Robert Sutton Biography, Coauthor of Scaling up Excellence

As a Stanford professor, Robert Sutton specializes in teaching management science and engineering and organizational behavior at Stanford university. Since 1983, Sutton has been keeping students’ attention through his many classes involving the psychology of business and management. Sutton helped to co-found the Center for Work, Technology, and organization and co-directed it up until 2006. Sutton also co-founded the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Along with Huggy Rao of the Stanford Business School, the duo managed to launch a design project known as the Designing Organizational Change Project. This project is hosted by the university’s Technology Ventures Program.

Bob Sutton

Robert Sutton focuses his teachings on workplace dynamics, organization action and managerial knowledge, leadership, innovation, and scaling excellence. 

Sutton has more than 100 chapters and articles that cover the above topics that are reviewed by peers within popular press and journals. A few of the books Sutton has authored have included Bad Boss: How to Be the Best, Weird Ideas That Work: 11 ½ Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, Survive the Worst, The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Firms Turn Knowledge into Action (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), Profiting from Evidence-Based Management (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), and  Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: 

The latest bestseller book that Sutton has written is Scaling-Up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less (with Huggy Rao),His latest book, published in 2017 is known as The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt, 

Robert Sutton In the Media

The opinions and research that Robert Sutton provides are commonly published  and quoted within the media and can be seen in the Washington Post, The London Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Wired, Esquire. The Boston Globe, Vanity Fair, and  Besides the media publishings, Sutton has been seen on several major news channels such as NBC, ABC, CNBC, and CNN. Besides the major news outlets, several podcasts have also interviewed Sutton.

Bob Sutton Academic Honors

Robert Sutton has obtained many academic honors throughout his career and involve the following:

1989 Award for best published paper within the Academy of Management Journal.

2002 Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching

2005 Award for the best published article by the Academy of Management Review

Books that were recognized include his 2006 book called Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense. This book was recounted as describing influential professors who think beyond academics. Shortly after, Sutton was honored by the London Business School by presenting him with an Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigor and Relevance in the Study of Management. Robert Sutton  is an IDEO Fellow, academic director for a couple of Stanford executive education programs known as Customer-focused, Innovation and the online Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate , and Senior Scientist at Gallup.You can access his website at as well as read a great blog post at the Harvard Business Review. He also coauthored Scaling up Excellence.

Current Appointments Academically

  • Professor of Organizational Behavior
  • Professor of Management Science and Engineering

Education Achievement

  • 1984 PhD from Michigan