In This Issue
CMD Changes Leadership
Master's Programs Experience Growth
Research on Diversity & Workers' Compensation
IAFEP Conference & SMLR Special Guests
Professors In The News
    A Change In Leadership
                   At CMD

Bill Bigoness
Bill Bigoness

After helping Rutgers Center for Management Development (CMD) reach numerous milestones, Bill Bigoness has stepped down from his role as the center's executive director. Bill Castellano, professor in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), director of the Human Resource Management undergraduate programs, and director of the Strategic HR Leadership Council, will serve as interim director until June 30, 2013.    

CMD is a joint enterprise between Rutgers Business School and SMLR. Founded in 1947, it offers management and executive continuing education courses to companies around the world. CMD designs and delivers programs for both organizations and individuals.   

 "This is an exciting time for executive education at Rutgers Center for Management Development, which has been and will continue to be a joint effort between Rutgers SMLR and Rutgers Business School and is essential for our current and future success," said Mitchell Koza, distinguished professor and vice dean for educational and research outreach at Rutgers Business School.

"We acknowledge the contributions that Bill Bigoness made to the center in the last two years, including helping to grow CMD's revenue, build strong programs domestically and internationally, and organize and complete a move to state-of-the-art offices in downtown New Brunswick," added Koza. "We are excited about the terrific capabilities Bill Castellano brings CMD and look forward to him taking the lead of this organization as it moves to the next level of recognition and achievements. Bill brings a unique combination of academic and business skills as well as ambition for CMD."     


During his time spent as executive director, Bigoness increased the number of Fortune 500 firms that received customized programs through CMD. This distinguished group includes ETS, Merck, Roche, and Johnson & Johnson. The center's Mini-MBA programs in digital marketing and social media marketing have become popular offerings, and international programs doubled over the past two years. CMD's staff also doubled over the past two years, bringing new skills and depth to serve clients. In addition, the center recently debuted a new Web site and  e-newsletter.


"Over the past several years, Rutgers Center for Management Development has made major strides in joining the foremost university-based centers for executive education," said Bigoness. "Whether measured by revenues, corporate clients, percentage of programs delivered internationally, and new program initiatives such as CMD's digital marketing programs or staff expertise, CMD is today among the truly exceptional providers of executive education," he said.

"External validation of CMD's progress was confirmed this year when Rutgers Center for Management Development was admitted to the prestigious University Consortium of Executive Education Providers (UNICON). "In the years ahead, Rutgers Center for Management Development will continue to build upon its current excellent reputation," said Bigoness. 

Bill Castellano
Professor Bill Castellano 


Bill Castellano brings tremendous experience as an executive as well as a member of SMLR's faculty to his position as interim CMD director. Castellano's research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the effective management of contract human capital and strategic alliances, employee engagement, and aligning business and human resource strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness.  


He has more than 25 years of experience working in corporate

Fortune 500, entrepreneurial, and research environments. He was a managing partner at an executive search firm and a chief marketing officer at a national HR outsourcing company. Castellano also held senior HR management positions at Merrill Lynch and Manufactures Hanover Trust, where he was involved with human resource strategies and practices that supported both individual business groups and the global enterprise.

"I am appreciative of Bill Bigoness' great service and deeply grateful that Bill Castellano has agreed to serve in this important role," said SMLR Dean Susan J. Schurman. "As interim director, Bill will help ensure that CMD's current business activities proceed smoothly while also assisting in the search for a new, permanent CMD director," she said.

Bill Castellano is looking forward to his new role with CMD. "I am honored to have this opportunity to partner with RBS and SMLR to help leverage and enhance their management and executive education initiatives," he said. "We have a fantastic faculty and a great team at CMD that I look forward to working with to help build our brand and move up the rankings in this space."




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Issue: # 10  October 10, 2012

In this issue of the SMLR Update, we welcome the start of another academic year, enhanced by new students, events, and research. We also spotlight our skilled faculty, whose expertise has been greatly highlighted in the media. Please take a moment to read below and feel free to spread our news!  

Awards & Achievements
On August 23, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations welcomed 106 new students into the internationally renowned Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) program. Students came together at Rutgers Visitors Center, where they were introduced to SMLR Dean Susan J. Schurman and MHRM Program Director and Professor Dave Ferio. With Rutgers' historic timeline decorating the center's walls, attendees received an overview of the school's MHRM program and offerings. Steve Cugine, SMLR MHRM alumnus and executive vice president of global new products innovation at Church and Dwight Corporation, was the guest speaker. Cugine shared details of his HR career, explained HR's role in business, and provided insight into his years spent studying within Rutgers' program. ... read more.
MLER students attend orientation.


From a summary of concentrations within labor relations to an introduction to library resources, new students within SMLR's Master of Labor and Employment Relations Program received a full overview of the school's program during orientation on September 5. Held in the Labor Education Center, the event was led by Professor Paula Voos, the director of academic programs, and Sattik Deb, director of student services. They welcomed 46 attendees, who are among the 112 current students within the program, the largest incoming class in the program's history. This is a 40% increase in total students from a year ago. ... read more.  

