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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.

Ian Davis photoSuccessful Leaders Share Five Traits, Says Ian Davis

Successful leaders share five traits that are more important than where they rank within their organizations, retired McKinsey senior partner Ian Davis told a Stanford MBA audience.

Sally Osberg photoWhy are Social Entrepreneurs Like Ginger Rogers?

Social entrepreneurs, those organizations and individuals who work to improve major social issues, don't have the networks and financial systems of traditional entrepreneurs, Sally Osberg, president of the Skoll Foundation told a Stanford MBA audience.

Women Still Underrepresented on Corporate Boards

Women hold roughly 15% of the seats on Fortune 500 corporate boards and the numbers are not growing rapidly, speakers told an audience of Stanford alumnae dedicated to increasing those numbers.

Yvon Chouinard photoPatagonia Keeps a Close Eye on Its Supply Chain

Seen as a leader in sustainable business practices, Patagonia tracks every step in the manufacture of its products to be sure there are "no unintended consequences of our actions," says founder Yvon Chouinard.

Available Money and Billions of Internet Users Attract Venture Capitalists
The U.S. economy is still sluggish, but venture capitalists who spoke at Stanford said the outlook for investing is bullish.

Matt Rothe photoHow the Tractor Killed the Family Farm

Matt Rothe, MBA '07, who watched his family sell their Colorado farm after five generations of ownership, today gives Stanford students lessons in eating smart as sustainable food program manager for Stanford Dining Services.

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.

Guy Kawasaki mug shotLessons Learned from Steve Jobs

Ignore self-appointed experts bearing bad news, particularly those who say it can't be done or it won't work. This was one of many lessons learned from late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, says venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki who addressed a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience.

Institute to Alleviate Poverty Launched with $150 Million Gift
Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies' (SEED) aim is to stimulate, develop, and disseminate research and innovations that enable entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders to alleviate poverty in developing economies.

Laura Arrillaga photArrillaga Book Offers Map for Successful Philanthropic Giving Today

Don't just feel good about philanthropic gifts, advises Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen in her book Giving 2.0. Put your mind to work as well as your heart.

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.

Five GSB Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Service
More than 3,000 alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business volunteered in hundreds of school programs last year, Dean Garth Saloner told an Alumni Weekend audience as he presented awards to five outstanding alumni volunteers.

The Challenge of Building a Manufacturing Presence in Liberia
Building a fair-trade manufacturing business in Liberia is helping entrepreneur Chid Liberty realize a goal. "You can make money and do good at the same time," he told a Stanford University audience.

Capital One Is Ready to Become the Biggest Virtual Bank
Today it’s the nation’s eighth-largest bank, but CEO Richard Fairbank, MBA ’81, says Capital One is poised to become the nation’s largest online banking network.

Jack Ma mugChina'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.

David Miliband Condoleezza Rice photoClass 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.

Five Stanford MBA Students Designated 2012 Siebel Scholars

Five accomplished second-year Stanford MBA students have been named 2012 Siebel Scholars based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership during their first year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mary Barra photo 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.


Matt Ivester photoBook Outlines Why Bad Behavior Online Can Ruin Your Life

Stanford MBA student Matt Ivester lays out the dangers of bad online behavior and offers a prescription to college students who want to enter the adult world with their reputations intact in his book lol . . . OMG!.

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

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

Kenneth Singleton photoKenneth Singleton Named Editor of Journal of Finance

"Finance is becoming increasingly integrated with economics, and is drawing more widely from other disciplines including psychology and medicine," says Kenneth J. Singleton, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, who has been named editor of the prestigious Journal of Finance.

William Sharpe photoFinance Scholar William F. Sharpe Honored for Excellence in Financial Writing

Nobel Laureate and Stanford Graduate School of Business emeritus faculty member William F. Sharpe has been honored for the fifth time with the Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence. Begun in 1960 by the Financial Analysts Journal the award recognizes excellence in financial writing.

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.

Technology Is One Tool To Improve Education Levels Worldwide

As schools and colleges increase their investment in virtual classrooms, data analysis, and other cutting-edge tools to help students learn, educators are replacing "chalk talk" with technology and entering a new era agreed speakers at the Goldman Sachs/Stanford University Education Conference.

Cory Booker photoCory Booker: High School Education is the Key to America's Success

"If you don't have a high school education in America, you are chained to limited options," Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., told the Goldman Sachs/Stanford University Global Education Conference.

Gerald Meier photoDevelopment Economist Gerald M. Meier Remembered
A leading figure in the evolution of development economics who authored books on the subject well into his eighties, Gerald M. Meier, the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics and Policy Analysis, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business, died from complications of a malignant brain tumor at his home on the Stanford campus.

