University of Southern California

John Boudreau
Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-4988
Education: 
PhD, MSIA, Purdue University; BBA, New Mexico State University

Overview

John Boudreau is recognized for breakthrough research on human capital, talent, and sustainable competitive advantage. His large-scale and focused field research studies the future of the global HR profession, HR measurement and analytics, decision-based HR, executive mobility, HR information systems, and organizational staffing and development. He has published more than 50 books and articles, and his research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Business Week. Professor Boudreau serves as Research Director for Marshall's Center for Effective Organizations. He advises numerous organizations, including early-stage companies, global corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Research

Boudreau, J. W., and Lawler, E. E. (2014) "Stubborn traditionalism in HRM: Causes and consequences," Human Resource Management Reviews http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053482214000138.
Cascio, W. F., and Boudreau, J. W. (2014) "HR strategy: optimizing risks, optimizing rewards," Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, 1 (1), 77-97.
Boudreau, J. W., and Cascio, W. F. (2014) "Human-capital strategy: It’s time for risk optimization," Employment Relations Today, 41 (1), 33-39.
Boudreau, J. W., and Lawler, E. E., "The strategic role of HR in the U.S. and China: Relationships with HR outcomes and effects of management approaches," in Sparrow, P., Scullion, H., and Tarique, I., eds., Strategic talent management: Contemporary issues in international context, Cambridge University Press, London, UK 2014.
Cascio, W. F., and Boudreau, J. W. (2014) "An evidence-based perspective on emerging HR measurement standards," Oxford Research Reviews.
Boudreau, J. W. (2013) "Appreciating and ‘retooling’diversity in talent management conceptual models: A commentary on “The psychology of talent management: A review and research agenda," Human Resource Management Review, 23 (4), 286-289.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W. (2013) "What makes human resources effective?," Workspan Magazine, 56 (6), 32-36.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W. (2013) "Effectiveness of management approaches," WorldatWork Journal, 22 (3), 27-33.
Cascio, W. F., and Boudreau, J. W. (2012) "Short introduction to strategic human resources," Cambridge University Press.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ziskin, I., "Workforce planning across the great divide," in Ward, D., Tripp, R., and Maki, W., eds., Positioned: Strategic workforce planning that gets the right person , AMACOM, New York, NY 2012.
Boudreau, J. W., "Decision logic in evidence-based management: Can logical models from other disciplines improve evidence-based human resource decisions?," in Rousseau, D., eds., The Oxford handbook of evidence-based management, Oxford University Press, New York, NY 2012.
Zimmerman, R. D., Boswell, W. R., Shipp, W. R., Dunford, B. B., and Boudreau, J. W. (2012) "Explaining the pathways between approach-avoidance personality traits and employees’ job search behavior.," Journal of Management, 38, 1450-1475.
Boudreau, J. W., "“Retooling” evidence-based staffing: Extending the validation paradigm using management mental models," in Schmitt, N., eds., The Oxford handbook of personnel assessment and selection, Oxford University Press, New York, NY 2012.
Boudreau, J. W. (2012) "Strategic industrial-organizational psychology lies beyond HR.," Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 5 (1), 86-91.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W. (2012) "Creating an effective human capital strategy," HR Magazine, 57 (8), 57-59.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W., Effective human resource management: A global analysis, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA 2012.
Boudreau, J. W., and Cascio, W. F. (2011) "Special issue: The future of human resource management.," Organizational Dynamics, 40 (4`), 243-245.
Cascio, W. F., and Boudreau, J. W. (2011) "Investing in people (2nd Edition)," Pearson Education.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ziskin, I. (2011) "The future of HR and effective organizations," Organizational Dynamics, 40 (4), 255-267.
Cascio, W. F., and Boudreau, J. W., "Supply-Chain analysis applied to staffing decisions," in Zedeck, S., eds., Handbook of industrial and organizational psychology: Slecting and developing members for the organization, American Psychological Association Books, Washington D.C. 2010.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W., Achieving strategic excellence in human resources management, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA 2009.
