December 6, 2010


Top Ten Book Recognition -- Paula Caligiuri's Get a Life, Not a Job was named one of the 2010 top 10 career books by Kerry Hannon from Forbes.

Paula also appeared on CNN on Sunday to discuss "Tips for office holiday parties."   

N.J. firm is in lead at a new frontier for generics - In a November 29th article in NJ Biz, David Finegold is quoted about the debate over whether the FDA should approve generic biologic drugs.

The 21st-Century Workforce: China, India and Implications for the U.S. - At Diversity Inc's two-day national learning event in Washington, D.C, David Finegold shared the results from his research project with Mingwei Liu analyzing major efforts in India and China to raise the levelsDavid Finegold of skill for their populations, which together account for more than 35 percent of the global workforce. 

Guest Lecture by Ray Carey -- The ex-CEO of ADT and founder of the Carey Center on Democratic Capitalism visited SMLR on Wednesday to share his insights with Joseph Blasi's class on Corporate Governance.  After a very lively discussion with the students, Ray and his wife Dennice then met with a group of SMLR faculty and doctoral students to continue the discussion of democratic capitalism.

Faculty Unionism - Adrienne Eaton visited the Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois on November 18-19: she delivered a talk on "FacultyAdrienne Eaton Unionism in a Research University" to the Campus Faculty Association, did a presentation on her latest research on unit-based teams at Kaiser-Permanente at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and appeared on the program Focus on the local public radio station, WILL. She also visited with SMLR alums Aparna Joshi and Monica Bielski. 

LERA 2010 Research Volume Features Four Rutgers Editors -- Mary Gatta, Hal Salzman, Sue Schurman and I are pleased that our new book,Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System, is out in time for the holidays. 

smileyThis perfect stocking stuffer  brings together leading scholars and practitioners working in the skills field to examine what research tells us about the current state of the US skills system in comparative perspective and the major changes that are required to help better prepare US workers for the challenges of competing in the decades ahead. Particular emphasis is placed on labor-management efforts at enhancing skill development.

HRM Book Release -  The latest book in the Business Expert Press Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior series, edited by Stan Gully and Jean Phillips, has just been released. It is: Shlosberg, M. (2010). Letting People Go: The People-Centered Approach to Firing and Laying Off Employees. J. M. Phillips and S.M. Gully, Eds., New York: Business Expert Press.

HRM Major Moves Forward -- We are delighted to report that last week the SAS Core Curriculum committee approved the requirements for the new undergrad HR major. We expect to receive a final approval from the SAS Faculty by the end of this semester to begin accepting undergrad HR majors for Fall 2011. In the meantime enrollments in the undergrad HR minor are booming. Based on early enrollment numbers, we have already filled 729 seats in undergrad HR courses for this Spring. That an increase of 277 over Spring a year ago.

Selected Problems in Human Resources Information Systems welcomed two guest lecturers this past month. Rachel Aumack from NJ Resources, and Asif Zulfiqar from Verizon shared their experiences to the class on being project managers responsible for the implementation of HR solutions at their respective companies. Both Rachel and Asif stressed the importance of being able to work closely with the IT group to successfully deploy HR applications. HR is ultimately responsible for the success of application solutions, not the IT organization, and having project management skills and being able to talk to "IT lingo" is a real plus for the students. 

PhD News

Fellowship Award  -- Sean Rogers has been awarded an Army Research Institute Fellowship. He will be based in the Army's new behavioral and social science research lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD conducting research closely related to his thesis on social identity and organizational cohesion and performance. The timing for the fellowship is ideal as the military re-examines its "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.Sean also presented a paper entitled "The Dynamics of Volunteers in Blended Workforces: Their Psychological Involvement and Effects on Standard Employee Coworkers" on Nov. 19th at the annual meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA) in Alexandria, VA. Sean was also the recipient of an ARNOVA travel grant.

New Publication -- Congratulations to Andrea Kim, whose article "How Does HRM Enhance Strategic Capabilities? Evidence from the Korean Management Consulting Industry" was accepted by The International Journal of Human Resource Management and will be published after early 2012.

General News

2011 Industry StudiIndustry Studies Conference - The 2011 Industry Studies Conference will be held May 31-June 3, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh and looking for people to submit a panel or abstract. Please consider submitting to the research stream in Labor Markets, Organizations, and Employment Relations. They are looking for papers and panels that will examine the impacts of firm, industry, and market characteristics on labor markets, industrial relations, and/or human resource practices as well as public policy outcomes and papers and panels that examine the effect of organizational practices, such as flexibility practices, high performance work systems, and other industrial relations and HR practices, on organizational and individual outcomes. Papers that are comparative across industries and/or countries are encouraged.  The deadline for abstract submissions is December 13, 2010.

Dean's Highlights

New Partners for MBS -- We're very excited to have initiated two new strategic partnerships that should provide great students and opportunities for the Master of Business and Science program.  The first is with Sweden's Karolinska Institute, which grants the Nobel Prize in Medicine. We will begin student exchanges with their Global Master's in BioEntrepreneurship.  The second is with Olin College, one of the US's most innovative new Engineering Schools, where we'll create a 4 + 1 program to attract some of their top students.

NJ League of Municipalities -- I spoke on a panel designed to encourage New Jersey's towns and cities to attract bioscience companies at the League's Annual Conference in Atlantic City

Grand Rounds -- Though it feels like I'm the wrong kind of doctor to be doing it, I was pleased to be invited back to deliver a lecture at St. Peter's Hospital's Grand Rounds on Tuesday.  My talk on "The Changing Healthcare Landscape" provoked a lively discussion of the new healthcare reforms. 

Giving What We Can -- Sam and I enjoyed attending a standing-room-only lecture by leading philosopher Prof. Peter Singer on Thursday night, where he made the case that if all individuals were willing to donate a small percentage of their income, we could eliminate global poverty.  The event marked the launch of the first US university chapter of "Giving What We Can," a global movement based on Singer's work. 

Chamber of Commerce --  I was very pleased to be invited to join a new group that is being hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce to think creatively about the future of US economic and international policy, and even more pleased to make it on time to the first meeting on Wednesday night after the storm knocked down power lines outside of Newark and shut down all Amtrak trains coming out of Penn Station.  It was a great discussion featuring participants from across the political spectrum, including journalists, researchers from top think tanks, foundations, corporate executives,