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Message from the Director

John Budd, Director Center for Human Resources and Labor StudiesWelcome to the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies.

Ambiguity and complexity are central features of today's organizations. They call for flexible organizational structures, work systems, and employees. If an old model of human resources and industrial relations was a static one, a new model could be described as dynamic. This model is incorporated in the teaching, research, and outreach activities of the University of Minnesota's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (CHRLS), a nationally recognized leader in human resources and industrial relations.

Our undergraduate, masters, and PhD students in the Department of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HRIR) see the employment relationship through the lenses of multiple disciplines, such as psychology, economics, and business. They focus on individual, organizational, and broader environmental issues, including economic, psychological, business, technological, ethical, political, global, and cultural factors. They study and learn how to put theory into practice regarding staffing, training, development, compensation, benefits, organizational behavior, and labor relations. Their curriculum is based on a philosophy that emphasizes analytical skills, deep knowledge, teamwork, and systems thinking.

Research supports this educational mission, while providing fresh knowledge that enriches scholarly understanding and provides for a competitive advantage in human resources. The CHRLS Human Resources Research Institute seeks to find out how HR practices and systems affect outcomes to shareholders and employees.

The CHRLS also houses a variety of outreach units that provide services for our external constituents. 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.

I invite you to discover all we have to offer.

John W. Budd
Professor and Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair
Director, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies

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