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[photo - Healthcare Technology]

Abbott’s John Capek discusses health care device regulation, transparency, and the critical relationship between physicians and their patients

Resource: News Article
[photo - Healthcare Innovation]

The head of the Permanante Federation says innovation is critical to improving U.S. health care.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Condoleezza Rice]

Condoleezza Rice discusses political power in Russia, social stability in China, the “essence of democracy,” and “the most surprising place in the world.”

Resource: News Article
[photo - Solar Energy]

Jeffrey Ball, at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, says it’s time for the world’s approach to renewables to “grow up.”

Resource: News Article
[photo - Juvenile Sentencing]

As the Supreme Court considers whether to further limit sentences given to juveniles, new research by Stanford psychologists shows how an offender's race shifts people's support for severe punishment.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Healthcare Technology]

Abbott’s John Capek discusses health care device regulation, transparency, and the critical relationship between physicians and their patients

Resource: News Article
[photo - Healthcare Innovation]

The head of the Permanante Federation says innovation is critical to improving U.S. health care.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Condoleezza Rice]

Condoleezza Rice discusses political power in Russia, social stability in China, the “essence of democracy,” and “the most surprising place in the world.”

Resource: News Article
[photo - Solar Energy]

Jeffrey Ball, at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, says it’s time for the world’s approach to renewables to “grow up.”

Resource: News Article
[photo - Juvenile Sentencing]

As the Supreme Court considers whether to further limit sentences given to juveniles, new research by Stanford psychologists shows how an offender's race shifts people's support for severe punishment.

Resource: News Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2011

Companies that invest in their lowest-level employees are more productive and more profitable.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2011

Social network and professional network combined: a low-income neighborhood works together to meet the needs of the community in an environmentally responsible way.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2011

The volatile combination of profit-seeking microfinance companies, minimal competition, and vulnerable borrowers has opened up dangerous potential for exploiting the poor. The microcredit industry needs to be regulated—through policies that address transparency, high interest rates, and abusive loan recovery practices.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2011

How a private-public-academic partnership is helping people with serious mental illnesses find and keep jobs.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2011

The Indian higher education system centers on one test, given on one day. Avanti Fellows seeks to make the system more accessible to talented but underprivileged students.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article

Great leadership is all about the ability to design social systems.

Resource: Blog Post

Effective philanthropy requires risk taking.

Resource: Blog Post

Social entrepreneurism should focus less on charismatic personalities, and more on ideas that work.

Resource: Blog Post

The new administration needs to support nonprofits with expert advice and access to money.

Resource: Blog Post

Foundations need to work harder to improve the operations and impact of the giving sector.

Resource: Blog Post
Video/Audio : All | Audio | Video
What does it mean for a company to fully engage in corporate social responsibility and become a global citizen? In this audio lecture at Stanford, former Hewlett-Packard VP Debra Dunn talks about the opportunities and challenges of implementing a robust Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and aligning with the demands of numerous stakeholders. Dunn draws on her own experience working for the technology giant.
Resource: Audio
[photo - Photo: Robert Proctor]

Smoking has been considered a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and on the global level. This audio lecture from the the 2011 Global Health Care Series features Stanford Professor Robert Proctor, the first historian to testify in the federal courts as an expert witness against the tobacco industry. He explores the scale of the global tobacco epidemic and the social forces that have advanced it as a popular consumer product.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Photo: Bill Drayton]
Keeping social entrepreneurship strong means mentoring our youth, says Bill Drayton in this university podcast. The founder of Ashoka, the world's oldest support organization for social entrepreneurs, Drayton discusses how children are an important focus for the organization's current roster of emerging social enterprise all-stars. Identifying key leadership qualities and how to nurture them, he also rallies an audience of Stanford business school MBAs to become changemakers.
Resource: Audio

World demand for water is likely to continue to outpace population. In this panel discussion, experts talk about how this troubling environmental sustainability issue offers a rare opportunity for cleantech entrepreneurs. Our search for sustainable water offers lessons that may help others facing similar large-scale challenges such as world demand for energy. The event was part of the MIT-Stanford Venture Lab Series.

