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Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) shares how in order to survive, organizations have had to keep pace with the changes that have occurred. In the future they will have to keep up with an increasingly rapid rate of change in order to survive.

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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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Change Management is Obsolete: Learnings from Research and Practice About What’s Next, 7/30/13, Recording/Slides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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Adoption of Employee Involvement Practices: Organizational Change Issues and Insights

Employee involvement (EI) as part of a set of high performance work system (HPWS) has successfully transformed a large number of organizations and become standard practice many new organizations today. George S. Benson (University of Texas at Arlington), Michael Kimmel (University of Texas at Arlington), and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) review the recent research on EI and HPWS and suggest ways in which change research and theory can inform our understanding of why EI practices have fallen short of their potential.

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How HR Spends Its Time: It is Time for a Change

Over the last 15 years, the Center for Effective Organizations has surveyed HR leaders every three years regarding the HR profession, the role of HR professionals, the nature of the HR function, and the effectiveness of the HR function.

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Business Partnership with Impact: Creating Strategic Change Through Transformative HR

John Boudreau, CEO Research Director and Professor, discussed findings from his forthcoming books, Transformative HR with Ravin Jesuthasan, and Effective HR: A Global Analysis with Ed Lawler.

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HRM in IPOs

Want to Make Money on the New Initial Public Offerings? Learn about their Human Resource Management Strategies. This article by Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) reports critical information for firms planning to go public and those going through high rates of change.

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Raising Skill Demand: Generating Good Jobs

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and George S. Benson (University of Texas) discuss how there have been profound changes in the global economy and corporate landscape over the last 40 years but advocates of “high road” management approaches that emphasize highly skilled and involved employees continue for several reasons.

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Built to Change Organizations: Industry Influences and Performance Implications

Christopher G. Worley (CEO) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) define organization agility as “an evolving change and design capability, a leadership challenge that is never finished, only approached over time, but which yields consistently high levels of sustainable effectiveness.”

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Built to Change Organizations and Responsible Progress – Twin Pillars of Sustainable Success

Christopher G. Worley (CEO) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) propose an integration called “responsible progress” and suggest that is represents an important new stream of organization development theory.

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