBA elective Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability from a class brainstorming session to a Myanmar farm.

Five Tenure-Track Professors Added to Business Faculty

Five new academics joined the Graduate School of Business faculty this fall. They are Charles I. Jones, Charles M.C. Lee, Steven Callander, John-Paul Ferguson, and Ali Yurukoglu.

Oliver Williamson, MBA '60, Shares Nobel Economics Prize

UC Berkeley Professor Oliver Williamson, a 1960 MBA alumnus of the Stanford GSB, shares the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics with Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University.

Business School Taps Tesla Motors for Global Executive Program

Tesla Motors will be featured as a weeklong class project for global executives   studying customers'  car-buying experience as part of the Customer-Focused Innovation executive education program offered this fall at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Students Tackle Electric Car Retrofit

Faculty-student research on how to get electric cars rolling.

Yes I (Gulp) Can: Peter Henry's Obama Adventure
Economist Peter Henry spent 10 intense months in the maelstrom of national politics, leading then candidate Barack 0bama's group on Economics, Globalization and Trade Policy during the 2008 campaign.  He collected position papers and tracked down surrogates who could knowledgeably speak for the Obama Campaign on economic issues. He even found himself in front of the microphones.

Stanford MBA Class First to Graduate Under New Curriculum
The 2009 commencement ceremonies at the Graduate School of Business marked several firsts and lasts. The MBA class was the first to complete the newly redesigned curriculum and the first class that had 100 percent participation toward a cash gift of $1.1 million in pledges and matching funds. The ceremony also was the last for Robert L. Joss, who retires as Dean after 10 years of service.

In Africa and at Home, Supply Chains Are Getting Kinder and Greener
Solutions to supply chain problems from motorcycle parts in Africa to grocery delivery and solar power in the US were shared at the Advancing Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains Conference presented by the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Biodesign: Curing With Innovation

The objective of Stanford's Biodesign program is to teach medical-technical innovation by giving graduate students and fellows the opportunity to develop medical products and bring their innovations to market. The course draws graduate students from business, engineering, and other disciplines.

New Source of Loans for GSB's International Graduate Students
Stanford Graduate School of Business announced the launch of a new private loan program through Star One Credit Union to provide financial assistance to students admitted to the School's MBA, PhD, and Sloan Master's programs. An especially welcome relief to international students, the custom loans, which cover tuition and living expenses, will be available to those without a U.S. co-signer.

Garth Saloner Named Ninth Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business

Economist Garth Saloner, a scholar of entrepreneurship and business strategy, will be the next dean of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy announced May 26.

Program for Executives Explores Corporate Social Responsibility
A new executive education program exploring how corporate social responsibility can be applied to management activities will be offered in Barcelona, Spain, in April jointly  by Stanford Graduate School of Business and ESADE Business School.

Lessons from Presidential Debates

An MBA course, Political Communication, helps students see the challenges of delivering messages to diverse audiences. From Stanford Business magazine.

Business School Announces Comprehensive Budget Reductions

In response to decreased endowment revenue, a projected drop in executive education revenue and expected alumni-giving declines, the Graduate School of Business announced a comprehensive expense reduction plan on Jan. 13.

New Fellowship Created for MBA Grads
Launching Social Ventures

Commitment to social entrepreneurship by a growing number of Stanford Graduate School of Business students has inspired the School to create a new fellowship award that will provide substantial financial and strategic support to graduates starting social ventures.

Sandra Day O'Connor Remembers Harry Rathbun

Legendary Business School professor Harry Rathbun helped persuade a young student named Sandra Day to change her studies from economics to law. In April, after 30 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice O'Connor reflected on Rathbun's philosophy during a new lecture series named for him.

Final Exam Includes Real-World Lessons

The annual MBA Executive Challenge is a day-long final exam requiring teams of students to face teams of alumni volunteers simulating real business scenarios. It's tough, it's stressful, and it's enjoyable.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Celebrates Five Years

As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, the award-winning quarterly journal, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, has doubled its circulation and broadened its scope to include more cross-sector themes and content.

Hundreds Celebrate First Night at Knight

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff donned hard hats and munched canapés during the Oct. 10 party celebrating the start of construction of the School's new Knight campus.

Three MBA Students Killed in Car Crash
Three students from the Stanford Graduate School of Business lost their lives when the car in which they were riding crashed near Big Sur, Calif., Oct. 10.