Resource: Audio
Want to make sure American schoolchildren have enough pencils for a poetry writing unit, violins for a school recital, or microscope slides for a biology class? Go to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy to support any classroom project request nationwide. In this audio interview with host Ashkon Jafari, CEO Charles Best talks about the organization's humble beginnings, its use of cross-sector collaboration, its current initiatives, and the impact it is having in America's classrooms.
Resource: Audio
[Video-Stanford's South Africa Service Learning Trip, 2008-2]

Students Helped Each Other Out: It wasn't all smooth sailing on the trip. When Tsai lost her luggage her classmates stepped in to help out.

Resource: Video
[Video-Stanford's South Africa Service Learning Trip, 2008-1]

South Africa Brought Students Closer: Pamela Tsai, Class of '09, and other Stanford students met with entrepreneurs in South Africa. The trip brought a closer bond between the MBAs, an experience that "felt like a big family traveling together."

Resource: Video
[Video-Competitiveness and the Global Labor Force]

Consumers can wield great influence over working conditions under which goods are manufactured, Professor Huggy Rao tells a Stanford audience. "You've got to influence consumers so they're willing to pay more," he says.

Resource: Video
[Video-Service Learning Trip to East Africa]

Stanford GSB students explore innovative models for poverty alleviation in East Africa.

Resource: Video
[Video-Resource Scarcity Will Force Change]

A new era of global environmental threats is changing the work of the world’s largest conservation organization. World Wildlife Fund President and CEO Carter Roberts describes how the organization is changing.

Resource: Video

How can the Unites States get its K-12 schools out of their current crisis? In this panel, experts from various fields who are passionate about improving our kids' lives and our nation's future discuss why things are failing, what's working to make them better, and what the best options are, from teacher education to integrating technology. They spoke at the Global Education Conference at Stanford.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Todd Park]

The Veteran's Administration, Medicare, and Medicaid make up the largest repository of public health data in the world, and now it's being made available in appropriate forms for the use of patients and innovators alike. Todd Parks, CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wants to change the fee structure of healthcare from "Fee for Service" to something more efficient, and he's freeing up information on public health so everyone can see and help design better health systems.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Daniel Kreeger]

Could it be that Defense takes the lead on climate change initiatives? An important DoD report cited climate change as a top national security concern. On this Future of Green Call, Daniel Kreeger explains how Defense is planning ways to avoid conflict over essential supplies such as clean water, resource consumption and keeping bases safe from predicted coastal flooding. Discussion also includes lessons learned from climate catastrophes and how to respond more quickly and efficiently to crisis.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Aron Cramer]
Businesses are in the business of business. But they are beginning to be in the business of doing social good as well. As companies shift to incorporate environmental, social, and welfare-based themes into business plans and products, Aron Cramer points out a trend of decreasing poverty and improving the environment as corporations look to increase both profit and human development.
Resource: Audio
[photo - Richard Migliori]
How can the healthcare industry become more sustainable in the long term? In this university podcast, UnitedHealth Group executive Richard Migliori talks about what drives innovation in his organization, and how those lessons can be applied to the industry in general. Migliori spoke at the 2011 Stanford Global Healthcare Summit.
Resource: Audio
Case Studies : All | Academic Cases

Commissioned by KaBOOM! and authored by Katherine Fulton and alumna Heather McLeod Grant of the Monitor Institute, this case study looks at the challenges KaBOOM! faced and lessons the organization learned while pioneering an online strategy to scale its impact. This strategy involves giving away the nonprofit model online for free to empower others to act on KaBoom's behalf.

Resource: Practitioner Case
[photo - William F. Meehan III]

Nongovernmental organizations have become an increasingly important intermediary for international development. This note explains how NGOs have evolved, and the role they played in the early 1990s in bringing development to poor nations.

