Motivation in Work Organizations (Behavioral science in industry series)

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For more than twenty years, Edward E. Lawler III has had worldwide influence in the areas of management and organization design. This landmark book, one of the most-cited volumes on the topic of motivation in the workplace, defines Lawler's basic philosophy: in order to have effective organizations, we must understand how to motivate and encourage effective individual performance. Time-tested theories have been the basis for nearly all of Lawler's subsequent work in the areas of pay and reward systems, employee involvement, organization design, and organizational change.

In his new introduction to this classic edition, he shows how his original emphasis on work design and reward systems is especially relevant to the current emphasis on creating high performance work organizations through new organization design and management approaches. Lawler's theories continue to help us understand the world around us today, forming the basis for many successful managerial practices found in today's workplace, and continue to prove that no matter what organization design or approach is used, it cannot succeed if it fails to motivate employees to perform well.

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For more than twenty years, Edward E. Lawler III has had worldwide influence in the areas of management and organization design. This landmark book, one of the most-cited volumes on the topic of motivation in the workplace, defines Lawler's basic philosophy: in order to have effective organizations, we must understand how to motivate and encourage effective individual performance."With this book, Lawler defined, spearheaded, and made respectable a new and unusually important area of research and practice in the area of industrial and organizational psychology, namely, issues related to human motivation in work settings."--Marvin D. Dunnette, chairman and CEO, Personnel Decisions Research Institute

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EDWARD E. LAWLER, a leading scholar and author in the area of organization effectiveness and design, is founder and director of the Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California where he is also professor of management and organization in the Graduate School of Business Administration. He has been honored by publications such as Business Week, Human Resource Executive, and Industry Week and is a top contributor to the fields of organization development, organizational behavior, and compensation. Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books including Organizing for the Future (with J. Galbraith, 1993), The Ultimate Advantage (1992), and Employee Involvement and Total Quality Management (1992), all from Jossey-Bass.

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