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John Haggerty
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John Haggerty

Senior Lecturer
Human Resources Management


John J. Haggerty is a Senior Lecturer at the ILR School (Industrial and Labor Relations) at Cornell University. Mr. Haggerty completed his Ph.D. in Human Resources Studies (at Cornell ILR), with a focus on Human Resource Functional Excellence. He has a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell ILR, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve, Weatherhead School of Management.

Prior to returning to Cornell, Mr. Haggerty enjoyed a 27-year career as an HR practitioner, including twenty-one years at General Electric where he was Vice President of Human Resources for their Industrial Systems business. Haggerty also served as Manager of Corporate Human Resources for GE's operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, based in London. His HR background is primarily in manufacturing and service businesses, with extensive exposure to collective bargaining and industrial relations around the world.

Mr. Haggerty's research interests include HR functional excellence, applications of technology in HR, and measures of the strength of an HR system. He teaches "Field Studies in Strategic Human Resources," an experiential course in the Cornell ILR Masters program which takes students into workplaces outside the United States to explore different models of strategic HRM.

Haggerty is co-author with Patrick M. Wright on "Missing Variables in Strategic HR: Time, Cause and Individuals" in Management and Organization Revue, and lead author on a recent Sage Handbook chapter on HR Functional Excellence, also with Patrick M. Wright.

Research Statement

I study firm level outcomes of interest to the broader management community with an emphasis on human resources systems.

Service Statement

I continue to serve as the faculty advisor for the Cornell Club Lacrosse Team, for SHRM, for Sigma Pi Mu Chapter and for College Mentors for Kids.

Honors and Awards

  • Robert N. Stern Award for Teaching and Mentoring, Cornell ILR.


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