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Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld

  • We Put Aside the Hype and Asked CEOs What They’re Actually Planning for AI

    The headlines are full of grand and sometimes terrifying speculation about the potential of artificial intelligence. At Yale SOM’s CEO Summit recently, Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld asked business leaders for some real talk about how their companies are using the technology.

    An abstract photo of an office building
  • The Business of ‘Anti-Woke’ Is Falling Flat

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that the exchange-traded funds that boycott companies taking action on social issues are underperforming the market and struggling to find investors.

    Vivek Ramaswamy at the Vision 2024 National Conservative Forum in Charleston, South Carolina, in March 2023. 
  • It’s Time to Disentangle from China

    As the risks of dependence on China become more apparent, a few companies are diversifying their supply chains. But inertia and short-term thinking are keeping many companies tethered to markets and suppliers in the world’s second-largest economy, write Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian and investor Kyle Bass.

    The Zhongfu Shenying Carbon Fiber Company in Xining, China
  • Why Connecticut’s Investments Are Underperforming

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian and their team found that Connecticut’s return on its pension fund investments is among the worst in the nation. Their analysis of all 50 states offers some avenues for improvement.

    The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford with dark clouds in the sky
  • Is It Smart to Be a ‘Stupid Genius’ Like Elon Musk?

    Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld asks if the CEO’s eccentricities and forgotten promises are undermining his leadership of Twitter, Tesla, and SpaceX.

    Elon Musk carrying a sink through Twitter headquarters
  • Cynicism and Ageism Are Drowning Out Biden’s Accomplishments as He Seeks Second Term

    Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that cynical media coverage and unwarranted concern over Biden’s age have muted the remarkable achievements of his first term.

    President Joe Biden speaking at an event
  • The Dominion Settlement Is Just the Beginning of Fox’s Nightmare

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that the historic settlement and the revelations that preceded it have left Fox Corporation damaged and vulnerable to additional litigation.

    A sign reading "How do you Fox News?"
  • Remembering Oz Nelson, Who Reinvented UPS

    In the 1990s, Nelson modernized the shipping company and gave it a new focus on the customer. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld remembers the former CEO, who died on April 6.

    Oz Nelson in his office
  • How Disney’s Bob Iger Outmaneuvered Ron DeSantis

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld writes that Iger offered a master class in standing up to bullies when he undercut the Florida governor’s attempt to impose new oversight on Walt Disney World.

    Robert Iger with Mickey Mouse at an event
  • Just Say No to Handing Putin Control of the UN Security Council

    Russia is slated to assume the presidency of the UN Security Council on April 1. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former ambassador Jon Huntsman write that the U.S. must exercise its rarely-used veto powers to prevent Russia from using the role to whitewash its invasion of Ukraine.

    Vladimir Putin speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.