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Centers & Institutes

The workplace is a source of unlimited research and programmatic opportunities. At ILR, we have chosen a variety of themes related to work and employment upon which to build study, training, education, and practice-oriented initiatives. These activities are facilitated by the centers and institutes highlighted below.


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    Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS)

    CAHRS is an international center serving corporate human resources leaders and their companies by providing critical tools for building and leading high-performing HR organizations. CAHRS' mission is to bring together corporate partners and the Cornell ILR School's world-renowned HR Studies faculty to investigate, translate and apply the latest HR research into practice excellence. CAHRS partners include over 60 of the world’s leading organizations, and represent a cross-section of the global economy.

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    Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI)

    CHERI facilitates interdisciplinary research on higher education. Its affiliated faculty come from 5 different Cornell colleges and span a wide variety of disciplines.

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    Employment and Disability Institute (EDI)

    EDI advances knowledge, policies, and practices that enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities in all aspects of life through projects, educational activities, research, publications, and technical assistance.

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    Global Labor Institute (GLI)

    The Institute provides a unique venue for unions to work together to strengthen labor's response to the challenges posed by globalization.

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    Institute for Compensation Studies (ICS)

    ICS is a global incubator and clearinghouse for new insights, data, and knowledge about monetary and non-monetary rewards from work. ICS provides research, education, and expertise to advance decision-making and public discourse on compensation across the span of organizational control – from boards of directors and executives to entry-level and contract workers, in for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

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    Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS)

    The Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS), located in midtown Manhattan, focuses on issues affecting the workplace—for ILR alumni, faculty, students, and friends.

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    Labor Dynamics Institute (LDI)

    Our mission is to create and make accessible novel data on the dynamics of the labor markets. We work with research networks and statistical agencies, developing appropriate statistics to inform policy makers, researchers, and simply people seeking knowledge.

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    Martin and Laurie Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (ICR)

    The Institute's mission is to educate practitioners, users, teachers, and students of the field of conflict resolution through the following endeavors: research; collection and dissemination of information; public and private assistance; graduate and undergraduate curriculum development; and, training programs.

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    NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute

    The Institute offers a statewide one-year certificate program jointly sponsored by the NYS AFL-CIO, the national AFL-CIO, and Cornell. Instruction combines seminars, fieldwork, and mentoring, and carries 12 units of college credit. Applicants must be nominated by their union.

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    R. Brinkley Smithers Institute for Alcohol-Related Workplace Studies

    The Smithers Institute is a non-profit research institute dedicated to advancing the knowledge of alcohol, drug, and health issues in the workplace. The institute works to improve and enhance employee and members assistance initiatives.

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    Worker Institute at Cornell

    The Worker Institute at Cornell starts from the idea that strong workers' rights and collective representation are essential elements of a vibrant, prosperous, democratic society.

Interested in global initiatives? Visit the International Programs Web site and check out what we're doing in the world.