Adam Seth Litwin

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Adam Seth Litwin

Associate Professor
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Overview

Professor Litwin is Associate Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell’s ILR School. Litwin’s research, anchored in industrial relations, examines the determinants and impact of labor relations structures and technological change. His doctoral dissertation, completed at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focused specifically on employment relations and information technology in the healthcare industry. It won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s annual prize for the top dissertation in industry studies. Since then, he has published a mix of empirical and conceptual studies intersecting the areas of labor relations and technological change, in both industrial relations and medical journals, including the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Applied Clinical Informatics, and the International Review of Psychiatry. At Cornell, he teaches undergraduate and graduate core courses in labor relations as well as electives focused on the evolution and impact of technological change on workers, organizations, and society-at-large.

Litwin joined Cornell’s ILR faculty in the fall of 2014 after serving as a standing faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where he held appointments in the Carey Business School and the School of Medicine. Before earning his PhD from MIT, Litwin conducted research on industrial relations institutions in Great Britain as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellow at the London School of Economics. He also put in time “inside the beltway” as a research assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Adam Seth Litwin. 2015. Nose to Tail: Using the Whole Employment Relationship to Link Worker Participation to Operational Performance, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations. 21:143-176.
  • Zev J. Eigen, Adam Seth Litwin. 2014. Justice or Just between Us? Empirical Evidence of the Trade-Off between Procedural and Interactional Justice in Workplace Dispute Resolution, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 67(1):171-201.
  • Ariel C. Avgar, Adam Seth Litwin, . 2014. Explaining the Health Information Technology Paradox, Perspectives on Work. 18(1-2):15-18.
  • Adam Seth Litwin. 2013. Not Featherbedding, but Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology, Industrial Relations. 52(1):22-52.
  • Ariel C Avgar, Adam Seth Litwin, Peter J. Pronovost. 2012. Drivers and Barriers in Health IT Adoption: A Proposed Framework, Applied Clinical Informatics. 3(4):488-500.
  • Adam Seth Litwin, Ariel C. Avgar, Peter J. Pronovost. 2012. Measurement Error in Performance Studies of Health Information Technology: Lessons from the Management Literature, Applied Clinical Informatics. 3(2):210-220.
  • Adam Seth Litwin, Phillip H. Phan. 2012. Quality over Quantity: Reexamining the Link between Entrepreneurship and Job Creation, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 66(4):833-873.
  • Adam Seth Litwin, Phillip H. Phan, . 2012. The Quality of Jobs Created by Entrepreneurs, Perspectives on Work. 16(1-2):13-16.
  • Adam Seth Litwin. 2011. Technological Change at Work: The Impact of Employee Involvement on the Effectiveness of Health Information Technology, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 64(5):863-888.
  • Marian Baird, Adam Seth Litwin. 2005. Rethinking Work and Family: The Making and Taking of Parental Leave in Australia, International Review of Psychiatry. 17(5):385-400.
  • Betty Barrett, Kevin Long, Lydia Fraile, Adam Seth Litwin. 2004. Counting the Global Aerospace Workforce, Perspectives on Work. 7(2):13-15.

Book Chapters

  • Thomas A. Kochan, Adam Seth Litwin. 2011. The Future of Human Capital: An Employment Relations Perspective. in Oxford Handbook of Human Capital. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Alan Burton-Jones and John-Christopher Spender. (647-670)

Book Reviews

  • Adam Seth Litwin. 2014. Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients. Work & Occupations, book review, 2014. (518-520)
  • Adam Seth Litwin. 2009. Employment Relationships: New Models of White-Collar Work. British Journal of Industrial Relations, book review, 2009. (607-608)

Professional Activities

  • Employee Ownership and Shared Capitalism: The Proponents, the Skeptics, and the Evidence. Presented to Labor and Employment Relations Association. Portland, OR. 2014.
  • Participative Management or Managed Participation? Frontline Worker Participation and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, NJ. 2013.
  • Participative Management or Managed Participation? Frontline Worker Participation and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign, IL. 2013.
  • Participative Management or Managed Participation? Frontline Worker Participation and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to ILR School, Cornell University. Ithaca. 2013.
  • Participative Management or Managed Participation? Frontline Worker Participation and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University. Ithaca. 2013.
  • Electronic Health Records and Hospital Performance: Changing the Score or Leveling the Playing Field?. Presented to Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia. 2013.
  • Participative Management or Managed Participation? Frontline Worker Participation and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA. 2013.
  • Frontline Employee Involvement and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to Academy of Management. Orlando. 2013.
  • Frontline Employee Involvement and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to Labor and Employment Relations Association. St. Louis. 2013.
  • Frontline Employee Involvement and the Mystery of the Missing Performance Effects. Presented to Industry Studies Association. Kansas City, MO. 2013.
  • Towards an Explanation for the Muted Impact of Frontline Employee Involvement: An Example from the Healthcare Industry. Presented to International Association for the Economics of Participation. Rutgers University. 2012.
  • Quality over Quantity: Reexamining the Link between Entrepreneurship and Job Creation. Presented to Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Kansas City, MO. 2012.
  • Quality over Quantity: Reexamining the Link between Entrepreneurship and Job Creation. Presented to Industry Studies Association. Pittsburgh. 2012.
  • Entrepreneurship, Good Jobs, Successful Enterprises, and 21st Century Prosperity. Presented to Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA. 2012.
  • A Bicephalous Model of Procedural Justice and Workplace Dispute Resolution. Presented to Labor and Employment Relations Association. Chicago. 2012.
  • Quality over Quantity: Reexamining the Link Between Entrepreneurship and Job Creation. Presented to Labor and Employment Relations Association. Chicago. 2012.
  • Quality over Quantity: Reexamining the Link Between Entrepreneurship and Job Creation. Presented to ILR School, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. 2011.
  • Measurement Error in Performance Studies of Health Information Technology: Lessons from the Management Literature. Presented to Academy of Management. San Antonio. 2011.
  • The Role of Frontline Workers in the Adoption and Deployment of Health Information Technology. Presented to Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Berlin, Germany. 2011.
  • Operationalizing Partnership on the Frontlines of Healthcare Delivery: The Impact of Unit-Based Teams on Service Quality at Kaiser Permanente. Presented to Industry Studies Association. Pittsburgh. 2011.
  • Not Featherbedding, but Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology. Presented to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Urbana-Champaign, IL. 2011.
  • Technological Change at Work: The Impact of Employee Involvement on the Effectiveness of Health Information Technology. Presented to Industry Studies Association. Chicago. 2010.
  • Partnership at the Front Line: Unit-Based Teams at Kaiser Permanente. Presented to ILR School, Cornell University. New York, NY. 2010.
  • Technological Change at Work: Employee Involvement in the Deployment of Health Information Technology. Presented to ILR School, Cornell University. New York, NY. 2010.
  • Technological Change at Work: Employee Involvement in the Deployment of Health Information Technology. Presented to Stern School of Business, New York University. New York, NY. 2010.
  • Organizational and Work-Related Issues Surrounding Health Information Technology. Presented to Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore. 2010.
  • Employee Involvement in the Deployment of Health Information Technology. Presented to School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore. 2009.
  • The Adoption of Health Information Technology in Primary Care. Presented to Industry Studies Association. Chicago. 2009.
  • The Adoption of Health Information Technology in Primary Care. Presented to Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore. 2009.
  • Information Technology and Industrial Relations in Firms and Organizations. Presented to Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA. 2006.
  • Employment Policy and Technology Strategy. Presented to Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA. 2005.