Tribute and Thanks to Distinguished Professor Randall Schuler
Monday, May 03, 2021

Remarks presented by Joseph Blasi, J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor, at the May 2021 Human Resource Management Department Faculty Meeting, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

photo of Randall SchulerRandall Schuler retired recently as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International HRM and Strategic HRM after two decades of outstanding contributions in internationalizing the field. And he shows no signs of letting up his productivity with a 2021 Special Issue of the Human Resource Management Review on Asia, a new article on HRM in Asia: Past, Present, and Future and an Oxford Bibliographies piece entitled “State of the Field of Strategic Human Resource Management." Over his distinguished career, Randall has made numerous consequential contributions in the areas of global talent management and HRM, macro talent management, innovation and HRM, and the interface of business strategy and human resource management. He has authored or edited more than fifty books including Managing Human Resources, which has gone through multiple editions and educated scores of HR students worldwide, Strategic Human Resource Management, and International Human Resource Management: Policies and Practices for Multinational Enterprises that also has gone through multiple editions.  

After joining Rutgers from NYU in 1998, Randall served as Founder and Director of the Center for Global Strategic Human Resource Management, Director of Master's in HRM Program, and overseas credit director. His tenure at Rutgers paralleled the stunning rise of globalism in business and management and he seriously contributed to the rise of the role of international students at the School, the international perspective in our curriculum and our department, and the international reputation of the department, as well as the frequency of visits of international scholars to the department. He helped all of these to prosper. Randall quickly and clearly recognized the global dimension of the field early and innovated critical insights about this reality as it moved forward. The currencies of many nations on his office door are a true symbol as they indicated energetic efforts on his part to bring the world to Rutgers and Rutgers to the world. To note a few examples among many, he is past consulting editor of The European Journal of International Management, former area editor of the Journal of World Business, and has served on the Editorial Boards of Cross Cultural ManagementOrganizational Dynamics, the Journal of World Business, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, among others. He is a founding co-editor of the GLOBAL HRM Series for Routledge Publishing, London England, with P. Sparrow and S. E. Jackson. The Series is comprised of more than thirty books and involves more than 500 authors from around the world.  His accomplishments include authoring and editing more than fifty books, publishing more than 150 articles, being one of the top 50 most cited scholars of 25,000 scholars between 1981 and 2004, and ranking 11th in the number of Google pages with more than a million views and a very impressive list of Google citations.

I want to stress the number of PhD, MA, MBA,  and MS students on whose thesis committees Randall has served over the years, indicating his service to students. His record also includes countless service roles at a number of universities over the years, while here at Rutgers, he was a member of Faculty Council, chair of the Personnel Policies Committee of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, and worked on our joint program with Renmin University and Rejkjavik University at the time. He has been honored as Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Management as well as a visiting scholar of numerous international business schools, including an appointment at the University of Lucerne’s Center for HRM.

Let us thank Randall for his many years of work and service at SMLR, his determinative contributions to the field and our reputation on a truly global scale, and his dedication to the development of so many students.