First-Person

Scott Adams

Scott Adams
MBA 86

Creator of Dilbert

Scott Adams has built his personal empire on the back of the long-suffering Dilbert, a character who has experienced every fad ever to worm its way into corporate culture. The Dilbert comic strip and the businesses that Adams has built from it were born while Adams was still employed as an engineer at Pacific Bell. He wrote the Dilbert strip in his spare time, and it took being downsized in 1995 to motivate Adams to make it his full-time occupation. He has gone on to build a business empire that now includes the comic strip, which appears in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries; merchandise based on the strip; and 22 Dilbert books with over 10 million copies in print.

Adams' recent book, Dilbert and the Way of Weasel, explores what Adams calls the weasel zone, which he defines as the "gigantic gray area between ethical behavior and outright felonious activities." Two of Adams' previous books, The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, were #1 New York Times bestsellers. The Dilbert Principle even made its way into the curriculum at the Haas School.

In addition to his Dilbert-related businesses, Adams is co-owner of Stacey's Café in downtown Pleasanton, California.

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