Resource: Academic Case
Multimedia Case

Innermotion dance company presents performances based on themes related to incest and childhood sexual abuse. This video explores how the founder must reexamine her focus and priorities when faced with the loss of a major grant.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Margaret L. Eaton]

Genzyme Tissue Repair had just received favorable phase I clinical trial results. Should the company go ahead with studies that would involve subjects in the placebo group having to undergo surgery but not receive the experimental transplants?

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Margaret L. Eaton]

In 1999, Geron Corporation was at the center of the debate about human embryo research. The case details the controversy surrounding Geron’s stem cell research and the role the Ethics Advisory Board played in shaping the company's response.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Margaret L. Eaton]

Zeneca launched an ad campaign to promote a drug for use in reducing the risk of breast cancer. The case details the company’s development of the drug and its marketing efforts.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Margaret L. Eaton]

Two companies are competing to develop a genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility. They must grapple with concerns about the ethics involved.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Jeffrey Pfeffer]

In 1991, Frances Conley, the first female, tenured full professor of neurosurgery in the United States, resigned from her position at Stanford Medical School over the appointment of a new department chair who was known for sexual harassment. As she becomes thrust into the media limelight, she wonders what she should do next.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - David P. Baron]

In 2000, the Rainforest Action Network launched a campaign to get Citigroup to stop financing destructive activities in endangered ecosystems. This third case describes how activists try to gain access to Citigroup's top management.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Stefanos Zenios]

This note provides an overview of the role of employers, carriers, and consumers in the U.S. private health insurance market. It covers the history of employer-based coverage, employer decisions on health insurance, insurance pricing, and other topics.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - David P. Baron]

This case describes several nonmarket issues that could significantly impact McDonald’s business. Issues include rising obesity rates, legislation, media attention, and others.

Resource: Academic Case

Green Dot is charter management organization that is bringing high-performance to Los Angeles, an area traditionally plagued by dismal graduating case. This case explores Green Dots the advantages and disadvantages of transformative strategy to reach a 'tipping point' in Los Angeles' educational community. 

Resource: Academic Case

This case details the innovative work of business executive Tom Siebel, who launched the Meth Project in 2005 to 'unsell' meth to first time users in Montana. The program used an innovative research-based marketing campaign and has since scaled to other states. 

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - George Foster]

The Canary Fund supports the development of methods for early cancer detection. This second case presents the results of the sponsorship created to raise funding and awareness.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Robert A. Burgelman]

The Kinetics and Michael J. Fox Foundations both support research on Parkinson’s disease. This second case explores how these two organizations collaborate toward a common mission.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - William P. Barnett]

The Wild Salmon Center was created to provide anglers access to excellent fishing in return for funding research and conservation. The case discusses the Center’s efforts to protect the pristine watersheds of the Kamchatka Peninsula by developing ecotourism to raise funds for conservation.

Resource: Academic Case
Research Papers : All
[photo - Robert J. Flanagan]

This study collects facts about cyclical and trend-related economic developments in the symphony orchestra industry. It also examines influences on performance and nonperformance revenues and expenses of orchestras.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Sarah Soule]

The agendas of organization studies and the study of social movements are converging. Scholars of both fields contribute to a special issue of Administrative Science Quarterly dedicated to building stronger connections among scholars of social movements, organizations, and markets.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Mary Barth]

This article raises issues concerning financial reporting transparency and supports the notion that transparency is a desirable characteristic of financial reports.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Alexander Jordan]

The authors show that moral judgments can be more deeply embedded in judges' immediate social contexts--and are driven more by motivations to maintain self-image--than is typically appreciated in contemporary moral psychology research.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Saumitra Jha]

This ethnographic study examines the processes by which residents of Delhi's slums gain access to formal government services and develop their own (informal) modes of leadership.

