Essays

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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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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Understanding ADR

January 21, 2015

This essay provides a concrete understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by analyzing Owen Fiss’ article Against Settlement. Additionally, this essay provides insight regarding the role that the Human Resources (HR) function plays in the context of the dispute resolution process. Part I begins by introducing the concept of ADR. Part II provides an overview […]

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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Large Companies

December 24, 2014

The purpose of this paper is to explore how Fortune 500 companies have been affected by the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More importantly, this paper will explore what strategies companies have adopted, and what the legislation means to the following stakeholders: company boards, executives, managers, employees, the Human Resource function, and the […]

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Workplace Wellness Programs: Are They Part of the Answer to the U.S.’s Growing Healthcare Crisis?

December 24, 2014

Of the $2.8 trillion that the United States has spent on healthcare in recent years, the majority of it (75%) is spent treating chronic disease. Chronic disease is “a long-standing condition that can be controlled but not cured… It is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., which is 1.7 million lives […]

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Sacrificing Organizational Goals for Self-Preservation: Changing Course to Stay in Power at the University of Virginia: a Coalition Theory Perspective

November 30, 2014

For several weeks in the summer of 2012 the University of Virginia became the center of national media attention in America because of the forced resignation of the university’s first female president. Teresa Sullivan, a highly reputable academic administrator, had been hired as president in 2010 with a 5 year contract by the unanimous decision […]

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From Measurement to Ownership: the Evolution and Organizational Implications of Modern Performance Management

November 14, 2014

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins, Good to Great At the core of performance management and human resources more generally is the idea that people make the difference in organizations. Research has shown time and time again that effective deployment of human capital is a key differentiator in business (Pfeffer, 1994; […]

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