Philip Mirvis

Affiliate Research Scientist

Philip Mirvis is an organizational psychologist whose research and private practice concerns large-scale organizational change, the character of the workforce and workplace, and role of business in society. He currently serves as senior research fellow for the Global Network on Corporate Citizenship and Babson Social Innovation Lab.

A regular contributor to academic and professional journals, he has authored or edited twelve books, including the acclaimed study of the national mood, The Cynical Americans, a study of corporate human resource investments, Building the Competitive Workforce and, covering twenty years of experience with mergers, Joining Forces 2nd Edition. His latest works are about developing a leadership community, To the Desert and Back, the role of business in society, Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship, and global multilateral partnering, Organizing for Sustainability: Networks and Partnerships.

Mirvis has led public and corporate seminars all over the world, addressed leading university faculties and professional groups, and lectured in over 50 nations throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa, and in Brazil and Australia. He received the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner career achievement award by the Academy of Management and is a Fellow in the Academy.

His consulting work concerns organizational change, post-merger integration, CSR/sustainability, workforce development and company cultures. In areas of personal, group, and leadership development, Mirvis has designed corporate “consciousness raising” experiences involving theater and the arts, orchestrated rituals for merging companies, and led corporate journeys and community service efforts around the world.

Mirvis serves as board member of the international development NGO PYXERA Global and formerly Foundation for Community Encouragement and Society for Organization Learning. He teaches Exec-Ed in business schools and is leading a study of corporate social innovation.

Recent Research


Systems are Not Solutions: Issues in Creating Information Systems that Account for the Human Organization

Edward E. Lawler III, Philip H. Mirvis
1981 (republished 1994)

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Accounting for the Quality of Work Life

Phil Mirvis and Edward E. Lawler III describe the development and issuance of an independent report on the quality of work life in a Corporation.

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Systems are not Solutions: Issues in Creating Information Systems that Account for the Human Organization

Philip H. Mirvis (Boston University) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) report the results of two action research projects. Both focus on changing the information systems in organizations. One involved public reporting of measures, the other used measures for feedback purposes within the organizations.

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