University of Southern California

CEO Director Wins Highest Accolades
Leading Organizational Expert Honored by Academy of Management
July 31, 2014 • by News at Marshall

Few people understand the value of a well-run business as well as Ed Lawler. The distinguished professor of business and founder/director of the USC Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) has made it his life’s work to examine the intersection of management theory and practice. When he founded the CEO in 1979, he intended to create a unique hybrid – a think tank and a research center. He was convinced that theory and research could indeed help businesses optimize their efficiencies in practice. Today the CEO is not only the longest running center of its kind; it is also recognized as a leading management research organization, attracting top scholars and key business partners from around the globe.

Now in its 35th year, the CEO is being recognized by the Academy of Management (AOM), the largest professional organization for management scholars and business school professors in the world, for its wide-reaching accomplishments.

Lawler will be in Philadelphia along with his colleague Christopher G. Worley, a senior research scientist, to accept the Research Center Impact Award, given by the Practice Theme Committee, at AOM’s 74th annual meeting on Aug. 1-5.

“We’ve really been blessed to have a terrific group of researchers over the last 35 years of the center,” said Lawler. “This is a collective award that shows our research –based approach can and does provide information that can help make organizations more effective. This is what our center was founded to do, and we can be very proud of what we’ve been accomplishing.”

While in Philadelphia, Lawler will also be presented with The Herbert Heneman Jr. Award for Career Achievement, awarded by the Human Resources Division of the AOM. This award honors a recipient’s long years of excellence (25 years-plus is one criterion) and demonstrated impact in the field of human resources management.

Lawler is the author or co-author of nearly 50 books and hundreds of articles for scholarly journals and mainstream business publications. He is a regular blogger for Forbes, The Huffington Post and the Conference Board. Business Week named him one of the “Top Six Gurus” in the field of management, and Workforce Magazine identified him as one of the 25 visionaries who have shaped today’s workplace over the past century.

“For the last 35 years, I’ve been organizing and managing a center while conducting research – which, of course, ties into the center,” he said. It’s an honor to be recognized for this by my peers.” Lawler’s latest work, The Agility Factor: Building Adaptable Organizations for Superior Performance (his 48th book), was released on Aug. 4.


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