Work Organization and Management

Work Organization and Management Concentration or Minor


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?   A focus on Work Organization and Management will prepare you for a variety of jobs in business, public agencies, and/or community organizations.  We offer this focus either as a concentration within the Labor Studies and Employment Relations major or as a minor!


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 (HR) 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.  A Master of Human Resource Management degree is the ticket to higher-level jobs in this field.  But this concentration or minor can lead to an entry-level position in HR.  You also should investigate pursuing a Minor in Human Resource Management, which can be combined with this concentration in the Labor Studies and Employment Relations major.
  • Consultant.  Management consultants typically need a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).  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 in your later MBA program.  And, it also builds the key analytical, verbal and interpersonal skills you will need as a consultant.
  • Community, non-profit, 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.


For requirements,


For the minor:  To complete a minor in Work Organization and Management, six courses are required.  You must take (a) One 100-level Labor Studies & Employment Relations course, (b) one course in category A and three in category B from the list below, and (c) one other course at the 200 level or higher offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department.


For the major concentration:  To complete a concentration in Work Organization and Management, you must fulfill all the requirements of the major, including one course in category A and three or more courses in category B from the list below.  Courses in the concentration count toward the major.

Courses specific to the Work Organization and Management concentration or minor:

A. Must take at least one:

37:575:308           Dynamics of Work and Work Organization

37:575:311           Organizational Design and Structure


B. Must take at least three:

37:575:220           Law for Business & Non-Profits

37:575:230           People, Work and Organizations

37:575:308           Dynamics of Work and Work Organization

37:575:311           Organizational Design and Structure

37:575:313           Technological Change and the World of Work

37:575:317           Contingent and Nonstandard Work

37:575:318           Leadership in Work Organizations

37:575:325           Economics of the Employment Relationship

37:575:326           Negotiation

37:575:338           Occupational Safety and Health

37:624:345           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


Labor Studies & Employment Relations Faculty Involved in this Area

Vik Advani, Assistant Teaching Professor, JD, Rutgers-Camden

Joseph Blasi, Professor II, EdD, Harvard

Ashley Conway, Assistant Teaching Professor, MA, American University

Rebecca Givan, Associate Professor, PhD, Northwestern

Charles Heckscher, Professor, PhD, Harvard

Doug Kruse, Professor, PhD, Harvard

Sheila Lawrence, Assistant Teaching Professor, PhD, Rutgers

Carmen Martino, Assistant Teaching Professor, MA, Rutgers

Anne-Michelle Marsden, Assistant Teaching Professor, MS, Florida State

Saul Rubinstein, Professor, PhD, MIT


For more information contact one of the following:


Amy Marchitto                                  Talia Schank                                                       Prof. Paula Voos

Undergraduate Advisor                 Undergraduate Advisor                                 Academic Program Director                     

848-932-8559                                     848-932-1749                                                     848-932-1748