David Lewin

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"Conflict is endemic in organizations because some people manage other people. How an organization manages such conflict affects employee retention and engagement, which in turn affect customer engagement and ultimately organizational performance. Hence, conflict management is at the core of modern human resource management theory and practice."
 

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Biography

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, unionism and collective bargaining and compensation and reward systems, including executive compensation and public sector compensation. His books include Human Resource Management: An Economic Approach; The Human Resource Management Handbook, Parts I, II and III; The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations; Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations; The Modern Grievance Procedure in the Unites States; The Labor Sector; Public Sector Labor Relations: Analysis and Readings; and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 24 (in press). His newest book is the Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods on Human Resource Management: Innovative Techniques.

Lewin has also published more than 150 scholarly and professional articles in such journals as The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Criminology, Labor History, Human Resource Management, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review and Employee Relations Law Journal. He presently serves on the editorial boards of Industrial Relations, California Management Review, Journal of Change Management and Work, Organization and Employment, and is senior editor of Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Lewin has recently called attention to the evolution of “tournament”-type pay systems in business enterprises, which are modeled on the distribution of prizes awarded to players in sports tournaments such as golf and tennis. From this perspective, relatively high pay/prizes go to a few top executives/players, whereas the bulk of employees/players receive comparatively low pay/prizes. In his teaching of MBA students as well as executives who attend the UCLA Anderson School Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions executive programs, Lewin asks them to consider how tournament and other types of pay systems influence employee selection, retention and motivation, as well as organizational governance, culture and performance. Among his teaching awards are the Neidorf “Decade” Teaching Excellence Award and the Executive MBA program (EMBA) Outstanding Teaching Award.

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 the U.S. Department of Labor. He recently served as president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and presently serves as chair of the LERA Strategic Thinking Committee. He previously served as president of the University Council on Industrial Relations and Human Resource Programs (UCIRHRP), director of the UCLA Human Resources Round Table, director of the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations, senior associate dean for the UCLA Anderson School MBA program, faculty director of the UCLA Anderson School Advanced Program in Human Resource Management, faculty director of the Columbia Business School Ph.D. program, Faculty Director of the Columbia Business School Human Resources Research Center, faculty director of the Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program, co-chair of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s task force on general manager compensation and performance evaluation and member of the board of directors of K-Swiss Inc. He presently serves as a director and fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and is co-founder and continuing faculty member of the Columbia Business School/New York City Police Department Police Management Institute (PMI).

Lewin is also a managing director of the Berkeley Research Group (BRG), where he serves as a testifying expert in labor and employment litigation. His current expert retentions involve disputes over no-poaching and non-compete agreements; the reasonableness of executive compensation; retaliatory termination; employee and managerial misclassification; independent contractor vs. employee status; and gender, race, age and disability discrimination. He has testified about these matters in federal, state and local courts; U.S. Tax Court; administrative law proceedings; and arbitration proceedings.

 

Teaching Focus

Human Resource Management

Compensation and Reward Systems

Leadership Foundations

 

Education

Ph.D. 1971, UCLA

MBA 1967, UCLA

B.S. Accounting, 1965, California State University, Los Angeles

 

Recent Publications

David Lewin. 2018. No-Poaching and Independent Contractor Versus Employee Status Disputes: Definition, Analysis and Resolution. In Stephen Hayford (Ed.), The New World of Work: Proceedings of the National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.: Bloomberg BNA. In press.

David Lewin & Paul J. Gollan (Eds.). 2018. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 24. In press.

Dawn Eash, David Lewin & C. P. Wazzan. 2017. “Anti-Poaching Collusion in the Contemporary Labor Market: Evidence, Analysis and Implications,” Employee Relations Law Journal, 43 (2): 50–71.

David Lewin. 2016. “Resolving Workplace Conflict through Litigation: Evidence, Analysis and Implications.” Managing and Resolving Workplace Conflict (Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 22). D. B. Lipsky, A. C. Avgar & J. R. Lamare (Eds.). Emerald, pp. 31–67.

David Lewin, Keith Townsend & Rebecca Loudon (Eds.). 2016. Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods on Human Resource Management: Innovative Techniques. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar.

David Lewin & Paul J. Gollan (Eds.). 2015. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 21. Emerald, 176 pp.

