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On-demand webinars are presented by Stanford faculty, industry experts, and senior researchers as they go beyond the course curriculum to address emerging topics in academia and trends. Topics include:

  • Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Design Thinking
  • Decision Analysis
  • Circuit Design
  • Software Security

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On-demand Webinars 

In our Webinars, faculty members, instructors, and industry experts explore a range of topics supported by academic research, current events, and industry case studies.

Webinar Speaker(s)

Aeronautics and Astronautics

"A crane crashed on the roof. What happened?"
Case studies and methods of engineering failure analysis.

Inspect the anatomy of failure - fire explosions, large scale catastrophes, electrical failures, and more - by considering both the methods of engineering analysis and the science behind the modes of failure.

Steven Murray

Fundamentals of Compressible Flow

Compressible flows play a crucial role in a vast variety of man-made and natural phenomena, from high flight speed to gas processing and pipeline transfer. Walk through the curriculum of AA210A with Professor Cantwell as well as some key examples of compressible flows in aviation and projectiles.

Brian Cantwell

Product and Systems Development

Explore modern approaches to product and systems development for complete life cycle value. Understand stakeholder roles and best practices from requirements through concept formulation, manufacturing and delivery, as well as the elements that assure productivity and quality.

Stanley Weiss



A New Suite of Computational Molecular Biology Courses

Learn about Stanford University courses in computational molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics.

Douglas Brutlag

Biodesign Innovation

Learn about the Biodesign Innovation two-term course sequence, a systematic introduction to the process of medical technology innovation from the lab to the marketplace. Paul G. Yock, MD, inventor of the Rapid Exchange™ balloon angioplasty system and Todd J. Brinton, MD, a fellow of interventional cardiology at the Stanford School of Medicine will provide a guided tour of the course content and philosophy.

Todd Brinton
Paul Yock

Cardiovascular Bioengineering

Understand how the combination of engineering and medical principles, both in breadth and depth, helps engineers working in the medical device, medical diagnostic, and pharmaceutical industries.

Charles Taylor



Translational Bioinformatics

As technology produces newer and faster ways to obtain and process biological data, the role of translational bioinformatics is to store, analyze and interpret this data, transforming the results into diagnostics and therapeutics for medicine. Learn about this emerging cross-discipline of computer science and biology.

Atul Butte


Chemical Engineering

Build an Entrepreneurial Culture within your Organization

Entrepreneurship is synonymous with innovation. Silicon Valley was built by individuals who transformed emerging products and ideas into successful commercial enterprises that are often acquired by, or become, larger established companies. When this shift happens, how can these companies retain the innovative culture that made them so successful in the first place?

Howie Rosen
Ricardo Levy

Energy: From an Engineering Perspective

With the prolific potential of renewable energy technology now in our reach, the opportunity for future energy independence and resourceful production appears limitless.

Join Chemical Engineering Department Chair, Professor Eric Shaqfeh for a discussion on the fundamental mechanisms of creating renewable energy and the key technologies associated with engineering molecular transformations.

Professor Thomas Jaramillo will also join the discussion to elaborate on the development of cost-competitive renewable electricity, specifically with regards to wind and solar energy storage. The concept is to store wind energy and/or solar energy in the form of chemical bonds - molecules similar to those found in natural gas and petroleum, except that they are produced sustainably from water, C02, and a renewable energy input.

Additionally, famed Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur Ricardo Levy, whose career spans more than three decades of founding and building successful businesses, will discuss some of the key challenges facing entrepreneurs and the necessary characteristics of leaders looking to launch and grow their business.

Eric Shaqfeh
Thomas Jaramillo
Ricardo Levy


Computer Science

Current Trends in Computer Security

Examine Web site vulnerabilities, DNS rebinding and other recent vulnerabilities, and Web 2.0 security trends.

Dan Boneh
Neil Daswani
John Mitchell

Emerging Threats: The importance of computer security

Gain an overview of the threats that have emerged in the computer security landscape in recent times, the impact on industry, and measures that can be taken to counteract attacks on vulnerable systems.

Dan Boneh
Neil Daswani
John Mitchell

Key Issues in Distributed Systems

Distributed systems, whether application systems or operating systems, are increasingly important to achieve performance, fault-tolerance, scalability, and extensibility. Explore the key issues with distributed systems: the implementation of shared state and the trade-off between consistency and availability.

David R. Cheriton

Mining Online Data Across Social Networks

The information we experience online comes to us continuously over time, assembled from many small pieces, and conveyed through our social networks. This merging of information, network structure, and flow over time requires new ways of reasoning about the large-scale behavior of information networks. Professor Jure Leskovec will discuss a set of approaches for tracking and predicting how information travels and mutates in online networks. Based on collecting more than 20 million blog posts and news media articles per day, he will discuss how to mine such data to capture and model temporal patterns in the news over a daily time-scale -- in particular, the succession of story lines that evolve and compete for attention. He will also discuss models to quantify the influence of individual media sites on the popularity of news stories and algorithms for inferring hidden networks of information flow.

Jure Leskovec

Programming Methodology

Programming requires a much higher level of artistry than simply the science of syntax. Understand the importance of pairing language with technique when you develop software, as well as the four D's of development. You'll also have the opportunity to view demos of real assignments you'll be assigned in CS106A.

Mehran Sahami

Securing the Web: Clients, servers, and 3rd-party content

Learn best defenses against web-based malware, sandboxing 3rd party Javascript, and a recent browser menace: heap-spraying attacks.

