|Born||July 23, 1946|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||Webb School of California|
|Alma mater||Carnegie-Mellon University|
|Employer||Stanford Graduate School of Business|
Jeffrey Pfeffer (born July 23, 1946, St. Louis, Missouri) is an American business theorist and the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and is considered one of today's most influential management thinkers. Pfeffer strives to educate and inspire leaders to seek power through evidence-based management, the knowing-doing gap, high performance culture, and unconventional wisdom.
- 1978. The External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective. with Gerald R. Salancik. Harper & Row
- 1975. Organizational Design (A H M Publications, 1975)
- 1981. Power in Organizations (HarperCollins, 1981)
- 1982. Organizations and Organization Theory (HarperCollins, 1982)
- 1992. Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations (Harvard Business School Press, 1992)
- 1994. Competitive Advantage Through People: Unleashing the Power of the Work Force (Reed Business Information, 1994)
- 1997. New Directions for Organization Theory: Problems and Prospects (Oxford University Press USA, 1997)
- 1998. The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First (Harvard Business School Press, 1998)
- 2000. The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action. With Robert I. Sutton (Harvard Business School Press, 2000)
- 2000. Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People With Charles A. O'Reilly III (Harvard Business School Press, 2000)
- 2006. Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management With Robert I. Sutton (Harvard Business School Press, 2006)
- 2007. What Were They Thinking: Unconventional Wisdom About Management (Harvard Business School Press, 2007)
- 2010. Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't (HarperBusiness, 2010)
- 2015. Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time (HarperBusiness, 2015).
- Pfeffer, Jeffrey (2018). Dying for a Paycheck: Why the American Way of Business Is Injurious to People and Companies. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062800923. OCLC 1017972923.
Dying for a Paycheck. How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—and What We Can Do About It. by Jeffrey Pfeffer.
In one survey, 61 percent of employees said that workplace stress had made them sick and 7 percent said they had actually been hospitalized. Job stress costs US employers more than $300 billion annually and may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year. In China, 1 million people a year may be dying from overwork. People are literally dying for a paycheck. And it needs to stop.
In this timely, provocative book, Jeffrey Pfeffer contends that many modern management commonalities such as long work hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity are toxic to employees—hurting engagement, increasing turnover, and destroying people’s physical and emotional health—and also inimical to company performance. He argues that human sustainability should be as important as environmental stewardship.
You don’t have to do a physically dangerous job to confront a health-destroying, possibly life-threatening, workplace. Just ask the manager in a senior finance role whose immense workload, once handled by several employees, required frequent all-nighters—leading to alcohol and drug addiction. Or the dedicated news media producer whose commitment to getting the story resulted in a sixty-pound weight gain thanks to having no down time to eat properly or exercise. Or the marketing professional prescribed antidepressants a week after joining her employer.
In Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer marshals a vast trove of evidence and numerous examples from all over the world to expose the infuriating truth about modern work life: even as organizations allow management practices that literally sicken and kill their employees, those policies do not enhance productivity or the bottom line, thereby creating a lose-lose situation.
Exploring a range of important topics including layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, work hours, job autonomy, and why people remain in toxic environments, Pfeffer offers guidance and practical solutions all of us—employees, employers, and the government—can use to enhance workplace wellbeing. We must wake up to the dangers and enormous costs of today’s workplace, Pfeffer argues. Dying for a Paycheck is a clarion call for a social movement focused on human sustainability. Pfeffer makes clear that the environment we work in is just as important as the one we live in, and with this urgent book, he opens our eyes and shows how we can make our workplaces healthier and better.