March 16, 2004

Los Angeles — Dr. Barbara S. Lawrence, an organizational behaviorist at UCLA Anderson School of Management, has recently been promoted from associate professor to full professor. This is a well-deserved promotion for one of UCLA Anderson’s most respected faculty members.

Prof. Lawrence has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and teaches in all programs at the school, including the full-time MBA, executive MBA (EMBA), fully-employed MBA (FEMBA) and doctoral programs. Additionally, she teaches in the school’s executive education programs and the Head Start – Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program and Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program, both offered by the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

An active scholar, Prof. Lawrence’s current research, which is funded by academic, corporate and government entities, examines organizational reference groups, the evolution of organizational norms, internal labor markets and their influence on employees’ expectations and implicit work contracts, and the impact of population age change on occupations. Her other areas of interest include age grading, career development, group dynamics, human resources management, occupational sociology, organizational change and demography, and organizational structures.

Prof. Lawrence has achieved distinction for her research, having received the 1998 Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award from the National Academy of Management for her paper, “The Black Box of Organizational Demography” (Organization Science, 1997). That paper was also honored with the ANBAR Citation of Excellence. In 1999, her work with co-authors in Spain and the United States received the Best Paper Award of the First International Conference of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management.

Some of Prof. Lawrence’s other papers include:
Lawrence, Barbara S. 1984. “Age Grading: The Implicit Organizational Timetable,” Journal of Occupational Behaviour, 5: 23-35.

Lawrence, Barbara S. 1984. “Historical Perspective: Using the Past to Study the Present,” Academy of Management Review, 9: 307-312.

Lawrence, Barbara S. 1988. “New Wrinkles in the Theory of Age: Demography, Norms, and Performance Ratings,” Academy of Management Journal, 31: 309-337.

Lawrence, Barbara S. 1996. “Interest in Indifference: The Role of Age in the Organizational Sciences,” Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 14: 1-59.

Lawrence, Barbara S. 1996. “Organizational Age Norms: Why is it So Hard to Know One When You See One?” The Gerontologist, 36: 209-220.

Ancona, Deborah G., Goodman, Paul S., Lawrence, Barbara S., & Tushman, Michael L. 2001. “Time: A New Research Lens,” Academy of Management Review 26: 654-663.

Prof. Lawrence speaks widely before professional and academic audiences on careers, organizational change, group design and development, the aging work force and organizational demography. She also consults with both profit and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to her teaching and research, Prof. Lawrence also serves as a faculty associate of the Human Resources Round Table (HARRT). Founded in 1986, HARRT, a network of human resources executives and academics, fosters the notion that efficient management of human resources is a key organizational priority in today’s complex global society. HARRT faculty associates are experts from around the UCLA campus who, like Prof. Lawrence, reflect UCLA’s interdisciplinary approaches to human resources management, both in and out of the classroom.

Prof. Lawrence serves as Senior Editor for the academic journal Organization Science. She has been an active participant in the Academy of Management, MESO, American Sociological Association, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

In service to UCLA Anderson School of Management, Prof. Lawrence is currently serving on the search committee for the school’s next dean, a role in which she will provide vital feedback to her university colleagues on the committee, as well as to UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale, who will ultimately make the appointment.

Prof. Lawrence obtained a Ph.D. in management from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also has an M.A. degree in college student personnel from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of music in performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

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