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6 October 2010

New Home of Stanford Graduate School of Business honored as Green Project of the year

Citing more innovative sustainable design features than any other business school in the country, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal has named the Knight Management Center--future home of the GSB--winner of its 2010 Green Project of the Year, Private Award.

The Knight Management Center is scheduled for completion in spring 2011 and strives to be a generator of clean energy, a responsible user of water, and an exceptional environment for its inhabitants.

The GSB is seeking a LEED(R) Platinum rating, the highest level of certification currently offered by the LEED(R) Green Building Rating System from the U.S. Green Building Council, and features innovative heating and cooling systems, the use of reclaimed building materials, extensive natural lighting and ventilation, and an on-site solar array.

As you can imagine, everyone here is very excited about our future new home!

Learn more about the Knight Management Center...


8 October 2010

2010 Employment Report

Here are some just-released statistics from our 2010 Employment Report:

--93% of graduating students had job offers 90-days after graduation.
--88% of graduating students reported a change in both industry and function from their pre-MBA position.
--15% of graduating students accepted a job in the Northeast United States.
--14% of graduating students accepted a job outside North America.
--11% of the graduating class reported they were starting entrepreneurial ventures.

View the complete report here.

12 October 2010

What makes Silicon Valley successful?

On a recent trip to the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dean Garth Saloner gave a talk on what makes California's Silicon Valley so successful.

What would it take to duplicate this success? Saloner discusses what he calls "the ecosystem of participants" that drives innovation, the role of Stanford University in the creation of new ventures, and the Valley's business culture, including the complete venture capital life cycle.

View it here ...


22 October 2010

Why Bank Equity is NOT Expensive

When the financial markets crashed two years ago, Americans discovered that all too many banks and financial institutions became distressed because of their high degree of leverage. Since then, regulators, economists, and the banking industry have jousted over the question of how much equity capital banks should hold.

The prevailing argument by the industry and its allies is that raising equity requirements will weaken banks and raise the cost of borrowing for everyone because "equity is expensive." But is that really the case?

In a new, and likely to be controversial, research paper, Anat Admati, of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and her colleagues argue that this is not the case. "Quite simply, bank equity is not expensive from a social perspective, and high leverage is not required in order for banks to perform all their socially valuable functions, including lending, taking deposits, and issuing money-like securities," they wrote.


26 October 2010

Why the Dalai Lama comes to Stanford

The Dalai Lama is no stranger to Stanford. A few weeks ago, he paid his 3rd visit to Stanford University and his visit raised the profile of the Stanford School of Medicine's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), one of many interdisciplinary hubs on campus.

CCARE is unique not only because the Dalai Lama made a significant private contribution towards its founding, but also because the Center encourages a team of neuroeconomists, neuroscientists, physicians, psychologists, religious scholars and many others to undertake a rigorous scientific study of the neural, mental, and social bases of compassion and altruistic behaviors.

Is it better to give or to receive? A neuroeconomic Research is one of several major research projects "aimed at understanding the neural underpinnings of, and the brain mechanisms that are associated with, the experience of compassion and other associated mental states."

According to Philip Pizzo, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, "This is a unique focus that can only be approached in an institution with a broad and deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and education."

Yep, that's Stanford!