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Published by: Stanford Business School
Originally published in: 2000
Version: 21 August 2006

Abstract

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld was a professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He was a 'star' at Emory and was extremely popular with the students. He was also extremely successful at raising funds for Emory's Center for Leadership and Career Studies. He had close relationships with some of the most powerful chief executive officers (CEOs) and business leaders in the country who regularly attended the center for conferences that he led. It was common knowledge that Sonnenfeld had conflicts with the dean of the business school and the dean of the entire university. Sonnenfeld was caught on video camera jumping up and down in the business school hallways and potentially scraping the walls. The university fired him and interfered with his outstanding offer to head up Georgia Tech's business school. Sonnenfeld's reputation was ruined and he was out of his current job. Furthermore, his career was potentially ruined.
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Abstract

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld was a professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. He was a 'star' at Emory and was extremely popular with the students. He was also extremely successful at raising funds for Emory's Center for Leadership and Career Studies. He had close relationships with some of the most powerful chief executive officers (CEOs) and business leaders in the country who regularly attended the center for conferences that he led. It was common knowledge that Sonnenfeld had conflicts with the dean of the business school and the dean of the entire university. Sonnenfeld was caught on video camera jumping up and down in the business school hallways and potentially scraping the walls. The university fired him and interfered with his outstanding offer to head up Georgia Tech's business school. Sonnenfeld's reputation was ruined and he was out of his current job. Furthermore, his career was potentially ruined.

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