Dan Boneh
Neil Daswani
John Mitchell

The Growing Threat and Impact of Web-Based Malware

The way malware is being distributed has undergone a fundamental shift, with attackers focusing on planting "drive-by downloads" on legitimate sites in an automated fashion, taking advantage of vulnerabilities in hosting platforms, web applications, and structural vulnerabilities in web sites. The impact is quite significant -- end users can get infected simply by visiting affected web sites, and webmasters lose their traffic due to having their infected sites blacklisted by search engines and browsers.

In this talk, we present data from the past year analyzing the growth of infections, and show how webmasters can take a holistic approach to preventing, detecting, containing, and recovering from such attacks. The data that we present has been gathered from Dasient's telemetry systems, including its web-based malware infection library containing over 110,000 distinct samples (the largest of its kind), and its industry partners. For instance, over two million web sites have been infected in the past year which means that the number of web pages infected with malware almost doubled in the last quarter compared to ayear ago. This presentation will also focus on discussing how IT professionals can mitigate the threat of web-based malware infections by using a variety of resources and technologies.

Neil Daswani

The Spread of Web-Based Malware and New Defenses

Learn about what recent distribution trends of web-based malware mean for information technology professionals and engineers, and the process of building and running web applications. Also, discuss a variety of existing and novel defenses and their pros and cons, with a focus on how they can be used to prevent, detect, diagnose, and quarantine infections of web applications.

Neil Daswani



A Conversation with John Lilly

Professor Hayagreeva Rao hosts a conversation with John Lilly of Greylock Partners. John Lilly is a well-known venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. Lilly was the Chief Executive Officer of the Mozilla Corporation from 2008-2010. He is the (co-)inventor on seven US patents, currently sits on the board of directors of the Open Source Applications Foundation and Participatory Culture Foundation and oversees Greylock Partners’ investments in Dropbox, Instagram and Tripit. Lilly is a Stanford University alum and Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford’s

Hayagreeva Rao
John Lilly

Best practices for managing and measuring partner relationships

This webinar provides attendees with easy-to-digest frameworks for thinking about partner relationships. What you discover in this session will serve you well with the core partner types most businesses encounter: supplier partners, distribution partners and influence partners. You will be armed to structure these for success and take away best practices for managing and measuring the value of your partner relationships

Lynda Kate Smith

Haim Mendelson
Andre Haddad
Howard Hartenbaum

d.thinking – Big Questions

It is clear that innovation is critical to customers and businesses alike, more so now than ever. This webinar series will give you a taste of what will be taught during the Innovation Masters Series - Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation (XDES400) course.

Bill Burnett

Design Thinking - a Competitive Advantage in a Difficult Economy

After the crisis, the challenge:

  • Do you find yourself with fewer resources now than before the crisis?
  • In spite of this, are you being challenged to implement more to stay ahead?
  • Are you running out of good ideas to address these challenges?
  • Are you struggling to formulate a strategy in these uncertain times?

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Bill Burnett
Banny Banerjee

Design Thinking - How to Bring Empathy and Experimentation into Your Work Today

Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley discuss how to bring some foundational design thinking techniques into a current work project. The session will combine case study, instruction, and live-fire, real-time working activities to advance an active project in your work and/or life.

Perry Klebahn
Jeremy Utley

Design Thinking and Art of Innovation

In today's business environment, companies are challenged to implement more projects with fewer resources. New products are being rushed to market to stave off collapsing margins, and many markets are bombarded by copy-cat foreign companies and nimble competitors with radically lower cost structures. Success will be measured by your ability to successfully compete - to compete in a world of radical innovation - and win.

A key tool in your toolbox is Design Thinking. This webinar will describe Design Thinking as it is practiced at Stanford's and show how it can transform both the way you think about innovation and go to market with new ideas. The is at the forefront of an international trend to integrate design, technology and business practices to train tomorrow's leaders. We will also review the curriculum for the upcoming Innovation Masters Series to help you decide if you should attend.

Mark Schar
Bill Burnett

Design Thinking and Peak Performance: Getting the most out of Innovation

It is clear that innovation is critical to customers and businesses alike, more so now than ever. But in a company, generational gaps can often limit or stifle innovation as older managers, used to hierarchy, often fail to elicit ideas from those younger contributors. In this webinar, learn what makes millennials tick, and how to leverage their insights to improve products and services across a wide spectrum of offerings.

Bill Burnett
Sheri Sheppard

Design Thinking and the Car of the Future

For over 40 years the Design Group at Stanford University has been studying and solving impossible problems. In the process Stanford faculty have invented and codified powerful problem solving methods that focus on: finding the right problem and doing the thing right.

Bill Burnett
Chris Gerdes

Design Thinking and Transforming Teams

A discussion on how teams get stuck and how they can be transformed to become more innovative. We will describe how space creates behavior and what you can do to create a more creative environment. We will also talk about the role brainstorming plays in energizing teams and why the recent New Yorker article is wrong on this subject. You will leave the webinar with at least two things you cna try right away to transform your team.

Bill Burnet

Design Thinking: A Strategic Tool

Concepts discussed, as well as exercises that encourage this behavior.

It is clear that innovation is critical to customers and businesses alike, more so now than ever. This webinar series will give you a taste of what will be taught during the Innovation Masters Series - Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation (XDES400) course.

Banny Banerjee
Bill Burnett

Design Thinking: Training Yourself to Be More Creative

It is clear that innovation is critical to customers and businesses alike, more so now than ever. This webinar series will give you a taste of what will be taught during the Innovation Masters Series - Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation (XDES400) course.

