Ph.D. Candidate


Chunyun Li is a Ph.D candidate. Her research interests include collective bargaining, employment relations, organizational behavior and human resource management, and global labor standards. The particular geographic focus of her research is China.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education

    M.S., Human Resource Management, Rutgers University (2011)

    B.A., Labor and Social Security, Renmin University of China (2009)

  • Publications

    Liu, M. and Li, C. 2012. Environment Pressures, Managerial Industrial Relations Ideologies, and Unionization in the Chinese Enterprises. British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Liu, M., Li, C., and Kim, S.2011. Chinese Trade Unions in Transition: A three-level analysis, in Sheldon, P., Kim, S., Li, Y., and Warner, M. (eds.), China’s Changing Workplace: Dynamism, diversity, and disparity, London: Routledge.

  • Files

Ph.D. Student


She is interested in issues of value fit (person-organization, person-job, and person-person), organizational culture, diversity, motivation, international HR, strategic HR, selection, and training and development. Her master’s thesis was “The effects of value congruence among team members on job satisfaction and organizational commitment.”

Prior to Ph.D. study, she worked for several years as a HR staff and training specialist in Korea.

  • Education

    MBA, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, Seoul National University (2004)

    BA, English Literature, Ewha Womans University (2001)

Ph.D. Student


Sargam Garg is a Ph.D. student at School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University. Her research interests include strategic human resource management and idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) in organizations . She has an MBA, an MS and four years of work experience in Human Resource Management. 

  • Education

    MBA, MS - Major: Human Resource Management 

  • Publications

    Training - Mantra of the new millennium, Human Capital, 4(11), Apr 2001.

    Leadership - Poised for perfection, Human Capital, 4(6), Nov 2000. 

  • Research Initiatives

    Strategic human resource management 
    Idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) in organizations 


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Rutgers Ph.D. students can take doctoral courses at Princeton, Columbia, NYU, CUNY, Fordham, New School, or Stony Brook as part of their studies, through the Inter-University Consortium in which Rutgers participates. Our program also participates in a new consortium of industrial relations and human resources programs with M.I.T., Cornell, Michigan State, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Minnesota in which students can take joint videoconference classes from leading scholars in each institution.

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Admission to the PhD program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (IRHR) is competitive and highly selective. On average, two or three students are admitted to the program per year. The school values diversity and is strongly committed to equal opportunity.

Degree Requirements

The program of study in IRHR requires all students to:

  1. complete three core seminars
  2. select a primary field of either Human Resources [PDF] or Labor, Work, and Society [PDF], in which five courses will be taken
  3. either select a secondary field in which three courses will be taken, or take three electives if no secondary field is chosen
  4. complete four statistics and research methods courses
  5. complete a Master's thesis

Courses and Syllabi

Below are the PhD courses offered by faculty at the School of Management and Labor Relations, with links to sample course syllabi. Students often take PhD courses relevant to their interests in other schools and departments at Rutgers. The SMLR Graduate Catalog can assist you.

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Guidelines for Faculty Who Supervise Doctoral Students in RAs and TAs

This document describes the expectations for SMLR faculty members who mentor and supervise IRHR doctoral students serving as the faculty member's teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA). The statement serves to inform faculty of their obligations to the student and the school when they accept this role, and to inform the student of the expectations on the part of their advisor.

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