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Jeffrey Pfeffer

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

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Jeffrey Pfeffer Biography

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 15 books.

Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught for six years at the University of California, Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and for the past 14 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona.

From 2003 to 2007, Pfeffer wrote a monthly column, “The Human Factor,” for the 650,000-person circulation business magazine, Business 2.0 and from 2007 to 2010 he wrote a monthly column providing career advice for Capital, a leading business and economics magazine in Turkey. Pfeffer has also written for Fortune.com, BNET, the Washington Post, BloombergBusinessWeek.com, BBC’s Capital, and is an Influencer on LinkedIn.

Pfeffer currently serves on the advisory boards for Collective Health and Quorso, and on the board of the nonprofit Quantum Leap Healthcare. In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix, Unicru, and Workstream (WSTM), all human capital software companies, Audible Magic, an internet company, SonoSite (SONO), a NASDAQ company designing and manufacturing portable ultrasound machines, Berlin Packaging, a Chicago-based supplier of packaging services, and the San Francisco Playhouse, a non-profit theater.

Pfeffer has presented seminars in 40 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States.

Pfeffer has won the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. He is in the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame and has been listed as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. In November, 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Speaking Topics
  • The Paths to Power

    Although power is a word that sometimes has negative connotations in organizations, building power and influence is what effective leaders do and is essential to getting things done. Over decades of research, we have uncovered what are effective ways of building and exercising influence, and some of the dilemmas and choices people face as they move through their careers in organizations. It is possible to answer questions such as: 1) When is power and influence more important for getting things done (it turns out that team-oriented, more collegial environments actually make influence skills more, rather than less important); 2) What are the individual attributes associated with being influential, and how can these be developed; 3) What are some effective strategies and tactics for obtaining and using power; 4) How can you develop allies and supporters; 5) how can you deal effectively with opposition and with difficult opponents; and 6) what are some pitfalls to those in positions of power, and how can these be avoided. Our educational work helps people develop their clinical, observational skills, their ability to analyze and exercise influence effectively, and to think constructively about power and its use in getting things done in organizations of all sizes and types.

  • Building High Performance Organizations and Cultures

    The data are clear: success does not come from mergers and consolidations to increase size, from being in high technology, from being in the "right" industry, or even from being first to market with an idea-after all, Xerox invented the first personal computer, Ampex made the first VCR, and Amazon was at least the fourth company to being selling books online. Instead, studies of companies in numerous industries ranging from automobile manufacturing to semiconductors, studies of companies in multiple industries, and research in countries including the United Kingdom, Korea, and Germany demonstrate the strong correlation between how companies manage their people and their profits, productivity, and customer and employee retention. Our research has identified the essential elements of high performance or high-commitment work arrangements, why these practices are effective, and what this means for building management systems and organizational culture.

  • Turning Knowledge into Action and Getting Things Done

    Companies have spent millions of dollars building intranets and collaborative tools to capture and share knowledge, under the assumption that in a world in which intellectual capital is increasingly important, the company with the best knowledge management system wins. The underlying assumption is right-intellectual capital and knowledge work are increasingly important. But knowledge that isn't turned into action is about as bad as action that is not informed by knowledge. Our research has uncovered some important barriers to using and implementing knowledge and building a culture of action instead of just talk and analysis. We have found examples and strategies for overcoming the knowing-doing gap to build a culture of implementation. And there are a set of management practices that can create a company that learns from its experience and turns that learning into actions and results.

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Books
7 Rules of Power: Surprising--but True--Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career

7 Rules of Power: Surprising--but True--Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career

Dying For A Paycheck : How Modern Management Harms Employee Health & Company Performance

Dying For A Paycheck : How Modern Management Harms Employee Health & Company Performance

People are the Name of the Game: How to be More Successful in Your Career--and Life

People are the Name of the Game: How to be More Successful in Your Career--and Life

Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't

Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't

What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management

What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom About Management

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jeffrey Pfeffer for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jeffrey Pfeffer, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jeffrey Pfeffer or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Jeffrey Pfeffer?

