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October 4 2013

Visiting Faculty Members from Africa and Europe Join ILR for the Fall Semester

Two visiting faculty members have joined the ILR School for the fall semester: Omotayo FashoVisiting Facultyyin, who teaches Comparative Employment Relations in Africa (ILRIC 4340) and Stefano Gasparri, who teaches Comparative Employment Relations in Europe (ILRIC 4340). Joining ILR from Nigeria and Italy respectively, both Fashoyin and Gasparri are offering students an opportunity to learn more broadly about employment and industrial relations in Africa and Europe.

Comparative Employment Relations in Africa provides students an introduction to selected themes and key features of labor and employment relations in mostly English-speaking African countries. Using a comparative lens, the course will examine the nature of the labor force and public policy influences on labor and employment relations. “Students will walk away from the course with a very good understanding of how the labor market operates in Africa,” explained Fashoyin. “Whether they are planning to stay in school or work in international employment relations, they will be equipped with the skills to be a strong professional in both spheres. The course will provide them knowledge of the labor market environment in Africa and the role of trade unions and employers. The dynamics of this course should sensitize them to the particular differences between Africa and the United States.” While exploring each of the themes mentioned above, the course will emphasize the contribution and influences of employment relations in the broader socio-economic development. “I’ve tried to incorporate a mix of theory and practice in the course,” explained Fashoyin. “The goal is to provide students a strong foundation in employment relations and a broader understanding of how labor and management operates in the work place.”

Comparative Employment Relations in Europe, taught by Professor Stefano Gasparri, offers students a broad and comprehensive examination of comparative industrial relations in Europe. The course covers recent national trends, focusing on both differences and similarities across the region’s many countries. The curriculum also touches on the supra-national level, analyzing the role of the European Union in the industrial relations field. “The class covers employment relations systems in all of Europe, but focuses on some of the larger countries such as Germany, the UK, France, Italy, and the Nordic region,” explained Gasparri. “Students will be responsible for selecting a country and presenting their research and findings in regards to employment relations for that specific country. The goal is for students to understand the diversity of Europe’s countries, as well as the similarities and common features. Aspects such as the debt crisis, tension in certain regions, potential points of development, and the strategies adopted in Europe by trade unions will also be covered.”

Fashoyin is a Professor of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he has served on the Business Administration faculty for over three decades. He spent 16 years at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, where he served as the Director of Industrial and Employment Relations. His course, Comparative Employment Relations in Africa, meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:40 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. in Ives 108. For more information, please email Professor Fashoyin at: tf87@cornell.edu.

Gasparri is a Professor in the Department of Social and Political Studies at the University of Milan, Italy. He is also involved in conducting comparative research in the fashion industry. His course, Comparative Employment Relations in Europe, meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. in Ives 108. For more information, please email Professor Gasparri at: sg922@cornell.edu.