Companies must address their social, environmental impact to be viable

March 6, 2012

worleyLisle, Illinois ~ Financial performance is not enough for a company to survive in a difficult economic environment, argues Christopher G. Worley, Ph.D., author and organizational effectiveness expert.

Companies also need to address their social and environmental impact to be viable in the long term, he said.

Worley, who holds a joint appointment as a senior research scientist at the University of Southern California's Center for Effective Organizations and as a professor of organization theory at Pepperdine University, will present "Management Reset" from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.

The lecture is part of the Department of Management and Organizational Behavior's Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series, which brings top national academicians and consultants to Benedictine to address major issues in organizational behavior and development.

"Management Reset," the latest book from Worley and co-author Edward Lawler from USC, demonstrates how organizations can be sustainably effective by becoming agile and developing the ability to adjust their strategy, organization design and leadership practices to support profitability, social justice and environmental health.

The book is filled with illustrative lessons from such leading organizations as Microsoft, Cisco, Netflix, DaVita, Starbucks, Nokia, and the United States Secret Service. The authors offer clear, easy to implement principles and practices for managers, leaders and consultants who want to organize for sustainable performance effectiveness.

Worley is the former director of the Master of Science in Organization Development program at Pepperdine University. He is the author of four books – "Management Reset," the best-seller "Built to Change," "Integrated Strategic Change" and "Organization Development and Change" – as well as numerous articles and chapters on strategic change and organization design.

Worley is a member of the Academy of Management, the National Training Laboratories Institute (NTL), the OD Network and the Strategic Management Society. His research and consulting clients include Microsoft, Intel, Nokia, Capital One, the St. Joseph Health Care System, the State of California, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Southern California Edison, British Petroleum and Dow Chemical.

Seating is limited and registration is required. The cost of the lecture is $490. To register, call (630) 829-6223 or email bfrederick@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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