Edward E. Lawler III is a distinguished professor of business and director of the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Businessweek proclaimed him one of the top six gurus in the field of management, and Human Resource Executive called him one of the human resource field s most influential people. Workforce magazine identified him as one of the twenty-five visionaries who have shaped today s workplace over the past century. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Society for Human Resource Management s Michael R. Losey Award, of which he was the first recipient. He is the author of over 400 articles and 50 books.