Chris Erickson

Professor of Management and Organizations, Senior Associate Vice Provost and Director of the UCLA International Institute
Areas of Expertise:
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Employer-Provided Training
  • Immigrant Workers
  • International Comparative Industrial Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Labor Standards
  • Negotiations
  • Public Policy
  • Wage Determination




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


Selected Publications

Erickson, C.L., “Wage Rule Formation in the Aerospace Industry,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 45, 3, pp. 507-522, April 1992.

Erickson, C.L. and Kuruvilla, S.C., “Labor Costs and the Social Dumping Debate in the European Union,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 48, 1, pp. 28-47, October 1994.

Erickson, C.L. and Ichino, A.C., “Lump-Sum Bonuses in Union Contracts,Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, 6, pp. 183-218, 1994.

Erickson, C.L., “A Re-Interpretation of Pattern Bargaining,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 49, 4, pp. 615-634, July 1996.

Erickson, C.L. and Kuruvilla, S.C., “Industrial Relations System Transformation,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 52, 1, pp. 3-21, October 1998.

Kuruvilla, S.C. and Erickson, C.L., “Change and Transformation in Asian Industrial Relations,” Industrial Relations, 41, 2, pp. 171-227, April 2002.

Kuruvilla, S.C., Erickson, C.L. and Hwang, H.A., “An Assessment of the Singapore Skills Development System: Does It Constitute a Viable Model for Other Developing Countries?World Development, 30, 8, pp. 1461-1476, August 2002.

Erickson, C.L., Fisk, C., Milkman, R., Mitchell, D.J.B. and Wong, K., “Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles: Lessons from Three Rounds of Negotiations,British Journal of Industrial Relations, 40, 3, pp. 543-567, September 2002.

Erickson, C.L., and Jacoby, S.M., “The Effect of Employer Networks on Workplace Innovation and Training,Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 56, 2, pp. 203-223, January 2003.

Erickson, C.L. Kuruvilla, S.C., Ofreneo, R.E. and Ortiz, M.A., “From Core to Periphery? Recent Developments in Employment Relations in the Philippines,” Industrial Relations, 42, 3, pp. 368-395, July 2003.

Waldinger, R. and Erickson, C.L., “Temporarily Foreign? The Labor Market for Migrant Professionals in High Tech at the Peak of the Boom,” Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 24, 3, pp. 463-486, Spring 2003.

Mitchell, D.J.B. and Erickson, C.L., “Not Yet Dead at the Fed: Unions, Bargaining, and Economy-Wide Wage Determination,” Industrial Relations, 44, 4, pp. 565-606, October 2005.

Erickson, C.L. and Mitchell, D.J.B., “Monopsony as a Metaphor for the Emerging Post-Union Labor Market,” International Labor Review, 146, 3-4, pp. 163-187, December 2007.

Mitchell, D.J.B. and Erickson, C.L., “The Concept of Wage-Push Inflation: Development and Policy,” Labor History, November 2008.

Norlander, P., Erickson, C., Kuruvilla, S. and Kannan-Narasimhan, R, “India’s Outsourcing Industry and the Offshoring of Skilled Services Work: A Review Essay,” E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 4,1, January 2015.