Few people understand the value of a well-run business as well as Ed Lawler.
The Distinguished Professor of Business serves as founder/director of the USC Center for Effective Organizations, now in its 35th year and receiving recognition from the Academy of Management, a leading organization for management scholars and business school professors.
Lawler accepted the Research Center Impact Award earlier this month at the academy’s 74th annual meeting.
“We’ve really been blessed to have a terrific group of researchers over the last 35 years,” Lawler said. “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.”
Lawler was also presented with the Herbert Heneman Jr. Award for Career Achievement. The accolade honors a recipient’s excellence and 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 and The Huffington Post. 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 book, The Agility Factor: Building Adaptable Organizations for Superior Performance (his 48th), was released on Aug. 4.