Expertise: Private equity, workforce, employment, labor, women workers, work-life balance, workplace practices, labor-management cooperation
Eileen Appelbaum has 20 years of experience carrying out empirical research on workplace practices and labor-management cooperation. Her research focuses on work processes and work-life practices of organizations and their implications for organizational effectiveness and for the quality of jobs. She has published widely on workforce, employment, and labor market issues and on the labor market experiences of women. Recent reports examine employers' experiences with turnover and leave in California and in New Jersey. Her current research focuses on low-wage work in the US and Europe; on work processes and quality of care in child care, elder care and health are; and on policies and practices that facilitate the work and family lives of workers. Publications include the co-edited volume, Low Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace (2003) and the coauthored books, Manufacturing Advantage: Why Higher Performance Work Systems Pay Off (2000) and The New American Workplace: Transforming Work Systems in the US (1994), all three of which were selected by Princeton University as Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics. She has published widely in books and journals on wage and employment trends in industrialized countries and on the workplace and work-life practices of firms, including in Industrial Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, and International Labour Review. Dr. Appelbaum's recently published papers include "Low-Wage Work in High Income Countries," "Organizations and the Intersection of Work and Family: A Comparative Perspective," "Contesting Time: International Comparisons of Employee Control over Working Time," and "Balancing Work and Family: The Role of High Commitment Workplaces and Industrial Relations."
Dr. Appelbaum joined Rutgers University as Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work in March 2002. She holds a concurrent position as Professor in the People, Management and Organisations Department of the University of Manchester Business School (MBS) in the UK. Formerly she was Research Director at the Economic Policy Institute and Professor of economics at Temple University. She has been a Guest Fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) in Germany, and is a Fellow at the IAB (Institute for research on work and occupations) in Nuremberg. She was elected President-elect of LERA (the Labor and Employment Research Association) in 2009, having previously served on the organization's Executive Board and on its Editorial Committee. She has served on the Beirat (Advisory Council) of the WZB, on the National Academy of Sciences' Commission on the IT Workforce, and on New Jersey's Corporate Business Tax Reform Study Commission. She is currently an editorial board member of the ILRReview as well as the Human Resource Management Journal and International Labour Journal. Eileen is also on the international advisory board of the British journal of Industrial Relations. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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