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Corporate Boards and Sustainability, 4/25/13, Audio/Slides

What are corporate boards doing to assure that their corporations are sustainably effective? This webinar with Ed Lawler (Director, CEO) and Sue Mohrman (Senior Research Scientist, CEO) was a review of the data from our study of the role of corporate boards in sustainability.

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Sustainability: What Should Boards Do?

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Susan A. Mohrman (CEO) explain that today, sustainability is not just a matter of good citizenship; it has become critical to the survival of corporations. Corporations need to operate in a sustainable manner in order to assure that they have strong communities and ecologies in which to operate.

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HR and Sustainability, 11/27/2012

Ed Lawler, Sue Mohrman, and Chris Worley took a first look at data from a new study on sustainable organizations. A just-completed CEO study focused on HR’s role in corporate sustainability activities. It looked at what HR does and what it would like to do in regards to sustainability.

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Exploring the Interface of Organization Design & Work System Design – Creating Sustainably Effective Organizations, 7/17/2012

Sue Mohrman and Chris Worley examine the relationship and the full system of capabilities required to create a sustainably effective organization. Both work system design and organization design are needed and must be orchestrated in order to align the resources and activities of the organization with strategy, and to ensure that valued high quality services and products are reliably and affordably delivered to the customer.

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Network Designs For Sustainable Effectiveness—What Does it Really Take to Get Beyond the Constraints of Hierarchy and Segmentation?, 9/26/2011

To get a glimpse into the network design of the future, Sue Mohrman and Chris Worley shared a framework and case examples from our research on “Organizing for Sustainability.” Guest Speaker: Sally Breyley Parker, President, Currere, Inc.

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Sustainable Leadership: The Iconic Leader Problem

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) shares that for the last several months CEO succession at Apple has gotten a considerable amount of attention because of the health problems of Steve Jobs.

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A Suggestion for Creating Effective Sustainable Organizations: Get Rid of Job Descriptions

Edward E. Lawler III (CEO) and Christopher G. Worley (CEO) argue that despite their widespread uses, job descriptions frequently are more dysfunctional than helpful, even in traditional bureaucratic organizations.

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Organizing for Sustainability

Organizing for Sustainability

Susan Albers Mohrman & A.B. (Rami) Shani, Editors
(Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011) A large literature has been generated about sustainability, and many organizations, governments, communities and citizens have focused on it. This first volume of the Emerald series Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness learns from some of the pioneers articulating these challenges and organizing to address them.