Stanford, GSB Professors Debate Bailout Plan
Panel discussion ran the gamut from how the U.S. got into this mess; how this crisis fits in with past credit crises; and whether the financial sector is really sufficiently "different'' than the rest of the economy to warrant a $700 billion rescue courtesy of the American taxpayer.

Robert Joss to Step Down as dean

Robert L. Joss, dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will step down at the end of the current academic year. Joss' major achievements include the development of a new MBA curriculum and groundbreaking of a new 360,000-square-foot, environmentally sustainable business school campus scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Class of 2010 Settles In

The MBA Class of 2010 settled in on September 15 with advice from top Business School officials who challenged the 372 class members from 52 different countries to step out of their comfort zones, and urged them to always aim for something big.

Stanford Business School Breaks Ground on New Campus for 21st Century

The Stanford Graduate School of Business formally broke ground on its new business school campus September 10. Designed to fulfill the academic needs of the School's new MBA curriculum and other programs, the 360,000-square-foot campus will be named the Knight Management Center.

Effects of the Government Takeover of
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Business School Finance Professor Darrell Duffie discusses the effects of having the country's two largest mortgage finance companies placed into conservatorship and what it means for taxpayers and the economy. [Video]

Why I Came to Business School

"Change lives, change organizations, change the world," was just a slogan to John Russ, MBA '08,  until a GSB alum showed him one way it becomes concrete.

First Hand Look at a Scandal

Douglas Brown, MBA '61, describes his experience cleaning iup a state agency after a few bad apples spoiled the barrel. (From Stanford Business, August, 2008)

How to Prevent Cheating

To minimize corruption, leaders must pay attention to incentives, say those who study and teach ethics. (From Stanford Business, August 2008)

How the French Do School

The French have clear ideas about what should happen in the classroom, and it probably involves a proteège-cahier grand format violet says Robert Strauss, MBA '84, who survived the rigors of his daughter's French school in Cameroon.

Daryn Dodson Gets a Presidential Nod

Daryn Dodson, MBA '07 received a personal thank you for his efforts on behalf of small business owners in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans from President Bush during an August 20 speech to detail the Gulf Coast recovery effort.

Digital Nagging Can Keep You Healthy

Your cell phone or PDA can help you stay healthy by nagging you to exercise and eat right say Stanford researchers.  The University is prototyping a program by Wellsphere, a young company founded in the living room of Ron Gutman, MBA '05, that helps people track their progress online.

$1.2 Million Gift from MBA Class of 2008
Shatters Business School Record

The graduating MBA Class of 2008 left One Million Dreams, the name adopted as they set out to raise one million dollars as a class gift to the School. Their record-breaking $1.2 million gift exceeds previous records both in the percentage of participation by the class and dollar amount pledged and raised.

Summer Institute Helps Make Hybrid Cars Noisier

A bright idea that brought several Stanford graduate students to the Business School's 2007 Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship is going to work to help Prius and other hybrid cars make enough noise that pedestrians will notice them.

Stanford Business School Honors Class of 2008

Family and friends gathered in Frost Amphitheater on June 14 to honor this year's 445 graduates including 374 who received Master's in Business Administration degrees.

Historic Tree Falls

Stanford University's last surviving Bicentennial Oak, an historic coast live oak tree believed to have been alive in 1787, has succumbed to age.

Reliance Industries to Offer Fellowship For Indian MBA Students

Reliance Industries Limited and the Stanford Graduate School of Business have announced the creation of the Reliance Dhirubhai India Education Fund to support promising Indian students with financial need while pursuing an MBA degree at Stanford.

With 75 Years of Experience, Jackson Library Looks Ahead

Seventy-five years after its founding, the Business School's J. Hugh Jackson Library has moved from shelves of books to becoming a center for digital information. When the School moves to its new campus now being planned, the The Library will be the centerpiece of the Knight Management Center.

Criticism May Produce Innovation, Wal-Mart CEO Scott Says

Wal-Mart's innovative approach to environmental sustainability and its addition of health care services to stores were partly triggered by critics of the company in other areas.

Changing Recruitment Opens More Boards To Women

Just 15 percent of board seats for Fortune 500 companies are women, but women who have managed profit-and-loss units are more likely to be recruited for positions. A sold-out event in New York for Business School alumnae discussed "How and Why to Join a Board." 

