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 other publications 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 of over 350 articles and 45 books. His most recent 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: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness (2006), America at Work (2006), and The New American Workplace (2006), Talent: Making People Your Competitive Advantage (2008), Useful Research: Advancing Theory and Practice (2011), Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness (2011), and Effective Human Resource Management: A Global Analysis (2012).

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, including the majority of the Fortune 100.