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Many workplace practices—long hours, work-family conflict, economic insecurity resulting from irregular hours and layoffs, an absence of job control, and a lack of social support—are as harmful to health and mortality as exposure to second-hand smoke, a known and regulated carcinogen.  We estimate the workplace to be responsible for about 120,000 excess deaths and $180 billion in excess costs annually in the United States, but workplace “exposures” afflict people all over the world.  For instance, overwork is estimated to account for somewhere between 600,000 and 1 million deaths annually in China.  Ironically, many of the practices that contribute to workplace-induced ill health do not benefit employers, either. 

While there has been increasing attention focused on environmental sustainability and measuring companies’ carbon footprints and recycling activities, little attention has been given to human sustainability and the implications for management practices.  We should be as concerned about people as we are about polar bears or endangered species.  Somewhat surprisingly, a single-item measure of self-reported health has prospective predictive power, which means that measuring company effects on human health is easily accomplished.

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Jeffrey Pfeffer (Stanford University), 2016’s Herbert Simon Award recipient visits Budapest and Rajk László College for Advanced Studies in May. The visit includes an award ceremony accompanied with a public lecture, and an intensive seminar for a small group of college members.


Dr. Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He taught at the University of Illinois and then at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1979 he has been a professor in Stanford. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and for the past 9 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona. The professor’s primary research field is organization theory, with a human resources and management focus.

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The Herbert Simon Award

The award has been founded in 2004 by Rajk László College for Advanced Studies. Members of the college honor those academics with the award, whose research has made an outstanding impact on solving economic and business problems and inspired the college members’ thinking and professional development. We aim to draw attention onto the Hungarian relevance of these world class researchers’ work.
It is the award’s mission to enrich the Hungarian academic thinking and discourse, and bring new theories and methodologies to Hungary. Former Herbert Simon awardees include James March (Stanford University) as the first recipient and Aswath Damodaran (NYU), Clayton M.Christensen (HBS) and Eric Brynjolffsson (MIT) in the last three years. This year’s awardee, Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, an expert of organizational behavior, visits us from Stanford.


Rajk Laszló College for Advanced Studies

Rajk László College for Advanced Studies is the first college of it’s own kind at the Corvinus University of Budapest, and in Hungary, as well.

A college for advanced studies is a friendly community, a study group and a student organization. Since the foundation of the college our primary goal is to help talented students, but the college means much more than that for those who live here. The college helps its members to develop their knowledge, to set their goals and to reach them. It also prepares them to face the challenges concerning the whole of Hungarian society.
Apart from talented students, the Rajk also attracts exceptional teachers, who consider it an honor to teach here. During our college courses, we get the chance to discuss and study the topics we are the most interested in, within small, 4-8 group of students. The Rajk is an independent, democratic organization that values creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and professional competences. We believe that the diversity of our community benefits our innovative spirit. During the 47 years of the existence of the Rajk, more than 700 students joined the Rajk Alumni.

Pfeffer says


  • 2005

    James G. March

  • 2006

    Henry Mintzberg

  • 2007

    Michael C. Jensen

  • 2008

    Robert M. Grant

  • 2009

    C. K. Prahalad

  • 2010

    Håkan Håkansson

  • 2011

    David Teece

  • 2012

    Pankaj Ghemawat

  • 2013

    Aswath Damodaran

  • 2014

    Calyton M. Christensen

  • 2015

    Eric Brynjolfsson

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