Edwin A Locke

Edwin A. Locke is Dean's Professor of Leadership and Motivation Emeritus at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial & Organizational Behavior, and the Academy of Management. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (Society for I/O Psychology), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (OB Division), the J. M. Cattell Award (APS) and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Academy of Management. He, with Gary Latham, has spent over 50 years developing Goal Setting Theory, ranked No. 1 in importance among 73 management theories. He has published over 320 chapters, articles, reviews and notes, and has authored or edited 13 books including (w. Kenner) The Selfish Path to Romance, (w. Latham) New Directions in Goal Setting and Task Performance, and The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators. He is internationally known for his research on motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, and other topics. His website is: EdwinLocke.com

Graduation Day Values

As you start out on your careers and your adult lives, we urge you to hold two ideas as absolutes, never to be breached or compromised: that reason is your means of knowing reality, and that your life belongs only to you.

On May Day Celebrate Capitalism

May Day will once again be celebrated by left-wing and environmentalist protestors united by a single emotion: a virulent hatred of capitalism, especially global capitalism.

Live Free or Die: Giving Real Meaning to Veterans Day

Veterans Day arouses three emotions in most Americans: solemnity, because it celebrates the veterans who have defended our great country; sadness, because so many have lost their lives in the process; and pride, because they have fought so well. The supreme value that...

The Meaning of Jack Welch’s Cave-In

On Sept. 14 the Wall Street Journal carried an article by Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, concerning the public furor over his post-retirement benefits package. In it he explained that he was offered the benefits in lieu of a large bonus that the company...

Congressional Hysteria Will Not Make Every Businessman Honest

In response to the recent discoveries of dishonest practices at Enron and other companies, both houses of Congress have worked themselves up to a state of hysteria. They have written a slew of new business regulations, which are expected to be signed into law very...

On Tax Day Thank the Rich and Support Lifting the Tax Yoke off Them

On Tax Day consider some basic facts. The wealthiest 1% of the taxpayers pay 34% of all federal income taxes. The top 50% pay 96% of the total bill. This means that the least wealthy 50% pay almost nothing. In short, the income tax system soaks the rich. In the name...

What We Should Remember on Martin Luther King Day

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Abolish Antitrust!

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Speech on Elian Gonzalez in Washington, D.C., Part 3

...The kidnapping of Elian, of course, had nothing to do with Elian's welfare. The motive of the raid was obviously an attempt by Reno to short-circuit Elian's bid for asylum and to railroad him back to Cuba before he could even have a hearing. She was counting on the...

Speech on Elian Gonzalez in Washington, D.C., Part 2

Cuban parents have been so desperate to save their children that more than 14,000 of them have been smuggled off the island unaccompanied by their parents. To quote from an Amicus brief on the Gonzalez case submitted by the Association for Objective Law: "Cuba is a...

Speech on Elian Gonzalez in Washington, D.C., Part 1

On July 4, 1776 America's Founding Fathers identified the fundamental moral principle on which our country was based. This principle was that every individual possessed the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Founding Fathers also...

Commentary: How Christianity Created Capitalism

Michael Novak's "How Christianity Created Capitalism," (The Wall Street Journal, December 23, 1999) makes interesting fiction reading, but it totally ignores all the essential issues. The essential elements of religion are: supernaturalism (God transcends natural...

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