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Gerald Ledford

Senior Research Scientist at Center for Effective Organizations
Los Angeles, California
Gerald is a key contributor to the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) from 1984-1998; returned to CEO in 2012 after working as a consultant from 1998-2012. He is a nationally recognized authority on aligning human capital practices to business strategy. His areas of focus include compensation and total rewards, employee engagement and involvement, talent management, the design of work, and large-scale organizational change. He has deep experience with reward systems, including the design of base pay and incentives and has consulted and conducted research with scores of Fortune 500 companies and is active in the Academy of Management, HRPS, WorldatWork, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and he frequently speaks at professional events.

About Me

What have you written or published within your profession?
Research and opinions have been cited in many print and broadcast outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, The Washington Post and PBS
What professional recognitions do you have?
Author of the Year for 2012 for his article in the WorldatWork Journal, entitled “Managing Unit Incentives from the Corporate Level”


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Association Position
HRPS Member
SIOP Member
WorldAtWork Member
Academy of Management Member


School Degree Graduation Year
George Washington University MA 1973
University of Michigan Ph.D. 1984

Contact Information

Center for Effective Organizations

University of Southern California
1149 S. Hill St. Suite 950

Los Angeles, CA 90015