Bill Burnett

Escape Velocity: Portfolio Management in an Age of Disruptive Innovation

In Escape Velocity, Geoffrey Moore analyzes how mainstream adoption of technology challenges companies seeking breakout growth and innovation. To meet those challenges and escape velocity, Moore recommends companies to rely on power. He describes a framework for understanding the role of power called the Hierarchy of Powers and analyzes its effects on portfolio management. He advises companies to focus on power before performance, leadership before management, and tipping point before ROI.

Geoffrey Moore

Exporting Innovation: Translating Silicon Valley's Culture in China

Silicon Valley is the number 1 innovation hotspot, known for motivating and rewarding teams with equity compensation plans, employee stock options, and other forms of ownership. Which parts of the region’s ownership culture can really be exported? Join us for valuable insights into best practices for building and transplanting an effective ownership culture, as well as the challenges and benefits specific to China.

Tamara Carleton
William Cockayne
Loren Rodgers

Peter DeMarzo

Forecasting Innovation: What Drives the Future

Technology changes rapidly and with it the competitive landscape. For example: companies who used to “own” the shirk-wrapped software market are discovering their businesses disrupted by software as a service and cloud computing models. Mobile technologies are quickly making the desktop obsolete. But why wait until your business model evaporates to react - with the proper emphasis on technology forecasting these changes are predictable and manageable. This webinar will look at one element of forecasting - determining the “forces" that drive innovation.

Bill Burnett
Cynthia Benjamin

Frameworks for Design Thinking

Overcoming challenges to success:

  • Do you find yourself with fewer resources?
  • In spite of this, are you being challenged to implement more to stay ahead?
  • Are you running out of good ideas to address these challenges?
  • Are you struggling to formulate a strategy in these uncertain times?

Bill Burnett
Banny Banerjee

Haptics: Designing for Touch

In this webinar, Prof. Allison Okamura will discuss haptics (thescience and technology of the sense of touch), and in particularhow itinfluences developments in the field of medical robotics. Touch is an oftenoverlooked and undervalued sense, andcreating touch-friendly human-machineinterfaces can lead to novel and more effective designs. This is particularlytrue inmedicine, where the treatment of patients usually requires physicalinteraction. Developments in haptics and medical roboticswill be presented inthe context of the Design Thinking methodology. We will also review the curriculum for the upcoming Innovation Masters Series to help you decide if you should attend.

Allison Okamura
Bill Burnett

How to Lead Innovation Through Implementation

Innovation = creativity + implementation. In this webinar, Professor Bob Sutton provides practical approaches on turning insights into organizational action—the “implementation” part of the innovation equation. Learn how skilled leaders turn smart-talk into action, how to overcome dysfunctional internal competition, and the power of adopting a small wins strategy.

Robert Sutton

How to Make Innovation a Reality at Your Work

Stanford d.School’s Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley discuss how to routinely innovate in your job and come away with practical tools for immediate application to customers.

Learn how rapid experimentation can help you improve on your ideas and gain valuable insights from real world applications of design principles in traditional corporate environments.

Perry Klebahn
Jeremy Utley

Innovation After the Crisis

In today's business environment, companies are challenged to implement more projects with fewer resources. New products are being rushed to stave off collapsing margins, and many markets are bombarded by copy-cat foreign companies and nimble competitors with radically lower cost structures.

Learn more about design thinking and how Stanford uses it to create new and innovative approaches to solving strategic problems. Critical to this approach is the power of prototyping, a ability to ask good questions, and a focus on a user-centered, co creation model of value.

This webinar will briefly introduce two topics from the Innovation Master Series - Gaining a Competitive Advantage in an Uncertain Economy (XDES400) course.
- Bill Burnett will discuss the definition of design thinking and how it can be used in a strategic framework.
- Sven Beiker will show an example of how radical collaboration creates ground breaking innovation

Bill Burnett
Sven Beiker

Innovation, a Systematic Approach for Success

Over 70% of startup innovations fail. What leads to their failure? How can you proactively optimize your strategy and plans, giving your innovative idea the very best chance to succeed? In this webinar, we will discuss the reasons innovative products and services fail, how you can avoid these failure points, and how you can succeed. Real-life stories will bring to life the many failures of innovative start-ups.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Where innovation is concerned, you can't afford to make them all! After reviewing failure points, a proactive innovation system will be introduced. It provides you with a blueprint for building viable, defensible plans that give your innovation the best possible chance to succeed. After all, if you invest your time and money in innovation, you want to be in the 30% who succeed, not in the 70% who fail! Can you afford not to attend this webinar?

The webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Michael A. Fors and Dr. Michael G. Lyons. Michael Fors has spent the past 20 years at Intel and Microsoft, has been involved in numerous startups, is a Baldrige National Examiner, and is a Certified Management Consultant. Mike Lyons is a Stanford University Fenwick & West Entrepreneurship Professor of Management Science and Engineering, a leader of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and has been a venture capitalist for the past 17 years.

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Prof. Michael Fors
Dr. Michael Lyons

Killing Ideas to Make Innovation Work

Most people think that collecting ideas is the first step to becoming an innovative firm. However, designing a process for killing ideas is often the most important. To remain competititive, firms have to separate the great from the good, but do it without choking off the supply of future ideas. Join us as Professor Huggy Rao discusses tools and techniques for how to accomplish this.

Hayareeva Rao

Leaders Make the Future

Dr. Mark Schar and Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto CA, discuss the future and the personal skills we will need to succeed in the new business environment. Bob studies the future to learn to influence leadership in the present, as a way to build the new skills everyone will need to create better organizations, better communities and a better world. His work explores the space between judging too soon (the classic mistake of problem solvers) and deciding too late (the classic mistake of academics) - a space that leaders of the future must embrace, without staying there too long.

