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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — Young companies that adopt structured systems to run their operations in their early years grow three times faster than competitors and have a lower rate of CEO turnover, according to an award-winning research paper. “Some entrepreneurs mistakenly view management systems as significant inhibitors to creativity and growth” say the [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — United and Continental Airlines merged last year to form the world’s largest carrier, an aviation colossus with $30 billion in revenue that ferries 144 million passengers to 371 cities in 59 countries annually, oversees a fleet of 1,200 aircraft, and employs 87,000 highly unionized workers. Now flying under the [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Ayodeji, a woman in Nigeria, runs a small catering operation out of her home. To expand and thrive, she needs business expertise and access to capital.  Enter the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program, launched three years ago. The global financial services firm started the nonprofit initiative to provide business [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —For global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, 2008 was both the best of times and the worst of times.   A world leader in production of copper, coal, diamonds, and iron ore, the company’s business was expanding at breakneck speed that year. They had just purchased Canadian aluminum company Alcan for $38.1 [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —When Ori Brafman, MBA ’01, met Rod Beckstrom, MBA ’87, at a fundraiser to support tree-dwelling environmentalist Julia “Butterfly” Hill, neither of them imagined that they would write a book that would become the doctrine of the Tea Party. “It’s an interesting world,” Brafman said. “Sometimes, you write something and you’re [...]

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Through three decades of teaching and writing about power, Jeffrey Pfeffer has emphasized a pithy but potent concept: Politics often trumps performance. Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, can tell countless stories of networkers and self-promoters who shot to the top while others went nowhere [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Andy Katz-Mayfield, MBA class 2011, has a resume that highlights his time with national consulting and equity investing firms. Danielle Weiss, a physician, recently completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. In the normal flow of life on the Stanford University campus, there was little chance that [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—It’s almost axiomatic that business is a Darwinian struggle. But what that means is far from clear. Do businesses, like living creatures, survive because they learn to adapt to a changing environment? Or, like dinosaurs, are they unable to change and thus die out when the climate shifts, only to be [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—During the presidency of George W. Bush public antitrust cases dropped significantly — not because the laws had changed, but because the White House didn’t encourage appointed regulators to prosecute allegations of antitrust violations. Critics of the Bush administration cried foul, saying that a lack of enforcement made the regulations and [...]

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[Video available] He says he’s never been camping or planted flowers and stopped mowing his own lawn long ago. But a self-proclaimed lack of “environmental credibility” hasn’t stopped General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt from striving to make his global company a power player in renewable energy, health care, and other important fields. Immelt [...]

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