David Lewin. 2015. "The Development of Leadership Capability in Modern Organizations: The Role of the HR Executive," in I. Ziskin, Ed., Three: The Human Resources Emerging Executive. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, forthcoming.

David Lewin & Paul J. Gollan. 2015. "Introduction," in D. Lewin & P.J. Gollan, Eds., Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 21. London, UK: Emerald, pp. ix-xii.

David Lewin & Hilla Dotan. 2014. "A Trimodal Theory of Human Resource Management and Business Performance," UCLA Anderson School of Management and Tel-Aviv Recanati School of Business, revised December.

David Lewin. 2014. "The Idea and Practice of Contract in U.S. Employment Relations: Analysis and Policy," Perspectives on Work, Summer/Winter, pp. 30-35. 

David Lewin. 2014. "The Intersection of ADR and NER: A Conceptual Analysis and FedEx Case," in P.J. Gollan, B.E. Kaufman, D. Taras & A. Wilkinson, Eds., Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-Union Representation. London: Routledge, pp. 341-365.

David Lewin. 2014. "Collective Bargaining and Grievance Procedures," in W.K. Roche, P. Teague & A. Colvin, Eds., The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management in Organizations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 116-134.

David Lewin. 2014. "Individual Voice: Grievance and Other Procedures," in A. Wilkinson, J. Donaghey, T. Dundon & R.B. Freeman, Eds., The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, London, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 281-297.

David Lewin & Paul J. Gollan. 2013. "Employee Representation in the Non-Union Firm: An Overview," Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, pp. 173-193.

David Lewin, Jeffrey H. Keefe & Thomas A. Kochan. 2012. "The New Great Debate About Unionism and Collective Bargaining in U.S. State and Local Governments," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 65, pp. 749-778.

Lewin, D. 2012. "Effects of Deep Recession on Public Sector, Pay, Benefits and Employment," in D.J.B. Mitchell, Ed., Public Jobs and Political Agendas: The Public Sector in an Era of Economic Stress. Champaign, IL: Labor and Employment Relations Association, pp. 13-40.

David Lewin & Paul J. Gollan. 2012. "Introduction," in D. Lewin & P.J. Gollan, Eds., Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Vol. 20, pp. ix-xvi.

David Lewin. 2012. "Resolving Employment Disputes Through the Courts: Recent Evidence from Managerial Misclassification and Independent Contractor vs. Employee Status Litigation," UCLA Anderson School of Management, March.


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Research & Teaching

My research focuses on employment relations and human resource management. It features several streams of publications on specific topics within this subject matter area, including the following:

Employment Relations and Conflict Resolution

Illustrative publications include the following:

David Lewin. 2015. "The Development of Leadership Capability in Modern Organizations: The Role of the HR Executive," in I. Ziskin, Ed., Three: The Human Resources Emerging Executive. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, forthcoming.

David Lewin. 2016. "Resolving Workplace Conflicts Through Litigation: Evidence, Analysis and Implications," Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Special Issue on Managing and Resolving Workplace Conflict, D.B. Lipsky, A. Avgar and J.R. Lamare (Eds.), Vol. 22, pp. 31-67.

David Lewin 2014. "Individual Voice: Grievance and Other Procedures," in The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, A. Wilkinson, J. Donaghey, T. Dundon and R.B. Freeman (Eds.) pp. 281-297. Edward Elgar.

David Lewin. 2008. "Conflict Resolution," in The Handbook of Industrial and Employment Relations, N. Bacon, P. Blyton, J. Fiorito and E. Heery (Eds.), pp. 447-467. Sage.

David Lewin (Ed.). 2006. Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations. Labor and Employment Relations Association.

David Lewin. 2005. "Unionism and Employment Conflict Resolution: Rethinking Collective Voice and Its Consequences," Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 26, pp. 209-239.

David Lewin. 2001. "IR and HR Perspectives on Workplace Conflict: What Can Each Learn from the Other?," Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 11, pp. 453-485.

David Lewin and Richard B. Peterson. 1999. "Behavioral Outcomes of Grievance Activity," Industrial Relations, Vol. 28, pp. 554-576.

David Lewin and Bruce E. Kaufman. 1998. "Is the NLRA Still Relevant to Today's Economy and Workplace?," Labor Law Journal, Vol. 49, pp. 1113-1126.   David Lewin & Karen E. Boroff. 1996. "The Role of Loyalty in Exit and Voice: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis," Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Vol. 7, pp. 69-96.

