Research Overview & Highlights

Research is a core component of SMLR's mission, and our faculty are the world’s leading source of expertise on managing and representing workers, designing effective organizations, and building strong employment relationships.

Based upon their research and scholarly productivity, as well as key leadership roles served in professional associations, faculty members are acknowledged, both in the United States and abroad, as leaders in their respective fields.  

You may also want to explore our Research Briefs and Publications.

The Center for Women and Work (CWW) released a  study, Giving Voice to New Jersey's Caregivers: The Union Experiences of Home-Based Child Care Providers

CWW Report-Giving Voice

The report describes how home-based workers have fared three years after unionization and only four years after they gained the right to organize. CWW's research was highlighted in the Star-Ledger, In These Times, Workers Independent News, Rutgers Today, American Rights at Work Education Fund's report, and by the library at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

SMLR Professor Mingwei Liu and Ph.D. student Chunyun Li (seen at top) wrote a paper, "Environment Pressures, Managerial Industrial Relations Ideologies and Unionization in Chinese Enterprises," which was published by the British Journal of Industrial Relations (online, early view). Recently, Professor  Liu was granted $8,500 by the International Labor Organization for the project “Research on Governing Labor Standards in the Chinese Electronic Manufacturing Industry: Labor Market Institutions and Governance of Global Value Chains.” In addition, he became a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).


Professor Ingrid Fulmer's research is in the areas of human resource management, organizational behavior, and business ethics. She studies relationships among human resource practices, worker attitudes, and organizational performance, with particular interest in executive and non-executive compensation and employee benefits. She also studies social interactions in organizations, focusing on how those interactions are shaped by individual differences and by choice of influence tactics (e.g., communication medium, intentional use of emotion, unethical behavior).

Professor Jean Phillips' research interests focus on recruitment and staffing, leadership and team effectiveness, and linking organizational survey results to business outcomes. Recently, Professor Phillips and MHRM Program Alumnus Eric Weinberg co-authored a negotiation exercise that has been published by Ivey Publishing. The purpose of this role-play case series is to give participants the opportunity to experience a job offer negotiation as both the job candidate and the employer. Visit https://www.iveycases.comfor more information.