Jeffrey Pfeffer will present on The Knowing-Doing Gap on November 14, 2019 at Stanford Redwood City Campus. View more information

Jeffrey Pfeffer co-wrote an article in the Times of India, “Workplace not darkplace: Employers should eliminate the stigma around discussing mental health at work” Read the article

Jeffrey Pfeffer was a guest on Changed My Mind in the episode “Flattery and leadership” Listen to the interview


Slate’s Better Life Lab podcast discusses Dying for a Paycheck with Jeffrey Pfeffer in the episode “Your Work May Be Killing You” Listen to the interview

Workforce interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in “Author Addresses Dying for a Paycheck — Literally” Read the interview

Entrepreneur interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in “Both Workplaces and Gig Economy Companies Are Killing People, This Stanford Professor Warns” Read the interview

Jeffrey Pfeffer discussed workplace stress on WGBH’s Innovation Hub in “The Health Risks Of A Toxic Workplace” Listen to the discussion

Human Resource Executive interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in “Toxic Toll” Read the interview

Forbes discussed Dying for a Paycheck in “How Stress Is The Business World’s Silent Killer” Read the article

WIRED cited Jeffrey Pfeffer in “A California Ruling Threatens the Gig Economy” Read the article

Slate interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in “The Way We Work Is Killing Us” Read the article

The Irish Times discussed Dying for a Paycheck in “Corporate wellbeing is no substitute for good management” Read the article

NBC News’ THINK spoke with Jeffrey Pfeffer in “Overworked: The U.S. workplace is a hazard to public health” Watch the video

People and Projects Podcasts interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in episode 200 Listen to the interview

Healthline interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in “Stanford Professor Is Sounding the Alarm on Our Toxic, Modern Workplace” Read the interview

The Irish Times cited Jeffrey Pfeffer in “Do not wait until you are burnt out before making a change” Read the article

The Washington Post interviewed Jeffrey Pfeffer in “This professor says the workplace is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.” Read the article


Stanford’s Graduate School of Business: “The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares.” March 2018 Read the interview

Monterey County Weekly: ‘Don’t Blame Online Shopping. Retailers are in a Death Spiral of Their Own Making’  June, 2017 Read

Leadership BS was reviewed by The Globe and Mail in the article “Jeffrey Pfeffer calls out Leadership BS in his new book.” March, 2017  Read the review

From the New York Times article, ‘Case Study in Chaos’: “Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford and the author of Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t, said Mr. Trump’s executive actions as president ‘are so far from any responsible management approach’ that they all but defy analysis.” February, 2017 Read

The Economist reviewed Leadership BS and wrote “Of the three books, much the most impressive is “Leadership BS”. Mr Pfeffer asks probing questions where most leadership writers make vague assertions and he is careful to invoke careful research where others provide convenient anecdotes.” Read the full review

Jeffrey Pfeffer was a guest on The Takeaway on NPR where he discusses leaders and businesses and their lies in the piece called “Do Good Liars Make Great Leaders?” Listen to the interview

2010-2015 News

The Financial Times profiled Jeffrey Pfeffer in the article. September, 2015 “Scorpions, cockroaches and the reality of unpleasant leaders.”

Jeffrey Pfeffer was featured in the Xinhua Net article. August, 2015  “Trump could dominate Republican presidential contest longer, but chance of success slim: expert.”

The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC hosted Jeffrey Pfeffer in an episode called “Deconstructing the ‘Gig Economy.” August, 2015  Listen or Learn more about the episode

Jeffrey Pfeffer joined Berlin Packaging’s board of directors as an HR authority. The announcement was covered in an article by PRNewswire. July, 2015 Read the article

Jeffrey Pfeiffer’s articles about workplace stressors and health were published in Management Science and Behavioral Science & PolicyMarch, 2015

Publishers Weekly reviewed Leadership BS and wrote “This is an entertaining and inspiring read for anyone looking to shake things up at work.” Read the full review

Jeffrey Pfeffer was featured in an interview and article for Colorado Public Radio about the “sharing economy” called “Stanford Professor Says Uber-Like Jobs A Mixed Bag For Workers.” June 30, 2015 Listen

Jeffrey Pffefer’s work on workplace stress was highlighted in an article called “Job Stress Can Not Only Make You Sick, It Can Kill You” posted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). June 3, 2015 Read

Caroline James’s article, “Are you killing your staff?” in The Sydney Morning Herald discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s study on workplace stressors. May 13, 2015 Read

“How can we fix America’s broken telecommunications industry,?” Fortune, May 4, 2015 Read

Lydia Dishman’s article, “6 Steps To Be Viewed As more Powerful At Work,” in Fast Company discusses steps Jeffrey Pfeffer says will make you more powerful at work. April 30, 2015 Read

“Is your employer killing you?” Fortune, April 13, 2015 Read

Jenna Gourdreau’s article in Business Insider, “12 ways to become more powerful,” highlights Jeffrey Pfeffer’s concepts in Power. April 9, 2015 Read

