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Human Resource Excellence
An Assessment of Strategies and Trends
Edward E. Lawler III and John W. Boudreau

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April 2018
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As a field, Human Resources has been slow to evolve, despite a great need and opportunity for change. Human Resource Excellence delivers the newest findings about what makes HR successful and how it can add value to organizations today.

For over twenty years, USC's Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) has conducted the definitive longitudinal study of the human resource management function. Analyzing new data every three years, the Center consistently charts changes in HR, and offers guidance on how human resource professionals can drive firm performance. In this latest edition, Edward E. Lawler III and John W. Boudreau conclude that HR is most powerful when it plays a strategic role, makes use of information technology, and has tangible metrics and analytics. It includes new insights about HR's changing role in strategy, big data, social and knowledge networks and the gig economy.

Painting a unique, data-based portrait of how Human Resources organizations can meet this bar, this book is a beacon for companies that wish to adapt to a changing global marketplace and foster a results-driven approach. Tracing changes in a global sample of firms across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, this landmark volume provides an international benchmark against which to measure a company's HR practice.

About the authors

Edward E. Lawler III is Distinguished Professor of Business and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California.

John W. Boudreau is Professor and Research Director at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California.