Find books, articles, and papers by Stew Friedman and his colleagues on the Total Leadership program, on work/life integration, and on leadership development and succession. For more about our research go to the Work Life Integration Project.


Research on the Total Leadership program

2015. Empowering Individuals to Integrate Work and Life: Insights for Management Development.

With Alyssa Westring in Journal of Management Development, Vol. 34 (3): 299-315. (View)

2015. Helping Fathers Flourish in All Parts of Their Lives.

With Alyssa Westring and Kyle Thompson-Westra. Chapter in Flourishing In Life, Work and Careers Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary L. Cooper. (View)

2015.  Implications for the Revolution in Work and Family.

Chapter in Reinventing The Company in the Digital Age. (View)

2014. Work + Home + Community + Self.

Harvard Business Review, September Edition. (View) (Skills Assessment)

2008. Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life.

Harvard Business Review

Traditional thinking pits work and the rest of our lives against each other. But taking smart steps to integrate work, home, community, and self will make you a more productive leader and a more fulfilled person. (View)

2007. Learning leadership in an online community.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman describes how coaching, both in-person and virtual, in the Total Leadership program affects outcomes in all domains of life in this All-Academy symposium chaired by Ann Marie Ryan and Marilyn Huth on “Doing good”: How work-life research can create positive change.

2006. Experiments designed to increase business results by enriching lives.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman and Alyssa Friede Westring report their research on the nine different kinds of Total Leadership experiments in a symposium they co-chaired on Advances in leadership development: developing the leader as a whole person.

2006. Why not try it this way? Overcoming inhibition and choosing to lead in all domains of life.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman analyzes the challenges that Total Leadership program participants must overcome in order to create sustainable change in a symposium chaired by Stephen Poelmans: A decision-making perspective on the work-family interface.

2006. Learning to lead in all domains of life.

American Behavioral Scientist. Vol. 49, 1270-1297.

Stew Friedman describes the Total Leadership program in this special issue, edited by Diane Halpern Heidi Riggio on changes at the intersection of work and family.

Research on integrating work and the rest of life

2013. Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family.

Wharton Digital Press

2003. The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees.

Academy of Management Executive. Vol 17 (3), 87-98.

Stew Friedman and Sharon Lobel describe what it takes for executives to executives to lead organizations that embrace the whole person.

2001. Mommy track backlash.

Harvard Business Review, March. (View)

HBR case study on a managerial dilemma concerning work/family policy, with implications beyond parental leave. Stew Friedman is one of four commentators on the situation faced in the case.

2000. Work and Family — Allies or Enemies? What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices

Oxford University Press.

Stew Friedman and Jeff Greenhaus published this highly readable research-based story about the lives and careers of over 800 business professionals. They summarize their findings in these six themes:

  • We can have (much of) it all, but it’s especially tough for working mothers.
  • Work and family can be allies.
  • Time is not the major problem.
  • Authority on the job is essential for work-family integration.
  • Women may be better adapted for the jobs of the future.
  • Kids are the unseen stakeholders at work.
2000. Private sector initiatives in caring for the young children of working parents.

Wharton School Impact Conference: Caring for the Young Children of Working Parents.

Stew Friedman and Ellen Galinsky report findings on a survey they conducted to see how representatives of leading companies assess their progress and chart their future for supporting the working parents of young children.

1999. Children: the unseen stakeholders at work.

Business and Society Review. (View)

Presented at Wharton’s Zicklin Conference, this article explains the benefits of work/life integration for the world’s future leaders: children. It is based on research reported in Work and Families — Allies or Enemies?

1998. Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game.

Harvard Business Review. November-December. (View)

Stew Friedman, Perry Christensen, and Jessica DeGroot describe how a growing number of managers are approaching work/life challenges in new ways, with tangible payoffs both for organizations and for employees.

1998. What matters most: alternative work arrangements and changing definitions of professional and managerial work.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman discussed the implications for management research and education of a set of papers on alternative work arrangements presented in a panel convened by Shelley MacDermid and Mary Dean Lee.

1996. What do we really know about this issue?

Family Reunion V: Family and Work Expert’s Forum.

