Kathleen Eisenhardt

School of Engineering

Stanford University


Professor Eisenhardt’s research focus is strategy and organization, especially in technology-based companies and high-velocity industries. She is currently studying the use of heuristics and other cognitive strategies, strategic interaction in new markets and novel ecosystems, and strategy making by boards of directors.

Vote History

Statement Vote Confidence Comments
The Business Roundtable’s new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation indicates a shift away from shareholder value maximization as the sole purpose of the corporation and toward a broader view of value creation.
This shift will have material impact on the well-being of U.S. workers.
Agree 7 “This statement is a step forward for employees. But old habits die slowly. Plus, lots of other worthy constituencies like climate change interests are in the wings.”
In the next decade, we will see the first sustainably profitable private commercial activities in space. Agree 7 “The technology has already arrived. There is demand — both commercial and civilian. I wish that I could afford the trip!”
In the next five years, the blockchain will have a transformative effect on finance in emerging markets. Neither Agree nor Disagree 8 “This is such a wide-open space — so hard to predict. I’m on the conservative side though.”
In the absence of a carbon tax, industry self-regulation can help mitigate the worst fallout from climate change. Disagree 8 “Climate change is a commons problem that needs some sort of government intervention — tax, regulation, etc.”
Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas. Did Not Answer
Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable. Disagree 7 “Others are developing self-driving cars, Uber can obtain them from others.”
A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers. Agree 6 “A trade war will be particularly disruptive to businesses as they scramble to reconsider and perhaps reconstruct supply chains. By contrast, consumers will be stuck — they will either pay or not.”
Concern over consumer privacy will fundamentally limit businesses’ ability to use big data. Did Not Answer