Cover of Effective Human Resource Management by Edward E. Lawler III and John W. Boudreau
Effective Human Resource Management
Edward E. Lawler III and John W. Boudreau


216 pages.

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Paperback ISBN: 9780804776875
Ebook ISBN: 9780804782685

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Effective Human Resource Management is the Center for Effective Organizations' (CEO) sixth report of a fifteen-year study of HR management in today's organizations. The only long-term analysis of its kind, this book compares the findings from CEO's earlier studies to new data collected in 2010. Edward E. Lawler III and John W. Boudreau measure how HR management is changing, paying particular attention to what creates a successful HR function—one that contributes to a strategic partnership and overall organizational effectiveness. Moreover, the book identifies best practices in areas such as the design of the HR organization and HR metrics. It clearly points out how the HR function can and should change to meet the future demands of a global and dynamic labor market.

For the first time, the study features comparisons between U.S.-based firms and companies in China, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. With this new analysis, organizations can measure their HR organization against a worldwide sample, assessing their positioning in the global marketplace, while creating an international standard for HR management.

About the author

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

John Boudreau is Professor at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and Research Director at the Center for Effective Organizations.

"Lawler and Boudreau continue to raise the bar on the HR Function. The combination of thoughtful research, rigorous analysis, and cutting insight provide the HR practitioner with all the evidence needed to affect real change."

—Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director, Towers Watson

"Are you concerned about the present and the future state of the HR profession and the HR function? This book is a valuable compendium of longitudinal data, and a wake-up call to professional associations, educators, and organizational decision makers everywhere."

—Wayne F. Cascio, University of Colorado, Denver, and author of Managing Human Resources

"Lawler and Boudreau conclude that HR is not changing rapidly enough to help companies strategically manage their people in a knowledge economy. The authors provide clear suggestions for those wishing to take human capital leadership to the next level."

—Sara Rynes, University of Iowa

"CEO's study offers fresh perspective on the ongoing struggle to make Human Resources a source of strategic value. Lawler and Boudreau provide useful insights, showing us how to turn this 'promise into reality' by reinventing the HR business model."

—Daryl David, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Edison International