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What I've Learned from Teaching about Power

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Tue, April 02, 2013
07:00PM - 09:30PM
Tivoli Sao Paulo-Mofarrej
Alameda Santos, 1437 - Cerqueira Cesar, Sao Paulo, Brazil 10036
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$35 USD per person
GSB Alumni Relations Office

This event has reached capacity.  Please send email to if you wish to be added to a waitlist or cancel your registration by Thursday, March 28.

GSB and SLS alumni, past participants of Executive Education, admitted students, and their guests are invited to an alumni reception and faculty presentation featuring Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organization Behavior. For the past 33 years Professor Pfeffer has taught, although not continuously, an elective class about power in organizations, in both public and private sectors. Here is what he learned:

  1. The biggest barrier to people’s obtaining power is their own inhibitions and reluctance to do what is required – we are our own worst enemy.
  2. Power remains, to use Harvard Professor Rosabeth Kanter’s phrase, “the organization’s last dirty secret”, a subject that makes people uncomfortable. This has become more true over time.
  3. The psychological dynamics of power are essentially the same both over time and even across cultures
  4. Much of what the leadership literature (and courses) teach about influence reflects hope rather than reality.

Join Professor Pfeffer for an evening with fellow alumni discussing these key learnings about power and influence.

Advanced registration is required by Thursday, March 28. 

There is no cost for admits to attend, but registration is required. To register for this event or register and pay for a guest, admits must contact the GSB Alumni Relations Office at +1-650-723-4046.

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