David Lewin. 1993. "Conflict Resolution and Management in Contemporary Work Organizations: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Evidence," Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 12, pp. 167- 209.

Roy J. Lewicki, Steven E. Weiss and David Lewin. 1992 "Models of Conflict, Negotiation and Third Party Intervention: A Review and Synthesis," Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 13, pp. 209-252.

David Lewin and Richard B. Peterson. 1988. The Modern Grievance Procedure in the United States, Quorum Books.

David Lewin. 1987 "Dispute Resolution in the Nonunion Firm: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis," Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 31, pp. 465-502.

Public Sector Labor Markets, Compensation and Employment Relations

Illustrative publications include the following:

David Lewin, Jeffrey H. Keefe & Thomas A. Kochan. 2012. "The New Great Debate About Unionism and Collective Bargaining in U.S. State and Local Governments," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 65, pp. 749-778.

David Lewin. 2012. "Effects of Deep Recession on Public Sector, Pay, Benefits and Employment," in D.J.B. Mitchell (Ed.), Public Jobs and Political Agendas: The Public Sector in an Era of Economic Stress. Champaign, IL: Labor and Employment Relations Association, pp. 13-40.

David Lewin. 2009. "Public Sector Compensation: The Management of Change," in Managing Change in Public Services, R. Todnem and C. Macleod (Eds.), pp. 135-156. Routledge.

David Lewin. 2003. "Incentive Compensation in the Public Sector: Evidence and Potential," Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 24, pp. 597-620.

David Lewin, Peter Feuille, Thomas A. Kochan and John T. Delaney (Eds.). 1988 Public Sector Labor Relations: Analysis and Readings, 3rd Ed. Lexington Books.

David Lewin. 1986. "Public Employee Unionism in the 1980s: An Analysis of Transformation," in Unions in Transition, S.M. Lipset (Ed.), pp. 241-264. Institute for Contemporary Studies.

David Lewin. 1983. "The Effects of Civil Service Systems and Unionism on Pay Outcomes in the Public Sector," Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, D.B. Lipsky (Ed.), Vol. 1, pp. 131-161

Ann Bartel & David Lewin. 1981. "Wages and Unionism in the Public Sector: The Case of Police," The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 63, pp. 53-59.

David Lewin & Shirley B. Goldenberg. 1980. "Public Sector Unionism in the U.S. and Canada," Industrial Relations, Vol. 19, pp. 239-256.

David Lewin, Raymond D. Horton & James W. Kuhn. 1979. Collective Bargaining and Manpower Utilization in Big City Governments. Allenheld Osmun.

David Lewin. 1977. "Public Sector Labor Relations," Labor History, Vol. 18, pp. 133-144.

David Lewin and John H. Keith, Jr. 1976. "Managerial Responses to Perceived Labor Shortages: The Case of Police," Criminology, Vol. 14, pp. 65-92.

Walter Fogel & David Lewin. 1974. "Wage Determination in the Public Sector," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 27, pp. 410-431.

David Lewin. 1973. "Wage Parity and the Supply of Police and Firefighters," Industrial Relations, Vol. 12, pp. 77-85.

Human Resource Management

Illustrative publications include the following:

Keith Townsend, Rebecca Loudon and David Lewin, (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods on Human Resource Management: Innovative Techniques. Edward Elgar, 2016.

David Lewin. 2015. "The Development of Leadership Capability in Modern Organizations: The Role of the HR Executive," in Three: The Human Resources Emerging Executive, I. Ziskin (Ed.), pp. 205-208. Wiley.

David Lewin. 2014. "The Idea and Practice of Contract in U.S. Employment Relations: Analysis and Policy," Perspectives on Work, Vol. 17, pp. 30-35.

David Lewin. 2014. "The Intersection of ADR and NER: A Conceptual Analysis and FedEx Case," in Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-Union Representation, P.J. Gollan, B.E. Kaufman, D. Taras & A. Wilkinson (Eds), pp. 341-365. Routledge.

David Lewin & Paul J. Gollan. 2013. "Employee Representation in the Non-Union Firm: An Overview," Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, pp. 173-193.

David Lewin. 2011. "High Performance Human Resources (HPHR)," in The Future of Employment Relations, K. Townsend & A. Wilkinson (Eds.) pp. 11-29. Palgrave.

