Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

An expert in large-scale systems change, negotiation, and industrial relations, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor at Brandeis University, where he leads research on agile institutions and teaches classes on strategy and operations.

Previously, Cutcher-Gershenfeld served as a professor and dean in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, and was the president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is also an award-winning writer who has co-authored or co-edited 12 books and more than one hundred articles, book chapters, and policy papers on high-performance work systems, transformation in labor-management relations, negotiations and conflict resolution, economic development, and engineering systems.


B.S., Cornell University

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research interests

Labor and employment relations, industrial relations, large-scale systems change, negotiation, dispute resolution

Selected publications

  • With Neil Gershenfeld and Alan Gershenfeld. Designing Reality:  How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution. Basic Books, 2017.
  • With Daniel Brooks and Martin Mulloy. Inside the Ford-UAW Transformation:  Pivotal Events in Valuing Work and Delivering Results. MIT Press, 2015.
  • With Matt Finkin, Takashi Araki, Roberto Fragale Filho, Philipp Fishinger Andrew Stewart, and Bernd Waas. Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law: Common Workplace Problems in Different Legal Environments. Edward Elgar, 2013.
  • With Kevin Ford. Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems: Integrating Bold Visions and Harsh Realities. Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • With Earll Murman, Tom Allen, Kirkor Bozdogan, Hugh McManus, Debbie Nightingale, Eric Rebentisch, Tom Shields, Fred Stahl, Myles Walton, Joyce Warmkessel, Stanley Weiss, and Sheila Widnall. Lean Enterprise Value:  Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002.
  • With Robert McKersie and Richard Walton. Pathways to Change: Case Studies in Strategic Labor Negotiations. Upjohn Press, 1995.

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