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JR Keller
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JR Keller

Associate Professor
Human Resource Studies


JR Keller is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University. His research focuses on understanding how firms make hiring decisions and individual make career choices, with a particular interest in how the dynamics shape how employees change jobs within firms.

His work has appeared in several leading academic and practitioner outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, People & Strategy and Organization Science.

Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., JR had two careers – the first as a financial analyst and the second as a career consultant. JR earned his Ph.D. in Management from the Wharton School of Business and holds a Masters in Adult Education from Indiana University and undergraduate degrees in Finance and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame.


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Peter Cappelli, JR Keller. 2016. The historical context of talent management. in The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management. New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press, 2016. David Collings, Kamel Mellahi, Wayne F. Cascio.
  • JR Keller, Peter Cappelli. 2014. A supply chain approach to talent management. in Strategic Talent Management: Contemporary Issue in an International Context. Oxford, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Paul Sparrow, Hugh Scullion, Ibraiz Tarique. (117-150)

Book Sections

  • JR Keller, Peter Cappelli. 2013. Employment relationships. in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage Publications, 2013. Vicki Smith.

Book Reviews

  • JR Keller. 2019. Book review: High tech and high touch: Headhunting, technology, and economic transformation. Administrative Sciience Quarterly, 2019. (NP36-NP37)

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Scholarly Impact Award, Academy of Management HR Division. 2019
  • Best Conference Paper - Strategic Human Capital Interest Group, Strategic Management Society. 2018
  • MacIntyre Award for Exemplary Teaching, ILR School, Cornell University. 2018
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar Most Influential Professor (student selected), Cornell University. 2017
  • Best Conference PhD Paper, SMS Annual Conference. 2014