Cornell University

George Milkovich : Biography


  • Other Expertise: Managing Total Compensation, International HRM, Social Contract and the Workplace

George T. Milkovich

is the M. P. Catherwood Professor at the ILR School, Cornell University. Recently Ljubljana University in Slovenia and Zhejiang University in China elected him to their Faculties.

Understanding employment relationships and employee compensation has been his interest for over 35 years. He studies and writes about how people get paid and what difference it makes. Currently he is studying the effects of globalization on compensation and rewards.

His research has resulted in numerous publications. Four have received national awards for their contributions. His books, Compensation, coauthored with Jerry Newman, now in its 7th edition, and Cases in Compensation, coauthored with Carolyn Milkovich, are the most widely adopted books about pay in the world. Human Resource Management, coauthored with John Boudreau, has been translated into six languages.

Milkovich received the Keystone Award from the WorldatWork Association (formerly the American Compensation Association) for lifetime achievement. He also received the Distinguished Career Contributions Award from the Academy of Management HR Division, and is a Fellow in both the Academy of Management and the National Academy of Human Resources. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Performance and Pay and the Federal Joint Labor-Management Committee on Pay and Performance. He is a founder of the Center for Advanced HR Studies at Cornell, a research and development partnership of leading corporations and the ILR School.

He has received three Outstanding Teacher awards. Recently he designed a Global HRM course using distance-learning technologies. The course includes students and managers from four universities on four continents, in partnership with several multinational corporations.

He has been a Visiting Professor at several leading international universities, including London Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Charles University in Prague, Comenius University in Bratislava, and University of California in Los Angeles. He conducts executive seminars in many countries in Western and Central Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas and is on the advisory board of five academic/research centers in the U.S. and China.


April 17, 2001