This research group for leaders focused on improving employee engagement is a follow up to the Incentive Research Foundation technical report titled: Engaged in what? Creating connections to performance with rewards, recognition and roles.
Research and Insights Archive
Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations
George S. Benson (University of Texas) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) share that high-involvement management practices (defined as an integrated set of Human Resource and work design practices that are designed to give all employees the skills, information, power, and rewards to make decisions in the workplace) have generated enormous interest among researchers in many different disciplines and geographies.
Forty years ago, Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) wrote an article arguing that organizations could be more effective and provide a better quality of life for their employees if they would individualize their relationship with their employees.
George S. Benson (University of Texas) and Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) Employee involvement is an approach to work‐system design that emphasizes high levels of employee decision‐making authority.
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.
The point made in this chapter by Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) is that employee engagement is an effort worth pursuing . It puts a name on something we know matters to people, society and business. However, in this chapter the suggestion will be made that employee engagement is not a construct at all.
In this particular Leadership Pulse Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) studied a topic we have been doing quite a bit of work on called fast human resource management (HRM). We asked respondents to rate the degree to which HR is fast and also score how accurate the HR group is.
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.
Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) describes that the focus of the current Leadership Pulse was volunteerism at work.
Theresa W. Welbourne (CEO) shares that growth and success increase energy, and even if the growth is small or even if the efforts to grow your organization are less than you would like to see, at least some movement will energize your leaders and employees.
Gretchen Spreitzer (University of Michigan) argues that to be successful in today’s global business environment, companies need the knowledge, ideas, energy, and creativity of every employee, from front line workers to the top level managers in the executive suite.
The Impact of Social Capital on the Development of Transactive Memories Multilevel Group Knowledge Systems
In this paper by Yu Connie Yuan (Cornell University), Peter Monge, and Janet Fulk, a multilevel, multi-theoretical model of transactive memory theory was developed by integrating the emergence model with social capital theories.