Mark Schar
Bob Johansen

Long-Range Design: A proven paradigm for radical innovation

Learn the new tools (e.g. critical foresight, anticipatory research design thinking) that are empowering organizations to improve the quality and speed of their research and design innovation programs.

William Cockayne

Pivot Thinking: The Neuroscience of Design

Mark will explore the latest findings in cognitive science and neuroscience that helps explain the thinking behind design thinking. This includes a concept called "pivot thinking" which is the cognitive ability to reframe a problem or move in a new direction. These concepts, as well as exercises that encourage this behavior, will also be featured part of the Design Masters program.

It is clear that innovation is critical to customers and businesses alike, more so now than ever. This webinar series will give you a taste of what will be taught during the Innovation Masters Series - Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation (XDES400) course.

Mark Schar
Bill Burnett

The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship drives the success of business, education, nonprofits and government. This begs the question, can someone learn to be an entrepreneur and if they can, what is it that they need to learn and how do they start? In this one hour discussion, Professor Tom Byers and his special guest, Chi-Hua Chien, investor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and named one of the Top VCs Under 35 by VC Journal, will draw on their wealth of experience with Silicon Valley ventures and entrepreneurs and share the secrets of entrepreneurial thinking.

Tom Byers
Chi-Hua Chien


Electrical Engineering

Advanced Analog Circuit Design

Survey the Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit Design course (EE 214) as well as other courses offered in the analog circuit design sequence. Professor Murmann will present on a broad range of topics, from the design of broadband transistor stages in advanced CMOS and bipolar technologies to recent developments in the field.

Boris Murmann

Future Opportunities of Electrical Engineering – Why EE matters

Innovations in electrical engineering have led to major applications and products that fundamentally alter our lifestyles – from personal computing to environmental sensing. How will we tackle the opportunities and challenges ahead in this dynamic and changing field? Simon Wong, Stanford University's Vice Chair of Electrical Engineering, and Stephen P. Boyd, Professor of Electrical Engineering, will discuss these challenges and several new EE courses that can help you capture these emerging opportunities.

Stephen P. Boyd
Simon Wong



Micro/Nano Systems Design and Fabrication

Learn about using nanotechnology to build systems with nanoscale control of spatial features. Discover the use of MEMS instrumentation as tools for studies on surfaces and interfaces. Gain an overview of micro/nano systems design and fabrication.

Olav Solgaard


Management Science and Engineering

Back From the Brink: How Strategic Risk Management Helped a US Manufacturer Avoid Bankruptcy

This US manufacturer couldn't evade the financial misfortunes of the past 18 months. But NCI Building Systems, which makes engineered metal building systems, saw first-hand how strategic risk management could influence the future of the enterprise.

Carl Spetzler
Norman Chambers
Hannah Winter

Better. Cheaper. Faster: How value-based management delivers vastly improved portfolio results

Learn the benefits of value-based management to ensure improved portfolio results and the steps required to maneuver your organization to a new process for portfolio management. In this 60-minute session, you will explore a roadmap that will allow your organization to improve individual project decisions in the context of the entire portfolio rather than ad-hoc decision-making made in a state of urgency.

David Matheson
Ward Peterson
Carl Spetzler

Build Winning Stakeholder Commitments

In 1963, the Stanford Research Institute defined stakeholders as "those groups without whose support the organization will cease to exist." As project managers, the strength of your relationship with your stakeholders is key to your project's, and ultimately your organization's, survival.
In this webinar, Tom Kosnik explores why building trust and commitment among stakeholders is so critical to success.

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Tom Kosnik

Challenges with Complex, Cross-Functional, & Geographical Program Teams

Complex, cross-functional programs distributed globally are not only pervasive but operate as the arteries of today's firms. This webinar will showcase a study of 95 teams in 25 leading corporations, presenting some of the key challenges these programs face and their potential remedies. The discussion will emphasize managing interdependencies and interfaces.

Join Dr. Behnam Tabrizi, consulting professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford and John Warren, Vice President, Strategic Business Solutions at IP Solutions as they share practical insights and techniques for enhancing your organization's performance and delivery of value. Learn insights gathered from the real world application of the Strategic Execution Framework, the cornerstone of the award-winning Stanford Advanced Project Management program.

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Behnam Tabrizi
John Warren

Competition, Collaboration, Negotiation: Game Theory and Multiparty Decisions

What are the best ways to approach decisions when there are multiple decision makers, each with different information, motives, and goals? In this webinar, our speakers will show how game theory can provide useful insights into the competitive and cooperative kinds of strategic decisions regularly made by businesses today. Game theory and other tools from the behavioral sciences can also support negotiations, where different points of view and preferences can provide the opportunity both to create greater value and to allocate that value in a mutually beneficial way.

Our speakers, Paul Papayoanou and Carl Spetzler, are leading strategists, authors, and speakers on decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and complexity. Paul is founder of SGG, a consulting firm that focuses on strategic gaming applied to business decisions. He is a Fellow in the Society of Decision Professionals and his most recent book is Game Theory for Business: A Primer in Strategic Gaming (Probabilistic Publishing, 2010). Paul's book is a practical guide for making strategic business decisions in the face of uncertainty and complex player interactions. Carl is a world-leading expert in business strategy, innovation, and Decision Quality – an approach to complex decisions that incorporates a deep understanding of the sources of value and risk to create new shareholder value. He is chairman and Fellow in the Society of Decision Professionals, program director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management certificate program at Stanford, and co-founder and chairman of consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group.

