John Boudreau, professor in the Department of Human Resources at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). NAHR is considered the foremost professional organization in human resources in the United States. Fellows are elected yearly by peers in human resource management.
Boudreau, who was cited for his contributions to the field, is perhaps best known among HR practitioners for his innovations in measuring the value of human resources. He developed the HC BRidge&tm; strategic human capital framework, which models the link between individual talent and strategic success and is widely used in industry today.
As an educator, Boudreau has won praise for his innovative teaching methods connecting students to real-world HR issues. A faculty member at the ILR School since 1981, he was the first to use personal computers in an HR course at Cornell as well as the first to teach Strategic HR Metrics and Online Skills for HR Professionals. Boudreau received the ILR School's General Mills Award for teaching excellence in 1997. He also founded and directed the Central Europe Human Resource Education Initiative, creating HR classes at universities in the Czech and Slovak republics.
"This is a wonderful award for Professor Boudreau and a testament to the way he has interwoven academic and practical issues into his teaching of undergraduates and his research on human resource management," said Edward Lawler, dean of the ILR School.
At the ILR School, Boudreau is director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS). CAHRS links HR faculty, students and practitioners and works to solve key problems in human resources. Boudreau describes it as a "a unique partnership that brings together HR leaders in the field and knowledge developers and disseminators at the ILR School and Cornell." Currently more than 50 companies worldwide are CAHRS sponsors, and the center has an active web site: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/CAHRS/ .Boudreau has published more than 40 books, articles and chapters on such topics as HR strategy, metrics, the financial impact of selection, recruitment and strategic downsizing and a 10-year study of U.S. and European top executives' attitudes, career success and mobility. His research findings have been cited in The Wall Street Journal , Fortune , Workforce, and Human Resource Executive and published in such scholarly journals as Management Scienc e, the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.
In addition, Boudreau advises such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb, GE, IBM, JP MorganChase, Royal Dutch Shell, Sun Microsystems, Toys "R" Us, Verizon and Williams Sonoma as well as the United Nations and the U.S. Navy. He has served on the boards of advisers of the Saratoga Institute, Brassring.com, and Primelearning.com. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from New Mexico State University, a master's degree in management and a Ph.D. in industrial relations from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.
With Boudreau's election to NAHR, the ILR School now has four faculty members who are fellows of the academy, more than at any other institution. The other three are Professors Lee Dyer, David Lipsky and George Milkovich.