You could say that alumnus Jeffrey Pfeffer '64 wrote the book on organizational politics -- in fact, he's written 13 books and more than 125 articles, including a controversial 2002 story on the value of business education, entitled The End of Business Schools?
After graduating from Webb, he went on to Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his BS in Administration and Management Science and his MS in Industrial Administration in only four years. He earned his PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University, where he is now Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, London Business School, Singapore Management University, and Barcelona's IESE Business School.
Pfeffer's book, Power: Why Some People Have It--And Others Don't, was published by Harper Collins in 2010. Based on his popular Stanford MBA elective, "The Paths to Power," Power presents practical lessons in how to establish a power base, including creating an effective network, developing the resources you need to achieve your goals, and dealing with opposition. It draws on the latest social science research, as well as concrete examples drawn from modern business and politics, to create what author Jim Collins has called "an indispensable guide" to organizational power.
Join the conversation. The Spring/Summer issue of WEBB Magazine is in the mail and on its way to you. In it we explore Webb’s new innovative curriculum—an educational experience being talked about across the country. From the newly invigorated core curriculum that includes The American Idea and Evolutionary Biology, to the ONLY AT WEBB series of Honors and Advanced Studies courses featuring Advanced Studies in Biotechnology and Honors Ethics & Modern Global Affairs—the Webb program is engaging students in field study and independent research work like never before.
The Webb Schools is pleased to offer a live stream for both the Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California Commencement Ceremonies on June 2, 2018. The events are available below, and will be concurrently streaming on Webb's Facebook page as well as the schools' Livestream.com page.