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


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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