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Great Books. Great Room. Prof. Sutton on Scaling Up Excellence – Thurs at 5:15pm

Prof. Bob Sutton will discuss his new book, Scaling Up Excellence – co-authored by Prof. Huggy Rao.

Thursday, April 17, 2013 at 5:15 – 6:45 pm
General Atlantic Great Room
4th floor Bass Center

Come join us for the evening with wine and cheese!

Great Books. Great Room. is an event series hosted by the GSB Library to showcase faculty publications and encourage GSB community interaction and engagement. The Library’s beautiful reading room on the 4th floor of the Bass Center sets the scene for an inviting yet informal book talk, Q&A, and reception. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Capturing our memories

The GSB Oral History Program, operating out of the Library, has been busy preserving the corporate memory of the School. Currently we are interviewing alumni on campus for this year’s class reunions, but in the past we have interviewed faculty, staff and students about their experiences at the GSB, as well as alumni. And not only about the past, but also about the present; a few years ago a whole clutch of interviews was done on the design and implementation of the New Curriculum, while it was fresh in the mind, with everyone ranging from Dean Saloner to faculty and staff members to students who took part in the planning process. Some of the faculty we’ve interviewed over the past few years include James Howell, Pitch Johnson, James March, Joanne Martin, James Porterfield, Michael Ray, Henry Rowen and James Van Horne – as well as former Deans Robert Jaedicke and Arjay Miller. We hope to document the SEED initiative as it unfolds in the coming months. So the work goes on. We have a History Group on OneGSB, for our GSB colleagues who are interested. Stay tuned for further news, as we move forward.

A Real Look

Corporate governance is always relevant, given human nature, but few have written on it with such authority in recent years as David Larcker, the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at Stanford, and co-author (and GSB alum) Brian Tayan. Now their latest contribution, A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance, which seeks to bypass the platitudes and conventional answers that clutter so much discussion of the topic today. This book takes an unflinching look at the issues and decisions that really matter for corporate success, but in a way so as to allow readers to reach their own conclusions. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book is required reading for executives, directors, shareholders and anyone who wants to make companies run better. The problems are perennial, of course; as the book’s introduction points out — after scandals there is always a plea to do something to correct corporate misguidance or malfeasance, whether with Enron in 2001, Penn Central in 1970, or the Knickerbocker Bank in 1907. This book is dedicated to testing governance practices empirically to learn which are effective, along the way dispensing with guesswork and irrelevant ideological arguments.

Great Books. Great Room. Prof. Anat Admati to Discuss The Bankers’ New Clothes

Great Books. Great Room. Prof. Admati Book Reading
What’s wrong with the banking industry? What to do about it? Prof. Anat Admati will discuss her new book The Bankers’ New Clothes.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 5 – 6:30 pm
General Atlantic Great Room
4th floor Bass Center

Come join us for the evening with wine and cheese.


Great Books. Great Room. is a new event series hosted by the GSB Library to showcase faculty publications and encourage GSB community interaction and engagement. The Library’s beautiful reading room on the 4th floor of the Bass Center sets the scene for an inviting yet informal reading, Q&A, and book signing. There will be books available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Bonobos: the story continues

I came across a Bonobos Inc. article today that talks about the 30 million the company has just raised. I discovered that I blogged about Bonobos in 2008 and 2009 and I was intrigued to see what the company was up to lately. It’ seems to be doing well for itself expanding to shirts, sweaters, and suits along with the pants line.

If you’re curious to read more about the Bonobos Inc.story, go to the Business Library’s A-Z list and select Business Source Complete (only available remotely to current Stanford University community and GSB alumni).

5 Deans event video available

The Library-sponsored event An Evening with Five Deans on Feb 26 was a great success. A large crowd of alumni, faculty and others in Cemex Auditorium heard former Deans Arjay Miller, Robert Jaedicke, A. Michael Spence and Robert Joss respond to questions presented by moderator and current Dean Garth Saloner. Together these gentlemen represent decades of management experience at the GSB, so it was quite fascinating to hear them comment on their personal challenges and triumphs.

Free Dinner? Google that… or like it at Facebook

Checking your work e-mail from home – again?  New perks offered in Silicon Valley (and Stanford Med School) might leave your loved ones more inclined to forgive the time. The New York Times reports that breaking trends in employee compensation address work life balance in new ways, with options like housecleaning, family dinners, and vacation funds.  As the article notes, “Now that technology has allowed work to bleed into home life, it seems that companies are trying to address the impact of home life on work.”

Want to know more? The library can help.  Check the Business FAQ tab on our home page to search for info on employee tenure, compensation, best companies to work for, and even where GSB alumni work.  Our catalog will point you toward books on work life balance, or select the Articles tab in our Databases by Topic for the latest research, including the NYT article above.

Mobile Tech: Act local, think global

Interesting article in the March/April 2012 issue of Technology Review on how locals in Kenya are creating mobile apps and using mobile phones to improve how health care is managed in destitute communities.  This work is in keeping with the mobile tech presentations at the GSB’s recent USRio+2.0 conference and the efforts of the’s pioneering class on Designing Liberation Technologies, and is catching on across the globe. As Martin Enriquez (MBA/M.Ed ’92), CEO of CIT Global in Cairo, puts it: “You don’t need to move to a big city, or quit your day job… even a developer in a small village in any country can create something that can be used around the world.”

Are We There Yet?

You know the picture   –  some kid out walking a dog, and it’s not clear who is leading whom?  GSB Alum Tom Peters  ruminates on our symbiosis with computers and technology, and the increasing  demands being placed upon us.  He wonders whether the tide is turning, and if we have not already become servants of our technology. In that connection, Peters reflects on technologist / visionary Ray Kurzweil’s idea of a proposed point in time when human intelligence reaches critical mass and transcends its biological constraints   –  ‘The Singularity’.  Are we there yet?

What’s My Job, Anyway?

GSB Alum Seth Godin on his blog meditated recently on the way to save one’s job, given the times.  It is not enough these days (if it ever was) to simply fulfill by rote the explicit parameters of a job and then call it a day.  To survive, to flourish demands that one push ahead, look outside the boundaries, explore the implicit and go beyond just  “doing the job”.  Well, that’s my interpretation.  Something to consider in these recessionary times.


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