The Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) is a research center in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Founded in 1979, it is the original research center of its type.

CEO has a national and international reputation for action research on a wide range of organizational effectiveness issues. It does research that actively involves corporations in researching and developing new knowledge about how organizations can be more effective and competitive. It is also widely recognized for its outstanding executive education programs in human resources management.

Sponsor Network

CEO's corporate sponsor network is comprised of 60 leading corporations that provide financial support to the Center. These corporations also provide research locations and participate in the educational programs that are offered by the Center. An advisory board made up of representatives from the CEO corporate sponsor network provides overall direction and guidance to the Center.

Center Research

Pioneering research in the areas of compensation, performance management, employee involvement, organization change and design, organizational learning, and work teams has positioned CEO as a leading authority in these fields and given them the ability to inform and influence corporate practices.

CEO has been regularly mentioned in published listings of university-based research centers as one of the top three organizational effectiveness research centers in the United States. Fortune magazine recently mentioned CEO as one of the major sources of research information on U.S. industrial competitiveness.

CEO research findings have been published in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, Human Relations, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. CEO research findings have been reported and quoted in many leading business and popular publications including Business Week, Fortune, Industry Week, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. They have also been featured on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC.

CEO research scientists are leading members in their respective fields and have been honored by the Academy of Management, the American Compensation Association, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and other national and international professional associations.

Center Seminars and Publications

CEO conducts an annual seminar for human resource executives and periodically conducts conferences on topics of special interest.

The Center maintains a publication series containing over 400 articles written by members of the Center and affiliated faculty. Since the creation of the Center, its research scientists have published over thirty books, over 500 articles and book chapters, and given many speeches to management and academic audiences around the world.

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