David L Bradford

Eugene D. O'Kelly II Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Emeritus

Director of the Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power

Director of the Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives Program

Phone: (650) 723-4918

Email: bradford_david@gsb.stanford.edu

Academic Areas: Organizational Behavior

Dr. Bradford's interests are in the areas of leadership, interpersonal influence, and executive teams. In all of these, he has focused on the question, "What does it take to achieve high performance?" The results have suggested that, especially in knowledge-based organizations, excellence is most likely when leaders build strong teams where the members' role is significantly expanded so that they share responsibility for the management of the unit (including making the core decisions jointly and holding each other accountable for performance). His recent work on influence has led to exploring the conditions for a "feedback rich organization" where team members, through a structured process, give each other face-to-face feedback to improve individual and team performance.

Bio

David Bradford is the Eugene O'Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership. He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to Stanford in 1969.

His research interests have led to five books, numerous articles, and three training programs on leadership, team performance, and the influence process. He also has consulted and conducted executive programs to a variety of organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Cisco Systems, Levi Strauss & Co., Roche Pharmaceutical, Raychem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In addition, Dr. Bradford has been involved with educational innovation at the college level. He was the founder of The Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and the first editor of their journal. He received the Exemplar of Excellence in Education award from The University of Phoenix. Dr. Bradford is on the editorial board of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, The Journal of Management Education, and The Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Academic Degrees

PhD, Univ. of Michigan, 1966; BA, Oberlin College, 1960.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 1969. Assistant Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin, 1966-69.

Selected Publications

  • Reinventing Organization Development: Pfeiffer, 2005
  • Influence Without Authority: Wiley, 2005
  • The Challenge of Teams: The Portable MBA, 2nd edition: Wiley, 2002
  • Power Up: Transforming Organizations Through Shared Responsibility Leadership: Wiley, 1998
  • Managing for Excellence: Wiley, 1984

Working Papers

  • Building a Feedback Rich Organization
  • Feedback at FiberTower
  • 1999: Leadership Excellence and the "Soft" Skills: Authenticity, Influence and Performance
  • 207: Four Types of Middle Class Communes

Selected Cases

  • OB17: Taking Control of New Job
  • L1A: Tank in the Bog (A)
  • L1B: Tank in the Bog (B)

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