SMLR Update March 7, 2011


SMLR's First Endowed Chair: Professor Joseph Blasi

We celebrated one of the great days in our School's history on February 24th, when Professor Joseph Blasi was invested as the inaugural J. Robert Beyster Professor of Employee Ownership.  We had a great turnout for the ceremony in Kirkpatrick Chapel.  Thanks to all those who made the day such a great success. Rutgers Today published a wonderful profile that describes the profound impact of Joseph's work on the field of employee ownership.

Employee Ownership Fellows Workshop

Following the investiture Joseph, Doug Kruse, and Richard Freeman hosted a jam packed two-day workshop for all of the fellows in employee ownership, democratic capitalism, and freedom-based management, along with many of those who supported their fellowships.  Over 20 papers from a wide range of disciplines were discussed. We want to offer particular thanks to John Menke, who provided the travel fellwoships that enabled individuals to attend the workshop from across Europe and the US, in memory of Louis Kelso, the pioneer in the creation of ESOPs in the US.

Video Shoot with SMLR Faculty

Christopher DeMichele visited campus to tape interviews with Susan Jackson, Joseph Blasi, Doug Kruse, and myself, along with other Rutgers faculty, that we can use to promote the School and to provide content for the Enrichment Resource Group website he's developing to promote education with a powerful social message.  Chris was also kind enough to shoot some documentary footage and interviews with participants in the investiture and fellows workshop.  

New Member for WINGS

We are delighted to welcome PricewaterhouseCoopers, a preeminent accounting and consulting firm, as a corporate partner of the WINGS Mentoring Program.  Connie Ellis, Director of the WINGS program, said "Rutgers undergraduate women will have the opportunity to learn from experienced PwC women."  Connie is working with Marcy Sherwin, Human Resources Manager at PwC, to design the WINGS experience there.

GEMHRL Focuses on the BRICs

The Global Executive Master's in HR Leadership has redesigned its program this year to focus even more fully on the largest growth markets in the world, shifting one of its four locations from Prague to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new running order will be Mumbai, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and New York, which is reflected in the new logo.  A few places in the program, which begins next month, are still available.  For more information go to:   EMHRL Logo



More Success for CMD

The Center for Management Development's recent string of successes continued with:

- Decision by Roche to sign up for another custom Mini-MBA in BioPharma Innovation for the Fall that will follow the one beginning later this month.

- Signing up 6 international bioscience companies who are interested in investing in NJ to take part in the Mini-MBA in Global BioEntrepreneurship this May.  We will match them with highly experienced professionals who have recently been displaced by the consolidation of NJ's large pharmaceutical firms to help create high-quality new businesses and jobs in the state.

- Meeting with Joe Barone of the Mario School of Pharmacy to explore the possibility of integrating our Mini MBA in BioPharma Innovation into their very successful PharmD Fellows program, which places over 70 graduates each year in 2 year fellowships with NJ's life science firms. 

Rutgers NFL Stars Take Part in Community Mentoring Program

Sean Rogers is a leader in a Central NJ mentoring program that SMLR has helped support: This week he organized an event where Devin and Jason McCourty, former Rutgers cornerbacks who now play for the Patriots and the Titans, came to speak to the boys.  We hope to have the group visit SMLR later this Spring.

Rutgers Day Food Factory

We had an excellent planning meeting for our showcase event which will be held in the Werblin Athletic Center on Rutgers Day, that falls on Saturday, April 30th this year.  In partnership with Rutgers Against Hunger and Stop Hunger Now, we're planning to have a Food Factory, where small assembly lines of volunteers will put together meals that will be shipped around the world.  Our target is to feed at least 30,000 people.  Thus far, we've raised over $1500 of the $7500 we need to meet that target with several additional fund-raising events planned.  Every $5 we raise feeds another 20 people, so I urge you to join the cause by donating to Rutgers Against Hunger and specifying that your gift should go to the Rutgers Day event.  Thanks to our team of Janice Dilella, Niki Dickerson von Lockette, Alexis Lehman, and Elena Orama, who are working on the planning and fund-raising for the day.