Carl Spetzler
Paul Papayoanou

Corporate Risk Appetite: How to Specify It and Apply It Consistently

Many organizations squander their attractive - but risky - opportunities because they can't judge risks. A well-specified risk appetite can replace confusion, inconsistency, and personal risk aversion and provide a universal yardstick for adjusting value for risk. In this webinar, you will learn how to realize these methods in practice.

Carl Spetzler
John Celona
Bob Stibolt
Hannah Winter
Paul Marca

Decision Leadership: Guiding teams to high quality decisions in challenging organizational and analytical contexts

Lead groups to high quality decisions by leveraging your leadership abilities, facilitating in difficult situations, and managing group dynamics.

Bruce Judd
Jennifer Meyer
Carl Spetzler

Desktop Virtualization: Challenges and Opportunities in IT

Server Virtualization is a technology that has matured and experienced explosive growth during the last decade, forever transforming the IT industry and becoming a $30 billion ecosystem in 2009, according to IDC. Desktop Virtualization – also known as VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)– is predicted to be the next wave in virtualization and is considered a leading trend for the IT industry in the coming years.

Daniel Barreto

Destructive Decision-Making Habits

Personality often shapes approach. Learn to be an effective decision-maker by better understanding yourself. Determine how to build your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses to become more effective.

Jennifer Meyer
Carl Spetzler

Enterprise Risk Management: A value driven approach

Organizations are beginning to recognize that understanding uncertainty can be a competitive advantage rather than a threat. Learn how value-focused ERM creates a direct line of sight from shareholder value to risk management through an understanding of potential risk factors, decision analytic methods, and best practices. You'll be introduced to the risk management systems that leading corporations use today to protect and grow shareholder value.

David Fishman
Sang-Won Kim
Carl Spetzler

Enterprise Risk Management: What top management wants from its ERM program

Enterprise Risk Management -- or ERM in management parlance -- is top of mind among many CEOs and boards of directors. And not just in the financial industries, where the subprime mortgage crisis has triggered a broad malaise. Debt rating agencies and regulators are beginning to step up their scrutiny of corporations' risk management processes. Now all corporate leaders are paying attention to their methods and processes for dealing with risk and uncertainty. Many companies have a Corporate Risk Officer in place or are implementing an enterprise governance, risk and compliance platform. If your ERM is compliance-centric, the effort will miss the real opportunity to protect and enhance shareholder value.

Robert Mark
Carl Spetzler

Executing Strategy in Challenging Times: Tools and Insights that Deliver Results

In times of uncertainty, cost and resource constraints may require you to do more with less, you still must meet your commitments to internal and external customers and execute on your strategy. Tools and techniques that have worked in the past may no longer apply; proven approaches need to be adjusted to meet today's realities. Learn about insights gathered from the real world application of the Strategic Execution Framework, the corner stone of the award-winning Stanford Advanced Project Management program.

John Warren
Dr. Raymond Levitt

Focus on Innovation: New Trends in Technology Assessment and Regulation of Medical Devices

Gain an overview of technology assessment and regulation of medical devices and its importance in the U.S. and abroad, learn about the role and importance of assessment in the innovation process, and discover the key stakeholders (including regulatory agencies and payers).

Jan Benjamin Pietzsch

Getting It Right the First Time: A proven paradigm for strategic decision-making

Successful business leaders know that decision-making must be fast, effective, and done right the first time. Business leaders are called upon to identify the decisions with the greatest impact on corporate performance. To meet these challenges, a new paradigm for strategic decision-making is required: an understanding of the art and science of decision-making, the six elements that ensure high-quality decisions, and how to translate quality decisions into effective action.

Bruce Judd
Carl Spetzler

Global Product Design

The game is changing. Products from the West used to be inherently desirable and localization was adequate to capture market share, but these days are gone and organizations are increasingly designing for a new global landscape with different requirements and expectations. In this webinar, you'll learn about models for global design and some of the key challenges and opportunities in this new and exciting space.

Pamela Hinds
Michael Barry

How Hidden Biases Sabotage Your Decisions

The human intellect is extremely powerful and capable. But our minds have evolved with biases that work against good judgment and decision-making.

Anchoring. Recency bias. Hindsight bias. Cognitive psychologists have identified dozens of biases that can sabotage our decisions. In this webinar, we will address some of the more common ones.

Barbara Mellers
Carl Spetzler

Leadership Competencies for Air Transport Professionals

In today's fast-paced, global environment, all leaders of teams in air transport ranging from frontlines, new and senior managers, working in an airline, travel agency, freight forwarding company, airport, or even in a Civil aviation authority face a number of challenges.In addition to operational excellence - strategy, execution, leadership, innovation, and decision-making are 5 critical competencies for leaders and business managers in the aviation industry to overcome today and tomorrow air transport industry challenges. Our speakers will share why the 5 competencies are important, how they are embedded in the Stanford-IATA Aviation Management Certificate, as well as some specific success stories within the aviation industry.

Tim Wasserman
Ismail Albaidhani

Leading Decision Makers Who Outrank You

In strategic decision-making, decision leaders walk a tightrope of managing decision-makers' expectations, conflicting objectives, and packed schedules. In this webinar, we will discuss how to recognize situations that need decision leadership, understand the perspectives of senior executives who outrank you, and lead decision-makers in addressing their most important problems.

Frank Koch
Carl Spetzler
Hannah Winter

Managing Project Uncertainty

The Flaw of Averages is an easy-to-learn principle that explains why so many projects are behind schedule, beyond budget, and below projection. The discipline of Probability Management leverages high-speed processing and huge data capacity to help alleviate these common problems in managing projects.

During this webinar, you’ll learn the basics to this approach, how uncertainties can be stored as auditable data libraries, which can be accessed by almost any software platform. In particular, you’ll come away with an understanding on how to estimate the chances of meeting project targets, by running thousands of potential outcomes through native Microsoft Excel models before your finger even leaves the key.

