David Lewin


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David Lewin is the author of many published works on such topics as human resource strategy, human resource management practices and business performance, workplace and organizational dispute resolution, and compensation and reward systems, including executive compensation and public sector pay practices.

Professor Lewin has recently called attention to the evolution of "Tournament" type pay systems and structures within business enterprises, which are modeled on the payoff distributions of golf and tennis tournaments. From this perspective, relatively high pay, or prizes, goes to a few top executives, with the bulk of managers and employees receiving comparatively low pay or prizes. In his teaching, Dr. Lewin asks students to consider how tournament and other types of pay systems likely influence employee selection, retention, motivation, organizational governance, and organizational performance.

Professor Lewin's recent books include Human Resource Management: An Economic Approach, The Human Resource Management Handbook, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (Vol. 18), and The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations. He is presently working on two new books, Conflict Management in the Modern Corporation and The Dual Theory of Human Resources and Business Performance.

Professor Lewin serves on the editorial Boards of Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, California Management Review and Journal of Change Management, is a Fellow and Director of the National Academy of Human Resources, serves as a Director of the Law and Economics Consulting Group, and is a member of The Conference Board's Evidence-Based Human Resources Human Resources Advisory Panel.

Professor Lewin has held research grants from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Planning Society, and U.S. Department of Labor. He previously served as Professor, Director of the Human Resource Research Center, Director of the Ph.D. Program, and Director of the Senior Executive Program and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business; member of the Executive Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association; President of the University Council on Industrial Relations and Human Resource Programs; Director of the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations; Senior Associate Dean of the UCLA Anderson School MBA Program; and Co-Chair of Los Angeles Mayor Riordan's Task Force on General Manager Compensation and Performance.

During 2001-2009, Professor Lewin served as a member of the Board of Directors of K-Swiss, Inc. and member of the Board's Compensation and Stock Options Committee and the Governance Committee. He was recently elected President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), effective 2012.

Professor Lewin has consulted widely with business, government and voluntary organizations in the United States and abroad, and serves as an employment litigation expert. He is also Faculty Director of the UCLA Anderson School's Advanced Program in Human Resource Management. In 2004, Professor Lewin received the Anderson School Executive MBA Program Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2007 he received the Anderson School Neidorf Decade Teaching Excellence Award.

Teaching Focus
Human Resource Management
Compensation and Reward Systems
Leadership Foundations 


Ph.D. 1971, UCLA
MBA 1967, UCLA
B.S. Accounting, 1965, California State University, Los Angeles