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Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Stanford Business Professor, World Renowned Management, Leadership and HR Scholar

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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Dr. 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 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 9 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona.

Jeffrey Pfeffer has published extensively in the fields of organization theory and human resource management. His research focuses on the relationship between time and money, power and leadership in organizations, economics language and assumptions and their effects on management practice, how social science theories become self-fulfilling, barriers to turning knowledge into action and how to overcome them, and evidence-based management and what it is, barriers to its use, and how to implement it.

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the author or co-author of over a dozen books including The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People FirstManaging with Power: Politics and Influence in OrganizationsThe Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into ActionHidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary PeopleHard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management, and What Were They Thinking? Unconventional Wisdom About Management, a collection of 27 essays about management topics, as well as more than 150 articles and book chapters.

Pfeffer currently serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit Quantum Leap Healthcare.  In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix, Unicru, and Workstream, all human capital software companies, Audible Magic, an internet company, SonoSite, a company designing and manufacturing portable ultrasound machines, and the San Francisco Playhouse, a non-profit theater.

More About Jeffrey Pfeffer . . . 

Pfeffer has presented seminars in 38 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States.

Jeffrey Pfeffer has won the Richard I. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books.  He is listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50, and 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.

Testimonials 5

  • Jeff Pfeffer was the opening keynoter at the 2006 HR Technology® Conference speaking about his earlier book, Hard Facts, on evidence-based management. The audience of nearly 1,000 senior HR executives loved his humor and his insights, formally evaluating him at 4.75 out of 5. I guess that’s an “A” in his world.”

    Bill Kutik

    Co-chair HR Technology™ Conference & Expo

  • “Jeff has a natural, conversational style which combined with his command of the subject and marketing sense result in entertaining and informative presentations.”

    Shanda Bahles

    Former Managing Partner of El Dorado Ventures

  • “Jeff Pfeffer is the rarest of creatures in the world of business thought leaders: he is substantial and entertaining. There are countless professional business edutainers completely lacking in substance. And there are thousands of business academics who do rigorous research but put audiences to sleep. Jeff is one of a handful that combines deep and rigorous research with a delivery that inspires and holds an audience.”

    Roger Martin

    Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, author, and a former partner of Monitor, the strategy consulting firm.

  • “Pfeffer’s insightful stories and innovative strategies surrounding organizational behavior are among the best that are available today. Whether you are trying to improve performance, realize the untapped potential of your employees, or drive customer-centricity throughout your company, Jeff’s fresh and irreverent perspectives are sure to help you move the needle”.

    Andrew Salzman

    Chief Marketing Officer, Saba Software

  • “I have known Pfeffer for a number of years and used him at a number of different forums at Hewitt. He has helped us develop emerging leaders and to facilitate discussion at meeting with our top clients. We have also asked Jeff to advice us on some fairly significant global research projects. I have always found his writing to be thoughtful and provocative and have found discussions with him in a variety of settings to be just as stimulating. He is invariably compelling and engaging and brings an energy and enthusiasm for ideas that is unparalleled in our field.”

    Bob Gandossy

    Hewitt’s Global Practice Leader for Talent, Engagement, and Leadership

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