    Booking fees for Jeffrey Pfeffer, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jeffrey Pfeffer, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jeffrey Pfeffer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jeffrey Pfeffer for your next private or corporate function.
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Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

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Jeffrey Pfeffer Biography

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 15 books.

Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught for six years at the University of California, Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and for the past 14 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona.

From 2003 to 2007, Pfeffer wrote a monthly column, “The Human Factor,” for the 650,000-person circulation business magazine, Business 2.0 and from 2007 to 2010 he wrote a monthly column providing career advice for Capital, a leading business and economics magazine in Turkey. Pfeffer has also written for Fortune.com, BNET, the Washington Post, BloombergBusinessWeek.com, BBC’s Capital, and is an Influencer on LinkedIn.

Pfeffer currently serves on the advisory boards for Collective Health and Quorso, and on the board of the nonprofit Quantum Leap Healthcare. In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix, Unicru, and Workstream (WSTM), all human capital software companies, Audible Magic, an internet company, SonoSite (SONO), a NASDAQ company designing and manufacturing portable ultrasound machines, Berlin Packaging, a Chicago-based supplier of packaging services, and the San Francisco Playhouse, a non-profit theater.

Pfeffer has presented seminars in 40 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States.

Pfeffer has won the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. He is in the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame and has been listed as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. In November, 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Jeffrey Pfeffer Speaking Topics

  • The Paths to Power

    Although power is a word that sometimes has negative connotations in organizations, building power and influence is what effective leaders do and is essential to getting things done. Over decades of research, we have uncovered what are effective ways of building and exercising influence, and some of the dilemmas and choices people face as they move through their careers in organizations. It is possible to answer questions such as: 1) When is power and influence more important for getting things done (it turns out that team-oriented, more collegial environments actually make influence skills more, rather than less important); 2) What are the individual attributes associated with being influential, and how can these be developed; 3) What are some effective strategies and tactics for obtaining and using power; 4) How can you develop allies and supporters; 5) how can you deal effectively with opposition and with difficult opponents; and 6) what are some pitfalls to those in positions of power, and how can these be avoided. Our educational work helps people develop their clinical, observational skills, their ability to analyze and exercise influence effectively, and to think constructively about power and its use in getting things done in organizations of all sizes and types.

  • Building High Performance Organizations and Cultures

    The data are clear: success does not come from mergers and consolidations to increase size, from being in high technology, from being in the "right" industry, or even from being first to market with an idea-after all, Xerox invented the first personal computer, Ampex made the first VCR, and Amazon was at least the fourth company to being selling books online. Instead, studies of companies in numerous industries ranging from automobile manufacturing to semiconductors, studies of companies in multiple industries, and research in countries including the United Kingdom, Korea, and Germany demonstrate the strong correlation between how companies manage their people and their profits, productivity, and customer and employee retention. Our research has identified the essential elements of high performance or high-commitment work arrangements, why these practices are effective, and what this means for building management systems and organizational culture.

  • Turning Knowledge into Action and Getting Things Done

    Companies have spent millions of dollars building intranets and collaborative tools to capture and share knowledge, under the assumption that in a world in which intellectual capital is increasingly important, the company with the best knowledge management system wins. The underlying assumption is right-intellectual capital and knowledge work are increasingly important. But knowledge that isn't turned into action is about as bad as action that is not informed by knowledge. Our research has uncovered some important barriers to using and implementing knowledge and building a culture of action instead of just talk and analysis. We have found examples and strategies for overcoming the knowing-doing gap to build a culture of implementation. And there are a set of management practices that can create a company that learns from its experience and turns that learning into actions and results.

Jeffrey Pfeffer Videos

  • Future of Work: Dr Jeffrey Pfeffer Keynote
    Future of Work: Dr Jeffrey Pfeffer Keynote: Leadership BS: Fixing the leadership development process.
  • Jeffrey Pfeffer: Why Cultivating Power is the Secret to Success
    Jeffrey Pfeffer reveals the secrets for building your personal power at work, and explains why workplace politics are critical to your career...
  • Jeffrey Pfeffer: How to Win Power and Influence People
    MIX Maverick Jeffrey Pfeffer says the single most important skill to develop for building power is the ability to respond to and overcome setbacks...

