Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management

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Jeffrey Sonnenfeld served as full tenured professor at Emory's Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade, and is currently the senior associate dean of executive programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance. 

Professor Sonnenfeld's related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management such as Administrative Sciences Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Social Forces, Human Relations, and Human Resource Management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.

At the same time, his work is regularly cited by the general media in such outlets as: BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, CBS (60 Minutes), NBC (The Today Show), ABC (Nightline, Good Morning America), CNN, and Fox News, as well as PBS, where he is a regular commentator, and CNBC, where he is a regular commentator. BusinessWeek listed Sonnenfeld as one of the world’s 10 most influential business school professors and Directorship magazine has listed him among the 100 most influential figures in corporate governance. He is the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

Education

  • DBA, Harvard University
  • MBA, Harvard University
  • AB, Harvard University

Courses

Careers
MGT 407
Strategic Leadership Across Sectors
MGT 623
Leadership & Life Stage
MGT 417

Publications

Selected Books

J. A. Sonnenfeld and A. Ward
Harvard Business Press
2007
R. Gandossy and J. Sonnenfeld
Wiley
2004
J. Sonnenfeld
Oxford University Press, USA
1988
J. A. Sonnenfeld
Oxford University Press
1988
The hero's farewell: What happens when chief executives retire
J. Sonnenfeld
New York: Oxford University Press
1988

Selected Articles

Value congruence and charismatic leadership in CEO top manager relationships: An empirical investigation
S. Hayibor, B. R. Agle, G. J. Sears, J. A. Sonnenfeld and A. Ward
Journal of business ethics
2011
J. Sonnenfeld and A. Ward
Organizational Dynamics
2008
Relational ties that bind: Leader-follower relationship dimensions and charismatic attribution
S. M. Campbell, A. J. Ward, J. A. Sonnenfeld and B. R. Agle
The Leadership Quarterly
2008
M. J. Lankau, A. Ward, A. Amason, T. Ng, J. A. Sonnenfeld and B. R. Agle
Journal of Managerial issues
2007

Achievements

Business Week’s Ten Most Influential Business School Professors
Rang Opening Bell of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange,
2006, 2008
Rang Opening Bell of the New York Stock Exchange Directorship Magazine’s 100 most Influential Figures in Corporate Governance
2007, 2008
Academy of Management Award for the Best Article of 2005 Stand Out New Management Book of the Year
Business Week
Outstanding Contributions to Executive Education
The American Society of Training and Development
Outstanding Educator Award
Emory University
Distinguished Innovation in US Management Education
Sacred Heart University and Connecticut Governor John Rowland
Outstanding Research in Social Issues
Academy of Management
AT&T Prize for Research in Social Issues
Dissertation of the Year in Social Issues
Academy of Management
The Governor's Personnel Oversight Commission
State of Georgia

Editorships

Academy of Management Journal
Editorship
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Editorship
Journal of Human Resource Management
Editorship
Organizational Dynamics
Editorship