“Who are the world’s best leaders?” Fortune, March 26, 2015 Read

Shana Lynch’s article in Business Insider, “10 ways your workplace might be killing you,” highlights points from a meta-analysis done by Jeffrey Pfeffer and his colleagues examining how common workplace stressors affect a person’s health. March 24, 2015 Read

“Power (and How to Get More of It),” Insights By Stanford Business, March 19, 2015 Read

“What Rebekah Brooks can teach us about power,” Fortune, March 6, 2015 Read

Eilene Zimmerman’s article in Insights by Stanford Business, “Why Companies No Longer Reward Loyal Employees”, discusses a study conducted by Jeffrey Pfeffer and doctoral student Peter Belmi. February 20, 2015 Read

“Why powerful people are rarely punished appropriately,” Fortune, February 19, 2015 Read

“The psychology behind the Brian Williams incident,” Fortune, February 9, 2015 Read

ic4p featured Jeffrey Pfeffer in “The Productivity Blog.” January 15, 2015 Read

“The single best goal you can set for 2015,” Fortune, January 13, 2015 Read


Talent Quarterly published an interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer in its debut issue. 2014 Read

“All I want for Christmas are the newspapers I paid for,” Fortune, December 23, 2014 Read

“3 critical lessons from Sony’s email hack,” Fortune, December 12, 2014 Read

“How to make a fortune without ‘doing’ anything: The Uber, Airbnb story,” Fortune, November 24, 2014 Read

“Openness and transparency will not solve our problems,” Fortune, November 13, 2014 Read

“Why health insurance companies are doomed,” Fortune, October 20, 2014 Read

“How airline loyalty programs seduce and abandon you,” Fortune, October 1, 2014 Read

“Bad Behavior at Business School Becomes Corporate Misconduct Later,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, September 8, 2014 Read

“Let’s Be Honest About Lying,” Harvard Business Review, June 18, 2014 Read

“Here’s Why Amazon Is More Ruthless Than Walmart,” Time, June 11, 2014 Read

“Underpaying Employees Can Hurt a Company’s Bottom Line,” Time, June 6, 2014 Read

“Win at Workplace Conflict,” Harvard Business Review, May 29, 2014 Read

“The Latest Executive Dustups Prove Relationships, Not Skills, Determine Success,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 22, 2014 Read

Deborah Petersen’s article in Insights by Stanford Business, “Ten Tips for Building Stronger Networks in Work and Life,” highlights tips from Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, People Are the Name of the Game: How to Be More Successful in Your Career — and Life May 21, 2014 Read

“Do it, Japan Inc.: go against the most fundamental of human tendencies,” Nikkei Asian Review, May 15, 2014 Read

Eilene Zimmerman’s article in Insights by Stanford Business, “Do Workplace Hierarchies Still Matter?,” discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s thoughts on office power. March 24, 2014 Read

Jena McGregor’s article in the Washington Post, “The addictive power of money,” discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s paper, “When Does Money Make Money More Important?” January 10, 2014 Read

Katie Pandes’s article in Business Wire, “Research by Stanford’s Jeffrey Pfeffer Shows the Addictive Power of Money,” discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s paper, “When Does Money Make Money More Important?” January 9, 2014 Read

Eilene Zimmerman’s article in Insights by Stanford Business, “Research: All Money is Not Created Equal,” discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s paper, “When Does Money Make Money More Important?” January 6, 2014 Read

“Lessons in Power from the Chris Christie Kerfuffle,” Harvard Business Review, January 21, 2014 Read


The Economic Times featured Jeffrey Pfeffer and his book, PowerRead Priyanka Sangani’s “Most Powerful CEOs 2013: Power is important to get things done, says Jeffrey Pfeffer”

“Sorry, Kids. Corporate Power Hasn’t Changed,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, November 15, 2013 Read

This article in Leadership Review, “Learn how to use power effectively,”, discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s article, “Power Play.” Read

“When Did Business School Become All About the Parties?” Bloomberg BusinessWeek September 10, 2013 Read

John A. Byrne’s article in Poets & Quants, “Prof Decries ‘Boozy’ MBA Culture,” discusses Jeffrey Pfeffer’s article, “When Did Business School Become All About the Parties?” September 10, 2013 Read

Big Think Editors discuss “How to Use Anger to Your Advantage” in this article on Big Think TV. They include a video by Jeffrey Pfeffer. September 6, 2013 Read the article and watch the video.

