Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Work Organization and Management

Do you want a career managing people instead of finances or things? Are you interested in how teams are replacing assembly lines in some workplaces or how bureaucracy is changing in global corporations? 

If so, then you may want to consider the School of Management and Labor Relations as an alternative to Business School. Our concentration or minor in Work Organization and Management will prepare you for a variety of entry-level jobs in business, public agencies, and/or community organizations.

Careers Related to Work Organization and Management

Manager. Line managers (such as first-level supervisors, department heads, plant managers, or a variety of middle managers) nurture the talents of other employees and get them to apply their energies to the job at hand. Learning how to manage people well is probably the most important thing that you will learn in this concentration or minor.

Human resource specialist. Human resource professionals help employers manage talent strategically in order to increase firm performance. They may be generalists or may concentrate on a single area like recruitment or benefits. While a Master of Human Resource Management degree offered by SMLR prepares students for higher-level jobs in this field, this concentration might lead to an entry-level position in human resources. You may also wish to investigate pursuing a Minor in Human Resource Management, which can be combined with our major.

Consultant. Management consultants typically need a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and this concentration or minor is an excellent way to prepare for an MBA program. It gives you an understanding of many key contemporary issues affecting the management of people at work without duplicating much of the content you will be exposed to while pursuing an MBA. And, it also builds the key analytical, verbal, and interpersonal skills you will need as a consultant.

Community, nonprofit, or union leader/manager. These organizations also need to manage people well and require individuals with many of the other skills involved in running a business—from understanding budgets to creating effective marketing programs. This major concentration will give you the freedom to combine your dedication to social change with the skills needed to successfully run such an organization.

What is required?

  • For the major concentration:

    To complete a concentration in Work Organization and Management, you must fulfill all the requirements of the major, including Dynamics of Work and Work Organization (37:575:308) and three courses from the "courses specific to the work organization and management concentration or minor" list. Courses in the concentration count toward the major.

  • For the minor:

    To complete a minor in Work Organization and Management, six courses are required. You must take either Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations (37:575:100) or Work, Society, and the Quality of Life (37:575:110), Dynamics of Work and Work Organization (37:575:308), three courses from the list below, and one other course offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations department.

  • Courses specific to the Work Organization and Management Concentration or Minor:

    A. Must take:
    37:575:308 Dynamics of Work and Work Organization

    B. Must take at least three in addition to what is taken in category A.

    37:575:230 People, Work and Organizations
    37:575:313 Technological Change and the World of Work
    37:575:317 Contingent and Nonstandard Work
    37:575:325 Economics of the Employment Relationship
    37:575:338 Occupational Safety and Health
    37:575:345 Organizational Behavior and Work
    37:575:361 Labor and Corporate Restructuring
    37:575:362 The Work Education Connection
    37:575:367 Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
    37:575:368 Professional Development Strategies
    37:575:375 Benefits and Social Insurance
    37:575:385 Finance for Organizational Leadership

Department Faculty with Considerable Teaching or Research in this Area:

Amy Bahruth, M.S., I.H., Hunter College, City University of New York
David Bensman, Ph.D., Columbia University
Joseph Blasi, Ed.D., Harvard
Andrienne Eaton, Chair, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Charles Heckscher, Ph.D. Harvard University
Jeff Keefe, Ph.D., Cornell
Doug Kruse, Ph.D., Harvard
Anne-Michelle Marsden
Saul Rubinstein, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Susan Schurman, Dean, University College
Paula Voos, Director, Credit program in Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Ph.D., Harvard

Long-Term Adjunct Faculty:

Jeff Kaplowitz, retired VP HRM
Shelia Lawrence, PhD Statistics