Chris Erickson is professor of management and organizations at UCLA Anderson and senior associate vice provost of international studies and director of the UCLA International Institute. He began his academic career at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School. He returned to Southern California in 1991, attracted by the opportunity to pursue research and teaching at UCLA, particularly in the areas of collective bargaining and union management relations, which began changing dramatically in the latter part of the 20th century.
During his time at Anderson, Erickson has focused on understanding dimensions of industrial relations in the local, national and world economies. He has researched comparative industrial relations systems, industrial relations and labor market transformation in different regions of the world, wage determination, innovations in union organizing, skills development and labor outsourcing. He has taught courses in negotiations, union management relations, comparative and international management and political economy. He currently teaches courses in negotiations behavior.
With an interest in advancing global education and research, Erickson took his first administrative job as vice chair of the Department of Management in 1998. He then served as the first director of the UCLA Anderson Global EMBA for Asia Pacific program between 2003 and 2012. He subsequently became the associate dean and director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and senior associate dean and founding director of the Center for Global Management (CGM) — “efforts that hopefully helped to enrich and obtain a deeper understanding of global management for our students,” he says. Erickson has also long been associated with the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and is currently senior associate vice provost and director of the UCLA International Institute, which, as the central hub for global and area studies on the UCLA campus, educates students, supports scholarship on international topics and serves as a campus and community resource.
Ph.D. Economics, 1990, MIT
B.A. Economics, 1986, Yale University