Director, Programs for Economic
Transitions and Healthcare Transformation Project
Peter Lazes is the founder and currently the director of Programs for Economic Transitions and the Healthcare Transformation Project at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. These institutes provide labor unions and management with customized consultation, training, research, and educational programs to implement strategic worker participation programs and new work systems.
Peter's current activities in hospitals and nursing homes involve methods to improve patient care and reduce costs as a result of front-line staff participation and engagement in innovation and transformational change activities. He works with healthcare unions, hospitals, and employers to insure that delivery system changes are coupled with payment reform legislation. His consulting work includes organizations such as Florence Nightingale Nursing Home, LA County's Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, Hathaway Shirt, Saturn Corporation, the World Bank, Xerox, and most healthcare unions in the U.S. Consulting work in Europe has included the National Health Service of Ireland, the Norwegian Work Research Institute, and Solidarity in Poland. Peter received his Ph.D. in clinical and industrial psychology from Union Institute and University 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. Most recently, his research examines the role that front-line staff play in improving patient safety and quality of care.