The Institute for Workplace Studies

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The Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) grew out of a deep commitment to strengthen the presence of the ILR School in New York City. Located in ILR’s Midtown Manhattan center, the institute serves as an intellectual gathering place—with a focus on issues affecting the workplace—for ILR alumni, faculty, students, and friends.

Established in 1999 to serve as a bridge between ILR’s on-campus research faculty and our constituents working in the greater metropolitan area, IWS emphasizes the value of collaboration between academics and practice. IWS provides opportunities for discussion and the exchange of ideas between ILR’s scholars and representatives from local academic, government, business, and labor communities in an effort to advance workplace practices, policies, and innovations. Through our educational programs and research dissemination, we hope to remind practitioners that research can inform their day-to-day work, while ensuring that academic research remains rooted in the actualities of the world.

In fulfillment of these goals, IWS houses the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program in Industrial and Labor Relations, ILR’s only off-campus graduate degree program; partners with the office of the ILR Undergraduate Credit Internship Program; hosts the Future of Work Series, a forum for leading thinkers to communicate with the public; and houses research on the Future of Work and the Gig Economy

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