SMLR Convocation

Invitations to SMLR's 8th Convocation on May 15, 2011 at 7:00pm are being distributed now and are ready for pickup.  If you need invitations please contact Linda Post:  Invitations will also be mailed shortly inviting graduating students and their families and friends to the University Commencement on May 15th at 10:00am, which will feature Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as the speaker.

SMLR and Rutgers in the News

New Position for Former RBS Dean

NJBIZ reported that Michael Cooper, who recently stepped down as Dean of Rutgers Business School, has announced he’s leaving New Jersey to accept a new post as Dean of Bryant University’s College of Business.  Cooper, who joined Rutgers as dean in May 2007, will start at the Smithfield, R.I. University in May. He’ll bring with him the experiences from Rutgers, where he created the Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center and the Ethics Leadership Institute.

More Coverage for Jeff Keefe's Research

An article in the online newspaper Student Life of Washington University in St. Louis describes how Missouri is trying to fix its budget problems, citing Jeff's research on wages and benefits of public sector employees in Wisconsin.

Dean's Highlights

New Report on Indian Graduates in the US

I'm pleased to announce the release of a new report, co-authored with Dr. Ventakesh Kumar from the Tata Institute for Social Science in Mumbai and SMLR PhD student, Anne-Laure Winkler, based on a survey we conducted of nearly 1,000 Indian graduate students and graduates in the US to determine their willingness to return to India to fill some of the estimated 1,000,000 new faculty positions that will need to be created if the government is to meet its target of providing higher education for 20% of India's young people by 2020.  The report, released today, is getting strong coverage in the leading Indian papers and will be published in the top Indian weekly magazine later this month.  Our thanks to Joanne Mangels for help in getting the report out.  The report can be downloaded from the SMLR site:

Rutgers Foundation Talk

Deborah Silver and I made a presentation to the Rutgers Foundation leadership and directors of development about the exciting initiatives underway at SMLR, the redevelopment of the Livingston Campus, and the MBS program.

Basketball with SMLR Advisors

Enjoyed going to the final few games of the regular season with two long-time friends and advisors of the School -- Larry Henderson, former head of PERC and now a successful arbitrator, and Sid Seligman, the SVP of HR at St. Barnabas Health Care System.

Rutgers China Strategy

Our task force had a very successful meeting with Pres. McCormick, where he agreed to fund a new director position to lead Rutgers' efforts to substantially grow our educational and research programs in China and to make Rutgers a top US destination for Chinese students.


I had the chance to share my work related to bioindustry ethics and CSR with two groups this week: guest lecturing in the MBS ethics seminar and then joining a group of professors and PhD students at RBS in Newark for an informal seminar.  We had a great discussion which ranged from Mike Santoro's new book, "China 2020," to Anne Buchholtz's efforts to have RBS included in the Aspen Institute's global rankings of the top 100 business school ethics programs, to Kevin Kolben's recent ILO project that looked at labor practices in Jordan's garment industry, where almost all the workers are imported from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

New Skills Study

Johnny Sung, Gerbrand Tholen, and I have been awarded a small new grant by the Canadian Government to conducat a literature review on: Adopting a business strategy that employs high skilled labour to achieve better firm performance: what role does skills availability play?

The State of Workforce Diversity 2011

I accepted Bob Lattimer's invitation to speak about my research on global talent trends at the Heldrich Center's workshop this Spring.

Planning for a New Rutgers Technology Park

We had the first Advisory Board meeting for the effort to create an 80-acre Rutgers Technology Park as part of the redevelopment of the Livingston Campus. Battelle will be conducting the feasibility study.

RU in New Brunswick

We had a good brainstorming session to identify the key roles and potential pitfalls for the new clearinghouse that will be established to foster and coordinate RU's wide range of community engagement efforts with New Brunswick.

Have a great week,