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8 April 2011

Coming Up: The 2011 Stanford GSB Healthcare Summit

Organized by the Stanford GSB Program in Healthcare Innovation, the Stanford GSB Healthcare Summit is an annual conference exploring the innovations that are likely to transform the global healthcare marketplace.

It provides a forum where business and government leaders, academics and students can debate the forces that will shape healthcare delivery in the 21st century. Participants will learn how business--both large and small, established and startup, US-based and global--innovate to improve patient outcomes while attempting to control the growth in health care costs.

The conference consists of a series of interactive panels and speakers featuring prominent health care leaders.

When: Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Where: Stanford GSB Knight Management Center

For more details, agenda, and registration info, go to

12 April 2011

Earthquake Sickness in Tokyo and Aftershocks for Aging Rural Food Producers

Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni based in Japan find unexpected obstacles as entire industries face disruption and an unknown future since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

GSB Alum Shige Yamaji, MBA 1993 Shige Yamaji, MBA '93, who lives part time in the San Francisco Bay Area but who was in Tokyo at the time of the earthquake shared this story with the GSB community:

"When the earthquake hit at 2:45 p.m. on March 11, I was on the 39th floor of a 42-story, 4-year-old building close to Tokyo Bay in Minato-ku of downtown Tokyo. While I was not injured, the shakeup was so massive, lasting about 10 minutes, I thought the building would collapse. It's beyond my imagination how frightful the shake may have been for those who went through this in the Eastern Tohoku Region and Ibaraki Prefecture, areas that had the biggest shake.

My venture, called Flora Holdings, is experiencing some challenges related to the disasters. We have three operation companies, two in Japan and one in the United States, and provide a membership-based social-commerce platform for Japanese senior citizens on both analog and digital ends. Members can buy and sell products, as well as make friends, using our customized tablet PCs or they can meet, sell, and buy through 120 local Fukiya clubs that also host recreational programs for seniors. Fukiya is a blowgun sport involving deep breathing and mental concentration that is gaining popularity among Japan's senior citizens partly for its health benefits. Japan is the leading aging society, with people over the age of 55 accounting for more than 35% of the population and the highest life expectancy among all countries. The products sold on the platform are mainly food products. Some of our member merchants providing produce for the platform have had their business base wiped out by the tsunami. These include oyster beds near the fishing village of Miyagi Prefecture and a rice farm near the sea in Iwate Prefecture, the two hardest hit prefectures. The great news, however, is that none of our merchants lost their lives.

We are now discussing ways to help these merchants get back to their fishing and farming business, but it has been difficult at best with all civilization lost in the area. In fact, we were able to reconnect with them just recently, more than two weeks after the quake, as there has been no means to contact them with the mobile network in the area dead and the landline service base wiped away. To make the situation worse, the nuclear radiation and contamination damage to agriculture and fisheries cannot be assessed by anyone at this time."

Read Shige Yamaji's full article...

20 April 2011

GSB Professor O'Reilly Recognized for Broadening Understanding of Organizational Behavior

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The 6,000-member Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management will present its lifetime achievement award in August to Charles O'Reilly III, the Frank E. Buck Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The division's members are scholars who study individuals and groups within an organizational context.

The lifetime achievement award is reserved for scholars who have been outstanding publishers of research and teachers in the field over two decades. In notifying O'Reilly of his selection, Division chair Carrie Leana wrote that his research on "communication and decision making, culture, commitment processes, demography, compensation, social control, diversity, and organization architectures has shaped the very way that OB scholars and practitioners look at the impact of social process and incentive mechanism." She also noted his past receipt of teaching awards and said that he was the only organizational scholar to receive the Scholarly Contribution Award multiple times from the 85,000-member Administrative Science Quarterly, which is best known for administering the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Management Award that is given to outstanding businesses.

Please join me in congratulating Professor O'Reilly!


28 April 2011

Our new home is ready! Open House on 29 April 2011

Please join us on 29 April 2011 to celebrate a community-wide launch and Open House of the Stanford GSB's Knight Management Center. We are welcoming alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff from throughout Stanford, business leaders, and prospective students for this historic milestone.

Highlights include Food, Live Music, T-shirts and more!

No RSVP required!

More info...