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Issue 32 - 01 | The Upside of Assholes: Is there Virtue in Bad Workplace Behavior?

By Bob Sutton
Published March 7, 2007 9:42 a.m.
Bob Sutton employs his signature frankness to discuss whether the bad behavior of workplace bullies and jerks should be tolerated in the name of success. While referencing such famous assholes as Steve Jobs of Apple or Hall of Fame baseball player Ty Cobb, Sutton debates the value of getting results with a strategic temper tantrum.

About Bob Sutton | Robert Sutton, a professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford Engineering School, is the best selling author, with Jeffrey Pfeffer, of The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Firms Turn Knowledge Into Action and Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management. He is also the author of Weird Ideas that Work: 11 ½ Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation. In addition, he has consulted for and spoken at companies including Pepsi, Gap, General Motors, Motorola and Xerox, and shared his research and opinions on television and in publications nationwide. With a unique perspective and cutting edge ideas, Sutton is an exciting voice on the landscape of business thought.

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