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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations


Research Overview

The primary focus of my research is on enabling institutions to operate effectively at a time of accelerating change, increasing complexity, and growing polarization among stakeholders. This includes the transformation of long-standing institutional arrangements, such as collective bargaining and workplace operating systems, as well as the establishment of new institutional arrangements, such as the cyberinfrastructure for science, public-private partnerships in biomedicine, and regional innovation networks.  My work is reflected in six co-authored books on Ford-UAW transformations (MIT Press), international HRM and the law (Edward Elgar), organizational learning systems (Oxford University Press), lean enterprise value (Palgrave), knowledge-driven work (Oxford University Press), and strategic negotiations (Harvard Business School Press), as well as service as editor or co-editor of five additional books on human relations at work and workplace training.  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. 

Teaching Overview

In LER I teach courses in “Change Management,” “Implementing High Performance Work Systems,” “Negotiations,” and “Multinational HRM and the Law.” 

Administration Overview

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. 

Technical Assistance Overview

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