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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Visiting Professor

H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a visiting professor in Work and Organisation Studies at the University of Sydney. He is visiting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is a professor and former dean in the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) and where he holds a joint appointment in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is an award-winning author who has co-authored or co-edited ten books, including Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming), Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems (Oxford University Press, 2005), Lean Enterprise Value (Palgrave, 2002), Knowledge-Driven Work (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Strategic Negotiations (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), and over eighty five articles on high performance work systems, transformation in labor-management relations, negotiations and conflict resolution, economic development, and engineering systems.

His current research is centered on stakeholder alignment in complex engineered systems a foundation for institutions in the 21st Century. Joel was the 2009 President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, Joel served as a Senior Research Scientist and Executive Director of MIT's Engineering Systems Learning Center, with a joint appointment in MIT's Sloan School of Management and MIT's Engineering Systems Division, as well as a Visiting Associate Professor at Babson College, and an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He has extensive experience leading large-scale systems change initiatives with public and private stakeholders in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, England, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Spain, South Africa, and the United States. Joel holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from MIT and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.



Journal Article/s

Knight ERW, Cutcher-Gershenfeld J and Middleman B 2015 'The Art of Managing Complex Collaborations', MIT Sloan Management Review, vol.57:1, pp. 16-19 Link


Conference Paper/s

Cutcher-Gershenfeld J, Mittleman B and Knight ERW 2014 'Pre-competitive Institutional Arrangements in the Biosciences', Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 66th Annual Meeting, Portland, United States, 1st June 2014



Finkin MW and Cutcher-Gershenfeld J 2013 'Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law: Common Workplace Problems in Different Legal Environments (with Takashi Araki, Philipp Fischinger, Roberto Fragale Filho, Andrew Stewart and Bernd Waas)', Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 435