Adrian Wilkinson, Mick Marchington, Paul J. Gollan and David Lewin (Eds.). 2010. The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations. Oxford University Press.

David Lewin. 2008. "Human Resources Management in the 21st Century," in C. Wankel, Ed., 21st Century Management: A Reference Handbook, C. Wankel (Ed.), pp. 56-64. Sage.

David Lewin. 2005. "The Dual Theory of Human Resource Management and Business Performance: Lessons for HR Executives," in The Future of Human Resource Management. Hoboken, M. Losey, S. Meisinger & D. Ulrich (Eds.), pp. 285-292. Wiley.

David Lewin. 2003. "Human Resource Management and Business Performance: Lessons for the 21st Century," in Human Resources in the 21st Century, M. Effron, R. Gandossy & M. Goldsmith (Eds.), pp. 91-99. Wiley.

David Lewin. 2001. "Low Involvement Work Practices and Business Performance," in Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting, pp. 275-291. Industrial Relations Research Association.

David Lewin, Daniel J.B. Mitchell & Mahmood A. Zaidi. 1997. "Separating Ideas and Bubbles in Human Resource Management," in The Human Resource Management Handbook, Part 1, D. Lewin, D.J.B. Mitchell and M.A. Zaidi (Eds.), pp. 1-31. JAI Press.

David Lewin & Peter D. Sherer. 1993. "Does Strategic Choice Explain Senior Executives' Preferences for Employee Voice and Representation?," in Employee Representation: Alternatives and Future Directions, B.E. Kaufman and M.M. Kleiner (Eds.), pp. 235-263. Industrial Relations Research Association.

David Lewin, Peter D. Sherer and Olivia S. Mitchell (Eds.). 1992.  Research Frontiers in Industrial Relations and Human Resources. Industrial Relations Research Association.

David Lewin. 1987. "Industrial Relations as a Strategic Variable," in Human Resources and the Performance of the Firm, M.M. Kleiner, R. N. Block, M. Roomkin & S.W. Salsburg (Eds.), pp. 1-41. Industrial Relations Research Association.

Teaching and Pedagogy

I teach students who are enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA and PhD degree programs as well as participants who attend executive education programs. The main courses I teach are as follows:

David Lewin. Spring 2013. Leadership Foundations 2, Mgt. 461B&C. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter-Spring 2013. Management of Human Resources, Mgt. 469A&B. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter-Spring 2013. Leadership Foundations 3, Mgt. 461D&E. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter 2013. Pay and Rewards in Organizations, Mgt. 254. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Fall 2012. Leadership Foundations 1, Mgt. 461A. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Spring 2012. Leadership Foundations 3, Mgt. 461D&E. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter-Spring 2012. Management of Human Resources, Mgt. 461A&B. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter 2012. Leadership Foundations 2, Mgt. 461B&C. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter 2012. Pay and Rewards in Organizations, Mgt. 254. Course SyllabusDavid Lewin. Fall 2011. Leadership Foundations 1, Mgt. 461A. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter-Spring 2011. Leadership Foundations 3, Mgt. 461D&E. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter-Spring 2011. Management of Human Resources, Mgt. 461A&B. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter 2011. Pay and Rewards in Organizations, Mgt. 254. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Fall 2010, Leadership Foundations 1, Mgt. 461A. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter 2010. Management of Human Resources, Mgt. 469. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Winter 2010. Pay & Rewards in Organizations, Mgt. 254. Course Syllabus

David Lewin. Fall 2009. Leadership Foundations I, Mgt. 461A. Course Syllabus

David Lewin with David Weisz. 2008. "The Next Generation at Sony," UCLA Anderson School Global Business Leadership Competition, 10 pp.

David Lewin & Bruce E. Kaufman. 1999. "The HR/IR Teaching Conference," Human Resource Management, 38: 159-164.

David Lewin, Kimberly Harris & Marta Ferro. 1999. "Human Resource Management at Levis Strauss & Company: Techniques or Strategy?", 23 pp.

David Lewin, Charles W. Thomson & Debra Dralle. 1992. Federal Express, Inc. (A), 14 pp., Federal Express, Inc. (B), 16 pp and Federal Express, Inc. (C), 6 pp.

 

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