New Research on the Region

  • March 2020
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Opportunity Insights: Research and Policy for Social Mobility

By: Scott Kominers, Jeffrey Huizinga and Allison Ciechanover

Opportunity Insights -- a non-profit that researches drivers of economic opportunity and develops policy solutions to help families achieve better life outcomes -- seeks to expand its impact.

  • March 2020
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The Working Circle: Wolves, Ranchers, and Karin Vardaman’s Pursuit of the ‘Radical Middle’

By: Francesca Gino and Jeffrey Huizinga

Karin Vardaman, a lifelong conservationist now committed to protecting wolves in the American West, finds herself unexpectedly allied with the one of the species' most fervent opponents: cattle ranchers.

  • March 2020
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Thinx, Inc. - Breaking Barriers in Feminine Care

By: Rembrand Koning, Elie Ofek and Nicole Keller

An examination of the strategic marketing challenges facing Thinx as it tries to grow in the face of menstruation taboos and competition from large incumbents.

  • February 2020
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San Francisco Ballet: On 'Pointe' for the Future

By: Rohit Deshpandé and Nicole Tempest Keller

An examination of the strategic challenges facing the SF Ballet in 2019 due to changes in demographics, lifestyles, and the city of San Francisco itself.

  • February 2020
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Bill Riddick and the Durham S.O.S. Charrette

By: Francesca Gino and Jeffrey Huizinga

Bill Riddick employs the charrette process to help black and white community leaders overcome differences and desegregate local schools in Durham, NC.

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California Research Center Team

Allison Ciechanover
Executive Director
George Gonzalez
Senior Researcher
Jeffrey Huizinga
Senior Researcher
Nicole Keller
Senior Researcher