Cascio, W. F., and Boudreau, J. W., Investing in people, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 2008.
Dunford, B. B., Oler, D., and Boudreau, J. W. (2008) "Underwater stock options and voluntary executive turnover: A multi-disciplinary perspective integrating behavioral and economic theories," Personnel Psychology, 61, 687-726.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P. M. (2007) "Beyond HR: The new science of human capital," Harvard Business School Publishing.
Benson, G. S., Levenson, A., and Boudreau, J. W. (2006) "Informal developmental experiences and career success: A study of qualitative differences in work experience," Academy of Management.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M. (2006) "Talentship and human resource measurement and analysis: From ROI to strategic organizational change," Human Resource Planning Journal, 29.
Lawler, E.E., Boudreau, J. W., and Mohrman, S., Achieving strategic excellence, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA 2006.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W. (2006) "HR support for corporate boards," Human Resource Planning Journal, 29 (1), 15-24.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M. (2005) "Where is your pivotal talent?," Harvard Business Review, 83 (4), 23-24.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M. (2005) "Talentship and the evolution of human resource management: From "Professional Practices" to "Strategic Talent Decision Science"," Human Resource Planning Journal, 28 (2), 17-26.
Boswell, J. W., Boudreau, J. W., and Tichy, J. (2005) "The relationship between employee job change and job satisfaction: The honeymoon-hangover effect," Journal of Applied Psychology, 90 (5), 882-890.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M. (2005) "Talentship, talent segmentation, and sustainability: A new HR decision science paradigm for a new strategy definition," Wiley 293-303.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M. (2005) "Talentship, talent segmentation, and sustainability: A new HR decision science paradigm for a new strategy definition," Human Resource Management, 44 (2), 129-136.
Dunford, B.B., Boudreau, J. W., and Boswell, W.R. (2005) "Out-of-the-money: the impact of underwater stock options on executive job search," Personnel Psychology, 58 (1), 67-102.
Bingham, J.B., Boswell, W.R., and Boudreau, J. W. (2005) "The relation between job demands and job search among high level executives in the U.S. and Europe," Group and Organization Management.
Boudreau, J. W. (2004) "Organizational behavior, strategy, performance and design in management science," Management Science, 50 (11), 1463-1476.
Boswell, W.R., Boudreau, J. W., and Dunford, B.B. (2004) "The outcomes and correlates of job search objectives: Searching to leave or searching for leverage?," Journal of Applied Psychology, 89, 1083-1091.
Lawler, E.E., Levenson, A., and Boudreau, J. W. (2004) "HR metrics and analytics-uses and impacts," Human Resource Planning Journal, 27 (4), 27-35.
Sturman, M.C., Trevor, C.O., Boudreau, J. W., and Gerhart, B. (2003) "Is it worth it to win the talent war? Evaluating the utility of performance-based pay," Personnel Psychology, 56 (4), 997-1035.
Boudreau, J. W., "Strategic knowledge measurement and management," in Jackson, S.E., Hitt, M., and DeNisi, A.S., eds., Managing knowledge for sustained competitive advantage, Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA 2003.
Boudreau, J. W., Hopp, W., McClain, J.O., and Thomas, L.J. (2003) "On the interface between operations and human resources management," Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 5 (3), 179-202.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M., "Tapping the full potential of HRIS: Shifting the HR paradigm from service delivery to a talent decision science," in Heads count, PeopleSoft, Pleasanton,CA 2003.
De Cieri, H., and Boudreau, J. W., "Global human resource metrics," in Scott, J., Edwards, J., and Raju, N., eds., The human resources program evaluation handbook, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA 2003.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M., "Strategic HRM measurement: From justifying HR to strategic talent leadership," in Gandossy, R., Efron, M., and Goldsmith, M., eds., Human resources in the 21st century, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2003.
