Organizations

  STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—In the wake of Barack Obama’s “yes we can” victory, a timely study has emerged from the Stanford Graduate School of Business about what motivates people to take action. The prime mover, say researchers, is acquiring a position of power. Specifically, it is...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Observers have long noted that women are underrepresented in the young, fast-growing firms that dot Silicon Valley. Now, a six-year study of high-tech startups identifies factors that can predict how hospitable firms are to women and challenges the common...
Nir Halevy
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - Typically regarded as a common virtue, generosity can also be a sign of weakness for leaders, according to a new study. The research finds that contributing to the public good influences a person's status on two critical dimensions: prestige and dominance. "...
Summer 2009 In today's workplace, where employees rarely expect to remain with one organization for their entire careers, firms are searching for new ways to increase the commitment of their employees. The benefits to organizations of such a commitment, which have been well documented, include...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—The best baseball players don't always get elected All-Stars. And the Nobel Prize doesn't always go to the most deserving member of the scientific community. This, according to a pair of recent studies, is because such recognition can depend upon how well known...
Francis Flynn
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - Your husband says he wants a woodworking router for his birthday but you really think he'd be more impressed with a pair of 50-yard line football tickets. Guess again. When it comes to gift giving, most people are simply not paying enough attention to what...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Overconfident CEOs who overestimate their ability to generate value within their company systematically make distorted decisions about when, how, and how much to invest in new projects according to research. Ulrike Malmendier, assistant professor of finance at...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—From email to groupware and the wireless Web, advances in information technology make it easier to disseminate information within an enterprise and make it possible for far-flung employees to work together efficiently. Organizations now can form teams with...
John Jost is investigating social stereotypes and asking a more complicated question than whether they are true or false. Jost, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the Business School, is asking how being exposed to stereotypes affects our responses to and feelings about the...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—If you want to learn the secrets of success, it seems perfectly reasonable to study successful people and organizations. But the research of Jerker Denrell, an associate professor of organizational behavior, suggests that studying successes without also looking...

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