Alexander Colvin

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Alexander Colvin

Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Overview

Alexander Colvin is the Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is an associate member of the Cornell Law Faculty and Associate Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. His research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in nonunion workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. His current research projects include an empirical investigation of the outcomes of employment arbitration and a cross-national study of labor and employment law change in the Anglo-American countries. He has published articles in journals such as Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Personnel Psychology, Relations Industrielles, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also co-author (with Harry C. Katz and Thomas A. Kochan) of the textbook An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations, 4th edition (Irwin-McGraw-Hill).

Prof. Colvin received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in 1999 from Cornell University. He received the 2003 Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) and the 2000 Best Dissertation Award from the IRRA for his dissertation entitled “Citizens and Citadels: Dispute Resolution and the Governance of Employment Relations”. Before joining the faculty of the ILR School in 2008, he taught at Penn State University from 1999-2008.

Research Statement

Current research projects include an empirical investigation of the outcomes of employment arbitration and a cross-national study of labor and employment law change in the Anglo-American countries.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Alex Colvin. 2014. Mandatory Arbitration and Inequality of Access to Justice in Employment., Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.
  • Alex Colvin, Kelly Pike. 2014. Saturns and Rickshaws Revisited: What Kind of Employment Arbitration System has Developed?, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. 29(1):59-83.
  • Alex Colvin, Kelly Pike, . 2013. Beyond Baby-Splitting: Arbitrator Decision-Making Patterns in Employment Cases., Dispute Resolution Journal. 68(2):57-67.
  • Alex Colvin, Owen R Darbishire, . 2013. Convergence in Industrial Relations Systems: The Emerging Anglo-American Model?, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 66(5):1045-75.
  • Alex Colvin. 2013. Participation Versus Procedures in Non-Union Dispute Resolution, Industrial Relations (Berkeley). 52(s1):221-258.
  • Alex Colvin. 2012. American Workplace Dispute Resolution in the Individual Rights Era, International Journal of Human Resources Management. 12(3-4):459-475.
  • Rosemary Batt, Alex Colvin. 2011. An Employment Systems Approach to Turnover: HR Practices, Quits, Dismissals, and Customer Satisfaction, Academy of Management Journal. 54(4):696-717.
  • Alex Colvin. 2011. An Empirical Analysis of Employment Arbitration: Case Outcomes and Processes, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. 8(1):1-23.
  • Alex Colvin. 2009. Employment Arbitration: Empirical Findings and Research Needs, Dispute Resolution Journal. 64(3):6-11.
  • Alex Colvin. 2008. Empirical Research on Employment Arbitration: Clarity amidst the Sound and Fury?, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. 11(2):405-447.
  • John W. Budd, Alex Colvin. 2008. Improved Metrics for Workplace Dispute Resolution Procedures: Efficiency, Equity, and Voice, Industrial Relations. 43(3):460-479.
  • Alex Colvin, Wendy R Boswell. 2007. The Problem of Action and Interest Alignment: Beyond Job Requirements and Incentive Compensation, Human Resource Management Review. 17(1):38-51.
  • Wendy R Boswell, John Bingham, Alex Colvin. 2006. Employee ‘Line of Sight’ to an Organization’s Strategic Objectives, Business Horizons. 49(6):499-509.
  • Alex Colvin. 2006. Flexibility and Fairness in Liberal Market Economies: The Comparative Impact of the Legal Environment and High Performance Work Systems, British Journal of Industrial Relations. 44(1):73-97.
  • Alex Colvin. 2004. Adoption and Use of Dispute Resolution Procedures in the Nonunion Workplace, Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations. 13:71-97.
  • Alex Colvin. 2004. Mandatory Arbitration and the Reconfiguration of Workplace Dispute Resolution, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. 13(3):581-597.
  • Alex Colvin. 2004. The Relationship between Employee Involvement and Workplace Dispute Resolution, Industrial Relations. 59(4):671-694.
  • Alex Colvin. 2003. Institutional Pressures, Human Resource Strategies and the Rise of Nonunion Dispute Resolution Procedures, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 56(3):375-392.
  • Alex Colvin. 2003. The Dual Transformation of Workplace Dispute Resolution, Industrial Relations. 42(4):712-735.
  • Rosemary Batt, Alex Colvin, Jeffrey H Keefe. 2002. Employee Voice, Human Resource Practices, and Quit Rates: Evidence from the Telecommunications Industry, Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 55(4):573-594.
  • Alex Colvin, Katherine Van Wezel Stone. 2002. Das amerikanische Arbeitsrecht aus der Perspecktive historische und zukunftiger Entwicklungen [Looking Forward and Backward at American Labor Law], WSI-Mitteilungen. 608-615.
  • Alex Colvin. 2001. Gerechtigkeit ohne Gewerkschaft und Betriebsrat? Konfliktschlichtung in gewerkschaftsfreien Betrieben in den USA, WSI-Mitteilungen. 743-749.
  • Alex Colvin, Rosemary Batt, Harry Katz. 2001. How Human Resource Practices and Industrial Relations Institutions Affect Managerial Pay, Personnel Psychology. 54(4):903-934.
  • Alex Colvin. 1998. Rethinking Bargaining Unit Determination: Labor Law and the Structure of Collective Representation in a Changing Workplace, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. 15(2):419-490.