Stew Friedman presented his research, in a panel moderated by Vice President Al Gore in Nashville, on the impact of work on family — in particular children — and implications for both business and society. Friedman was a member of the 8-person task force selected to work directly with Vice President Gore on the design of this national conference.

1996. Work and family conflict: is time the problem?

Work-Family Leadership Council of the Conference Board.

Stew Friedman presented early findings from Work and Family — Allies or Enemies? to this leading group of work/life professionals as well as to the Penn Trustee’s Council of Penn Women, and the 1996 University of Cincinnati Conference on the Agenda for the 21st Century Labor Force: Implications of Changing Family Structure, Diversity and Jobs.

1996. Jolted by Gabriel: How becoming a father changed my career.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman reflected on some of the changes that occurred in his career and professional life when he became a parent. Five ways in which one’s career is affected by parenthood are described in this panel convened by Ellen Kossek and K. K. Yakura, Punctuated equilibria and work/life jolts in scholarly worlds.

1989. Consequences of career transitions for executives and their spouses.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman presented this paper, co-authored with Hallie Friedman, on their research about perceptions of self, environment, and work/family conflict, drawing on data collected from executives and their spouses.

Research on leadership development and succession

1995. Four ways to choose a CEO: coup d’etat, crown heir, horse race, and comprehensive search.

Human Resource Management. Vol. 34, 141-164.

Stew Friedman and Paul Olk present a conceptual framework that identifies four kinds of CEO succession processes, distinguished according to two key factors: political dynamics and candidate search. The response of organizational stakeholders to CEO successions reflects how the politics and the search are managed, which can affect a new CEO’s capacity for exercising effective leadership.

1991. Organizational performance and CEO successor type.

Eastern Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman and Paul Olk describe their research revealing the significance of technical background of successor CEOs (in relation to predecessor background) on organizational performance.

1991. Sibling rivalry and intergenerational succession in family firms.

Family Business Review. Vol. 4, 3-20.

Stew Friedman shows how sibling relationships can turn into rivalries that destroy family firms. Clinical and theoretical research on families, organizations, and conflict resolution are drawn on to develop intervention strategies aimed at helping family firm members both increase awareness about forces that sustain destructive sibling conflicts and find ways of working through them.

1991. A leader’s wake: organization member reactions to CEO succession.

Journal of Management. Vol. 17, 619-642.

Stew Friedman and Kathleen Saul report findings on the reactions of people inside organizations to different kinds of CEO succession events.

1991. Why hire from within? Causes and consequences of internal promotion systems.

Academy of Management Meetings.

Stew Friedman presents the results of his empirical study of internal promotion systems (IPSs) for executives in large corporations, considering the causes and the consequences of IPSs for executives.

1990. Succession systems in the public sector: Lessons from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Public Personnel Management. Vol. 19, 291-303.

Stew Friedman describes how the leader of this corrections department manages the process of developing and selecting executives.

1989. CEO succession and stockholder reaction: the influence of organizational context and event content.

Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 32, 718-744.

Stew Friedman and Harbir Singh report how the stock market responds to different kinds of succession events and draw inferences about whether and how CEO succession influences organizational change.

1987. Leadership Succession

Transaction Books

Stew Friedman edited this collection of theoretical and empirical articles about how succession is managed in large organizations.

1986. Succession systems in large corporations: characteristics and correlates of performance.

Human Resource Management. Vol. 25, 191-213.

Stew Friedman characterizes succession systems in large corporations and examines relationships between succession system characteristics and organization-level performance. His results show that high and low performing firms differ with respect to how they manage their succession systems and he offers six keys for how to manage them well.

1985. Center for Career Research and Human Resource Management, Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Leadership succession systems and corporate performance.

Research report by Stew Friedman on his study of 235 Fortune 500 firms.

1984. Strategic Human Resource Management.

In this collection of theory and cases, edited by Charles Fombrun, Mary Anne Devanna, and Noel Tichy, Stew Friedman and his colleagues present illustrations of the design of strategic human resource management (HRM) systems.

  • Honeywell Inc., Aerospace and Defense Business.
  • General Electric Company. Traces the evolution of the Executive Management Staff and of executive development at GE.
  • Friedman describes key principles guiding GE’s executive development practices.