Peter Lazes

people / faculty

Peter Lazes

Director, Healthcare Transformation Project
Director, Program for Economic Transitions
Labor and Unions

Overview

Peter Lazes has established and is currently the director of Programs for Economic Transitions, Strategic Planning Programs for Unions, and the Healthcare Transformation Project at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  These institutes provide labor unions and management with consultation, training, and research to implement strategic worker participation programs and new work systems.  Specifically,
Dr. Lazes works with labor and management leaders to develop changes that will improve the overall effectiveness of the particular organization and the quality of worklife for its staff.  All change work includes coaching and mentoring support for both labor and management leaders.

Lazes' work has focused predominately on hospitals, elder care services, automotive and automotive suppliers, shipbuilding, and the textile/garment industry.  Most
recent activities have focused on helping improve the cost, safety and delivery of healthcare services. He is currently working with healthcare unions, hospitals and the department of Health and Human Services to insure that delivery system improvement activities are part of the current healthcare reform process.

Lazes conducts seminars and organizational change projects both in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent international work has included projects in Australia,
England, Ireland, Norway and Poland. Recent projects have improved the quality of services and met financial goals within organizations. They have also secured employment and created safer jobs.

Dr. Lazes received his Ph.D. in clinical and industrial psychology from Union Institute and has written over 30 articles and produced several videotapes on topics such as organizational change, innovation and new work systems, new roles for unions, and strategies for keeping American jobs.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Peter Michael Lazes. 2013. The Impact of Social Hierarchies on Efforts at Organizational Change: Comparing Two Approaches from the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychanalytical Studies . 10:267-284.
  • Peter Michael Lazes, . 2013. The Impact of Social Hierarchies on Efforts at Organizational Change: Comparing Two Approaches from the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, International J. Applied Psychoanalysis Studies. (10):267-284.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 2012. Act before court's decision, Berkshire Eagle. (4-14-12).
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 2004. Improving Hospital Restructuring: Lessons Learned, Health Care Management Review. 29(4):309-319.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 2000. Embracing the Future: Union Strategies for the 21st Century, The Journal for Quality and Participation. 23(4):18-23.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1996. A Union Strategy for Saving Jobs and Enhancing Workplace Democracy, Labor Studies Journal. 21(2):96-122.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1995. Building Effective Labor-Management Partnerships, The Journal for Quality and Participation. 18(3):12-14.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1995. Poland in Transition: Managing Polish Enterprises in New Ways (A Case Study), The Journal for Quality and Participation. 18(1):38-45.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1992. The Transformation of Polish Enterprises: A Difficult Process, Economic and Industrial Democracy. 13(4):551-559.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1992. Union Involvement in Innovative Work Systems, Work in America. 17(8).
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1991. Unions and the Choice of Employee Involvement Activities, Work Place Topics. 2(2):1-12.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1991. Xerox and the ACTWU: Using Strategic Labor-Management Teams to Remain Competitive, National Productivity Review. 10(3):339-349.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1991. A Study of Work Groups in Manufacturing Facilities, The Journal for Quality and Participation. 58-69.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1988. Participative Consulting, ILR Report. 24-28.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1986. Innovations to Avoid Plant Shutdowns, Combustion/Engineering. (6):18-19.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1986. Employee Involvement Activities: Saving Jobs and Money Too, New Management. 3(3):58-60.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1985. Employee Involvement Activities: Not Just Good Management But Essential Business Strategies, Baakericht. 2-3.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1985. Innovative Approaches To Saving and Creating Jobs, National Productivity Review. 146-154.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1983. Xerox Cuts Costs Without Layoffs Through Union-Management Collaboration, National Productivity Review. 2:362-370.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1978. Health Workers and Decision-Making, Urban Health. 7(3):34-58.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1977. Community-Oriented Videotapes: A Low-Cost, Effective Teaching Tool, International Journal of Health Education. XX:68-70.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1977. Improving Outpatient Care Through Participation - The Newark Experience In Staff And Patient Involvement, International Journal of Health Education. XX:61-68.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1977. Community-Oriented Videotapes: Action Tools For Health Educators, The Journal of Biocommunications. 4(2):4-9.
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1977. Health Education Project Guides Outpatients To Active Self-Care, Hospitals. 51:81-86.

