Want to build a high-performing firm? Former Harvard professor shows how

April 1, 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ Building a high-performing firm starts with leaders who have the right values, says Michael Beer, Ph.D., a Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School.

Beer will talk about how communication, organization and the right leaders can make a difference when he lectures at Benedictine University as part of the Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series sponsored by the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior program and Department of Organization Development.

Beer will present "High Commitment, High Performance: How to Build a Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage," on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

A well-known authority in the areas of leadership and organizational effectiveness, organization change and human resource management, Beer also serves as the co-founder and director of the management consultancy firm TruePoint and as co-founder and chairman of the nonprofit Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, whose mission is to help companies and their leaders do well by doing good.

Beer is the author of 11 books, including "High Commitment, High Performance" (2009) and "Higher Ambition" (2011), and received numerous professional and academic honors. He has been awarded the Academy of Management's Scholar-Practitioner Award and the Society of Human Resource Management's Michael C. Losey Research Award.

"High Commitment, High Performance" provides a vision of how managers at all levels can transform, manage and lead sustained, high-performing firms. Integrating knowledge from the fields of leadership, strategic management, performance management, organization design and organization development, Beer outlines what the high-commitment, high-performance organization looks like and provides practitioners with the transformation process to help them get there.

Starting with leaders who have the right values, Beer shows how to weave together a complete system that includes top-to-bottom communication, organization design, human resource policies and leadership transformation process, and outlines what practitioners must do in human resources, structure, systems, goals, culture and strategy to create high-performance organizations.

The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series brings top national academicians and consultants to Benedictine to address major issues in organizational behavior and development.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at hvaldivia@ben.edu or (630) 829-6361.


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 fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.

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