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The Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) and HR Studies faculty at the Cornell ILR School investigate issues relevant to practitioners and add to the HR management body of knowledge. A fundamental focus and distinguishing characteristic of CAHRS is original research of the highest quality. Studies focus on all aspects of human resource management. The CAHRS resource collection includes many different types of publications, documents, and media, described below.

Launched in 2009, the ResearchLink series provides HR practitioners with concise, high-level overviews of research by Cornell ILR Schools HR Studies (HRS) faculty. The 4- to 6-page summaries cover not only research studies published in academic journals, but also the most current, completed research yet to be submitted for publication. (This publication series is the follow-on to the CAHRS faculty working papers series.)

Working Group Summary Reports
The CAHRS Working Group Summary Reports summarize sessions from CAHRS Working Groups. HR professionals in CAHRS partner companies come together with CAHRS faculty in topical meetings to discuss today's most pressing HR and business issues, and share best practices inside their firms. Working Groups are intimate, open-ended discussions with a flexible schedule to allow for ample interaction and networking something we consider critical to the goal of our working groups. Working Groups also help define next steps and new directions for current and future ILR School HR faculty research.

CAHRS Online Webcasts
Connect with ILR faculty, HR professionals, participate in live discussions about critical HR topics, and access archived webcasts on your own schedule.

Request to be connected with up to four other CAHRS member companies. CAHRS will put you in touch with other partners to discuss best practices about any number of topics.

Library Searches
ILR's Martin P. Catherwood library is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America. CAHRS members are entitled to up to two custom searches per year by ILR's librarians to assist in researching the latest issues in human resources.

HR Research for Executive Decision Making Course
CAHRS partners have an opportunity each fall to submit custom questions to be researched by Cornell graduate students who take the "HR Research for Executive DecisionMaking" course. The course is designed to prepare students to build key HR competencies for researching and presenting information necessary for executive decision-making. Final reports are redacted of company information.

CAHRS members can take advantage of this member benefit by submitting questions in September or early October to be considered when students choose from the list of topics. Sample executive summaries can be found at the Digital Commons repository of the world-renowned Catherwood library.

For more questions, or to submit topics for consideration, email or call 607-255-5882. Take a look at this short video clip, which describes the process.