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John McCarthy
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John McCarthy

Assistant Professor
Human Resource Studies


John McCarthy received his PhD from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Prior to joining Cornell’s ILR School, he was a Visiting Doctoral Student and the Northrop Grumman Research Fellow at The Wharton School and a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Spanning multiple professional settings, Dr. McCarthy's research examines how human resource management practices impact organizational social networks, and in turn how social networks impact employee and organizational outcomes. For example, he is currently leading a multi-year research effort to understand how the introduction of an organization-wide merit pay system impacts knowledge sharing, mentoring and benevolence-based trust among colleagues over time. His studies appear in leading academic journals and have been cited by popular media outlets, including the LA Times.


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