James Scoville
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James Scoville

Professor Emeritus
Department of Work and Organizations


  • AB 1961
    Economics Oberlin College

  • AM 1963
    Economics Harvard Univ.

  • PhD 1965
    Economics Harvard Univ.


  • International and comparative industrial relations
  • Labor markets in developing countries

Selected Works

"Moral Philosophy, Business Ethics, and the Employment Relationship," with John Budd in Budd and Scoville, eds. (above).
"Non-western Ethical Frameworks," with John Lawler and Xiang Yi, in Budd and Scoville, eds., (above)
"A Theory of Jobs and Training," Industrial Relations, October 1969.
Perspectives on Poverty and Income Distribution, DC Heath, 1971
"Remuneration in Afghan Industry," Intl. Lab. Rev., April 1969
Manpower and Occupational Analysis: Concepts and Measurements, DC Heath 1972
"Afghan Labor Markets: A Model of Interdependence," Industrial Relations, Oct. 1974
"Organizing our Thoughts about Workers' Participation," Labour and Society, July 1980
"Was Lenin Truly Taylorized?" Industrial Relations, April 2004
Jajmani Matrix (entry on this analytical tool in the Intl. Encyc. of the Social Sciences, 2nd Ed.)
"The Taylorization of Vladimir Ilich Lenin," Industrial Relations, Spring 2001
Status Influences in Third World Labor Markets: Caste, Gender and Custom, DeGruyter, 1991
The Job Content of the US Economy, McGraw-Hill, 1969
"The Labor Market in Pre-revolutionary Iran," Economic Development and Cultural Change, October 1985
"The Traditional Industrial Sector: An Update on its Role and Functioning," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, July 1986
"New Tasks for the Theory of the Labor Movement: New Beginnings in Eastern Europe," Labour, Winter 1995
"Labor Market Underpinnings of a Caste Economy: Foiling the Coase Theorem," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, October 1996
"Compensation: the American Way," with Ross Azevedo, Journal of Comparative International Management, December 2001
"The Latin Model of Compensation," with Laura Moran and Nora Wilmot Ragatz, Journal of Comparative International Management, December 2001
"Segmentation in the Market for Child Labor: the Economics of Child Labor Revisited," American Journal of Economics & Sociology, July 2002
"Discarding facts - the Economics of Caste," Review of Development Economics, August 2003
The International Labor Movement In Transition, edited with Adolf Sturmthal, Univ of Illinois Press, 1971
Ethics of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, 2005 IRRA/LERA Research volume, edited with John Budd.

Current Activities

Community Relationships

  • Consultant for USAID, International Labor Office, UNDP

  • Listed on the Minnesota and Iowa PERB Arbitration Rosters and FMCS Roster

  • Labor-Management arbitrator

Current Research

  • Social dialogue in the commerce sector

  • Theories of the labor movement

  • Worker participation

  • Third World urban employment problems

Editorial Appointments

  • Perspectives on Work

  • Human Resource Development Review

Scholarly Service

  • Vice President, Annual Program chair (1998), President (1999), International Section of the Industrial Relations Research Association

  • Program Committee member, Industrial Relations Research Association

  • Chair, International Industrial Relations Association study group on urban labor markets