John BoudreauProfessor and Research Director, University of Southern California

    Recognized worldwide for his breakthrough research on the bridge between human capital, talent, and sustainable competitive advantage, John W. Boudreau, Ph.D. is much sought after by organizations, businesses, and the academic world for his insight and innovation in the fields of Human Resources, Human Capital Management, and Executive Development.

    Dr. Boudreau is Research Director for USC’s Center for Effective Organizations and Professor of Management and Organization at Marshall School of Business. His large-scale studies and focused field research address the future of the global Human Resources profession, HR measurement and analytics, decision-based HR, executive mobility, HR information systems, and organizational staffing and development.

    A strong proponent of corporate/academic partnerships, Dr. Boudreau helped to establish and then directed the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at Cornell University, where he was a professor for more than 20 years.


    Dr. Boudreau consults and conducts executive development with companies around the globe that aspire to maximize employee effectiveness by discovering the specific strategic bottom-line impact of superior people and human capital strategies.

    He is a strategic advisor to a range of well-known organizations, including early-stage companies, global corporations, government and military agencies, and non-profits.

    • Consulting and research clients include American Express, Asian Development Bank, Avon, Baxter Healthcare, Boeing, Bristol-Myers, Citigroup, Corning, Dell, Electronic Arts, Frito-Lay, Gap, GE, The Hartford, HP, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, Pfizer, PepsiCo, Shell International, Royal Bank of Canada, ScotiaBank, Sun, TriWest Health, Towers-Watson, Unilever, United Technologies, Unisys, the United Nations, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, The World Bank, and Williams-Sonoma.
    • He is an invited contributor to executive programs with IMD, Wharton, Harvard and Cornell University.

    The author of more than 50 books and numerous articles and papers, features on his work have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, and Business Week, among others.

    Scholarly research has appeared in Management Science, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Asia-Pacific Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, Industrial Relations, and Journal of Human Resources Costing and Accounting.

    Recent books include Retooling HR: Using Proven Business Tools to Make Better Decisions about Talent, Beyond HR: The New Science of Human Capital (with Peter M. Ramstad), Investing in People (with Wayne F. Cascio, now in its 2nd edition), Transformative HR: How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage (with Ravin Jesuthasan), and Achieving Strategic Excellence in Human Resource Management(with Edward Lawler).

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    • Professor Boudreau was the first Visiting Director of Sun Microsystems’ unique Research and Development Laboratory for Human Capital.
    • Dr. Boudreau’s research received the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior New Concept and Human Resource Scholarly Contribution awards.
    • He received the 2009 Chairman’s Award from the International Association for Human Resources Information Management (IHRIM) for lifetime achievement in human resource information management.
    • The recipient of the General Mills Award for teaching innovations at Cornell University, Dr. Boudreau founded the Central Europe Human Resource Education Initiative, connecting American HR professionals and academic researchers with faculty and students in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
    • Dr. Boudreau holds an undergraduate degree in business from New Mexico State University. He holds a Master’s degree in Management and a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.
    • Dr. Boudreau is a Fellow and Foundation Trustee of the National Academy of Human Resources. He has served as a member of the board of advisors for the Human Resource Planning Society and WorldatWork.
    • He chaired the Advisory Board of the California Strategic HR Partnership, a silicon-valley HR executive consortium, and served as an advisor to the Saratoga Institute, a global source of human capital benchmarking and performance measures.
    • He has been elected to the executive committees of the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.