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In our increasingly polarized world, people on opposite ends of the political spectrum can still find common ground and have a meaningful conversation. It just takes a little work. Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations Professor Charles Heckscher, author of the book Trust in a Complex World, will offer practical tips during a special event organized by newspaper columnist and television host MaryLynn Schiavi on Thursday, April 6. Heckscher will begin with a brief presentation, drawing on the research presented in his book. Then, guests will join an open... read more

               James Hayton PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 31, 2017) – The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) today announced that James Hayton will step down as Dean on June 30 for family reasons. Adrienne Eaton, who currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will become Acting Dean on July 1. “It has been an extremely difficult decision,” Hayton said. “I am grateful to have had an opportunity to serve as Dean at a school that I have always respected as a leading institution in our... read more

When researchers at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) began studying the impact of union-management partnerships in public education, they discovered a remarkable trend. Schools that embraced collaborative leadership – in which administrators work together with teachers and their unions on curriculum, instructional practice, and policies – reported higher student achievement and lower teacher turnover than schools that employ top-down change. Impressively, collaboration achieved these positive results even in the poorest schools. Saul Rubinstein presents his... read more

News reporters turned to the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) for expert insight and reaction to a broad range of labor stories during the month of February. President Donald Trump’s first pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on February 15, spurring national coverage. Associate Professor Janice Fine weighed in for The Atlantic, while Distinguished Professor Sue Schurman talked to Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and Marketplace, a public radio program that airs on hundreds of stations across the country. “It was extraordinary that Trump... read more

SMLR Distinguished Professor Douglas Kruse’s latest book is now available, and it’s already caught the attention of a former White House budget director. Peter Orszag, who served as President Barack Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget (2009-10) and director of the Congressional Budget Office (2007-08), wrote about Kruse’s work in a Bloomberg column published on February 22. The book, How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Last Two Recessions?, documents a link between employee ownership and increased employment stability. It’s co-authored by Fidan Ana... read more