Edward Lawler

An expert on management, employee motivation and executive compensation

Distinguished Research Professor of Business

Distinguished Professor of Management and Organization

Director, USC's Center for Effective Organizations

USC Marshall School of Business


  • labor unions
  • high-performance work organizations
  • pay and human resource management
  • motivation and rewards
  • large-scale organizational change
  • corporate board effectiveness
  • strategic pay – using pay to reinforce behavior that best serves a company’s business strategy
  • achieving maximum organizational effectiveness through employee involvement
  • managing the change toward a high-performance organization
  • paying the person, not the job – basing pay on quality of performance and strategic objectives, rather than job categories and industry pay rates
  • human resources management

Additional Information

  • Author/co-author of more than 30 books, including Human Resource Business Process Outsourcing (2004), Treat People Right!: How Organizations and Employees Can Create a Win/Win Relationship to Achieve High Performance at All Levels (2003), Rewarding Excellence: Pay Strategies for the New Economy (2000), Strategies for High Performance Organizations (1998),
    From the Ground Up: Six Principles for Creating the New Logic Corporation (1996), Organizing for the Future (1993), Employer Involvement and Total Quality Management (1992) and The Ultimate Advantage: Creating the High-Involvement Organization (1992)
  • Fellow, Academy of Management, Association for Quality and Participation; National Academy of Human Resources; World Academy of Productivity Science
  • Recipient, Academy of Management’s career research award (1995)
  • One of the nation’s top 10 leaders in management and organizational behavior

Photo Downloads


  • Ed Lawler Talks With Karl Moore of the Globe & Mail
  • Talking Management with Ed Lawler
  • USC Ed Lawler Interview: Talent

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