Joel E. Cutcher Gershenfeld


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Joel has field expertise in social impact enterprises, large-scale systems change, high performance work systems, negotiation and dispute resolution, cyberinfrastructure, labor-management relations, new technology, and related matters. He has led change initiatives at team, enterprise, industry, national, and international levels. As a scholar, Joel has advanced theory and method in industrial relations, negotiations, institutional analysis, organizational behavior, information systems, employment law, cross-cultural studies, and other areas of social science.


  • HS 252b - Strategic Management
  • HS 257b - Conflict Resolution by Negotiation
  • HS 258a - Operations Management
  • HS 477b - Conflict Resolution by Negotiation


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University

Joel E. Cutcher Gershenfeld



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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is a professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where he leads research on agile institutions and teaches classes on strategy and operations in the Social Impact MBA. Previously he served as a professor and dean in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, United States. Joel serves as editor for the Negotiation Journal at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. Joel is an award-winning author who has co-authored or co-edited eleven books, including Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution (Basic Books, 2017), Inside the Ford-UAW Transformation: Pivotal Events in Valuing Work and Delivering Results (MIT Press, 2015), Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law (Edward Elgar, 2013), Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems (Oxford University Press, 2005), Lean Enterprise Value (Palgrave, 2002), Knowledge-Driven Work (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Strategic Negotiations (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), and over ninety-five articles, book chapters, and policy papers on high performance work systems, transformation in labor-management relations, negotiations and conflict resolution, economic development, and engineering systems. He has helped to lead large-scale change initiatives in public and private sectors in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, and the United States. Joel’s current research is centered on stakeholder alignment in complex systems – a foundation for institutions in the 21st Century.

Awards and Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2020)
  • MD/MBA Citation for Excellence in Teaching. 2020. (2020)
  • Best Paper, Workforce Track, Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC19) (2019)
  • Fellow, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2019)
  • Heller Annual Teaching Award (2019)
  • Aspen Symposium Forum Scholar (2018)
  • Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma as a Heller MBA faculty member (2018)
  • Joe Isaacs Lecture, cosponsored by Monash University and the University of Melbourne (2015)
  • President, Labor and Employment Relations Association (2009 - 2010)
  • Best Paper (with Nancy Leveson), International System Safety Conference (2004)
  • Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, International Academy of Astronautics (2003)
  • Excellence Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, MSU Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1994)
  • Scholarly Achievement Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management (1992)