Books

  • William K Roche, Paul Teague, Alex Colvin. 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management in Organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Harry Katz, Thomas A Kochan, Alex Colvin. 2007. An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations. McGraw Hill Irwin, 2007.

Textbooks

  • Alex Colvin, Harry Katz, Thomas Kochan. 2015. Labor Relations in a Globalizing World: An Introduction Focused on Emerging Countries. in Labor Relations in a Global World: An Introduction Focused on Emerging Countries. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2015.
  • Katherine V.W. Stone, Richard A. Bales, Alex Colvin. 2014. Arbitration Law, third edition. St. Paul, MN: Foundation Press, 2014.

Book Chapters

  • Alex Colvin. 2014. Nonunion Grievance Procedures. in The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. William Roche, Paul Teague, and Alexander J.S. Colvin. (168-189)(Accepted)
  • John Budd, Alex Colvin. 2014. The Goals and Assumptions of Conflict Management in Organizations. in The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. William Roche, Paul Teague, and Alexander J.S. Colvin. (12-29)(Accepted)
  • Alex Colvin. 2013. Organizational Primacy after the Demise of the Organizational Career: Employment Conflict in a Post-Standard Contract World. in Employment Regulation after the Demise of the Standard Employment Contract: Innovations in Regulatory Design. New York, NY: Russell Sage, 2013. Harry Arthurs and Katherine Stone. (194-210)
  • Alex Colvin, Owen R Darbishire. 2012. International Employment Relations: The Impact of Varieties of Capitalism. in Handbook of International Human Resource Management Research, 2nd ed.. Edward Elgar, 2012. Gunter Stahl, Ingmar Bjorkman and Shad Morris. (52-75)(Accepted)
  • Harry Katz, Alex Colvin. 2011. Employment Relations in the United States. in International and Comparative Employment Relations: Globalisation and Change, 5th ed.. Allen & Unwin, 2011. Greg J. Bamber, Russell D. Lansbury, and Nick Wailes. (62-87)
  • Wendy R Boswell, Alex Colvin, Todd C Darnold. 2008. Organizational systems and employee motivation. in Work Motivation: Past, Present, and Future. New York NY: Routledge, 2008. Ruth Kanfer, Gilad Chen, Robert D Pritchard.
  • Alex Colvin, Brian Klaas, Douglas Mahony. 2006. Research on Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures. in Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations. Champaign IL: Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2006. David Lewin. (103-147)
  • Alex Colvin. 2002. Semi-Institutionalisation in Nonunion Industrial Relations - Challenges and Opportunities for Labour. in Human Resource Development and Workplace Government in the Caribbean. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2002. Noel M Cowell, Clement Branche.

Book Reviews

  • Alex Colvin. 2010. Book review in Industrial and Labor Relations Review of "Why the Garden Club Couldn’t Save Youngstown: The Transformation of the Rust Belt." By Sean Safford. . 2010. (359-360)
  • Alex Colvin. 2009. What Do Unions Do? A Twenty-Year Perspective. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2009. James T. Bennett and Bruce Kaufman. (169-170)
  • Alex Colvin. 2005. Book review of Hoyt Wheeler, Brian Klaas and Douglas Mahony, Workplace Justice Without Unions. in British Journal of Industrial Relations. 2005. (323-326)
  • Alex Colvin. 2001. Book review of Saul Rubinstein and Thomas Kochan, Learning from Saturn: Possibilities for Corporate Governance and Employee Relations. in Transfer. 2001. (542-544)
  • Alex Colvin. 1997. Book review of Paul Johnston, Success While Others Fail: Social Movement Unionism and the Public Workplace. in Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 1997. (686-688)
  • Alex Colvin. 1997. Book review of Pradeep Kumar, Unions and Workplace Change in Canada. in Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 1997. (512-513)

Conference Proceedings

  • Alex Colvin. 1999. The Institutional Framework of Dispute Resolution in Canada and the United States: Incentives and Alternatives. in Institutional Transformations in the Regulation of Work Relations. Laval: Canadian Industrial Relations Association, 1999. (69-82)

Selected Works

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Professional Activities

  • The Impact of Case and Arbitrator Characteristics On Employment Arbitration Outcomes. Presented to National Academy of Arbitrators. Minneapolis, MN. 2012.
  • The Emerging Anglo-American Model: Convergence in Industrial Relations Institutions?. Presented to International Industrial Relations Association. Sydney, Australia. 2009.