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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Mary Barra was about 10 when she first fell in love with a car. It was a red Chevy Camaro convertible, late-’60s vintage, driven by her older cousin. When Barra describes it, her brown eyes widen and her cheeks flush just a touch. “It was just a beautiful, beautiful vehicle,” she says [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Most companies in the fashion industry are firmly entrenched in a business model that involves outsourcing production and distributing products through cheaper, “slow boat” channels. Research at Stanford Graduate School of Business, however, suggests that while this approach seems to make economic sense it may actually create gross inefficiencies [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine by Jesse Hermann, Stanford MBA ’88 Whether running overseas operations or monitoring investments across the world, we have become dependent on our high-tech communication tools to manage remotely. Volcanic ash grounds the flight? No problem — Skype your way through the meeting. Board call at an inconvenient time? Grab your headset [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – If you’ve spent any time at all in business school, the question, “Does management matter?” seems almost absurd. After all, graduate students spend two years or more reading case studies and delving into the details of management strategies, and studies of “managerial technology” were published as early as 1887. [...]

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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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Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally recently gave Stanford Graduate School of Business students an offer they couldn’t refuse — putting themselves into the driver’s seat of the second-largest car company in the United States. In his talk to a packed house at Bishop Auditorium on Feb. 3, Mulally outlined the unsettling scenario [...]

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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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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 —How do you go about restoring trust in a 162-year-old company rocked by one of the worst corruption scandals in corporate history? That was the challenge facing Peter Löscher when he joined German conglomerate Siemens AG as president and CEO three years ago. In 1998 the electronics and manufacturing powerhouse was [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Tony Hsieh, CEO of fast-growing online shoe and apparel retailer Zappos.com, takes happiness seriously. There’s surprise free overnight shipping upgrades for VIP customers, and a corporate face so friendly that lonely people are known to telephone Zappos’ corporate call center at all hours just to talk (the longest phone [...]

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