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30.75 linear feet (23 boxes, 14 cartons)
Following graduation from HBS, Lawrence joined the Harvard Business School staff working as a research assistant and a doctoral candidate. In 1950 Lawrence received his Doctor of Commercial Science (DCS) in the area of Organizational Behavior. Lawrence became a full professor in 1960 and was appointed to the Donham Chair of Organizational Behavior in 1967, after the retirement of Fritz J. Roethlisberger. During his time at Harvard Business School, Lawrence also served as the chairman of the Organizational Behavior area for nine years and chairman of both the MBA and AMP programs.
Lawrence conducted extensive research while on the faculty at HBS and published his results in articles, working papers, case studies, and 26 books. His books include The Changing of Organizational Behavior Patterns (1951), Administering Changes (1952), Organizational Behavior and Administration (1961), Developing Organizations (1969), Matrix (1977), Managing Human Assets (1984), Organization and Environment (1987), Behind the Factory Walls (1990), Driven (2002), and Driven to Lead (2010). Over the course of his career, Lawrence researched the nature of industrial jobs, industrial adaptation to different environments, social organization in inner city communities, mid-sized city governments, the National Institutes of Health, matrix organizations and supply-chain alliances, and manufacturing in the Soviet Union during Perestroika. Lawrence retired from HBS in 1991 but as Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Organizational Behavior Emeritus he continued to remain active as a mentor to young professors and in research, writing, and publishing, focusing on his interest in understanding human behavior, including violence, based on the works of Charles Darwin.
Lawrence received Harvard Business School's Distinguished Service Award in 1997 in recognition of his service to HBS and the field of business education. In 1999, HBS endowed the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professorship of Business Administration in his honor. Lawrence died November 1, 2011 in Bedford, Massachusetts.
- Series I. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1947-2011
- ___ Subseries I-A. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1947-1960
- ___ Subseries I-B. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1948-1990
- ___ Subseries I-C. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1955-2011
- Series II. Research and Writing, 1947-1989
- Series III. Teaching, 1941-1988
- Series IV. Administration and Programs, 1949-1991
- ___ Subseries IV-A, General, 1949-1991 [Restricted]
- ___ Subseries IV-B. OB Area Chairman Files, 1966-1982
- Series V. Outside Activities, 1949-1989
- ___ Subseries V-A. Outside Activities A-Z, 1949-1993
- ___ Subseries V-B. Audiotapes of Event, undated
- Series VI: Harvard Business School, Emeritus, 1990-2011
- Series VII: Series VII. Biographical Records, 1949-2012
By: Lisa Moorhead. Additions processed April 2016 by Liam Sullivan.
- Lawrence, Paul R. Paul R. Lawrence Papers, 1941-2012: A Finding Aid
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