Resource: Research Paper
Courses : All

The two-quarter Elective Course series provides lectures from a diverse group of faculty that expose students to the practical aspects of technology invention and development. The class features a presentation or discussion from one of the guest speakers or faculty. Students work in small project teams in the Biodesign prototyping lab or bench space, collaborating with the fellows of the program.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - Jennifer Aaker]

The goal of this seminar is to investigate how social technology (e.g., blogs, websites, podcasts, widgets, community groups, social network feeds) can change attitudes and behaviors in ways that cultivate social change. We study the strategies and tactics used by companies and causes that have successfully catalyzed social persuasion.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - Robert Burgelman]

This seminar helps participants develop strategically informed action plans that are imaginative, inspiring, and workable in highly dynamic environments. Through informed debate and the writing and presentation of position papers, participants evaluate and hone their views on the seminar's critical themes.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - Rick Aubry]

This course focuses on the efforts of private citizens to create effective responses to social needs and innovative solutions to social problems. It equips students with frameworks and tools that will help them be more effective as a social entrepreneur.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - William Meehan]

This course surveys strategic, governance, and management issues facing a wide range of nonprofit organizations in an era of venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. It introduces students to core managerial issues in the nonprofit sector, such as development/fundraising, investment management, performance management and nonprofit finance.

Resource: MBA Course
Innovators : All
[photo - Kate Surman]

Kate Surman, MBA '04, Administrative Director of Strategic Operations, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, discusses how she has leveraged the Public Management and Social Innovation certificate to take her career into a new direction.

Resource: Alumni
[photo - Farm to Cup - Root Capital Lending]

A grassroots student effort led by Caroline Mullen, MBA ’12, Catha Mullen, MBA ’13, and Monica Lewis, MBA ’12, now has even more impact through a merger with Pachamama Coffee Cooperative.

Resource: Alumni
[photo - Robyn Beavers]

Leading a Social Innovation Study Trip lands Robyn Beavers, MBA '10, in a new industry.

Resource: Alumni
[photo - Jeremy Sokulsky]

Jeremy Sokulsky, MBA '04, President, Environmental Incentives, discusses how he's drawing upon the tools and training he received from the GSB to help make a difference.

Resource: Alumni
[photo - Ashanthi Mathai]

Vision care is something that is practically taken for granted in the United States, but that’s not the case throughout much of the world. Some 300 million around the globe suffer from correctable vision loss, leading, as Ashanthi Mathai, MBA '04, says, “to people accepting their vision impairment and adjusting their lives around it.” The result? A lower quality of life, restricted job options, and even further economic distress.


 

Resource: Alumni
[photo - Sal Giambanco]

Attracting, engaging, and retaining the right talent is key to successful nonprofit management. In this audio lecture from the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Omidyar Network partner Sal Giambanco discusses how a nonprofit can build a strong team to reach its organization’s core objectives. He shares specific approaches to building a talent pipeline and maximizing productivity to enrich a nonprofit’s management strategy.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Akaya Windwood]

In an increasingly polarized and complex world, leaders can no longer afford to work in isolation. In this audio lecture from the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Rockwood Leadership Institute president Akaya Windwood discusses how we can get our movements and sectors to work together to advance the common good. Windwood discusses specific tools that we can utilize to build communities of interconnected leaders in order to make social movements more effective.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Tina Seelig]

Creativity often feels like a mystery. Struggling to unleash our creative potential can sometimes hinder us on the path to social innovation. In this audio lecture from Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Stanford Professor Tina Seelig discusses the tools and conditions each of us has that allow us to increase our creativity—our own, our team’s and our organization’s. She shares specific approaches to rethinking questions and reframing problems to unlock the path to innovation.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Nathalie Kylander]

Branding plays a unique and powerful role in the nonprofit sector. In this audio lecture from Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Harvard researcher Nathalie Kylander discusses how a strategic brand can enable an organization to build capacity and impact. Based on research conducted at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Kylander shares the framework that she and her colleagues developed to help nonprofit leaders develop a more strategic approach to managing their nonprofit brand—one that creates greater social impact and tighter organizational cohesion.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Caroline Hoxby]

A new study finds that when low-income, high-achieving students get targeted information about their full range of college-going opportunities, they apply to selective colleges in larger numbers, attend and graduate.

Resource: News Article
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