Stanford Business Magazine

Stanford business review spring 2014
Some 140 years ago, Leland Stanford became intrigued by what seemed like a straightforward question but was a matter of real debate among horseracing enthusiasts: Does a running horse at some point in its gait maintain all four feet off the ground? To find out, Stanford invited the photographer Eadweard Muybridge to conduct a series of experiments. On what’s now part of Stanford University campus, he set up a series of cameras triggered by trip wires to snap a quick series of shots as Stanford’s...
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Innovatie in Nederland

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Nederland is een van de welvarendste landen ter wereld, maar het behouden van die positie wordt steeds lastiger. De wereld verandert snel en innovatie is belangrijk om onze concurrentiepositie te versterken. Dit geldt bij uitstek voor de sector industrie. Mondiale schaal Nederland staat er op de meeste internationale scoreboards van concurrentie- en innovatiekracht nog altijd goed voor, maar er wordt onvoldoende rekening gehouden met de toekomst. De concurrentie- en innovatiekracht van lande...
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Experian MicroAnalytics: Accelerating the Development of Mobile Financial Services in Developing Markets

Stanford businsess school
As the world population exceeded 7 billion by the end of 2011, various agencies working to alleviate poverty had come to a general consensus that pure charity was not a sustainable solution. In the absence of venture capital and angel investors in developing markets, Microfinance (MF) was one of the most promising tools in the fight against poverty. MF institutions tended to focus on micro-lending, providing small loans to micro-entrepreneurs from which interest could be earned. This case det...
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Corporate Governance According to Charles T. Munger

Stanford businsess school
Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger is well known as the partner of CEO Warren Buffett and also for his advocacy of “multi-disciplinary thinking”—the application of fundamental concepts from across various academic disciplines to solve complex real-world problems. One problem that Munger has addressed over the years is the optimal system of corporate governance. Munger advocates that corporate governance systems become more simple, rather than more complex, and rely on trust rathe...
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The price of doing business with Generation Y

London business school
There has been no lack of literature on the different paradigms of the generations recently. I can’t open an HR focused magazine without finding at least one article about Generation Ys or Millenials, sometimes described with admiration and awe, sometimes decried as irrational and even dangerously separated from reality. I had one conversation with a very senior Generation X HR executive who described conducting a job interview with a Gen Y person, and she said that the Gen Y’er sounded as if...
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Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life

Harvard business review
Senior executives have discovered through hard experience that prospering at their level is a matter of carefully combining work and home so as not to lose themselves, their loved ones, or their foothold on success. To learn how they reconcile their professional and personal lives, the authors drew on five years’ worth of interviews with almost 4,000 executives worldwide, conducted by students at Harvard Business School, and a survey of 82 executives in an HBS leadership course. The stories and ...
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Oorlog in de keten? Actie!

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De toenemende in- en uitvoer is een belangrijke aanjager van het economisch herstel. De handel van en naar het buitenland neemt toe en exporterende bedrijven profiteren daarvan. Er zijn ook groothandels met een focus op de binnenlandse markt die herstel vertonen. Voor de totale sector wordt in 2014 een groei van 1,3% geraamd. Ook het komende jaar blijft onderscheidend vermogen en het creëren van toegevoegde waarde essentieel in de groothandel. Onderscheidend vermogen Er zijn drie manieren wa...
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Building the Next Generation Enterprise Software Company

Stanford businsess school
CEO Aaron Levie co-founded Box as a student at USC in 2004. Less than 10 years later, Box had become one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in Silicon Valley, serving more than 180,000 businesses including marquee customers such as Proctor and Gamble, Panasonic, and Avaya. Despite this success, Levie was concerned about the future. He and his leadership team would need to overcome significant hurdles to turn Box into one of the next great enterprise software companies. This ...
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Stanford Business Magazine Autumn 2013

Stanford businsess school
As usual, in this issue of Stanford Businesss we explore our theme from a variety of angles. For instance, we look at  how toe come up with breaktrough ideas, build more productive relationships with higher-ups in an organization, and explain an innovation that draws ideas from across categories. We examine how to overcome the limitations others impose on us — as well as those we put upon ourselves. And we discuss the theme from the perspectives of geography, ethnicity, and political identity. ...
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