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About ICS

Founded in 2010, the Institute for Compensation Studies seeks to bridge between academic researchers and compensation practitioners to improve pay practices and societal outcomes through applied and translational research, training the talent pipeline, and expanding understanding around compensation and rewards to work.

We consider compensation broadly defined, to include all the monetary and nonmonetary (intangible) rewards that people receive for doing the work they do, in any location or employment structure. We are concerned with how rewards to work influence outcomes for companies and industries, as well as individuals and economies, worldwide.

ICS conducts cross-disciplinary research, provides student research mentorship, supports continuing education for professionals interested in pay practices, and convenes an Executives Forum network for corporate leads of total rewards. Learn more.


ICS Leadership brings together the best of interdisciplinary scholars of compensation with Cornell's renowned outreach expertise to build a community with practitioners and those who aspire to become compensation specialiists.

  • Academic Director, Institute for Compensation Studies
  • Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor, Human Resource Studies
Diane is an organizational sociologist. She has served as ICS' Academic Director since 2021 in addition to her professorial appointment in ILR's Human Resource Studies department and courtesy appointments in organizational behavior and sociology.

  • Executive Director
Dr. Linda Barrington is an economic historian, Associate Dean of Strategy and Societal Impact for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, and Executive Director of ILR’s Institute for Compensation Studies.

  • Director of Professional Programs
Brian Dunn is ICS' Director of Professional Programs and a lecturer in the ILR School.
Tae-Youn is Director of Research at ICS and Associate Professor in Human Resource Studies.



Ray has spent a career in compensation consulting and visits having recently completed a period as Aon's CEO Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa Reward Solutions.

  • Executive in Residence

Stephen F O’Byrne is President and co-founder of Shareholder Value Advisors Inc., a consulting firm that helps companies increase shareholder value through better performance measurement, incentive

  • ICS Executive in Residence

Mike retired from General Mills in 2014. At that time he was Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, and had been the company’s chief human resources officer since 2008.

  • ICS Executive in Residence

Allen spent 24 years in compensation consulting at Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin) concluding his career as a Managing Principal.

  • ICS Executive in Residence

Linda Amuso is an expert in the field of executive and employee compensation design for the technology and life sciences industries. She is a Senior Partner at Aon and is recent past-Chairpers