7 Myths of Executive Compensation

Corporate governance experts from Stanford Graduate School of Business say criticism of CEO pay might be off the mark.

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.

Stanford Finance Forum Debates Bank Capital and Equity Levels

Boston Fed CEO Eric Rosengren says money market mutual funds are vulnerable to the European debt crisis.

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Professor Anat Admati Named to FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee

Finance faculty member Anat Admati has been appointed to the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee to provide advice and recommendations on a broad range of issues related to Congress' Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Professor Margaret Neale Named 2011 Davis Award Recipient

Professor Margaret Neale, who showed that negotiation and teamwork are essential skills for managers, is the 13th recipient—and first woman—to receive the business school's Davis Award for lifetime achievement by a faculty member.

Robin, Lee, and Harrison Honored by Business School Students

Cited for their passion for their subject matter and skill in connecting with students, Carole Robin, Charles Lee, and Michael Harrison are the 2011 outstanding faculty award recipients at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Broad Experience Gives Iger the Disney Touch

CEO Robert Iger and Disney have survived singing cops and moms on Mars.

Conference Explores Innovations to Transform Health Across the Globe

A new generation of medical "rock stars" are blending cutting-edge technology with reams of old-fashioned data to help drive innovation, said Todd Park, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and one of the participants in the 2001 Healthcare Summit held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

"DC2VC" Event Connects Student Entrepreneurs with Government Representatives and Investors

Six teams of graduate student entrepreneurs spent a lunch hour with a panel of government representatives and investors describing their ideas and the barriers preventing them from bringing their cost-saving health care innovations to market.

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.

Corporate Governance Matters book coverWhy Does Corporate Governance Really Matter?

David Larcker and Brian Tayan, MBA '03, have written Corporate Governance Matters, an up-to-date reference book on corporate governance issues for board members, officers, and other stakeholders of companies. Larcker, the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting, directs Stanford's Corporate Governance Research Program.

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.

Japanese Alumni Test Their Post-Disaster Leadership Mettle

As Japan shifts from disaster relief to rebuilding, GSB alumni see opportunities for change and renewal.

Jane Chen Embraces Efforts to Save Premature Babies

Jane Chen, MBA '08, is co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a nonprofit company dedicated to creating low-cost portable incubators to save the lives of low birthweight babies in developing countries. The Embrace infant warmer was launched in India in the spring of 2011 she told the annual Women in Management banquet 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 wrer displayed at an Open House on April 29.

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.

Shelton Challenges U.S. Business and Education Leaders to Transform Schools

Calling education "the most important problem that we have to solve in this country," an official of the U.S. Department of Education warned that other nations are doing a better job than the United States of educating their young people.

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.

Charles o'reilly photoO’Reilly Recognized for Broadening Understanding of Organizational Behavior

Recognized for "shaping the very way that Organizational Behavior scholars and practitioners look at the impact of social process," Charles O'Reilly received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management.

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.

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.

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.

Democracy Is Not Assured by Revolutions in the Arab World, Says Larry Diamond

Arab nations rocked by popular uprisings in recent months face complex, precarious, and often divergent paths toward establishing democracy, says Stanford democracy expert Larry Diamond.

ENiklas Zennstrom photouropean High-Tech Startups Thrive, Says Skype Founder

Silicon Valley isn't the only area in which technology companies can flourish, says Niklas Zennström, who founded the high-flying internet communication firm Skype in Luxembourg. Populations and internet use are growing fastest outside of the United States.

Marcos Galperin photoMercadoLibre Grows Latin America’s Online Marketplace

With nearly 32 million visitors last year and its first quarterly dividend in the bank, Latin America's MercadoLibre e-commerce site is on its way, founder Marcos Galperin, MBA '99, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience.

Penny Pritzker photoPenny Pritzker's Latest Challenge: Helping Fix Public Schools

Public education that prepares a workforce for tomorrow's needs is the cause that most challenges her, said Penny Pritzker, JD/MBA '84, the 2011 recipient of the business school's Arbuckle Award.

Successful Entrepreneurs Survive Being Told "No"

In the 1980s, John Paul DeJoria weathered 12% inflation and 18% interest rates. It was a tough path but he succeeded in founding John Paul Mitchell Systems, a hair care firm that registered $900 million in sales in 2010.

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

Mike Aviles photoMike Aviles, MBA '90, Honored with 2011 Porras Award

Don't take too much risk ... or too little, advises Mike Aviles, the 2011 Porras Latino Leadership Award winner. "Take what risk you're comfortable with. The ones who distinguish themselves … figured out what to pursue and took appropriate chances."

Dan Reicher photoEnergy 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.

