Edward Lawler


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 Business Week as one of the country’s leading management research organizations.

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

BusinessWeek has proclaimed Lawler as one of the top six gurus in the field of management, and Human Resource Executive has called him one of HR’s most influential people. Workforce magazine has identified him as one of the twenty-five 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.

Professor Lawler is the author and co-author of over 450 articles and 52 books. His books include Rewarding Excellence (Jossey-Bass, 2000), Corporate Boards: New Strategies for Adding Value at the Top (Jossey-Bass, 2001), Organizing for High Performance (Jossey-Bass, 2001), Treat People Right (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing (Jossey-Bass, 2004), Built to Change (Jossey-Bass, 2006), The New American Workplace (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006), America at Work (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006), Talent: Making People Your Competitive Advantage (Jossey-Bass, 2008), Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice (Berrett-Koehler, 2011), Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness (Jossey-Bass, 2011), Effective Human Resource Management: A Global Analysis (Stanford University Press, 2012), The Agility Factor (2014), Global Trends in Human Resource Management: A Twenty-Year Analysis (Stanford University Press, 2015), Corporate Stewardship: Achieving Sustainable Effectiveness (Greenleaf Publishing, 2015), Reinventing Talent Management: Principles and Practices for the New World of Work (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), and Human Resource Excellence: An Assessment of Strategies and Trends (Stanford University Press, 2018).

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.