Books

  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1987. Handbook of Health Education, 2nd Edition. Germantown MD: Aspen Systems, 1987. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1979. The Handbook of Health Education. Germantown MD: Aspen Systems, 1979. (Published)(Book, Scholarly)

Book Chapters

  • Maria C. Figueroa, Peter Michael Lazes, Arun Karpur, Liana Katz. 2012. Using Adaptive and Disruptive Change Strategies to Create an Integrated Delivery System: Montefiore Medical Center's Experience. in Organizing for Sustainable Health Care. Emerald Group Publishing, 2012. Susan A. Mohrman, Abraham B. Shani. (21)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Maria C. Figueroa, Peter Michael Lazes, Arun Karpur, Liana Katz. 2012. Using Adaptive and Disruptive Change Strategies to Create an Integrated Delivery System: Montefiore Medical Center's Experience. in Organizing for Sustainable Health Care. Emerald Group Publishing, 2012. Susan A. Mohrman, Abraham B. Shani. (21)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 2012. Addressing our Blind Spot: the Importance of Front-Line Staff and Union Involvement. in First, Do Less Harm, Confronting the inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety. Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2012. Ross Koppel and Suzanne Gordon. (45 )(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes, Suzanne Gordon, Sameh Samy . 2012. Patient Safety and Front-Line Workers . Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2012. Ross Koppel and Suzanne Gordon. (Accepted)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 2010. Addressing Our Blind Spot- The Importance of Front-Line Staff and Union Involvement. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2010. (Accepted)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1997. New Unionism and the Workplace of the Future. in Unions and Workplace Reorganization. Detroit MI: Wayne State University Press, 1997. Bruce Nissen. (181-207)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1993. International Competition and the Organization of Production. in Economic Restructuring and Emerging Patterns of Industrial Relations. Kalamazoo MI: W. E. Upjohn Institute, 1993. (79-91)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1991. The Transition to Workplace Democracy in Poland. in Economic Democracy - A Third Way. Rutgers University, 1991. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1990. Participative Action Research - Thorough Practice to Service in Social Research. in Participative Action Research. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, 1990. (Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1976. Martland Hospital - Health Education Project. in Making Health Education Work. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 1976. (24-56)(Published)(Book Chapter)
  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1974. Power And Conflict - Key Concepts In Community Dynamics. in Citizenry and the Hospital. Durham NC: Duke University, 1974. (Published)(Book Chapter)

Book Reviews

  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1978. Protecting The Nation's Health. in Social Science and Medicine. 1978. (65-66)(Published)(Book Review)

Conference Proceedings

  • Peter Michael Lazes. 1976. Are We Blaming The Health Consumer For The Problems Of Our Health Care System? The Need To Treat Health Systems As Total Systems If Health Education Programs Are To Work. Ottawa: IX International Conference on Health Education, 1976. (Published)(Conference Proceeding)

Professional Activities

  • What is making a difference to improve patient care . Presented to Rockland County Cornell Club. Rockland County, NY. 2013.
  • Why Should Unions Focus on Quality of Patient Care . Presented to DC 37 and the Doctors Council . Cornell's conference center . 2013.
  • Why Unions Need to Lead on Quality of Patient Care. Presented to AFT's Healthcare Division. Washington, DC. 2012.
  • How Healthcare Unions Contribute to Improving Patient Care and Control Healthcare Costs . Presented to LERA . Chicago, IL. 2012.
  • Using Benefit and Taft-Hartley Funds to Bend the Healthcare Cost Curve . Presented to Rutger's University. New Brunswick, NJ . 2011.
  • Why Unions Need to be Proactive to Improve Our Healthcare System. Presented to CIR. NYC. 2011.

Contact

Ives Hall
212-340-2811
(f) 212-340-2822