Center for Effective Organizations

About CEO

Since its founding in 1979, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), at USC's Marshall School of Business, has been at the forefront of research on a broad range of organizational effectiveness issues. CEO's mission is to improve how effectively organizations are managed. It brings together researchers and executives to jointly explore critical organizational issues that involve the design and management of complex organizations. Its leading-edge research in the areas of organizational effectiveness and design has earned it an international reputation for research that influences management practice and makes important contributions to academic research and theory.

CEO works with companies to research and develop new knowledge on organizational effectiveness issues such as:

  • organizational development
  • organization design
  • organizational learning
  • organizational change
  • leadership development
  • corporate governance
  • strategic human capital management
  • reward systems
  • performance management
  • employee involvement
  • team designs and virtual work
  • knowledge management

By actively involving companies as research partners, CEO's research yields practical, data-based knowledge that enables companies to design and implement changes that improve their effectiveness and competitiveness. CEO's research is the foundation for its educational and certificate programs.

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Calendar of Events


Upcoming Webinars

September 1 - 9am-10am (PT)
Finding the Strategic Talent Pivot-Points
John Boudreau
Open to the public

September 22 - 9am-10am (PT)
Cutting Edge Performance Management: What Do We Know?
Ed Lawler and Gerry Ledford
Sponsors and HCEO only


CEO Awards

August 2, 2014
Academy of Management PTC Research Center Impact Award

November 6, 2008
National Academy of Human Resources Honored Organization