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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations



The primary focus of my research is on enabling institutions to operate effectively in world with an accelerated pace of change, new forms of complexity, and increased polarization among stakeholders.  This includes the transformation of older institutional arrangements, such as collective bargaining and workplace operating systems, and the establishment of new institutional arrangements, such as in the geosciences, biomedicine, regional innovation, and green energy.  I am co-author of five books on “strategic negotiations,” “knowledge-driven work,” “lean enterprise value,” and “organizational learning” and editor or co-editor of five additional books on human relations at work, workplace training, and comparative employment law.  I am also the author or co-author of over 85 articles, book chapters and policy papers on negotiations, high performance work systems, labor-management relations, dispute resolution, economic development, and engineering systems. 


In LER I have taught courses in “Change Management,” “Implementing High Performance Work Systems,” “Negotiations,” and “Multinational Corporations, National Employment Laws, and HRM.”  I also teach doctoral seminars in “Engineering Systems.”


I am honored to have led LER as dean for six years with a faculty spanning human resource management, industrial relations, labor economics, labor history, labor law, labor studies, organizational behavior, political science, psychology, and sociology – offering one of the world’s leading master’s degree programs in human resource management, a doctoral degree in human resources and industrial relations, on-line undergraduate minor in global labor studies, and outreach programs in labor education and human resource management. 


I have extensive experience facilitating large-scale systems change initiatives at the facility, enterprise, community, industry, and national levels in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, England, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Spain, South Africa, and the United States, including:  Stakeholder alignment; high performance/lean/knowledge-driven systems; alternative dispute resolution; cross-functional integration; and interest-based bargaining.


Curriculum Vita

“Stakeholder Alignment in Socio-Technical Systems”

Areas of Expertise

To reach Professor Cutcher-Gershenfeld:

223A LER Building
504 E. Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
(217)333-1454; (217)244-9290 fax
email: joelcg@illinois.edu