  • Gershenfeld, Joel E. Cutcher; Alan R. Gershenfeld; Neil A. Gershenfeld. "The Promise of Self-Sufficient Production." Sloan Management Review 62. 2 (2021): 66-72.
  • Gershenfeld, Joel E. Cutcher. "Pivotal Events Driving Organizational and Institutional Transformation." Negotiation Journal 36. 2 (Spring) (2020).
  • Gershenfeld, Joel E. Cutcher. Strategy and Tactics in Negotiation (Sunday Minute). Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School
  • Patrick Schmitz, Claire Mizumoto, John Hicks, Dana Brunson, Gail Krovitz, James Bottum, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Karen Wetzel and Thomas Cheatham. A Research Computing and Data Capabilities Model for Strategic Decision-Making. Proc. of PEARC20. Portland, OR: PEARC, 2020.
  • Stakeholder Alignment Collaborative (Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Karen S. Baker, Nicholas Berente, Paul Arthur Berkman, Pat Canavan, F. Alex Feltus, Alysia Garmulewicz, Ron Hutchins, John Leslie King, Christine R. Kirkpatrick, Christopher Lenhardt, Spence. "Negotiated Sharing of Pandemic Data, Models, and Resources." Negotiation Journal 36. 4 (2020): 497-534.
  • Bray, Mark, Johanna Macneil, & Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. "Constructing Cooperation: The Role of Government Third Parties in the Transition from Adversarial to Cooperative Relations.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, Robert McKersie, and Richard Walton (. "The Risks and Benefits of Unilaterally Changing the Rules of the Game." Negotiation Journal 35. 1 (2019): 93-98.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, and Andrew Hill. “Future Directions at the Intersection of Management Science and Information Science”. Washington, DC Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering and Command, Control, and Communication (C3) Cyber and Business Systems, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment,: 2019.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel. "Comment: Make all scientific data FAIR." Nature 570. June 6 (2019): 27-29.
  • Gershenfeld, Joel E. Cutcher. "The Professionalization of Cyberinfrastructure Personnel,” Best Paper, Workforce Track, Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing. Proc. of PEARC19. Chicago, IL: PEARC, 2019.
  • Stakeholder Alignment Collaborative: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Karen S. Baker, Nicholas Berente, Dana Brunson, Alysia Garmulewicz, Barbara Lawrence, W. Christopher Lenhardt, John Leslie King, Christine R. Kirkpatrick, Spencer Lewis, Michael Maffie, Matt. ""Consortia: A Complement and Alternative to Market-Based Economic Systems".
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, Alan Gershenfeld, and Neil Gershenfeld (. "Digital Fabrication and the Future of Work." Perspectives on Work 22. (2018).
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, and Joe Isaac. "Creating Value and Mitigating Harm: Assessing Institutional Objectives in Australian Industrial Relations." Economic & Labour Relations Review April. (2018).
  • Gershenfeld, Alan, Neil Gershenfeld, and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. "Opinion: We’re on the cusp of the third digital revolution, and here’s how not to be left behind." MarketWatch (2018)
  • Gershenfeld, Neil, Alan Gershenfeld, and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. "Soon You’ll Be Able to Make Anything. It’ll Change Politics Forever. How digital fabrication is revolutionizing everything.." Politico April. (2018)
  • Kochan Thomas, Lee Dyer Joel Cutcher‐Gershenfeld, and Alexander Kowalski”. "Negotiating a New Social Contract for Work: An Online, Distributed Approach." Negotiation Journal 34. 2 (2018): 187-206.
  • Shelley Stall, Patricia Cruse, Helena Cousijn, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Anita de Waard, Brooks Hanson, Joerg Heber, Kerstin Lehnert, Mark Parsons, Erin Robinson, Michael Witt, Lesley Wyborn, Lynn Yarmey. "Data Sharing and Citations: New Author Guidelines Promoting Open and FAIR Data in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences." ScienceEditor (2018).
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, ed. Editor. Cambridge, MA: Wiley / Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, 33 2017.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel. "Can Negotiation Theory Help Us Make Sense of American Politics in 2017?." Negotiation journal 33. 2 (2017): 1-7.
  • Neil Gershenfeld, Alan Gershenfeld, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. Designing Reality -- Website and resources. <>.
  • Neil Gershenfeld, Alan Gershenfeld, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 2017.
  • The Stakeholder Alignment Collaborative (Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, corresponding co-author). "Five Ways That Consortia Can Catalyze Open Science." Nature 543 (2017): 615-618.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, ed. Negotiation Journal. Cambridge, MA: Wiley / Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, 32 2016.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel. "Build It, But Will They Come? A Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure Baseline Analysis,." Data Science Journal 15 (2016): 1-15.
  • Eaton, Adrianne, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and Saul Rubenstein. "Labor-Management Partnership in the United States: Islands of Success in a Hostile Context." Developing Positive Employment Relations International Experiences of Labour Management Partnership. Ed. Adrian Wilkinson and Stewart Johnstone. New York: Palgrave, 2016
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, Dan Brooks, Noel Cowell, Christos A. Ioannou, Marty Mulloy, Danny Roberts, Tanzia Saunders, Søren Viemose, Kalovig. "Financialization, Collective Bargaining, and the Public Interest." Financial Market Developments and Labor Relations. Ed. Christian E. Weller, ed. Champaign, IL: LERA, 2015
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, Dan Brooks, and Martin Mulloy. Inside the Ford-UAW Transformation: Pivotal Events in Valuing Work and Delivering Results.. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel. "Book Review Essay: A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations: An Analysis of a Social Interaction System. By Richard Walton and Robert McKersie.." Rev. of A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations, by Richard Walton and Robert McKersie. Industrial and Labor Relations Review vol. 68 2015: 955-960.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel; Marty Mulloy; Dan Brooks. "“The Decline and Resurgence of the U.S. Auto Industry,”." Economic Policy Institute Policy Papers NA. NA (2015)
  • Knight, Eric, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and Barbara Mittleman. "The Biomarkers Consortium: Dynamic Tension and the Art of Managing Collaborative Complexity.." Sloan Management Review 57. 1 (August) (2015): 16-19.
  • Finkin, Matt, and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. Multinational Human Resource Management and the Law: Common Workplace Problems in Different Legal Environments.. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2013.
  • Mittleman, Barbara, Garry Neil, and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. "The Role of Consortia in Transforming Drug Development: Why Work Together?." Nature Biotechnology 31. 11 (2013): 979-985.
  • Rubinstein, Saul, and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. "Innovation and Transformation in Public Sector Employment Relations: Future Prospects on a Contested Terrain." Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 28. 2 (2013).
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel. "Bargaining When the Future of an Industry is at Stake: Lessons from UAW-Ford Collective Bargaining Negotiations." Negotiations Journal 27. 2 (2011): 115-145.
  • McGregor, Douglas, author; Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, editor. The Human Side of Enterprise (by Douglas McGregor), Annotated Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, and J. Kevin Ford. Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems: Integrating Bold Visions and Harsh Realities. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Murman, Earll, Tom Allen, Kirkor Bozdogan, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Hugh McManus, Debbie Nightingale, Eric Rebentisch, Tom Shields, Fred Stahl, Myles Walton, Joyce Warmkessel, Stanley Weiss, and Sheila Widnall. Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative. New York: Palgrave, 2002.
  • Work Practices Diffusion Team (Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Michio Nitta, Betty Barrett, Nejib Belhedi, Simon Chow, Takashi Inaba, Iwao Ishino, Wen-Jeng Lin, Michael Moore, William Mothersell, Jennifer Palthe, Shobha Ramanand, Mark Strolle, and Arthur Wheat. Knowledge-Driven Work: Unexpected Lessons from Japanese and United States Work Practices.. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Walton, Richard, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and Robert McKersie. Strategic Negotiations: A Theory of Change in Labor-Management Relations.. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1994.
  • Ferman, Louis, Michele Hoyman, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and Ernest Savoie, eds.. Joint Training Programs: Union-Management Approach to Preparing Workers for the Future. Ithaca, NY: Cornell ILR Press, 1991.