John Roberts

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford University

John Roberts’ teaching and research involve the application of economic and strategic (game-theoretic) analysis to management problems. His specific areas of current interest involve international business, the organization of the firm, and the connection between strategy and organization. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1980, when he joined the GSB from Northwestern University.

Vote History

Statement Vote Confidence Comments
The Business Roundtable’s new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation indicates a shift away from shareholder value maximization as the sole purpose of the corporation and toward a broader view of value creation.
This shift will have material impact on the well-being of U.S. workers.
Disagree 5
In the next decade, we will see the first sustainably profitable private commercial activities in space. John Roberts 5 “Although private enterprise is asking [for] real strides in space, the technological problems are immense. We are talking about unmanned satellites.”
Introducing 5G networks 3-5 years ahead of other countries will give Chinese firms an advantage. Agree 5
A hard Brexit will have a significant negative impact on many businesses, even if they do not have a U.K. or European presence. Agree 5
China is no longer the most attractive growth opportunity for Western multinationals. Neither Agree nor Disagree 2
In the next five years, the blockchain will have a transformative effect on finance in emerging markets. Neither Agree nor Disagree 1 “I know nothing about blockchain.”
In the absence of a carbon tax, industry self-regulation can help mitigate the worst fallout from climate change. Disagree 9 “The issue is not ‘can,’ which is barely plausible, but ‘will,’ which seems beyond belief.”
Amazon’s new $15 per hour minimum wage will force other companies to follow suit. Disagree 6 “Amazon is active in too few local labor markets to have a big impact.”
Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas. Agree 8 “The complication is Trump’s tariffs. Otherwise, it is virtual certainty…”
Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable. Neither Agree nor Disagree 6 “Other companies can do it instead.”
A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers. Neither Agree nor Disagree 5
Concern over consumer privacy will fundamentally limit businesses’ ability to use big data. Agree 5