New Executive Program for Women Leaders Offered

Executive Program for Women Leaders, a five-day executive education leadership program will be offered for the first time May 12 to 16. It will cover the strategies and skills women need to manage their careers and maximize their professional and personal goals. The application deadline is March 31.

GSB Joins 10,000 Women Campaign with Goldman Sachs

The Stanford Graduate School of Business will be an initial partner with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., of 10,000 Women, a global initiative to provide underserved women, predominantly in developing and emerging markets, with business and management education.

The Dean's Hit Parade List

The Platters, Puccini, and Banjo Patterson were some of the names on the music playlist for Dean Robert L. Joss when campus radio station KZSU hosted him on the air.

The Effect of Ghana's Gold

A student study trip to Ghana touched both sides of a community where a gold mining operation by Newmont Mining had changed the social structure and living patterns of villagers.

The Barefoot MBA Teaches Lessons Worldwide
Teaching basic business skills to villagers in the developing world so they can run their micro-companies more efficiently is the goal behind the Barefoot MBA, a program developed by two Stanford Graduate School of Business students.

India Trip Studies Health Service Providers
MBA students on a service learning trip to India visited several sustainable/profitable health organizations such as a pharmacy, a eye glasses distributor, and the Aravind Eye Hospital, all sponsored by Acumen Fund, founded by Jacqueline Novogratz, MBA ‘91.

Education and Business: A Joint Success Story
Business School alums Jim Shelton, Gloria Lee, and Jennifer Sigler are just some of the graduates of Stanford's  joint Business/Education degree program who are making a difference in school classrooms. 

Web-based Nonprofit Helps Mom and Pop Grow
After two years of operation, Web-based nonprofit Kiva has 123,000 lenders whose money goes to support 18,000 entrepreneurs in 39 countries. At $25 per donor it attracts $1.5 million a month to help the poorest of the poor.

Exchange Program Links MBAs from Stanford
and Bangalore, India

Sixteen Stanford MBA students got a close look at the business climate of India today during the inaugural phase of a program linking the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.

Infosys Leaders Discuss Benefiting Stakeholders and Society
Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty, two of India's best known executives, share their experiences in leadership and management with current MBA students during a visit to campus as the first Denning Distinguished Fellows in Global Business and the Economy.

Summer Program Links MBA Students to Small Startups
MBA students spend 8 to 10 weeks working in a company that's just getting started or in its early stages of growth through the Entrepreneurial Summer Program offered for nearly a decade by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Study Groups Don't End When These Students Graduate
An innovative program from the Stanford Business School's Lifelong Learning department has paired more than 75 doctoral students and GSB graduates for study groups that keep them stretching their intellect and having fun.

It's Often Smart to Make the First Move in a Negotiation
Making the first offer in a negotiation can have the power of setting a starting point, Professor Margaret Neale advised a conference of nonprofit managers. She advises being aggressive—"just this side of crazy."

Executive Challenge Offers MBA's Role as CEO For a Day

Alumni business leaders helped MBA students with their final exam as the School's Center for Leadership Development and Research conducted it's first Executive Challenge exercise—a day-long case exercise.

A Brand Is a Promise to a Customer
Nonprofits may not compete as fiercely as for-profit businesses, but they must find ways to make their brand stand out and evoke emotions from potential supporters.

Actress-Activist Natalie Portman Urges Students to Help Alleviate Poverty

With a presentation on microfinance, actress-turned-activist Natalie Portman kicked off the Social Innovators Speaker Series launched by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also called on students to take social action to alleviate poverty. (October 2007)

Sustainable Business Approaches Explored In New Executive Program

More companies in a variety of industries are looking hard at the way they do business to see how to do the least harm to the environment. Over 30 people, including a CEO, five vice presidents, and more than a dozen managers, tackled the issue as part of a new executive education class taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Two New Joint Degrees Approved
MBA students will be able to pursue joint degrees in Environment and Resources and in Public Policy under two new programs approved by the faculty senate.

Welcome to the MBA Class of 2009
The MBA class of 2009 comes from 54 countries, has worked in more than 60 industries, and includes former managers, reporters, bodyguards, a sixth-generation avocado farmer, and the national flamenco champion of Taiwan. (September 2007)

Business and Engineering Collaboration Launches Sustainable Travel Company
A new eco-tourism agency, Whole Travel, Inc., was developed in Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, an integrated lab course at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. The class guides students through the process of evaluating an opportunity and creating a new enterprise. (September 2007)

Business School to Offer New MBA Curriculum

The faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business has overwhelmingly approved major changes in the content and delivery of management education through its MBA Program. At a May 24 2006 meeting, the faculty voted on a detailed vision for the new curriculum, to be implemented in fall of 2007.