Bab Shiv photoWhy Failure Drives Innovation

Silicon Valley is populated with people who fear only sitting on the bench while someone else scores with a great idea, says Professor Baba Shiv. How people approach failure is a key to success, he argues.


Charles O'Reilly photoWomen Who Display Masculine Traits — and Know When Not to — Get More Promotions Than Men

In the business world, women who are aggressive, assertive, and confident but who can turn these traits on and off depending on the social circumstances get more promotions than either men or other women, according to a recent study by Olivia O'Neill and Charles O'Reilly.

Harikesh Nair photoOnline Social Networks Can Increase Ad Revenue by Stimulating Content

To increase revenue, social networking sites need to give their most active users reason to post more information and make more friends, according to Harikesh Nair of the Graduate School of Business and his co-researchers.

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.

A Sobering Look at Today's Federal Debt

The United States has recovered from high debt in the past but there are no easy solutions to today's estimated $14 trillion bill, panelists told a business school audience.

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Ford Is Adding Jobs, Expanding Says CEO Alan Mulally

The Ford Motor turnaround required tough decisions and labor cooperation but CEO Alan Mulally told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience that he is optimistic about the future.

Marcia McNutt photoMcNutt Describes How Cowboys, Engineers, and Scientists Plugged the BP Oil Leak

When oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico last year, scientists, engineers, and operations workers all had different ideas about what to do. The biggest lesson may have been getting these different groups to work together, Marcia McNutt of the USGS told a Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Africa, the Next Frontier for Entrepreneurs: Business Opportunities in the Neglected Continent

By 2040 Africa will have a larger workforce than China or India, speakers told a Stanford Africa Forum 2011 conference, exploring opportunities for business development in the 50-plus nations of that continent whose business opportunities are often overlooked.

Africa: A Good Investment, Say Experts

A shortage of middle management talent is slowing business development in Africa, but the continent still offers opportunities for entrepreneurs who recognize the differences between Nairobi and Silicon Valley, say business school conference speakers.

Nonprofits Face Change as Old Charitable Funding Models Decline

Organizations such as Goodwill Industries and the Camp Fire Girls of America have endured for more than 100 years. The key to their survival is change, not more of the same, their leaders told a business school audience.

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.

Srinivasan Elected as INFORMS Fellow

Marketing Professor V. “Seenu” Srinivasan has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) “in recognition of outstanding contributions, achievements, and service that have advanced the profession of operations research and the management sciences.

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.

Mineral Giant Rio Tinto Balances Politics and Geology

Rio Tinto, the world’s leader in production of copper, coal, diamonds, and iron ore, must go where the minerals are, taking it into far-flung parts of the world, says group executive Bret Clayton.

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.

Attention to Body Language Can Combat Gender Stereotypes

When it comes to leadership, there are few differences in what men and women actually do, Deborah Gruenfeld, professor of organizational behavior has found. But there are major differences in perception, and body language matters.

Stanford Graduate School Of Business Expands Social Innovation Fellowship

Launched in 2009 as a 3-year pilot, the Social Innovation Fellowship has been extended another 3 years, and eligibility has been broadened to include mission-driven alumni addressing social or environmental change.

Carlos Brito: Corporate Success Depends on Individual Employees

As head of the world’s largest beer marketer, Carlos Brito of InBev says success of a corporation hinges on hiring high-performing individuals, who bring passion and commitment to the job, and on building a company culture that keeps them.

Friendster's Jonathan Abrams: Failure Is a Matter of Perspective

Jonathan Abrams, the founder and former CEO of the social networking website Friendster, was asked by MBA students how to survive the torrential waters of entrepreneurship. His response: "I don't know."

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.

Academic Researchers Need to Learn to Talk Across Disciplines

The academic reward system, and indeed the very way experts become trained in their academic disciplines, make it difficult for researchers to learn to talk to peers from other areas of academia, says Professor Myra Strober in a new book.

University Presidents, Governor Celebrate A Statesman

GSB Professor Emeritus and former U.S. Secretary of State, George Shultz, celebrated his 90th birthday with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and presidents of the four universities where he either studied or taught.

Löscher: Siemens Needed a New Corporate Ethic

Siemens AG needed a new set of corporate leaders and standards to recover from one of the worst scandals in corporate history, says Peter Löscher, the CEO brought in to reform the firm.

Jeff Bezos Makes Magic Out of Online Retailing

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accepted the 2010 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award from the Peninsula Chapter of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and shared how he took an idea from its nascent stage to the online retail behemoth it now is.

A Recap of the Fall 2010 Reunion Weekend

Emotion vs. analysis was a reunion weekend lecture delivered by Professor Baba Shiv. Other events included a roundtable discussion on Longevity and the Boomers, and an alumni panel on Creating a Life of Meaning and Purpose.

