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Edward Lawler Is First Recipient of SHRMs $100,000 Losey Award


Delighted. Happy. Those were just two of the words an elated Edward E. Lawler III used to describe his feelings when notified that he had been selected to receive the richest award in human resource research.

The $100,000 Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award was presented to Lawler, a long-time member of SIOP, on June 24 during the 54th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Philadelphia.

The award recognizes career research contributions to the field of human resources. Endowed with a $1.25 million gift in 2000, the award is named in honor of retired SHRM President and CEO Michael R. Losey. SHRM, the Human Resource Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation jointly funded the endowment.

Lawler, who is director of the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, has, in his 38-year career, made significant contributions to broadening and deepening the understanding and effective use of human resources in organizations.

In a letter supporting his nomination for the prestigious award, Milt Hakel, professor of psychology and Ohio Board of Regents Eminent Scholar at Bowling Green State University, described Lawler as the leading contributor to human resource research of the last 4 decades, having authored and coauthored more than 300 articles and 30 books. Through his writing, speaking, and research collaborations, he has had worldwide impact on the definition of many key issues in human resource management.

A large body of his research has been on compensation issues and he is currently working on a new book on how the HR function is changing in corporations, especially with the impact of the Internet. Lawler sees a strong kinship between I-O psychology and human resources. I-O guides HR practices. It is the foundation of the processes in which HR people manage, he says.

Lawler earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964 and taught at Yale and Michigan before joining the USC faculty in 1978, where he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Business in addition to directing the Center for Effective Organizations.

A member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology since the mid-1960s, he received SIOPs Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award in 1990. Other honors he has won include the Academy of Managements Irwin Award for Contributions to Management in 1995 and the American Psychological Associations RHR Award for Contributions to Consulting Psychology in 1997. Also that year, SHRM honored him for Professional Excellence in Human Resource Education.


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