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  • How to book Jeffrey Pfeffer?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jeffrey Pfeffer for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jeffrey Pfeffer, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jeffrey Pfeffer or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jeffrey Pfeffer?

    Booking fees for Jeffrey Pfeffer, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jeffrey Pfeffer, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jeffrey Pfeffer?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jeffrey Pfeffer for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jeffrey Pfeffer for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jeffrey Pfeffer or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jeffrey Pfeffer or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jeffrey Pfeffer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Paths to Power, Building High Performance Organizations and Cultures and Turning Knowledge into Action and Getting Things Done. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jeffrey Pfeffer for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Jeffrey Pfeffer generally travels from Stanford, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gary Hamel, Richard Florida, Geoff Colvin, Joseph Stiglitz and Adrian Gostick. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jeffrey Pfeffer for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jeffrey Pfeffer Speaking Topics

  • The Paths to Power

    Although power is a word that sometimes has negative connotations in organizations, building power and influence is what effective leaders do and is essential to getting things done. Over decades of research, we have uncovered what are effective ways of building and exercising influence, and some of the dilemmas and choices people face as they move through their careers in organizations. It is possible to answer questions such as: 1) When is power and influence more important for getting things done (it turns out that team-oriented, more collegial environments actually make influence skills more, rather than less important); 2) What are the individual attributes associated with being influential, and how can these be developed; 3) What are some effective strategies and tactics for obtaining and using power; 4) How can you develop allies and supporters; 5) how can you deal effectively with opposition and with difficult opponents; and 6) what are some pitfalls to those in positions of power, and how can these be avoided. Our educational work helps people develop their clinical, observational skills, their ability to analyze and exercise influence effectively, and to think constructively about power and its use in getting things done in organizations of all sizes and types.

  • Building High Performance Organizations and Cultures

    The data are clear: success does not come from mergers and consolidations to increase size, from being in high technology, from being in the "right" industry, or even from being first to market with an idea-after all, Xerox invented the first personal computer, Ampex made the first VCR, and Amazon was at least the fourth company to being selling books online. Instead, studies of companies in numerous industries ranging from automobile manufacturing to semiconductors, studies of companies in multiple industries, and research in countries including the United Kingdom, Korea, and Germany demonstrate the strong correlation between how companies manage their people and their profits, productivity, and customer and employee retention. Our research has identified the essential elements of high performance or high-commitment work arrangements, why these practices are effective, and what this means for building management systems and organizational culture.

  • Turning Knowledge into Action and Getting Things Done

    Companies have spent millions of dollars building intranets and collaborative tools to capture and share knowledge, under the assumption that in a world in which intellectual capital is increasingly important, the company with the best knowledge management system wins. The underlying assumption is right-intellectual capital and knowledge work are increasingly important. But knowledge that isn't turned into action is about as bad as action that is not informed by knowledge. Our research has uncovered some important barriers to using and implementing knowledge and building a culture of action instead of just talk and analysis. We have found examples and strategies for overcoming the knowing-doing gap to build a culture of implementation. And there are a set of management practices that can create a company that learns from its experience and turns that learning into actions and results.

Jeffrey Pfeffer Speaker Videos

  • Future of Work: Dr Jeffrey Pfeffer Keynote
    Future of Work: Dr Jeffrey Pfeffer Keynote: Leadership BS: Fixing the leadership development process.
    Jeffrey Pfeffer: Why Cultivating Power is the Secret to Success
    Jeffrey Pfeffer reveals the secrets for building your personal power at work, and explains why workplace politics are critical to your career success. Pfeffer is Thomas D. Dee II professor of...
  • Jeffrey Pfeffer: How to Win Power and Influence People
    MIX Maverick Jeffrey Pfeffer says the single most important skill to develop for building power is the ability to respond to and overcome setbacks and failures.
    Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer talks about Getting Things Done
    Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, visited IESE last month where he led "Getting Things Done", a Short...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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