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Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations

Working Toward Sustainable Development: Consulting to the Eco-System

Stu Winby (Spring) and Sue Mohrman, Ph.D. (CEO) argue that in order to address the contemporary challenges that organizations and societies are facing, the field of organization development (OD) requires frameworks and skills to focus on the eco-system as the level of analysis.

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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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Sustainable Effectiveness Governance Model: Moving Corporations Beyond the Philanthropy Paradigm

This article by Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Jay A. Conger (CEO) argues that the ‘sustainable effectiveness’ model of how organizations should operate is a stark contrast to the philanthropic.

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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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The Sustainable Effectiveness Governance Model: Moving Corporations Beyond the Philanthropy Paradigm

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Jay A. Conger (CEO) discuss how historically, organizations have adapted themselves to the paradigm of sustainable effectiveness either by adding a philanthropic function or a department focused on sustainability initiatives. However, both approaches fall seriously short in terms of effectiveness.

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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.

Sustainable Effectiveness and Organization Development

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) shares that there is growing movement around the globe to broaden the definition of organizational effectiveness. Fewer and fewer countries and societies are willing to accept that financial performance is all that matters when it comes to organizational performance.

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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.