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Managers Who Listen Attract Top Talent

In new research out of the ILR School, Assistant Professors John McCarthy and JR Keller suggest that managers who encourage employee input may gain an internal recruiting advantage over those who do not.
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Managers Who Listen Attract Top Talent

Archivists and Curators Share Favorite Artifacts

The Kheel Center’s Steven Calco and Marcie Farwell join archivists from across the Cornell University Library system to display some of the rare and distinctive collections that support Cornell scholarship and attract researchers from all over the world.
Marcie Farwell, the Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
Archivists and Curators Share Favorite Artifacts

Build Capacity, Not Sanctions

Trade agreements should include more resources for trade partners, says Assistant Professor Desiree LeClercq.
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Build Capacity, Not Sanctions

Codes of Conduct for Supply Chains Challenged

“Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains,” a new book by Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla, examines the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility in improving labor standards in global supply chains.
Cover art for Sarosh Kuruvilla's book, “Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains.”
Codes of Conduct for Supply Chains Challenged

Reconciling Social Rights and Economic Development

International organizations must improve coordination with each other to help governments recover from COVID-19, says Assistant Professor Desiree LeClercq.
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Reconciling Social Rights and Economic Development

Africana Library Exhibit Explores MLK’s Labor Activism

An earlier version of the exhibit “All Labor Has Dignity” was displayed in 2019 at the Kheel Center.
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Africana Library Exhibit Explores MLK’s Labor Activism

‘Di Linke’ Conference Videos Available Online

Videos from a December 2020 conference focused on the Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order archives, housed at ILR’s Kheel Center in Catherwood Library, are now available for viewing.
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‘Di Linke’ Conference Videos Available Online

Understanding Workplace Dispute Resolution and Voice

A new paper from Associate Professor Ariel Avgar addresses the five key ways in which non-union firms handle dispute resolution.
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Understanding Workplace Dispute Resolution and Voice

New Conversations Project Releases Social Dialogue Report

A year-long mapping exercise, utilizing COVID-19 as a “stress test,” has resulted in 10 country-specific reports on the state of worker organizing, bargaining and social dialogue in garment-producing nations.
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New Conversations Project Releases Social Dialogue Report

Sweet Rewards Valued More

New research from Professor Michele Belot finds that children enjoy sweet foods more after receiving them as a reward.
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Sweet Rewards Valued More

ILR Review Special Issue Set for May

The May issue of the ILR School’s peer-reviewed journal explores new theories that help us understand economic and social changes that affect employment relations.
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ILR Review Special Issue Set for May

Technology Is Displacing Workers, But Not The Way You Think

New research co-authored by Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin and Sherry M. Tanious ’17 suggests that companies focused on quality, not price, are more likely to use technology to empower workers rather than to replace them with temps.
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Technology Is Displacing Workers, But Not The Way You Think

Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

New research co-authored by ILR Professor Michèle Belot focuses on the role socioeconomics played in individuals’ health-related decisions during the early months of the pandemic.

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Higher-Income Individuals Take More COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Want to Hire More Women? Expand Your Short List.

New research co-authored by Assistant Professor Brian Lucas found that when considering candidates for a position in a male-dominated field, people consistently included more women on longer “short lists.”

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Want to Hire More Women? Expand Your Short List.

The Pros and Cons of Working with a Star

New research from ILR Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe lays out the risks and rewards of collaborating with a star at work – which span beyond learning and task performance.

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The Pros and Cons of Working with a Star

The Impact of the White Gaze at Work

ILR Assistant Professor Courtney McCluney co-authored new research exploring the ways in which white gaze permeates organizations and is experienced by Black women in the workplace.

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The Impact of the White Gaze at Work

The Downside of a Startup

New research co-authored by Professor M. Diane Burton shows that working for a startup can have long term negative financial implications.

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The Downside of a Startup

Study Tests Why Internal Hires Outperform External Hires

High-performing internal hires are likely to stay with the organization while high-performing external hires leave more often, according to research by ILR Assistant Professor Ben A. Rissing and Alan Benson ’07.

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Study Tests Why Internal Hires Outperform External Hires

Book Brief: “Tasting Qualities”: What Tea Tells Us

Associate Professor Sarah Besky’s newest book examines the work that goes into making a maintaining the “goodness” in a good cup of tea.

A woman picks tea on a tea plantation in India
Book Brief: “Tasting Qualities”: What Tea Tells Us

Entitled People Less Likely to Follow COVID Guidelines

New research by ILR Associate Professor Emily Zitek suggests that entitled people’s refusal to follow health guidelines is causing them to be at risk of contracting COVID-19.

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Entitled People Less Likely to Follow COVID Guidelines

COVID-19 Tracking Tool Offered to Public 

Demographics, poverty rates and other variables within the boundaries of each NYS school district are offered alongside COVID-19 data.

A screen shot image from the ILR School's COVID-19 tracking tool
COVID-19 Tracking Tool Offered to Public 

The Benefits of Hiring “Boomerangs”

New research co-authored by ILR Assistant Professor JR Keller and Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe indicates “boomerang” hires receive stronger performance evaluations than other new hires.

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The Benefits of Hiring “Boomerangs”

ILR Research: Entitled People React With Anger to Bad Luck

New research by ILR Associate Professor Emily Zitek indicates that people with a higher sense of entitlement get angrier than others after experiencing bad luck.

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ILR Research: Entitled People React With Anger to Bad Luck

Kircher Paper Offers Options for Slowing COVID-19

ILR economist investigates links between COVID-19 testing, behaviors and age groups.

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Kircher Paper Offers Options for Slowing COVID-19

Creativity Cliff Illusion: ILR Research

New research by ILR Assistant Professor Brian Lucas indicates that there is a disconnect between people’s beliefs and the reality of how their creativity emerges over the course of a project.

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Creativity Cliff Illusion: ILR Research

Group Ties Can Lead to Discriminatory Behavior

New research by ILR Professor Seth Sanders indicates that people who join groups are predisposed to social biases.

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Group Ties Can Lead to Discriminatory Behavior

Proudfoot and Fath Study How Behavioral Cues Influence Perceived Creativity

New ILR research shows that workers who signal their independence from other people, rather than how socially connected they are, are judged to have more creative potential.

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Proudfoot and Fath Study How Behavioral Cues Influence Perceived Creativity

Health Care Research Led by Litwin

Technological changes driven by COVID-19 could worsen conditions for health care workers, but a work-centered approach could improve pay and job quality, says Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin.

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Health Care Research Led by Litwin

Litwin Awarded Fulbright

ILR associate professor will travel to Australia to study how new technologies will transform the workplace and affect workers.

Adam Seth Litwin speaks with two undergraduates in his office in Ives Hall.
Litwin Awarded Fulbright

An Educational Evolution

After beginning her studies at CALS, Associate Professor Rebecca Kehoe has found a home at ILR.

Rebecca Kehoe outside Ives Hall
An Educational Evolution