The Authors

Ed Lawler

Ed Lawler

Edward E. Lawler III

Ed Lawler is Distinguished Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

He joined USC in 1978 and during 1979, founded and became director of CEO.

Ed has consulted with over one hundred organizations on employee involvement, organizational change, and compensation and has been honored as a top contributor to the fields of organizational development, organizational behavior, corporate governance, and human resource management.

The author of over 350 articles and 43 books, his articles have appeared in leading academic journals as well as Fortune, Harvard Business Review and leading newspapers including USA Today and the Financial Times.

Lawler’s most recent books 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 (2006), America at Work (2006), and The New American Workplace (2006), Talent:  Making People Your Competitive Advantage (2008), and Achieving  Excellence in HR Management:  An Assessment of Human Resource Organizations (2009).  Go to Ed’s personal website,, or CEO’s website,, for more information.

Chris Worley

Chris Worley

Christopher G. Worley

Chris Worley is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is a recognized leader in the field of organization development.

Prior to coming to CEO, he was Director of the Master of Science in Organization (MSOD) program at Pepperdine University and remains a primary faculty member in that program. He was awarded the Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 1997. Prior to Pepperdine University, Dr. Worley taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of San Diego, University of Southern California, and Colorado State University.

Dr. Worley has co-authored over 30 books, chapters, and articles.  His most recent books, co-authored with Ed Lawler, are Management Reset and Built to Change.  He also authored Integrated Strategic Change: How OD Builds Competitive Advantage in Addison-Wesley’s OD Series, and with Tom Cummings has co-authored five editions of Organization Development and Change, the leading textbook on organization development.

His articles on strategic change and strategic organization design have appeared in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Organization Behavior, Sloan Management Review, and Organizational Dynamics.


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