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Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D.

Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D., is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He has taught classes on the psychology of business and management at Stanford since 1983. Dr. Sutton is co-founder of the Center for Work, Technology & Organization, which he co-directed from 1996 to 2006. He is also co-founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as "the"). Dr. Sutton and Stanford colleague Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao, Ph.D., are launching the Project on Designing Organizational Change, an effort within STVP to develop evidence-based and practical ways to bring about constructive change in leaders, teams and organizations. In his role as a Senior Scientist, Dr. Sutton advises Gallup on performance management in the workplace.

Dr. Sutton's studies include innovation, leadership, the links between managerial knowledge and organizational action, scaling excellence and workplace dynamics. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. Dr. Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D., are authors of The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action and Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management. Dr. Sutton's books, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't and Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best … and Learn From the Worst, were New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His latest book, written with Dr. Rao, is Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less. It was a Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller and was selected as one of the best business books of the year by Amazon, the Financial Times, Inc. magazine, The Globe and Mail and Library Journal.

Dr. Sutton's honors include awards for the best paper published in the Academy of Management Journal in 1989 and the best article published in the Academy of Management Review in 2005; the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching; and selection by Business 2.0 as a leading "management guru" in 2002. He was selected by the London Business School for the 2014 Sumantra Ghoshal Award for "rigour and relevance in the study of management." The American Management Association selected Dr. Sutton as one of the top 30 leaders who most influenced business in 2014, ranking him 10th on their list. He serves as a fellow at IDEO and as an academic director of three Stanford executive education programs: Leadership for Strategic Execution, Customer-Focused Innovation and the online Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Dr. Sutton's personal blog is Work Matters at He also blogs at Harvard Business Review and as an "influencer" on LinkedIn. Dr. Sutton tweets @work_matters.

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