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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), 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, 6th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2021 [Chinese translation: China Workers Press, 2020].
  • 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.
  • 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].
  • “Making Sense of (Mis)Matched Frames of Reference: A Dynamic Cognitive Theory of (In)stability in HR Practices,” with D. Pohler and W. Huang, Industrial Relations, forthcoming.
  • “The Importance of Political Systems for Trade Union Membership, Coverage, and Influence: Theory and Comparative Evidence,” with J.R. Lamare, British Journal of Industrial Relations, forthcoming.
  • “Worker Voice and Political Participation in Society,” with J.R. Lamare, in K. Zimmermann (ed.), Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, 2021.
  • “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, forthcoming.
  • "The Future of Employee Voice," with S. Kalfa, in A. Wilkinson et al. (eds.), The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, 2nd ed., 2020.
  • "The Many Meanings of Cooperation in the Employment Relationship and Their Implications," with M. Bray and J. Macneil, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2020.
  • “Advancing Dispute Resolution by Understanding the Sources of Conflict: Toward an Integrated Framework,” with A.J.S. Colvin and D. Pohler, ILR Review, 2020.
  • “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, ILR 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.
  • “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, ILR Review, 2018.
  • "Are Voluntary Agreements Better? Evidence from Baseball Arbitration," with A. Sojourner and J. Jung, ILR 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.
  • Current Research
    • Employee Voice
    • Labor Unions and Political Systems
    • Frames of Reference
    • ​Conflict Resolution
  • Honors and Awards
    • Melvin Lurie Labor-Management Cooperation Prize, 2020
    • 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, ILR Review, 2003-present.
    • Editorial Board, Labour and Industry, 2016-present.
  • Scholarly Service
    • Executive Board, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2014-2019.
    • International Scientific Committee, ADAPT International (Association for International and Comparative Studies in the field of Labour Law and Industrial Relations), 2020-present.
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