University of Southern California

USC Marshall's Lawler Wins Top Research Award
First to Win Academy of Management's Two Highest Honors
July 30, 2007 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- USC Marshall School of Business professor Edward E. Lawler III has been named the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management.

"Ed is one of the true treasures here at USC Marshall, someone who brings together ground-breaking research, deep business experience and the ability to merge those two in compelling ways," said James G. Ellis, dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. "This award is welcome and important recognition for his great talent and many achievements in changing the way managers do their jobs in today's workplace."

The award is given for excellence in such areas as applying theory to practice, integrating research and practice and authoring scholarly works that affect the practice of management. According to the Academy, recipients can be executives, authors, academics or consultants, but "the emphasis in this award is on the practitioner-scholar whose sense of inquiry and pursuit of knowledge have risen above just doing to use practice-based learning to influence theory and research-based theory to influence practice."

Lawler, who is Distinguished Professor of Business and director of the Center for Effective Organizations at USC Marshall, is the fifth recipient of the award, to be presented at a luncheon during the Academy's annual meeting Aug. 7 in Philadelphia.

He is the first person to have received both major research awards from the Academy of Management. In 1995, he was given the Academy's Irwin Award, for historical scholarly contributions to management.

Lawler has written 38 books and more than 350 articles, in fields such as organizational development, human resources management, organizational behavior and compensation. His most recent books include "Achieving Strategic Excellence: An Assessment of Human Resource Organizations;" "Built to Change;" "The New American Workplace;" and "America at Work."

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