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How computers can help account for human biases and nudge stock prices closer to their real value. CAN COMPUTERS PICK stocks and optimize investment portfolios? Yes, they can come close to doing what human portfolio managers do — and often better. That’s the view of Charles M.C. Lee and other proponents of active quantitative investing, who [...]

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Knowledge Network by Maria Shao Charles Lee’s portfolio management style requires accounting for human biases to nudge prices closer to their real value. By now, the fallout from the epic financial crisis is both familiar and tangible: foreclosed mortgages, failed banks, lost jobs, recession. On the less tangible side, the meltdown also shook faith in [...]

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The “Touchy-Feely” Legacy by Garth Saloner Generations of GSB alumni have been touched by our renowned Interpersonal Dynamics elective, known to all as “Touchy-Feely.” Many of those same alumni believe that it was one of the most influential courses they took while at Stanford. Decades since it was first taught at the business school, however, courses [...]

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People want change  while also not wanting to upset the status quo. Professor Chip Heath coauthored an examination of successful paths to realizing change. STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Humans possess two minds — an “analytical brain” that plans for the future and an “emotional brain” that falls in love with routines and familiarity. [...]

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Forty-five students from the Stanford campus gathered at the Graduate School of Business to share ideas and brainstorm for possible future social venture alliances. Stanford is full of students with innovative ideas and a desire to help others. But since these students inhabit different worlds on campus – some at the Business School, others at [...]

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Dean’s Column

Cat and Turtle This column appeared in the Winter edition of Stanford Business magazine My first priority as Dean is to consolidate the gains that Bob Joss made in his decade leading the GSB. We’ll continue to refine the new curriculum. We must not only continue to build the new campus but ensure that it [...]

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In March, Humane Society Silicon Valley proudly swung open the doors of its new “animal community center,” complete with space for kids’ summer camps, art shows, corporate events, a weight management class for animals, and yoga classes for pets and their owners. The facility reflects new thinking about what it means to be “humane” to [...]

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You’re producing a motion picture and you need a snowstorm at the St. Louis airport—during the summer. Done. You have to film daytime scenes at night because a certain starlet isn’t a morning person. Difficult, but done. A Teamsters Union official pulls a baseball bat from behind his desk and says that’s how problems are [...]

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“This thing has become so much more than I ever envisioned,” Randy Hetrick, MBA ’03, told the San Francisco Chronicle. The “thing” is the TRX Suspension Trainer, an invention born of necessity 10 years ago when Hetrick was a Navy SEALs squadron commander who needed a portable training device to help keep his team in [...]

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A global organization known as 100 Women in Hedge Funds now 10,000 members strong, named Katie Hall, MBA ’84, U.S. recipient of its 2009 Industry Leadership Award, reported the Hedge Fund Journal. Every year the organization selects two women, one in Europe and one in the United States, who represent the industry’s standards of excellence. [...]

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