Former SMLR Dean John Burton recently published the following items:
  • Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, 2010. Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance, 2012. (with Ishita Sengupta, Virginia Reno, and Marjorie Baldwin) National Academy of Social Insurance
  • "Workers' Compensation Costs for Employers, 1986-2011," Workers' Compensation Resources Research Report, Issue Four, June 2012.
  • "The Growth in Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance: A Spillover Effect from Workers' Compensation." Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 3 (August 2012). Steve Guo is a graduate of the SMLR Ph.D. program and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. (with Xuguang (Steve) Guo)
  • "Developments in Workers' Compensation: The Burton, Holmes, and Krohm Debate." IAIABC Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Spring 2012). (with Douglas J. Holmes and Gregory Krohm) 

Heather McKay, CWW's director of Innovative Training and Workforce Development Research and Programs, is a contributor to the forthcoming Routledge publication, Gendering and Diversity in Trade Union Leadership. The book captures the social processes and organizational gender politics involved in trade unions. It also addresses intersections and interrelationships between gender, diversity, power and leadership in trade unions in research by academics and practitioners from across a range of countries and union cultures. 

Mingwei Liu_Chunyun Li
From left, SMLR Professor Mingwei Liu and Ph.D. student Chunyun Li 


SMLR Professor Mingwei Liu and Ph.D. student Chunyun Li wrote a paper, "Environment Pressures, Managerial Industrial Relations Ideologies and Unionization in Chinese Enterprises," which was published by the British Journal of Industrial Relations (online, early view). Recently, Professor Liu was granted $8,500 by the International Labor Organization for the project "Research on Governing Labor Standards in the Chinese Electronic Manufacturing Industry: Labor Market Institutions and Governance of Global Value Chains." In addition, he became a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).  


Professor Jean Phillips and MHRM Program Alumnus Eric Weinberg co-authored a negotiation exercise that has been published by Ivey Publishing. The purpose of this role-playing case series is to give participants the opportunity to experience a job offer negotiation as both the job candidate and the employer. Click here for more information.


Presentations & Events
Professor Dana Britton, director of the Center for Women and Work, spoke at the Women's Leadership Conference on Oct. 4 at the University of Idaho. In addition to Professor Britton's talk, the event included a keynote by
Gloria Steinem. Click here for details. Professor Britton was recently profiled by Rutgers Media Relations and will be formally introduced at CWW's welcoming event on October 17.


Former SMLR Dean John Burton was the moderator and speaker on a panel examining "The National Commission: Origins, Operation, Impact, and Lessons" at A Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws. The event was held in Chicago on July 25 and was sponsored by the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG).

HCTN Job Fair
Padma Arvind (farthest right) helps an attendee at the Heath Care Talent Network Job Fair.

Burton was the chairman of the National Commission, which submitted its unanimous report to the President and the Congress on July 31, 1972, recommending Federal standards for state workers' compensation programs if those programs did not significantly improve. The report was featured on the front page of The New York Times that day, trumping a brief story about a mysterious break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel.   


On July 25, Connie Ellis, director of corporate programs at the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) and CWW, was a featured presenter for the Northwest Diversity Learning Series in Seattle, WA. The event was focused on diversity and inclusion repositioning for the future. Click here for details.  


SMLR's Healthcare Talent Network (HCTN) held a job fair on August 23 at Raritan Valley Community College in an effort to help strengthen New Jersey's workforce and provide job opportunities within the healthcare sector. ... read more.  


IAFEP 2012
From left, SMLR Professor Joseph Blasi, Employee Ownership Foundation President Michael Keeling, Harvard Professor Richard Freeman, SMLR Professor Doug Kruse, President of Foundation for Enterprise Development Mary Ann Beyster, and Universit´┐Ż Panth´┐Żon-Assas Professor Fathi Fakhfakh take a picture at the IAFEP Conference.

On July 13-14, The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) hosted the 2012 International Association for the Economics of Participation Conference (IAFEP) conference together with the Beyster Symposium. The conference brought together approximately 125 social science scholars from around the world to Rutgers, including 50 members of Rutgers fellowship program on employee ownership and profit sharing and SMLR Ph.D. students and faculty.  ... read more.  


On September 14, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez made a special appearance at SMLR's Labor Education Center. He joined Charles Wowkanech and Laurel Brennan, president and secretary-treasurer, respectively, of the New Jersey State American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to present SMLR with a commemorative plaque. The plaque was given to SMLR to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the AFL-CIO's merger. ... read more


On September 24, Dean Susan J. Schurman and Professor Rebecca Givan, instructors for the Leadership in Work Organizations course, invited actor Richard Masur to attend the class as a guest speaker. Masur played a key role in drafting the newly merged Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' (SAG-AFTRA)'s constitution and bylaws and currently stars in the new HBO hit, Girls... read more. 

