SMLR Update February 21, 2011


New Custom Mini-MBAs

CMD Executive Director Bill Bigonesss is pleased to announce that Roche will be running a new session of the Mini-MBA in Leading BioPharma Innovation starting next month and that CMD has been selected by Johnson & Johnson to conduct an onsite version of the Mini-MBA in Digital Marketing.  Claudia Meer, Eric Greenberg and Bill are happy for the support over the past few months as they pursued these opportunities.  If the pilot program  is successful in April, J&J plans to roll it out across their organization, including perhaps overseas.

Hot HR Minor Ready for the Majors

Since the introduction of an HR minor in 2009, it has experienced rapid growth, with 275 students now signed up for the minor and over 500 taking HR undergraduate courses. Rutgers Today featured an article on: Hot New Minor Poised for Jump to the Majors.  Dave Ferio, Mark Huselid and Dave Lepak are quoted in the article that features a photo Undergraduate program director Bill Castellano. 

Bill is very happy to announce that the Board of Governors has now approved the HRM major! The next step is dissemination of a Program Announcement to other NJ colleges and universities for a comment period extending into March. After the comment period, the proposal will be submitted in April for review by the statewide committee to be held in May. The final step is a review by the New Jersey President's Council in June.

New Global Labor Partnership

The Solidarity Center, the international outreach arm of the AFL-CIO, will be partnering with our labor extension program on a grant from USAID to deliver labor education in a number of developing nations. 

National Staff Organization Conference Speaker

Sue Schurman will be speaking at the March 21st conference for the National Staff Organization which will be held at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.  Sue's talk is titled "The External Changing Environment'.  Click here for details on the event.

Dorothy Sue Cobble Hits the Lecture Circuit 

Dorothy Sue Cobble will be giving three talks in the coming month: The first entitled "When Liberalism Had Class," is on March 2 at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York, where she is on leave this year working on her latest book. On March 19, she will be part of a panel, "The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: A Centennial Remembrance," at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting in Houston.  On March 30, she will travel to Nantes, France to give a paper, "Making Selves, Making Others," as part of a three-day seminar on "The Humanization of Labour Since 1919," sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the French Institute for Advanced Studies.

SMLR in the News

SMLR Research Prominent in Public Employee Pay Disputes

Jeff Keefe, professor of the Labor and Employment Relations, has become one of the leading national figures in the debates intensifying in many states over public sector unions and their pay and benefits.  Jeff's recent reports for the Economic Policy Institute on public sector workers in Wisconsin and Michigan have featured prominently in the national and local press.  

Big Pharma Research Partnerships

David Finegold is quoted in the February 7th edition of NJBIZ in an article titled Small firms power Big Pharma's research.  As blockbuster patents expire and blockbuster mergers continue, many pharmaceutical companies are looking to external partners to bolster their pipelines, even as they ponder the right posture for long-term sustainability.

NHLPA enbraces sports labor challenge

Bob Angelo was quoted several times in an article on Donald Fehr's hiring as Executive Director of the NHL Players Assn. that appeared in the Sports Business Journal, which is the leading publication in the Sports industry.  Negotiations to replace or extend existing agreements in each of the major leagues are set against the backdrop of an uncertain economy, and a strong insistence by team owners and league executives that their sport can’t survive under its existing system. Yet franchise values continue to rise, setting the stage for especially contentious negotiations. For the next two years or so, news of progress or lack thereof, will be reported on day after day.

Online Mini-MBA Social Media Marketing

The Center for Management Development (CMD) has announced that Mark Schaefer will join the faculty to teach the first Online Mini-MBA: Social Media Marketing Program to begin on February 28th.  An article on this new program was featured on CNBC on Wednesday, February 16. 

Rutgers' News

MBS Partners with Nobel Prize-Granting Institute

We are happy to announce that the Master of Business and Science program has signed its third partnership agreement with a leading international university.  This will foster student exchange between Rutgers and KI (Karolinska Institutet) in Stockholm, Sweden, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in Medicine. 

Last weekend, while my son Sam was taking part in a prospective student weekend at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA, I took the opportunity to meet with the senior leadership to discuss a 4 +1 partnership between Olin and MBS like the ones they've established with nearby Babson and Harvard Business School.  Olin is a unique place with a mission to reinvent engineering education.  It graduated its first class in 2006. As an example, Olin is probably the only college that includes a performance where students may set themselves on fire as part of a weekend to recruit students and their parents;  see this clip of a past weekend:  

Send off for Beckman Rich

Steve Director and I attended a farewell party for Beckman Rich, a long-time attorney in the General Counsel's office who has been a valuable advisor to SMLR and the University.  Beckman is retiring to work with his son in a new Italian restaurant in Brooklyn.

Dean's Highlights


I kicked off a new session of the Mini-MBA in Leading BioPharma Innovation and did back-to-back guest lectures for an undergraduate course on Issues and Concepts in Biotechnology.

Huber Fellow to Design new Course for HRM

I met with Joe Hsueh, who recently graduated from MIT, and is a current fellow in Democratic Capitalism at SMLR.  Joe's thesis involved the creation of a computer simulation of the HR system and the interaction of all of its components which he will use in the design of a new course for the HR Department.    

Merck Chief Diversity Officer

Lee Wiliamson and I met with Deb Dagit, Merck's CDO to discuss many ways of partnering with SMLR, including a possible new study by Niki Dickerson and colleagues of the career decisions of the 550+ scientists and doctors whose education Merck has funded through the United Negro College Fund.

Rutgers Day Stop Hunger Now Event

I had an excellent meeting with Janice Dilella and Elena Orama who are working with Rutgers Against Hunger to plan our showcase event for Rutgers Day on April 30, 2011. We will be seeking to pack meals to feed 10,000 people or more in our volunteer Food Factory.  Individuals with creative ideas to help with the fund-raising beforehand should contact: Alexis J. Lehmann (

Visiting Korean Health Delegation

I agreed to give the opening speech for a delegation headed by South Korea's Ministry of Health, which will be visiting the New York area in April.

Alumni and SMLR Supporter Meetings

I enjoyed catchiing up with Francis Zuccarello, who has provided generous funding for scholarships for our labor studies students in honor of his father, Anthony S. Zuccarello, who spent his career as a labor organizer.  And also had the chance to take EMHRL alum Tracey Porter to a Rutgers men's basketball game against Seton Hall.

RBS Dean

Glenn Shafer, the Acting Dean of the Rutgers Business School, and I had some very productive initial discussions about ways of enhancing cooperation between SMLR and RBS, from the undergraduate to the doctoral program and executive education.  The RBS Dean search is also going well, having just completed the interviews with seven very strong semifinalists. 

Center for Non-Profit Management Advisory Board

The School of Social Work's Center for Non-Profit Management continues to make wonderful progress in providing research, teaching and services to non-profit organizations across New Jersey.  I was particularly impressed by a new and growing summer program they've created to support foster children who are going to college in the state.  

Media Relations

John Chadwick, the editor of Rutgers Today, will now be serving as the main media contact for SMLR.  John and I discussed a range of new story ideas.  If you have any articles to suggest, don't hesitate to reach out to him.

Diversifying the Science Pipeline

Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. visited campus last week to give an inspirational talk on the need to attract a more diverse pool of young people into the sciences and concrete suggestions for how to do it.