Jeffrey Pfeffer '64

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.

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