Workforce, Industry, and Economic Development (WIED) was a unit of Cornell University's ILR School focused on providing applied economic expertise.

WIED was committed to promoting the creation of good jobs and stimulating workforce development to strengthen the New York State and global economy. While the WIED unit was discontinued by the ILR School in 2008, its documents will remain here for research and archival purposes.

Recent Submissions

  • Reflections on Progress at Work 

    Fleron, Lou Jean; Gray, Lois Spier (1996-01-01)
    [Excerpt] Today, we enter our second half century, facing a new millennium of opportunity. We pause to celebrate with pride our ILR Extension heritage, from its roots in Buffalo. We pay tribute to colleagues before us and ...
  • Organizing for Equitable Economic Development: The Significance of Community Empowerment Organizations for Unions 

    Applegate, Ronald (2007-01-01)
    [Excerpt] In response to the pervasive pursuit of low-road economic development strategies, several local unions have take the lead in devising high road strategies for their local economies. Unions are known for their ...
  • Of Republicans and Recessions: Why Does Big Business Vote for Them? 

    Corwin, R.D.; Gray, Lois Spier (1971-11-01)
    [Excerpt] The wild enthusiasm business gave Nixon's new economic policy stems not only from a longstanding business preference for Republicans but a short-run expectation of profit windfalls. In a moment of economic crisis ...
  • Looking Ahead 

    Gray, Lois Spier; Seeber, Ronald L. (1996-01-01)
    [Excerpt] The American entertainment industry and its system of labor-management relations is now at a crossroads. Its future will be determined to a great extent by emerging developments that could either hinder or ...
  • Local Nodes in Global Networks: The Geography of Knowledge Flows in Biotechnology Innovation 

    Gertler, Meric S.; Levitte, Yael M. (2005-12-01)
    The literature on innovation and interactive learning has tended to emphasize the importance of local networks, inter-firm collaboration and knowledge flows as the principal source of technological dynamism. More recently, ...
  • Labor and Regional Development in the U.S.A.: Building a High Road Infrastructure in Buffalo, New York 

    Greer, Ian; Fleron, Lou Jean (2006-01-01)
    [Excerpt] In a country where worker representatives lack broadly institutionalized roles as "social partners," how can they play a constructive role in solving the problems of regional development? In Buffalo, New York, ...
  • Introduction 

    Gray, Lois Spier; Seeber, Ronald L. (1996-01-01)
    [Excerpt] There is perhaps no more visible segment of the American economy than the arts and entertainment sector. When the Writers guild engaged its members in a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television ...
  • Changing Administrative Practices in American Unions: A Research Note 

    Clark, Paul F.; Gray, Lois Spier (2005-10-01)
    This note presents findings from the first longitudinal study of the administrative practices of American unions. Our surveys, conducted in 1990 and 2000, gathered information on the hiring, human resource, and financial/strategic ...
  • Bonding Social Capital in Entrepreneurial Developing Communities – Survival Networks or Barriers? 

    Levitte, Yael M. (2004-01-01)
    This paper focuses on the interaction between social capital and entrepreneurship in Aboriginal communities in Canada. Using statistical and interview data from three First Nations communities in northern Ontario, I examine ...
  • Assessing the Proposed IAM, UAW, and USW Merger: Critical Issues and Potential Outcomes 

    Clark, Paul F.; Gray, Lois Spier (2000-12-01)
    [Excerpt] We examine the many difficult issues facing the IAM, UAW, and USW as they move toward the creation of a single organization. In order to place this merger in con- text, the larger issue of mergers in the American ...

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