The Cornell HR Review is a student-run HR publication that provides timely articles, essays, and executive commentary.

Sieving through the Data to Find the Person

September 4, 2015

With “big data” and “analytics” atop human resources (HR) professionals’ dictionaries, it is no wonder that some are calling it time to think of employees as data points[1] and to scientifically make people decisions.[2] These beget horrific images of what many employees already believe HR promotes: incessant change and downsizing solely for profit maximization.

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A Multilateral Approach to Bridging the Global Skills Gap

May 8, 2015

In 2012, McKinsey & Company forecasted a troubling outlook on the labor market through the year 2020. The report highlighted three talent shortages across the globe:

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Redefining the Internship in the Face of Legal Realities and Economic Valuations

April 14, 2015

College internship programs have received considerable attention in the past four years since the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DoL”) issued a fact sheet aimed at educating employers and schools about the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) to such programs.[1] Highly publicized law suits followed.[2] The prevailing view that seems to […]

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The Potential of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) in Labor Adjustment Policy

November 9, 2015

Through labor-management policy, the management is responsible for establishing mutually beneficial relations between workers and employers. Establishing proper relations from the perspective of the worker refers to protecting workers’ rights by guaranteeing their quality of life.[1] Areas of labor-management policy set by management include those that appropriate wages and labor conditions; stipulate and settle collective […]

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Leadership: an HR Leader’s Perspective

October 22, 2015

From time to time, the Cornell HR Review’s staff contributes summaries of speeches from HR thought leaders, often given at Cornell University. The intent is to disseminate the content of these speeches to the wider HR community of practitioners and researchers.

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The Role of Human Resources in Developing Diverse Leadership Paradigms

October 1, 2015

As US-based companies continue to expand internationally, it is critical that the HR function plays a major role in developing a leadership paradigm that can be effectively leveraged by the entire company and considers diverse or “non-western” styles of leadership.

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The Theoretical Implications of HR on a Growing Corporation

September 4, 2015

There seems to always be the issue of business size versus business agility. Time and time again businesses have fallen behind due to their sheer size, along with their inflated bureaucracies and their inability to further innovate. However, that does not necessarily have to be the case.

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Bill Dirksen – Cornell Campus Visit

April 7, 2015

On March 24, 2015, Bill Dirksen joined ten students from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations for a lunch and career chat. An alumnus of the school’s graduate program (1985), Dirksen came to Cornell after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with an economics degree. He currently serves as Vice President for Labor […]

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9th Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo

March 27, 2015

As a graduate student at The School of Hotel Administration, I had the pleasure of attending the 9th Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo. The conference was held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 16-18 and attracted HR and labor and employment relations professionals from all sectors of the industry.

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Navigating Leadership in U.S.-based Multinationals

February 28, 2015

U.S.-based organizations once found a competitive advantage in going multinational and leveraging resources and markets their competition could not access.  But in today’s market, simply going global is no longer enough to provide that advantage. 

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21st Century Human Resources: Employee Advocate, Business Partner, or Both?

February 11, 2015

The human resources (“HR”) field can be segmented into three eras. The first era developed in the late 19th century out of labor tensions as public concern grew due to the sometimes violent relations between employers and employees.[1] Some characterize HR’s beginning as a managerial function as well as a steward of the employee experience. […]

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