Robert I. Sutton

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Robert Sutton at a San Francisco event, March 2014

Robert I. Sutton (born 1954 in Chicago) is Professor of Management science at the Stanford Engineering School and researcher in the field of Evidence-based management.

Sutton is also a best-selling author and speaker.

Sutton received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and has served on the Stanford faculty since 1983. He has taught at the Haas Business School and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences during the 1986-87, 1994–95, and 2002–03 academic years. Nowadays he is an IDEO Fellow and a Professor of Organizational Behavior, by courtesy, at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sutton (right) at a book promotion event in San Francisco, March 2014.


  • 2000. The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Firms Turn Knowledge Into Action with Jeffrey Pfeffer, Harvard Business School Press
  • 2002. Weird Ideas That Work: 11 ½ Practices for Promoting, Managing, and Sustaining Innovation. The Free Press
  • 2006. Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management, with Jeffrey Pfeffer, Harvard Business School Press
  • 2007. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't, Warner
  • 2010. Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be The Best...And Learn From The Worst, Warner
  • 2014. Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less with Huggy Rao, Crown Business
  • 2017. The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt, Penguin


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