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From Stanford Business  magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - As Intel Corp.’s former longtime chief executive, Andy Grove rarely pulled punches. His opening lecture last fall at a Graduate School of Business seminar taught with Professor Robert Burgelman was no exception. The seminar, Strategic Thinking in Action — In Business and Beyond, looked at Silicon [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – In a manufacturing center four hours from Mumbai, India, the last working elevator in a textile weaving plant grinds to a halt. The looms and workers on the second floor need more cotton yarn to weave horizontally into the vertical warp threads in order to [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine, Autumn, 2010 Surrounded by photos of himself with presidents and foreign dignitaries and all manner of award plaques and commendations, Richard Fisher, MBA ’75, looks every bit the patrician banker sitting in his palatial office on the 14th floor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. But on this day, he [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Thomas Duff didn’t intend to build a huge criminal enterprise, even an imaginary one. But since joining Mafia Wars, the online game he and about 20 million other people play, he has assembled a mafia of 220 players, many of them his real-life friends. They [...]

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 The threat seems almost laughable: who would think that Botox, the popular wrinkle-erasing drug, is a potential weapon of mass destruction? But it is. Botox is a highly diluted solution of Clostridium botulinum toxin, with similar products manufactured by just eight legitimate pharmaceutical companies around the world. Given high prices and demand, it’s not surprising [...]

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With the world economy in a tailspin in late 2008, Marcelo Miranda thought about dropping out of the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program to get a job. Instead, the 32-year-old engineer and father feverishly arranged interviews with multinationals in his native Brazil during the winter holiday and spring break. His hard work paid off with 17 [...]

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WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER TRANSITIONS, women and men both can use some help. Just ask Paul Work, JD ’89, MBA ’95. After making some money in the dot-com bubble, he moved on to a position in corporate strategy/business development at McKesson in San Francisco. Then his wife was offered a prestigious position as a [...]

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A company born in a Stanford classroom discovers distribution and finance can be as important as the bright idea. by Jocelyn Wiener   by Jocelyn Wiener Related Video   Every night at 6 p.m., the electricity in Bhojaka, India, shuts off.   Until recently, the residents of this quiet, rural hamlet — several hours’ drive [...]

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Surgeon Laura Esserman raised questions last fall about the effectiveness of mammograms for women under 50. Now she is coordinating a national research effort to match the right drug to the rigcancer patients more quickly. Only collaboration makes this kind of medicine possible, says the 1993 MBA. by Deborah Franklin The waiting room of the [...]

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Career Advice by Theresa Johnston Marriage, child rearing, transfers, promotions, and layoffs. Sooner or later, all Stanford business school graduates have to chart their career courses through transitions that can be tricky, particularly for women. PAMELA WINER GOLDBERG, MBA ’81, never will forget the phone call she received just days after her first child was [...]

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