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Faculty Lectures

Each year, MBA students invite members of the faculty to deliver a Last Lecture, touching on a topic that is important to the speaker, that sums up an area of research or academic work, or that may be a parting word of advice or inspiration to students. The following are a sampling of these presentations.

Top 10 Life Lessons

Robert L. Joss, Professor of Finance, Dean Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, has some advice a few weeks before graduation. In fact, he has 10 life lessons.
For instance, #10: Life is like cricket [Audio only]

Some Perspective for Graduating Students

Alan Jagolinzer, Assistant Professor of Accounting, described lessons he learned in a jet cockpit among other thoughts during his year-ending lecturing to Stanford Graduate School of Business students. [Video only]

Video Leadership Means Responsibility

In his View from the Top speech, Dean Robert Joss defines what it means to be "at the top": "It's any position where you take responsibility for a group with a mission to fulfill."

Hau Lee
Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology, Director of the Stanford Supply Chain Management Forum
"Triple-A Supply Chains"
Video File, (48:37 minutes)

Joel Peterson
Lecturer in Business
"Values, Integrity, and Trust"
Video File, (48:59 minutes)

James March
Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Management, emeritus

Michael Spence
Philip H. Knight Professor, Emeritus, and Former Dean

Myron Scholes
Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus

Eric Schmidt
Lecturer in Strategic Management
Video (55:31 minutes)

Peter Wendell
Lecturer in Strategic Management
Video File, (33:51 minutes)

Joel Peterson
Lecturer in Business
How to Succeed in Business By Really Caring

James Van Horne
A.P. Giannini Professor of Banking Finance
Even Without Fraud, Financial Statements Can Be Misleading

Edward Lazear
Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics
Entrepreneurs Arise from The Ranks of Jacks-of-All-Trades