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John Budd

Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair & Professor
Department of Work and Organizations


  • BA 1987
    Economics & Mathematics, Colgate University
  • MA 1989
    Economics, Princeton University
  • PhD 1991
    Economics, Princeton University


  • Labor Relations/Collective Bargaining
  • Industrial Relations
  • Labor Policy


John W. Budd is a Professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where he holds the Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair. He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University. Professor Budd is the author of Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice (Cornell University Press), Labor Relations: Striking a Balance (McGraw-Hill/Irwin), Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy into Focus (with Stephen Befort, Stanford University Press), The Thought of Work (Cornell University Press), and numerous journal articles. Professor Budd is a Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Fellow, and has been chair of the Department of Work and Organizations, Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota's graduate programs in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Professor Budd's blog is Whither Work?, can follow him on Twitter at @JohnWBudd, and/or take his MOOC "Preparing to Manage Human Resources."

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Labor Relations: Striking a Balance, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2018 [Chinese translation: China Machine Press, 2013].
  • The Thought of Work, Cornell University Press, 2011 [Spanish translation: Tirant lo Blanch, 2014; Korean translation: Ewha Press, 2016; Turkish translation: Ayrinti Publishers, 2016; Chinese translation: Tsinghua University Press, 2018].
  • Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy Into Focus, with S. Befort, Stanford University Press, 2009 [Chinese translation: China Worker Publishing House, forthcoming].
  • The Ethics of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, edited with J. Scoville, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2005.
  • Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice, Cornell University Press, 2004 [Chinese translation: Peking University Press, 2007; Arabic translation: Al-Ahlia, 2007; Turkish translation: Kure Yayinlari, 2018].
  • "The Many Meanings of Cooperation in the Employment Relationship and Their Implications," with M. Bray and J. Macneil, British Journal of Industrial Relations, forthcoming.
  • “Advancing Dispute Resolution by Unpacking the Sources of Conflict: Toward an Integrated Framework,” with A.J.S. Colvin and D. Pohler, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2019.
  • “What Do Unions Do for Mothers? Paid Maternity Leave Use and the Multifaceted Roles of Labor Unions,” with T-Y Park and E-S Lee, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2019.
  • "The Employment Relationship: Key Elements, Alternative Frames of Reference, and Implications for HRM," with D. Bhave, in A. Wilkinson et al. (eds.), Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, 2nd ed., 2019.
  • “Using Efficiency, Equity, and Voice for Defining Job Quality and Legal Regulation For Achieving It,” with S.F. Befort and S. Borelli, in C. Warhurst et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Job Quality, 2019.
  • “Learning about Democracy at Work: Cross-National Evidence on Individual Employee Voice Influencing Political Participation in Civil Society,” with J.R. Lamare and A. Timming, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2018.
  • "Are Voluntary Agreements Better? Evidence from Baseball Arbitration," with A. Sojourner and J. Jung, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2017.
  • "The Eye Sees What the Mind Knows: The Conceptual Foundations of Invisible Work," in M. Crain et al. (eds.), Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World, 2016.
  • "Worker Well-Being and the Importance of Work: Bridging the Gap," with D. Spencer, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 2015.
  • "The Goals and Assumptions of Conflict Management in Organizations," with A. Colvin, in W. Roche et al. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Conflict Resolution in Organizations, 2014.
  • "Implicit Public Values and the Creation of Publicly Valuable Outcomes: The Importance of Work and the Contested Role of Labor Unions," Public Administration Review, 2014.
  • "What Do Unions in China Do? Provincial-Level Evidence on Wages, Employment, Productivity, and Economic Output," with W. Chi, Y. Wang, and Q. Xie, Journal of Labor Research, 2014.
  • "The Future of Employee Voice," in A. Wilkinson et al. (eds.), The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, 2014.
  • Current Research
    • Employee Voice
    • The Effects of Labor Unions
    • Frames of Reference
    • ​Conflict Resolution
  • Honors and Awards
    • Fellow, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2019
    • Distinguished Teaching Award, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2015
    • Texty Textbook Excellence Award, Textbook and Academic Authors Association, 2005
    • Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, Princeton University, 2004
    • Industrial Relations Research Association, Excellence in Education Award, 2001
    • Industrial Relations Research Association Outstanding Young Scholar Award, 1998
  • Editorial Appointments
    • Editorial Board, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2007-present.
    • Editorial Board, Human Resource Management Journal, 2017-present.
    • Editorial Board, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2003-present.
    • Editorial Board, Labour and Industry, 2016-present.
  • Scholarly Service
    • Executive Board, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2014-2019.
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