Office of the Provost


About the Interim Provost

Harry C. Katz

Harry C. Katz, the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining, is currently serving as Interim Provost of Cornell University. Prior to assuming that position in November 2014, he was the Kenneth F. Kahn Dean at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977. After teaching at MIT from 1977-1985, he came to the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1985. Katz's expertise is in contract negotiations, industrial relations systems, industry studies, labor relations, labor-management cooperation, public sector, telecommunications, wage systems, gain-sharing, and incentives, and work teams/work process redesign.

His major publications include: Converging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems (with Owen Darbishire), Cornell University Press; Shifting Gears: Changing Labor Relations in the U.S. Automobile Industry, MIT Press; The Transformation of American Industrial Relations, (with Thomas Kochan and Robert McKersie), second edition, Cornell University Press; Telecommunications: Restructuring of Work and Employment Relations World-wide, Cornell University Press, An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations Irwin-McGraw-Hill, fourth edition and Labor Relations in a Globalizing World: An Introduction Focused on Emerging Countries ILR Press, forthcoming, both with Thomas Kochan and Alexander Colvin.

The Transformation of American Industrial Relations was awarded the Terry Book Award in 1988 as the most significant contribution to the field of management by the Academy of Management.

Since 2006, Katz has been a member of the UAW Public Review Board.