The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)'s goal is to advance the world of work through activities facilitated by our centers and programs. A listing and information on our centers and programs are featured below.
Center for Women and Work
The Center for Women and Work (CWW) is an innovative leader in research programs.
The Center for Women and Work (CWW) is an innovative leader in research and programs that promote gender equity, a high skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all. CWW is located in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. CWW addresses women’s advancement in the workplace and conducts cutting-edge research on successful public and workplace policies. Our areas of work include: Education and Career Development, Innovative Training and Workforce Development, Women's Leadership and Advancement, and Working Families. Click here to read more.
Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society (CSC)
The Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society (CSC), formerly known as the Center for Organizational Learning & Transformation, advances the knowledge and practice of the widespread move from bureaucratic hierarchies to team-based, flexible work systems that can leverage resources across boundaries. Click here to read more.
Colorado SECTORS Initiative
Throughout the country, at least 24 states and many regions are adopting sector strategies as a powerful mechanism to address employer and workforce needs. Sector strategies—state policies that promote regional, public-private partnerships to improve an industry’s workforce—have the dual goal of improving access to good jobs for workers and meeting industry’s need for a skilled labor force. The State of Colorado has adopted Strategies to Enhance Colorado's Talent Through Regional Solutions (SECTORS) and tasked Rutgers SMLR’s research team to analyze the results of its pilot programs. Click here to read more.
Interdisciplinary Working Group on Governing Work in The Global Economy
For two years, The Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs supports the work of an Interdisciplinary Working Group on Governing Work in the Global Economy. Organized around a core group of faculty from the School of Management and Labor Relations, the Department of Political Science and Rutgers Business School, the group seeks to bring together faculty and graduate students from across Rutgers University to explore the influence of global economic dynamics on labor market regulation and working conditions around the world. Click here to read more.
New Jersey Heathcare Talent Network
The mission of the New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (NJ HCTN) is to bring together the key stakeholders affecting New Jersey’s health care workforce. Serving as a comprehensive resource for employers, individual jobseekers, education and workforce development providers, the NJ HCTN works to align health care talent with the changing demands of this key sector of New Jersey’s economy. Funding for the NJ HCTN is provided by The State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and operates out of The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Click here to read more.
NJ PLACE—Leading Apprentices to a College Education
NJ PLACE leads apprentices to a college education.
New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to a College Education (NJ PLACE) is a statewide program administered by the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and funded through the State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) and New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). NJ PLACE involves collaboration among a number of partners, including NJ's 19 community colleges, organized labor, employer associations, federally registered apprenticeship programs, educational institutions, and several state agencies. Together, our stakeholders developed a statewide model to award college credit for graduates of participating registered apprenticeship programs. The goal is to remove the wall that traditionally separates vocational and academic courses of study. We do this by valuing the skills that people attain through apprenticeship and reward the attainment of those skills with the possibility of earning college credit. We also seek to provide students, parents, teachers, and school counselors with a new understanding of apprenticeship and other experiential learning - not as an alternative to a college education, but rather as a pathway (a very exciting and promising pathway) to a college degree! Click here to read more.
Occupational Training and Education Consortium
Since 2001, the Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC) has led a range of workforce development projects supported through federal, state, and foundation sources. With a focus on work environment issues including occupational and environmental health and safety, OTEC develops grant-funded partnerships with employers, unions, and community-based groups. OTEC projects seek to increase the communication and problem-solving skills of individuals and the effectiveness of their organizations. Click here to read more.
The Program for Disability Research
The Program for Disability Research conducts and coordinates research on the economic, social, and political inclusion of people with disabilities. We focus on two broad areas: employment and political participation of people with disabilities. Click here to read more.
Research Partnership With The Solidarity Center
In 2011, Rutgers SMLR Dean Susan J. Schurman and Professor Adrienne Eaton, chair of the department of labor studies and employment relations, were selected as the principal investigators for a five-year research partnership with the Solidarity Center, a non-profit organization that assists workers around the world who are struggling to build democratic and independent trade unions. The research partnership is aimed at documenting the effects of globalization on the nature of work and on labor and employment relations around the world. In particular, the research has focused on three programmatic areas thus far: unions and informal workers, unions and women workers and unions and migrant workers. Studies have been undertaken in Cambodia, Colombia, Dominican Republican, Jordan, South African, and Tunisia and have involved researchers based both at Rutgers and at other institutions around the globe. Click here to read more and view the reports.
Rutgers' executive education participants from Mumbai are seen above.
Rutgers' Executive Education
Since its founding in 1947, Rutgers' Executive Education (formerly Rutgers' Center for Management Development) has been an international leader in developing and delivering innovative training solutions to strengthen the business, human resources, leadership and management skills of our clients. Instructors are Rutgers University faculty members and industry experts brought in for their current expertise in specific areas. Participants can earn a variety of credits and certifications from our programs, including academic graduate credit from the School of Management and Labor Relations and Rutgers Business School. Click here to read more.
Strategic Human Resource Leadership Council
The Strategic Human Resource Leadership Council (SHRLC) is part of the top-ranked Department of Human Resource Management at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. SHRLC was created to increase collaboration between the world-renowned HR faculty at Rutgers University and senior HR thought-leaders from many of the top global corporations. Together, they identify the competencies and design the curriculum for the development of future HR leaders. The goal of SHRLC is to advance and shape the field of human resource management by means of this exceptional collaboration. Click here to read more.
Working Group on Governing Work in the Global Economy
The Interdisciplinary Working Group on Governing Work in the Global Economy explores the influence of global economic dynamics on labor market regulation and working conditions around the world. Click here to read more.