Richard Masur
From left, Actor Richard Masur and Dean Susan J. Schurman


In August, Dean Susan J. Schurman teamed up again with Peter DiCicco, her co-facilitator during the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' (SAG-AFTRA) merger, to facilitate a meeting of the Association of Flight Attendants' (AFA) newly formed United Airlines bargaining committee. Dean Schurman and DiCicco introduced the group to the Interest-Based Problem-Solving Model that they used successfully with SAG and AFTRA as a tool to help them create new contract proposals to satisfy members' as well as the company's interests. ... read more


Professor and Former SMLR Dean Barbara Lee presented a paper at the US-UK roundtable at Oxford University on August 30. The paper, "No More 'Business as Usual' in Higher Education:  Implications for US and UK Faculty," was written with Professor Mark Davies of the University of Sussex. It looks at the legal, social, and cultural trends affecting the role of college faculty in the United States and the United Kingdom.   


On September 25, Professor Mingwei Liu (together with Jeffery Wilson, an attorney of Jun He Law Offices) led a Bloomberg BNA International HR Webinar, "China: Collective Bargaining, Collective Contracts and Strikes." This Webinar was the result of a partnership between Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and Bloomberg BNA.


In the latest issue of the Rutgers-UMDNJ Update, the Facilities and Administration Functional Team is highlighted along with a list of issues under review. These issues include the integration of facilities operations, need for access control systems, and update to signage. ... read more.
In The News
On July 6, Professors Joseph Blasi and Doug Kruse's research on employees and stock options was highlighted in The Wall Street Journal's article, "Playing Your Options." According to Professor Blasi and Professor Kruse's findings, some 19 million employees of stock-based companies owned company stock in 2010, the most recent data available, while 9.3 million held stock options. ... read more.

On July 6,
Professor Terri Boyer, executive director of the Center for Women and Work (CWW), was featured in the Press of Atlantic City, in which she discusses the cost of child care. Professor Boyer stated that the cost of child care is one of the largest factors in a woman's decision to return to work after having a child. ... read more 
Paula Caligiuri_Cultural Agility

On August 15, Professor Paula Caligiuri wrote an article for Fast Company on "8 Ways To Reduce Your Cross-Cultural Clumsiness." Professor Caligiuri discusses how leading across cultures means knowing when to adapt, integrate, or override differences. The article is a follow-up to the excerpt from her new book, Cultural Agility, that Fast Company ran a few days prior to this article. ... read more.  


On September 30, Professor Rebecca Givan's op-ed was featured in the L.A. Times. Professor Givan discusses why professionalism matters and why well-trained, experienced employees--from Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, to the NFL refs--are using the last resort of the organized worker, the refusal to work. ... read more.  


On September 24, Professor Barbara Lee was quoted in the Asbury Park Press' article on sexual harassment cases, saying, "There's a very wide range of behavior, ranging from verbal to physical ... I think people will always be people, but that doesn't mean that they can't be required to behave professionally, at least when they're at work." ... read more.  


On September 21, Mark Magyar, a lecturer in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, wrote an article in NJ Spotlight that discusses why New Jersey's unemployment rate continues to rise (as of Sept. 2012). ... read more.  


On August 9, Professor Lisa Schur was quoted in a USA Today article, regarding her study on disability access to polls. Voter turnout for people with disabilities is 11 percentage points lower than the non-disabled, a number that "doesn't appear to be shrinking significantly," said Schur. "If we could decrease the gap--I'm not saying we could totally close it--it could affect the November election, especially if it's close." ... read more.  

Undocumented and Unafraid
Professor Janice Fine (farthest right) with speakers at the "undocumented and unafraid" event.


On September 27, Professor Janice Fine and Hyacinth Miller organized an event on the "undocumented and unafraid" immigrant youth movement. More than 80 people attended the event, which was highlighted in The Home News Tribune and The Daily Targum.  

Save The Dates
October 17 at 5:00 p.m.   

Welcome Event For Professor Dana BrittonCWWEvent 

Professor Britton recently joined SMLR as the director of the Center of Women and Work. Come help us celebrate her arrival. You must RSVP for this event by the end of the day, on Oct. 10, at: CWW/Dana RSVP 


October 22-28 at 8:00 a.m. 

Homecoming Week
Rutgers Homecoming offers a full week of programs and activities that showcase traditional events celebrating the Scarlet Knight spirit!
Click here for details on the week's activities 


March 18-20, 2013
International Labour Process Conference (ILPC)

The conference focuses on work and employment relations in the context of the broader political economy, with an emphasis on employee perspectives and theory-led empirical research. Click here for details on this event and call for papers (due Oct. 30) or visit www.ilpc.org.uk for complete information. 


Share Your News!
If you have news that you'd like to share, e-mail Renee Walker, director of communications, at rwalker@smlr.rutgers.edu. For more information on the School of Management and Labor Relations, visit us at http://smlr.rutgers.edu.