Drawing on their deep knowledge of labor relations and conflict management, Professors Alex Colvin and Harry Katz guide students through a series of activities that apply labor relations concepts to their own workplace (or a workplace with which they are familiar).
The course examines the regulatory and organizational labor relations environment and assesses the current state of relations between management and workers. Students learn how to prepare for possible labor disruptions and look at effective negotiations and conflict management. Videos by Colvin and Katz, backed up by additional interviews with industry experts, provide informative content that assists students as they complete a five-part course project aimed at applying the concepts in a practical manner.
While union environments are a significant focus of the course, many of the concepts can be applied to non-union environments as well.
Key Course Takeaways
How to analyze labor relations environments
Regulatory and organizational elements and how they affect relationships between management, unions and employees
Ways to assess the current state of labor relations within an organization
How to prepare for possible labor disruptions
Ways to support effective negotiations in collective bargaining situations
How to manage disputes and conflict arising in union and non-union environments
Alexander Colvin, Ph.D., ’99, is the Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and the Martin F. Scheinman ’75, M.S. ’76, Professor of Conflict Resolution at Cornell University’s ILR School.
Dean Colvin’s research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in non-union workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. His current research projects include empirical investigations of employment arbitration and cross-national analysis of labor law and dispute resolution. Dean Colvin is the co-author of “An Introduction to U.S. Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations” (with T. Kochan and H. Katz) and of “Arbitration Law “( with K. Stone and R. Bales).
Dean Colvin received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in 1999 from Cornell University. He received the 2003 Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) and the 2000 Best Dissertation Award from the IRRA for his dissertation entitled “Citizens and Citadels: Dispute Resolution and the Governance of Employment Relations.” Before joining the faculty of the ILR School, Dean Colvin taught at Penn State University from 1999 to 2008.
Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, ILR School, Cornell University
Harry C. Katz is the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining at Cornell University’s ILR School and the director of ILR’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Katz came to ILR in 1985. His areas of expertise include labor-management cooperation, labor relations, and contract negotiations.
This course is intended for line-level HR professionals with 0-5 years of experience and global professionals from a diverse range of organizations, including for profits large and small, NGOs, and governmental agencies. This includes people who are seeking to enter the HR field, typically from an administrative, accounting, or payroll-related job.
Anyone in Human Resources or Employee Relations who needs to prepare for future job assignments, especially in union-represented workplaces.
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