“Why Your Employees Need to Sign Their Work,” Inc., June 10, 2013 Read

“Companies Emphasize the Environment Over Employees,” Insights by Stanford Business June 7, 2013 Read

“What’s Wrong With Big Banks? Too Many Lost Customers,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, May 17, 2013 Read

“Why Does Apple Care About Its Share Price?” Bloomberg/Businessweek, April 25, 2013 Read

“The Reason Health Care Is So Expensive: Insurance Companies,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, April 10, 2013 Read

“Ray Lane, Hewlett-Packard, and the State of Corporate Governance,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, April 8, 2013 Read

Neelima Mahajan interviews Jeffrey Pfeffer in this article, “The Thinker Interview: Jeffrey Pfeffer on Human Sustainability,” in CKGSB Knowledge. April 5, 2013 Read

Jeffrey Pfeffer was interviewed by Barking Up The Wrong Tree in this article, “Interview – Stanford MBA school professor teaches you the secret to getting promotions, raises, and power.” Read

“Measure (and Reward) Ethical Behavior,” Inc. March 26, 2013 Read

“Don’t Blame the Internet for the Post Office Blues,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, March 18, 2013 Read

“Getting the Record Straight on Health Care Reform,” Huffington Post, March 7, 2013 Read

“The American-US Airways Merger Is a Bad Idea,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, February 13, 2013 Read

“S&P Lawsuit: Lessons From a Massive Screw-up,” Inc., February 6, 2013 Read

“Core Values: Three Ways to Cut the B.S.” Inc., January 29, 2013 Read

“Dell and Best Buy—Going Private Can Be Risky,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, January 16, 2013 Read

“Does It Matter If B-Schools Produce Narcissists?” Bloomberg/Businessweek, January 15, 2013 Read

“A Deadly Silicon Valley Habit: Chasing the Latest Fad,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, January 8, 2013 Read

“Wouldn’t it Be Nice If It Weren’t Always About—and Only About—the Money?” Bloomberg/Businessweek, January 2, 2013 Read

Jeffrey Pfeffer listed as one of the World’s Best B-School Professors by Poets & Quants, October 22, 2013. Read the article


“HP’s Lesson: Acquisitions, Outside Hires Rarely Work,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, November 27, 2012 Read

“Petraeus and the Rise of Narcissistic Leaders,” Harvard Business Review Blog Network, November 12, 2012 Read

“Don’t Waste Your Time Telling Employees How to Vote,” Harvard Business Review Blog Network, November 2, 2012 Read

“American Airlines Is on the Wrong Flight Path,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, May 9, 2012 Read

“Fixing the ‘Goldman Sachs’ Problem,” Bloomberg/Businessweek, March 14, 2012 Read


“Don’t Dismiss Office Politics—Teach It,” Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2011 Read

“CEOs Need Courage,” Harvard Business Review Blog, September 27, 2011 Read

“When Bad Things Happen, Tell Your Story,” CNBC, September 12, 2011 Read

“Trust the Evidence, Not Your Instincts,” New York Times, September 3, 2011 Read

“The U.S. has waged a war on jobs,” CNN Money, July 12, 2011 Read

“Power, Rule-Breaking, and Rebekah Brooks,” Harvard Business Review Blog, July 11, 2011 Read

“Good Leaders Acknowledge What Can’t Be Done,” Harvard Business Review Blog, June 28, 2011 Read

“Why Your Company Won’t Repay Your Favors,” BNET, June 21, 2011 Read

“What makes you different from Anthony Weiner,”  Washington Post, June 13, 2011 Read

“The ‘Tom Sawyer’ Strategy: How to Get Free Labor,” BNET, June 6, 2011 Read


“The Mark Hurd Saga and What it Teaches about Power,” Harvard Business Review Blog, August 10, 2010 Read

“Hurd Exits HP,” KQED Radio, August 10, 2010 Listen

“Women and the Uneasy Embrace of Power,”  Harvard Business Review Blog, August 4, 2010 Read

CNN Money Review, December 1, 2010 Read

“Power Play,” Harvard Business Review, July-August 2010 Issue Read

“Workplace Flexibility,” KQED Radio, April 2, 2010  Listen

The Las Vegas Business Press reviews Power Read

HBR Idea Cast with Jeffrey Pfeffer Listen

Podcast by John Davis and Michael Netzley discussing What Were They Thinking? Read

Coert Visser, a Netherland academic, interviews Jeffrey Pfeffer about “The Organization as a Prototype” Read

Fast Company article by Alan Webber on how to build a healthy workplace, “Danger:  Toxic Company” Read

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, “Three Myths of Management”Read

McKinsey Quarterly article on what comes after the corporation Read

Interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer in the magazine, Strategy + Business Read

Interview on evidence-based management in the Stanford alumni magazine Read

CBS 60 Minutes segment on SAS Institute, including interview with Pfeffer Read

Fast Company Alan Webber Interview on the Knowing-Doing Gap—Why Can’t We Get Anything Done? Read

BNET (CBS Interactive) blog postings.columns by Jeffrey Pfeffer Read

Social Innovation Conversations:  “Using Evidence in NonProfit Mangement” Read

Newsweek cover story on the case against layoffs Read

Washington Post blogs/columns for the On Leadership Panel Read

Guy Kawasaki interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer on What Were They Thinking? Read

Interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer on business education, “Can Business Schools Be Professional Schools?” Read

BNET radio interview about why conventional management wisdom is flawed Listen