2011 Ranking: #22
Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers50 Leadership Award
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is well known for his work on resource dependence theory, and more recently on evidence based management. Pfeffer’s interest and expertise also span human resource management; power and politics in organizations; leadership; and the use of knowledge within organizations.
Pfeffer has written or co-authored thirteen books on a wide range of subjects including The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First; Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations; The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action; Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People; and Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management.
An outspoken commentator on business school failings, Pfeffer does not shy away from public debate. Most recently he has returned to the timeless theme of power. In Power: Why Some People Have It—And Others Don’t (2010), he explains the continuing importance of power in organizational life, the constituent elements of power, and how to obtain influence over others.