Research and Insights Archive

Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations

Susan G. Cohen Doctoral Research Award

The Susan G. Cohen Research Award in Organization Design, Effectiveness, and Change, jointly given by CEO and the Organization Development and Change (ODC) division of the Academy of Management, is offered in remembrance of Dr. Susan Cohen, who was a research scientist at CEO, in the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, from 1988-2006.

Workplace Fatigue is a Systems Problem

Alec Levenson (CEO) explains that workplace fatigue is traditionally treated almost exclusively as an individual issue, and it certainly is the case that individual differences lead some individuals to experience fatigue and, ultimately, to burn out more than others. Yet not enough attention has been paid to factors arising from work design and organization strategy.

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Performance Feedback Culture: The Key to Performance Management Effectiveness?

Gerry Ledford, George Benson, and Ben Schneider

February 7, 2017 9:00am – 10:00am (PT)

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Strategic Analytics, 12/1/15

This webinar aligns with Alec Levenson’s new book, Strategic Analytics: Advancing Strategy Execution and Organizational Effectiveness.

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Human Resource Slack, Human Capital Risk, and Firm Performance: Should Firms Grow Employees Faster Than Sales?

Varkey Titus Jr. (University of Nebraska) and Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) utilize a sample of firms that are at a critical moment of growth: after going public. Analysis of 1,437 firm-year observations comprised of 330 initial public offerings (IPO) tracked over the course of five years indicates that the relationship between HR slack and profitability is curvilinear (inverted-U shape).

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Building Human Capital Advantage in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs): The Effect on Long-Term Firm Survival and Performance

Using survey data collected from the firms’ leadership teams in the beginning of the year following their IPO, Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) and Kyle Gibson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) test the effects of their approaches to human capital on long-term (10-year) firm survival and performance.

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Individualizing Organizations: What it takes

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.

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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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