Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies Director's Message

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Welcome to the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies.

Work is fundamental to our lives. Through our work we produce value for society, and achieve our intrinsic goals for achievement and growth. The University of Minnesota's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (CHRLS) endeavors to improve knowledge and practice around the topic of work for all our stakeholders. Our mission is to integrate academic and applied perspectives on the world of work.

The academic component of our mission comes from our world class research faculty and doctoral students in the Department of Work and Organizations (WOrg). We develop research projects to further understand areas of critical social interest. Our faculty are recognized as leaders in the study of topics including human resources practices, employee motivation, social behavior at work, workforce diversity, the work-life interface, labor markets, and labor organizations. Faculty presentations in corporate settings, in public policy discussions with government and civic organizations, and in the media attest to the relevance of our work.

The professional component of our mission comes from our connection with business and labor communities, and through our network of alumni across the globe. We pursue this integrative mission through professional development and outreach activities.  The professional community benefits from the application and dissemination of rigorous research through our undergraduate program and the Master's Program in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. These formal educational programs are among the most prestigious in the country. Students have many opportunities to develop their knowledge from guest speakers and other classroom activities linked directly to the vibrant Twin Cities business community. Our graduates are highly sought out for their broad knowledge and competence across multiple areas of human resources and labor studies.

We have multiple opportunities for professionals to interact with the program as well. We host case competitions that include future HR leaders from around the globe. We hold an annual HR Tomorrow Conference that features prominent HR executives and thought leaders as presenters. Our Labor Education Service draws on current research at the CHRLS to provide workers and the labor movement with customized workshops and training programs. The Herman Library houses electronic and print materials focused on human resources management and labor relations. Our Alumni Association provides services to alumni and the broader professional community. All of these opportunities advance the growth and importance of the fields of Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

We invite you to discover all we have to offer.

John Kammeyer-Mueller
Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Industrial Relations
Director, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies

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