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Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld

  • Return to the Kingdom: Inside Robert Iger’s Restoration at Disney

    Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld provides an insider’s perspective on the move.

    Bob Chapek (left) and Robert Iger at Walt Disney World in 2019.
  • Don’t Expect Pollsters to Break Their Losing Streak

    Polls predicted a “red wave,” but Democrats held the Senate and fought to a near-draw in the House. Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that after a series of polling misses, it’s time to acknowledge the fundamental flaws in pollsters’ approach.

    Voters at a polling station at the Brooklyn Museum on November 8.
  • The Thinker at the Pentagon

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld remembers Ashton Carter, the scholar and diplomat who served as secretary of defense in the Obama administration.

    Ashton Carter, then secretary of defense, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2015.
  • The Good News You Aren’t Hearing about U.S. Energy Policy

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian write that energy industry analysts are getting it wrong about the Biden administration’s progress on energy independence and supply.

    Oils tanks in Carson, California, in 2020. 
  • Saudi Arabia’s Sabotage of the Economy Will Backfire

    With its surprise cut in oil production, write Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian and Congressman Ro Khanna LAW ’01, Saudi Arabia has chosen to side with the Russian war machine.

    Abdulaziz bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, speaks at a press conference on October 5 after an OPEC+ meeting.
  • Lessons on the Role of Business in Society, from a Timber Baron

    Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld remembers George Weyerhaeuser, who led his family’s timber business for decades. He died earlier this year at 95.

    George Weyerhaeuser with President Ronald Reagan
  • CEOs Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Politicians Who Cry ‘Woke’

    Stakeholder capitalism is not new, argues Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld. Despite political backlash against “woke” CEOS, today’s leaders need to account for the broad strategic environment in which their companies operate.

    View of a corporate headquarters.
  • Loopholes Persist in the Dragnet around Russia’s Economy

    Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian, who have been tracking companies’ disengagement from Russia, write that Asian airlines, European aviation giants, and sanctions evaders are gaming the system and gaining an advantage over their American competitors.

    An aircraft from the Russian carrier Aeroflot seen through a fence in a long-term parking area at Geneva Airport in March 2022.
  • The Myth of Putin as World Energy Czar Is Running Out of Gas

    Media commentary suggests that Russia is using its energy resources to hold the rest of the world hostage. To the contrary, write Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian, Russia’s actions have devastated its own economy and undermined its status as an energy exporter.

    A Gazprom employee at the Bovanenkovo gas field on the Yamal peninsula in the Arctic circle in 2019. 
  • Are the Companies That Promised Withdrawal from Russia Following Through?

    In some cases, those pledges have not been fully honored, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld’s team has found. He writes that boards play a key oversight role in ensuring that companies genuinely end their exposure.

    A pile of broken McDonald's signs