New Loan Forgiveness Program Gives International MBA Students More Options

A loan forgiveness program for international students returning to work in developing countries has been launched by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The program affords qualifying MBA students a greater opportunity for applying their business skills to stimulating developing the economies of developing nations. (April 2007)

Stanford Brings Innovation and Management Executive Program to India

Nearly 200 corporate executives, business leaders, alumni, and other distinguished guests attended a two-day executive education program in Mumbai, India, titled Innovative Strategies for a Dynamic Economy. Sponsored by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford School of Engineering, the program was held January 15-16. (January 2007)

Dutch Adopt Enthoven’s Plan of Managed Competition in Health Care

The Netherlands has become the first nation to inaugurate a system of universal health insurance based extensively on a plan first proposed in 1978 by Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Alain Enthoven, who coined the term “managed competition.” (November 2006)

Stanford Business School’s Offspring in Peru Spreads Worldwide
More than 40 years after he served as its founding dean, Alan B. Coleman, PhD ’60, has been honored by ESAN, the graduate management program he helped the Business School create in Lima, Peru. (November 2006)

Why Send 30 MBA Students Halfway Around the World at Christmas?
A study trip to Israel included meetings with leaders of business, government, and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres. It also included some moments of clear insight for the 30 MBA students. This piece was written by Myra H. Strober, Professor of Economics at the Business School, and Professor of Education in the School of Education. (October 2006)

2006 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Yunus Describes His Work
2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, an economist who founded Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, was a participant in the Global Poverty Conference sponsored by the Business School’s Center for Global Business and the Economy. At the 2004 conference Yunus described the work of Grameen Bank, a pioneer in micro lending that makes money available to those living in extreme poverty, especially women, so that they can launch their own businesses.

The Stanford Challenge Program Addresses Global Problems, Leadership, Academic Excellence
Stanford University has launched an ambitious university-wide program to seek solutions to the century's most pressing global challenges, enhance the education of future leaders and strengthen its academic excellence. To enable that effort, the university is launching "The Stanford Challenge," a five-year, $4.3 billion fundraising campaign. (October 2006)

Nonprofit Interns Celebrate SMIF’s 25th Anniversary
The Stanford Management Internship Fund has been supporting MBAs in summer jobs in the nonprofit sector for 25 years. Brian Kelley, MBA ’82, one of the group’s founders, recalls it supported seven interns the first year. There were 27 in the summer of 2006. (October 2006)

Summer Program Offers Grad Students a Mini-MBA
The Business School’s new Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship draws on interdisciplinary strengths to give graduate students the basics of management education plus lessons in entrepreneurship and business growth. (October 2006)

Baby Boomers Find Second Careers Working for Social Change
Increasingly older workers are choosing to spend their later working years doing things that matter to them, providing a “wellspring of innovation” by either working for or volunteering with nonprofits, government programs, or foundations. That’s good since estimates are nonprofits will need 640,000 new executives over the next decade. (September 2006)

Stanford Social Innovation Review Receives $1 Million Gift
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Draper has made a gift of $1 million to the Stanford Graduate School of Business to support the School’s Stanford Social Innovation Review.  (September 2006)

Six New Faculty Arrive
Six newcomers to the Business School faculty this year include three in organizational behavior, and one each in accounting, leadership, and international business. (August 2006)

Nike Founder Phil Knight to Give $105 Million to Stanford Business School
NIKE Inc. founder and chairman Philip H. Knight, MBA ’62, will give $105 million to Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. It is believed to be the largest gift ever given to a business school. (August 2006)

MBA Students Get First Hand View of Washington
Secretary of State Colin Powell described how he applied lessons learned as an MBA student at George Washington University when he met with 20 Business School students during their third annual spring study trip to the nation's capital in April, 2004.

Schwab, General Atlantic and eBay are Founding Partners for Stanford Business School's Center for Electronic Business and Commerce

Charles Schwab & Co., General Atlantic Partners, LLC, and eBay have become founding partners of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Dean Robert Joss announced on December 13, 1999.

Robert L. Joss Named Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business

President Gerhard Casper has chosen Robert Joss, a leader in global banking, former Treasury Department official and Stanford Ph.D., to become the next dean of the Graduate School of Business.