Robert Sutton

Robert I. Sutton is professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, where he co-founded the Center for Work Technology and Organizations, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and Institute of Design (“the”). He studies innovation, leadership, the links between knowledge and action, workplace civility, and scaling excellence.

He has published over 100 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. Sutton’s books include The Knowing-Doing Gap (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), Weird Ideas that Work, and two New York Times bestsellers, The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss. His latest book is the Wall Street Journal bestseller Scaling-Up Excellence (with Huggy Rao).

Sutton is a Fellow at IDEO and co-founder and director of three Stanford executive education programs: Leadership for Strategic Execution, Customer-Focused Innovation, and the new online program Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate. Sutton was named as one of 10 “B-School All-Stars” by BusinessWeek, which they described as “professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking far beyond academia.”

The London Business School selected Sutton for the Sumantra Ghoshal Award “for rigour and relevance in the study of management.” He blogs at Work Matters and as a LinkedIn Influencer. Follow Sutton @work_matters on Twitter.