Sam Savage

Managing the Mix: Agility and Discipline

Given the complex, often unpredictable nature of today’s global business environment, organizations and their leaders are looking for ways to become more agile and innovative. At the same time, many organizations can ill-afford to forgo rigor and discipline. In many organizations, employees now pursue an array of different kinds of projects simultaneously. Some are well defined; others need to adapt to rapidly changing scope, emerging technologies and evolving markets. Within a single company or nonprofit, requirements, expectations and constraints may vary dramatically between product lines, functions or business units, resulting in the need for more or less agility versus discipline. The implications for how the work should be set up and executed can vary widely as a result.

Ray Levitt
John Warren
Tim Wasserman

Opportunity Loss: Unnoticed and Uncounted Sources of Value

What size of missed opportunity would be considered as bad as losing $10 million in your company? $50 million? $100 million? In some organizations, the opportunity loss has to be more than 10:1 to have the same negative consequences as real losses in business. Missed opportunities frequently go completely unnoticed and uncounted -- yet they represent a loss in potential value that is a real as the out-of-pocket loss on a failed venture.

In this webinar, our speakers examine "errors of omission." The road you could have taken, but didn't. The investment you could have made, but dismissed without consideration. Contrast these with "errors of commission," the choices we made that turned out wrong, and resulted in real, out-of-pocket loss (often with consequences for advancement). Purely rational thinking -- what you would associate with the fictional "Star Trek" character Mr. Spock -- should lead us to consider a real loss and an opportunity loss as equal. In practice, they rarely are.

Carl Spetzler
Hannah Winter

Organizational Behavior: Evidence in action

Understand fundamental organizational behavior issues (e.g. employee selection, rewards, teamwork, culture, innovation) from an evidence-based perspective.

Robert Sutton

Play Ball! Decision Quality and Baseball Strategy

Baseball is a highly strategic game, with important decisions being made both on and off the field. In this webinar, we will use methods from Decision Quality to analyze a half-inning of play between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves. We will show how the Decision Quality framework can both improve on-field decision making and deepen our understanding of the strategies employed during a game. This fun and interactive talk is sure to increase your understanding of decision-analytic tools and concepts.

Eric Bickel

Positive Intelligence: How to maximize potential and performance

Why do only 20% of teams and individuals achieve their true potential? According to Shirzad Chamine , the chairman and former CEO of the largest coach training organization in the world, every individual’s mind harbors “saboteurs” that can prevent you or your team from reaching peak performance. The good news is our minds also have the power to change this.

In this webinar, Shirzad Chamine will explore a groundbreaking new science and practice that has helped hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams train their minds to combat these “saboteurs” to make lasting improvements in performance and fulfillment. Learn how to develop and “flex” new brain muscles to manage conflicts, improve work/life balance, reduce stress, and motivate others.

Shirzad Chamine

Proactive Decision Making: Personal and Business Decisions and Other Important Choices

Ralph Keeney created a stir a few years ago with his paper in the journal Operations Research that identified the leading cause of deaths in the US as personal decisions – choices about smoking, overeating, drinking, driving, unsafe sex. He concluded that 55 percent of deaths at the turn of this century (for people age 15 to 64) can be blamed on personal decisions. A century earlier, only about 5 percent of deaths in that age bracket could be attributed to personal choices. An obvious implication is that proactive decision making can greatly matter.

Articulating your values provides a basis to identify the decisions that you should be proactively making. You, or any organization, can focus your decisions on reactively “fighting fires” or on proactively “avoiding and limiting fires.” In this webinar, Dr. Keeney will illustrate relevant concepts and procedures from personal, business, and public decisions.

Ralph Keeney is a decision analyst, author, professor at Duke University, and Fellow in the Society of Decision Professionals.

Ralph Keeney

Project Innovation through Design Thinking

Increasingly, project managers are being asked to lead their teams to innovate new products, processes, and services for internal or external customers. In this webinar,you’ll learn about design thinking as a way to accelerate innovation andbe introduced tosome of the key challenges and opportunities in this new and exciting space.

Pamela Hinds
Michael Barry

Project-Based Work – Your Key to Innovation

Organizations strive for a culture of innovation – which is often challenging to achieve. During this webinar, John Warren, VP of Strategic Business Solutions at IPS Learning, will share with you how innovation requires, and is fostered by, Project-Based Work (PBW). Innovation doesn’t just happen – it’s the result of a culture within an organization that executes its strategy and exceeds client expectations. Join us on July 31st to learn how leaders of PBW can drive innovation by leading people, building project infrastructure and creating the resilience required for successful strategy execution.

John Warren

Strategic Innovation: Creativity for profit

Discover how corporations are working to reconcile the "creative" side of business ideation with the analytical side in ways that promote innovation while satisfying the need for financial rigor.

William Burnett
Carl Spetzler

Strategic Risk Management in Healthcare: Taking Healthcare ERM to the Next Level

Healthcare faces daunting challenges with the growing cost and complexity of care, alarming demographic trends, and the effects of healthcare reform. Historical "silos" of risk management in healthcare variously work on quality, safety, compliance, audit, insurance, etc., but the risk management is neither integrated nor does it address the "upside" of risk: how to make better strategic decisions and manage uncertainty to create value in addition to protecting value.

In this webinar, you'll learn how value-driven Enterprise Risk Management meets the challenges of integrating management of all the downside risks a healthcare organization faces, plus how to capitalize on uncertainties in the value creation opportunities driving the short- and long-term prosperity of the enterprise. You'll see a new way of thinking and tool set to grapple with all the downside and upside risks and opportunities faced in healthcare, plus specific examples of how these methods have been applied with great success in healthcare settings.

