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About Sarosh Kuruvilla

Sarosh Kuruvilla is currently Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs at Cornell University. He is also a Visiting Professor of Employment Relations and Organizational Behaviour at the London School of Economics. He joined Cornell's faculty in 1990 after obtaining a doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa in 1989, and after a career as a labor relations manager in the industry in India.
Professor Kuruvilla's research interests focus broadly in the area of comparative industrial relations and specifically on the linkages between industrial relations policies and practices, national human resource policies and practices and economic development policies. His recent research has been concerned with developing policy approaches to improving national skills development, skills up-gradation and labor policy. His research has informed government policy and practice in Asia, particularly in relation to Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, S. Korea, Taiwan and more recently, in China and India. He serves as a consultant to many international agencies, as well as global corporations, and has authored a large number of refereed journal articles on labor and human resource policies and practices. His current research focuses on the analysis of employment relations in global value chains, with particular attention to the centralization and decentralization of HR polices across the value chain. He is also working on the globalization of professional labor markets, particularly the linkages between labor markets for lawyers in the US, UK, and India.


Present Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs, Cornell University ILR School
Present Visiting Professor of Employment Relations and Organizational Behaviour, London School of Economics

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Research Scholar, 2004. Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Study: The Indian Outsourcing Industry.
  • Outstanding Young Scholar Award for the Best Contribution to International and Comparative Labor and Employment Research, 1996-1997. Industrial Relations Research Association, USA.
  • Outstanding Teacher: ILR School. The Interfraternity Council at Cornell University.


  • Qualitative Research Methods (Cornell)
  • Advanced Research Methods (Cornell)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Aarhus, Stockholm, Oslo, London)
  • Trade Union Policy and Structure (Cornell)
  • Negotiations in Practice (Cornell)
  • Negotiations in Practice (Cornell-ILR, Law)
  • Negotiations (Aarhus)
  • International Human Resource Management (Aarhus)
  • Collective Bargaining (Cornell)
  • Industrial Relations in Asia (Cornell)
  • Industrial Relations Systems (New York)
  • Globalization and Human Resource Management (London School of Economics)
  • China and India in the Global Economy
  • Collective Bargaining, Industrial Relations (Cornell)
  • Collective Bargaining (Manila)
  • Industrial Relations in Asia (Cornell)
  • Globalization, Labor, Capital, and Work (Cornell)
  • Globalization and HRM, (LSE)

Contact Information

Ives Hall, Room 357
(f) 607-255-6840


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