Research and Insights Archive

Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations

HR’s Role in Corporate Stewardship, 2/08/16

What is required for corporations to become stewards of the future and how can HR contribute? This webinar with Sue Mohrman and Ed Lawler presents the best thinking and knowledge from scholars who have been at the forefront of studying and working with leading edge corporations and other stakeholders.

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Corporate Stewardship: Achieving Sustainable Effectiveness

Corporate Stewardship: Achieving Sustainable Effectiveness

Stewardship entails a profound understanding and acceptance of the organization’s interdependence with the societal and ecological contexts in which it operates and becoming a force for building a viable future. Susan Albers Mohrman, James O’Toole, Edward E. Lawler, III show why the forward-looking practices of these corporations are important first steps, but insufficient departures from business as usual to keep pace with the growing problems facing the world.

Top-down, bottom-up, outside-in, and from the middle out: Where traditional change processes fall short, 12/12/14, recording/slides

Eric Severson, Senior Vice President, Global Talent Solutions at Gap, Inc., talked about the integration of the many vectors of change that have been simultaneously unfolding as Gap Inc. has worked to achieve sustainable effectiveness as defined by business/financial and market success, meeting the needs of today’s global workforce, and pursuing world-leading corporate responsibility.

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The Crucial-and Underappreciated-Role of HR in Sustainability

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Susan A. Mohrman (CEO) explain that companies that perform well with respect to sustainability can be distinguished from those that don’t by an array of organizational design features.

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Reconfiguring the Eco-System for Sustainable Healthcare (Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness)

Reconfiguring the Eco-System for Sustainable Healthcare (Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness)

Reconfiguring the Eco-System for Sustainable Healthcare (Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness) by Susan Albers Mohrman (Author, Editor), Abraham B. Shani (Editor) presents case studies and theoretical analyses that illustrate practical approaches to, and further the theoretical understanding of, the creation of a more sustainable healthcare.

Corporate Stewardship Conference

Corporate Stewardship Conference hosted by the Center for Effective Organizations, Honoring Warren Bennis, with speakers Howard Schultz, Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks, Terri Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, W. L. Gore & Associates, and James Sinegal, Co-Founder and Director, Costco.

Designing Organizations for Sustainable Effectiveness: A New Paradigm for Organizations and Academic Researchers

The article by Susan A. Mohrman (CEO) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) examines design features that enable an organization to address today’s complex and increasingly pressing global issues in ways that are sustainably effective. It identifies key social and environmental issues and reviews research examining how organizations can respond to them.

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Emerging Approaches to Organisation Design

Emerging Approaches to Organisation Design

This case-based research report (Mohrman, S. and Pilllans, G. (Corporate Research Forum, 2013) focuses on trends in organization design and organization design solutions that are becoming increasingly common to help manage complexity and promote learning and innovation. The report chronicles some of the major organization design challenges faced by global corporations today.

Change Management is Obsolete: Learnings from Research and Practice About What’s Next, 7/30/13, Recording/Slides

There’s little disagreement that we are living in an increasingly VUCA world – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The question is what are we doing about it? In this webinar Chris Worley and Sue Mohrman will characterize the world we live in and explore the obsolescence of the design and change models that we use.

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Corporate Boards and Sustainability, 4/25/13, Audio/Slides

What are corporate boards doing to assure that their corporations are sustainably effective? This webinar with Ed Lawler (Director, CEO) and Sue Mohrman (Senior Research Scientist, CEO) was a review of the data from our study of the role of corporate boards in sustainability.

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Janice Schonwetter (AlignOrganizations): Organizational Design Refresher Webinar, 2/26/2013

Janice presents a case dealing with the redesign of HR in a large, global engineering design and services company. A very systematic example of working through the issues of leveraging services across businesses and across regions and how to organize for that.

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