For healthcare risk managers and executives managing risk, this provides a unique opportunity to be introduced to the approaches and methods used by leading organizations, such as Stanford Hospital & Clinics, for quantifying and getting more value out of risk management.

John Celona
Jeffrey Driver
Edward Hall
Hannah Winter

Sustainable Design, Product Development, and Manufacturing

In the context of global warming and the changing environment, the former assumption that product development, manufacturing, and use have very little impact on the environment has changed. Acute concern over renewable and non-renewable resources will impact business now and in the future. Understand the intersection of business and the environment in order to create sustainable business solutions.

Dariush Rafinejad

The 21st Century Decision Loom: Weaving Together Ideas, Knowledge, and Technology for Better Decisions

In a world with increased customer and market diversity, a world with significantly increased data available to customers and competitors alike, how can we approach decision-making? Business leaders lament that with all the available information, we are less able to forecast market conditions and needs and have less time to respond to market requests. Is there a better way to make decisions in a world where individuals determine what they hear, and from whom?

Vince Barabba
Carl Spetzler

The Art and Science of Good Decision-Making

Successful business leaders know that decision-making must be fast, be effective, and maximize value. Effective business leaders recognize and make decisions with great impact on corporate performance. Attend this webinar to learn more about the approach that has empowered decision-makers to improve the quality and speed of their strategic decisions and create immense business value.

Eric Bickel & Carl Spetzler

The Art of Converting Strategy into Projects

Projects are a means to executing and achieving strategy. But why do projects that are often rooted in strategy fail to achieve their strategic goal? Learn how the discipline of enterprise architecture can create a connection between the strategy and execution of projects. In this session you will learn real examples of:

  • the connection between strategy and execution
  • how to convert strategies and business vision into a set of business capabilities
  • key skills needed to make this connection
  • get real examples of how enterprise architecture is used in leading companies

Gustav Toppenberg
Munir Bhimani

The Decision Leadership Dilemma: How to lead decision makers who outrank you

Come to understand senior-management perspectives, build commitment to decision quality, and plan and conduct decision board meetings. With practice and guidance, most decision support staff can learn to lead a decision board through a thorough consideration of decision content and quality, enabling productive dialogue and facilitating eventual agreement.

Bruce Judd
Frank Koch
Carl Spetzler

The Power of Design Thinking in Business

Innovation has become for many companies not only a priority, but also the driving force of expansion, exploration, and success. Business leaders who incorporate design thinking into their business processes add tremendous value to the bottom line. In this webinar, learn techniques and processes that not only foster innovation, but also measure the impacts on the bottom line.

Our speakers are Bill Burnett, assistant professor of industrial design, innovation, and product development at Stanford and executive director of the Stanford Design Program, and Carl Spetzler, a leading expert, speaker, and author on business strategy, innovation, and Decision Quality -- an approach to complex decisions that incorporates a deep understanding of the sources of value and risk to create new shareholder value.

Carl Spetzler & William Burnett

The Power of Scenarios to Improve Strategic Decisions

Scenario planning is a powerful tool that can help us picture how the future might unfold. By charting out the possible sequence of events or course of action, decision-makers can imagine future prospects more clearly, grapple with uncertainty, and encourage organizational learning.

At Shell, scenarios have been a key feature of strategic planning for more than 40 years, helping to guide decision-makers at major moments in the company's history. In this webinar, Henk Krijnen, Group Projects Economics Advisor for Shell Group, will discuss how Shell has used this planning technique to recognize threats and opportunities, to anticipate and manage uncertainty, and to test strategies and improve decision-making. Henk will be joined by Carl Spetzler, who will discuss the role of scenarios in achieving decision quality.

Henk Krijnen
Carl Spetzler

Tom Byers
Peter Glynn

The Upside of Risk: A Better Way to View Enterprise Risk Management

As more and more companies implement Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs, forward-thinking companies are moving beyond risk protection and compliance to embrace the upside of risk.

Many organizations "manage risk" in such a way as to avoid loss. But by taking a strategic view -- one that embraces the upside as well as the downside, leading corporations create competitive advantage.

Traditional ERM focuses on low-probability, high consequence risks, yet most of the value impairment comes from the uncertainty in the value drivers of businesses. Value-Driven ERM is comprehensive and considers all uncertainty on a consistent basis so that management can recognize the key sources of risk and opportunity by business unit and across the entire enterprise. With such a comprehensive picture, management can embrace uncertainty, instead of eliminating risk, and manage exposure in a way that creates shareholder value.

Carl Spetzler
Hannah Winter

Thriving in the Midst of the Storm: Making strategic decisions in difficult economic times

Industries like energy, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, to name a few, make big bets while facing great uncertainty over long time horizons. In good times and bad, they must evaluate investments and opportunities where the results of their decisions will not be known for years, sometimes (as in the case of pharmaceutical companies) decades. These companies do not have the luxury of waiting for the economy to improve. What can we learn from their tested approaches? David Leonhardi describes how the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group applied decision methodology to develop the 787 Dreamliner, a truly big and risky bet. Dave, a business strategist at Boeing, describes the methods and approaches his team used to guide corporate leaders to a high-quality decision. Learn to apply strategic decisions during the current storm.

