Cornell University

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Maite Tapia, MS/PhD

Maite Tapia, MS/PhDMaite Tapia is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in the Department of International and Comparative Labor. Since 2011, she has been a visiting student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In her research she takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of employment and organizations, building on industrial relations, organizational theory, and comparative political economy.

More specifically, her research interests revolve around the strategies of nonprofits, such as trade unions and community organizations, in spurring membership participation and pushing for a more sustainable society. She takes an international and comparative approach in seeking to understand 1) the key mechanisms for the emergence, maintenance, and/or transformation of these organizations, 2) under which conditions the organizations are successful in mobilizing their members and when they fail, and 3) the interplay between the internal organizational challenges and the external context in which they are embedded.

Some of her work has been published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations and she is a co-editor of and contributor to a forthcoming book on trade unions and migrant workers in the US, UK, France, and Germany.

- Maite Tapia, MS/PhD