Hsieh of Zappos Takes Happiness Seriously

Since taking over as CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh has vowed to do whatever it takes to keep his employees, customers, and vendors happy. He told a business school audience his strategy leads to profits in the end.

Researchers Work To Slow World's Environmental Decline

A Stanford researcher educated rural Tanzanian villagers about the importance of keeping drinking water collected at communal taps uncontaminated by showing them pictures of germs, just one example of how Stanford researchers are working together to solve global environmental problems.

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.

First Food Summit Seeks Researchers Hungry for Campus Collaborations

Faculty and students from all parts of the Stanford University campus, including Professor Sarah Soule from the business school, will gather Nov. 3 for the University’s first Food Summit to discuss ways to develop broad-based answers to the world’s food problems. The event is free, but those who wish to attend must register online at

Business Guys’ Unexpected Fame: They Wrote theTea Party ‘Bible’

Two GSB alums who wrote about leaderless organizations in their book The Starfish and the Spider find their ideas have resonated with groups ranging from the Tea Party to environmental organizations.

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.

Study Calls for Sheltering-in-Place in the Event of Nuclear Attack

Stanford experts have concluded that in the event of a nuclear detonation, people in large metropolitan areas are better off sheltering-in-place in basements for 12-24 hours than trying to evacuate immediately, unless a lengthy warning period is provided.

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.

Five Stanford MBA Students Honored as 2011 Siebel Scholars

Five accomplished second-year Stanford MBA students have been named 2011 Siebel Scholars based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership during their first year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Is That CEO Telling the Truth?

How do you tell if CEOs are not being truthful during quarterly earnings conference calls? Stanford Graduate School of Business researchers have developed a model to analyze the words and phrases used during these calls and found some specific speech patterns that give clues.

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.

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. 

How Big Banks Fail and What to do About It

In a new book Professor Darrell Duffie describes the financial network of incentives and financial contracts that lead to run-on-the-bank calamities during the financial crisis of 2007-2009. The Stanford Graduate School of Business finance professor argues that placing the global financial system on a sounder footing depends on an understanding of how the largest and most connected banks — the major dealer banks — can make a sudden transition from weakness to failure.

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.

CEO Succession Planning Lags Badly Research Finds

More than half of companies today cannot immediately name a successor to their CEO should the need arise, according to new research conducted by Heidrick & Struggles and Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. The survey of more than 140 CEOs and board directors of North American public and private companies reveals critical lapses in CEO succession planning.

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.

Jeff Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric: Pushing Change Can Be Unpopular

Today's business leaders must gird themselves for an increasingly turbulent business world, Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric, told MBA students. Pushing for change rarely makes you popular with investors or employees.

Governor Describes Saudi Arabian Strategy

Saudi Arabia is nearing its goal to become one of the world’s top 10 investment destinations, with plans to spend $600 billion in the next decade, Governor Amr Al-Dabbagh, head of the agency responsible for promoting investment, told an MBA audience.

Three Faculty Honored For Outstanding Teaching and Contributions to Their Students
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Alan Jagolinzer, MBA Distinguished Teaching Award
Maria Ogneva, Sloan Teaching Excellence Award
David Larcker, PhD Distinguished Service Award


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.

Having Cash Allowed Danaher to Fund Acquisitions in 2009

Having substantial cash on hand enabled Danaher Corp. to fund the acquisitions of 18 companies in 2009, "In 14 of them, we had little or no competition," Daniel Comas, MBA '91, vice president and chief financial officer of the firm, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience.

David Kreps Honored by American Economic Association

David Kreps, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Scholes Named to Academy

Myron S. Scholes, the Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is among 10 scholars and researchers from Stanford have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Being Shoved Out of Your Comfort Zone Can Have Advantages, says Zoe Cruz

Zoe Cruz, once one of the most powerful and highly paid women on Wall Street before her sudden ouster from investment bank Morgan Stanley in 2007, was jarred out of her comfort zone after 25 years with the firm. The experience helped her grow as a person, she told the Women in Management banquet audience.

Student MemorialStudents Dedicate Rememberance to Classmates

A stainless steel structure commemorating three business school students killed in a 2008 car crash was dedicated on May 1. The inscription reads: “The Stanford Graduate School of Business Classes of 2009 and 2010 remember their friends, Viet Nguyen, ’10; Christopher Sahm, ’09; and Micah Springer, ’10.”

CEOs Talk Leadership Challenges with Recent MBA Grads

Bankruptcy, layoffs, and other corporate troubles can be opportunities if leaders are clear and disciplined, CEOs from eBay and DaVita told a large crowd of managers and entrepreneurs who were back at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for their class reunions. video icon