Edward E Lawler, director, Center for Effective Organizations and distinguished professor of business, University of Southern California


Edward E Lawler has been honoured as a top contributor to the fields of organisational development and behaviour, corporate governance, compensation and HR management. As well as being a director of research group the Center for Effective Organizations, he is the University of Southern California’s distinguished professor of business.

Edward E Lawler III is distinguished professor of business at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He joined USC in 1978 and during 1979, founded and became director of the University's Center for Effective Organizations (CEO). CEO has been recognized by Fortune and other publications as one of the country’s leading management research organizations.

Lawler has been honoured as a major contributor to theory, research, and practice in the fields of human resources management, compensation, organizational development, and organisational effectiveness.

BusinessWeek has proclaimed Lawler as one of the top six gurus in the field of management, and he has been on the HR Most Influential Thinkers list many times. Workforce magazine has identified him as one of the 25 visionaries who have shaped today’s workplace over the past century.

National television appearances include The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC. He is also a frequent speaker to executive and managerial audiences around the globe.

Lawler is the author of over 350 articles and 45 books. His most recent include Rewarding Excellence (2000), Corporate Boards: New Strategies for Adding Value at the Top (2001), Organizing for High Performance (2001), Treat People Right (2003), Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing (2004), Built to Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness (2006), America at Work (2006), and The New American Workplace (2006), Talent: Making People Your Competitive Advantage (2008), Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice (2011), Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness (2011), and Effective Human Resource Management: A Global Analysis (2012).

Professor Lawler is the recipient of many awards, including SHRM’s Michael R Losey Award for which he was the first recipient. He is also a consultant to many governments and corporations, including the majority of the Fortune 100. In 2016 he was presented with the HR Most Influential Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into its Hall of Fame.

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Talking talent

The adaptable organisation

Talking management with Ed Lawler: sustainable organisations

Management 3.0

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HR: from criticism to destruction

Designing high performing organisations

Rethinking employee turnover

Rethinking corporate purpose

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