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Professor of Business and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University

Marick F. Masters is currently Director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, where he is a Professor of Business and Adjunct Professor of Political Science. Labor@Wayne includes the Labor Studies Center, Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, the undergraduate labor studies major, and the Master of Arts in Industrial Relations. Professor Masters received his Ph.D. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois in 1983. He served on the faculty of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University from 1982-1986. He served on the faculty of the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh , from 1986-2009 (January 4), where he was a professor, Director of MBA Programs, and Associate Dean (Interim).

Dr. Masters research and teaching interests are in conflict resolution, negotiations, labor-management cooperation, public-sector labor-management relations, union finances, and unions in politics. He has published more than 100 articles and two books: The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (AMACOM, 2002) and Unions at the Crossroads (Quorum 1997). He is currently working on two books: The Negotiating Executive and Union Power: The Role of Organized Labor in American Politics. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Labor Research and the International Journal of E-Politics. He previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Management.

Dr. Masters is active in a variety of professional associations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution, where he was on the Workplace Section Leadership Council, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association, where he is co-chair of the Federal/Public Sector Industry Council. He has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations and was a regular columnist for the Pittsburgh Business Times, Dividends, and Human Resource Management News. Dr. Masters was also the editor of the Workplace Section Newsletter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Masters has generated research grants and contracts and developed customized executive education programs for several organizations. He has won teaching awards and been recognized for his public service. He conducted a major study on federal-sector labor-management partnerships for former President Clinton’s National Partnership Council. Dr. Masters is a frequent speaker, op-ed columnist, and is widely interviewed in the print and electronic media. He is also a senior partner of AIM (Albright, Irr, and Masters) Consulting Associates, which is based in New London, CT.


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    Director, Labor@Wayne, Professor of Business, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University