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Lamar Pierce

Lamar Pierce

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Governance Studies

Director, Brookings Executive Education

Lamar Pierce is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and is the faculty director of Brookings Executive Education at The Brookings Institution. He has been a professor at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, since 2007 and was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2011-2012 academic year. Lamar grew up in a small town on the border of Washington and Idaho, and studied at the University of Puget Sound before working as an industrial engineer for Boeing. Lamar completed a Ph.D at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, before taking a position at Carnegie Mellon University. Lamar has served a number of roles in software startups, and is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor of CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based online opinion research company.

Lamar's research focuses on the Ethics-Productivity Dilemma: how the same economic and psychological mechanisms that impact employee productivity also influence behavior detrimental to organizational performance and social welfare. This research program requires the study of a broad range of behaviors, from the explicitly illegal to the strategic and self-interested yet not expressly forbidden. His work has appeared in outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Psych Science, and OBHDP, and has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Business Week, Huffington Post, and the Economist.

Lamar Pierce is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and is the faculty director of Brookings Executive Education at The Brookings Institution. He has been a professor at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, since 2007 and was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2011-2012 academic year. Lamar grew up in a small town on the border of Washington and Idaho, and studied at the University of Puget Sound before working as an industrial engineer for Boeing. Lamar completed a Ph.D at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, before taking a position at Carnegie Mellon University. Lamar has served a number of roles in software startups, and is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor of CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based online opinion research company.

Lamar’s research focuses on the Ethics-Productivity Dilemma: how the same economic and psychological mechanisms that impact employee productivity also influence behavior detrimental to organizational performance and social welfare. This research program requires the study of a broad range of behaviors, from the explicitly illegal to the strategic and self-interested yet not expressly forbidden. His work has appeared in outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Psych Science, and OBHDP, and has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Business Week, Huffington Post, and the Economist.

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