David Leonhardi
Carl Spetzler

Too Good to Fail: How to beat the Strategic Execution Odds

Depending upon what's measured and how success is defined, reported project failure rates range between 20% and 80%. Many well-crafted strategies miss the mark, not in their conception, but in their implementation. Often, strategy execution fails to:

  • align strategy with the organization's structure and culture
  • define strategy by utilizing systematic portfolio, program and project management principles, tools and processes
  • communicate strategy to the business unit, program and project managers who must implement that strategy

The SEF links and aligns all aspects of strategy making and strategy execution through a two-way, continuous real-time portfolio management process. In this webinar, you will learn how SEF can be used as a basis for more reliable and consistent strategy execution in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. You will have a chance to ask questions about how the framework might apply within your organization and help you beat the odds.

Raymond Levitt
Tim Wasserman

Transformational Leadership: the Inside Out Effect

Global business consultant and best-selling author Professor Behnam Tabrizi reveals powerful lessons on leadership and achieving your full potential. Join us on May 8 as Professor Tabrizi combines insights from his earlier work on Rapid Transformation with those from his new co-authored international bestseller The Inside-Out Effect, to discuss how to be a transformative leader in your organization regardless of your title.

Behnam Tabrizi

Value-Driven ERM: What Boards and Senior Executives Want Most From Their Enterprise Risk Programs

Many companies have adopted some kind of Enterprise Risk Management process, replete with risk identification, risk assessment, risk cataloging, risk mapping, and risk management reports. But now, forward-looking corporate boards and top executives are asking a different question: How can Enterprise Risk Management create and protect enterprise value?

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Carl Spetzler
Mazen Skaf
John Celona
Bob Stibolt
John Bugalla

Why Decisions Go Bad: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Why do good decisions go bad and how can you avoid common analytic mistakes? Learn how the Strategic Decision and Risk Management certificate can improve your decision-making framework.

Ron Howard
Bruce Judd
Carl Spetzler


Mechanical Engineering

Better, Faster, Cheaper: Bridging the gap between great ideas and great products

Improve the competitiveness of your company’s products by addressing new value propositions, life-cycle cost, and quality issues.

Kurt Beiter

Dynamics and Simulation

Span centuries of mathematics from classical equations to symbolic computational tools that are foundational to a diverse range of industries. Learn, for example, how such tools may be applied to simulate and control mechanical, aerospace, and biomechanical systems.

Paul Mitiguy

If We Build It, Will It Sell?

Do you look at product quality through the lens of human response? Join David Beach, Director of the Product Realization Laboratory, for a broad survey of successful products, like the Tesla roadster, incubated and nurtured at Stanford University during his tenure. Arrive at a better understanding of the tangible and intangible art of product design, from statistics, six sigma, aesthetics, to the ‘design experience’.

David Beach

Inspiration, Design, and the Human Element A Jam Session with Stanford Engineering Faculty

Join Stanford University rock stars Kurt Beiter and David Beach in an exciting exploration of product quality and design! What secrets lie in the mind of the product user? How do we factor non-measurable elements into a successful design? From inspiration to conception to design, how does one develop a truly awesome product? Grab a cup of coffee and join the discussion!

Dave Beach
Kurt Beiter


Stanford Executive Institute

3 Winning Strategies to Beat Low Cost Competitors

We will introduce a simple conceptual framework to help executives and managers think about the possible ways their companies can respond to the low cost challenge. Should they confront the LCCs in their market segments and/or distance the business from LCCs by opening up a performance leadership gap (significantly better products or services) and/or distance the business from low cost competitors by building deep and intimate relationships with customers? We will look at examples of companies who have implemented one or more of these strategies and the challenges they have faced in implementing the chosen options.

Adrian Ryans

How Technology is Changing the Way We Work

Stephen Barley has spent thirty-five years studying how new technologies change work and promote organizational change. In this Webinar Steve shares key insights about technological change that he has gained researching firms in the automobile, aerospace, biotechnology, computer and software industries, American hospitals, large architectural firms, and universities. Using studies of technologies as diverse as CT Scanners, Finite Element Analysis, email and the internet, this webinar explores three broad questions:

· How do the rhetorics associated new technologies blind us to what may actually be happening as we adopt them?
· What are the pitfalls of focusing on first order changes brought about by new technologies, and not their second order effects which often have stronger and more lasting implications?
· What is the connection between changes in technologies and changes in role relationships?

Stephen Barley
Peter Glynn

The Accelerating Challenge from Low Cost Rivals

The challenge from low cost rivals is accelerating in many markets. If a low cost challenger (LCC) has the right business model, it can grow very rapidly and be quite profitable. In the last twenty years the structure of many industries has fundamentally changed facilitating the emergence of powerful new competitors. Often the biggest threat is posed by LCCs that are based in emerging markets, such as China and India. These companies can rapidly change from being small, local threats in their home market to challenging the premium market leaders in Europe and the US. Many industry-leading companies are still not paranoid enough about the LCC threat. In the webinar we will discuss the challenge and its consequences with examples from a variety of industries, including many high technology business-to-business industries.

Tom Byers
Adrian Ryans



Data Mining: The Tool of the Information Age Revolution

The Web and improved computing technologies have enabled organizations to collect data on their users like never before and with unprecedented speed. With huge implications for e-commerce, healthcare, and many other sectors of the economy, this wealth of information necessitates more sophisticated tools for parsing meaning and drawing conclusions. Learn how to explore, analyze, and leverage data sets of any scale in this 60-minute webinar with Google's Search Scientist and Stanford Instructor Rajan Patel.

Rajan Patel

The New Consumer Data Revolution

Platforms like Facebook empower individuals to contribute a wide variety of both quantitative and qualitative data, including transactions, intentions, social relations, attention gestures, and location. Social recommendations and behavioral targeting are examples of recent use of such data. What are the implications for data mining and e-business?

Andreas Weigend


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