Boudreau, J. W., Ramstad, P.M., and Dowling, P.J., "Global talentship: Toward a decision science connecting talent to global strategic success," in Mobley, W., and Dorfman, P., eds., Advances in global leadership, JAI Press/Elsevier Science 2003.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P.M., "Strategic I/O psychology and the role of utility analysis models," in Borman, W., Ilgen, D., and Klimoski, R., eds., Handbook of psychology, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2003.
Boswell, W.R., and Boudreau, J. W. (2001) "How leading companies create, measure, and achieve strategic results through "line of sight"," Management Decision, 39, 851-859.
Boudreau, J. W., Boswell, W.R., Judge, T.J., and Bretz, R.D. (2001) "Personality and cognitive ability as predictors of job search among employed managers," Personnel Psychology, 54, 25-50.
Boswell, W.R., and Boudreau, J. W. (2001) "Separating the developmental and evaluative performance appraisal uses," Journal of Business Psychology, 16 (3), 391-412.
Boudreau, J. W., Boswell, W.R., and Judge, T.J. (2001) "Effects of personality on executive career success in the U.S. and Europe," Journal of Vocational Behavior, 58, 53-81.
Boudreau, J. W., Dunford, B.B., and Ramstad, P.M., "The human capital impact on e-business: The case of encyclopedia Britannica," in Pal, N., and Ray, J.M., eds., Pushing the digital frontier, Amacom, New York, NY 2001.
Cavanaugh, M.A., Boswell, W.R., Roehling, M.V., and Boudreau, J. W. (2000) "An empirical examination of self-reported work stress among U.S. managers," Journal of Applied Psychology, 85, 65-74.
Boswell, W.R., and Boudreau, J. W. (2000) "Employee satisfaction with the performance appraisals and appraisers: The role of perceived appraisal use," Human Resource Development Quarterly, 11, 283-299.
Wright, P., Dyer, L., Boudreau, J. W., and Milkovich, G., Ferris, G.R., eds. Strategic human resources management in the twenty-first century, JAI Press, Stamford, CT 1999.
Schultz, K., Juran, D., and Boudreau, J. W. (1999) "The effects of low-inventory on the development of productivity norms," Management Science, 45 (12), 1664-1678.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P. M., "Human resource metrics: Can measures be strategic?," in Wright, P., Dyer, L., Milkovich, G., and Boudreau, J., eds., Strategic human resources management in the twenty-first century, JAI Press, Stamford, CT 1999.
Schultz, K.L., Juran, D.C., Boudreau, J. W., McClain, J.O., and Thomas, L.J. (1998) "Modeling and worker motivation in JIT production systems," Management Science, 44 (12), 1595-1607.
Boudreau, J. W. (1998) "Strategic human resource management measures: Key linkages and the People VANTAGE model," Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting, 3 (2), 21-40.
Boudreau, J. W., and Ramstad, P. M. (1997) "Measuring intellectual capital: Learning from financial history," Human Resource Management, 36 (3), 343-356.
Milkovich, G.T., and Boudreau, J. W., Personnel/human resource management: A diagnostic approach, Richard Irwin, Inc., Homewood, IL 1997.
Trevor, C., Gerhart, B., and Boudreau, J. W. (1997) "Voluntary turnover and job performance: Curvilinearity and the moderating influences of salary growth, and promotions," Journal of Applied Psychology, 82 (1), 44-61.
Boudreau, J. W. (1996) "Building intellectual capital through partnership--The center for advanced human resource studies at Cornell University," Human Resource Management, 35 (3), 263-267.
Rudin, J.P., and Boudreau, J. W. (1996) "Information acquisition in promotion decisions," Human Relations, 49 (3), 313-327.
Boudreau, J. W. (1996) "The motivational impact of utility analysis and HR measurement," Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting, 1 (2), 73-84.
Sturman, M.C., Boudreau, J. W., and Corcoran, R. (1996) "Why do employees keep choosing the high-premium health care plan? An investigation of the financial consequences and logic of employee health care plan selections," Human Resource Management, 35 (3), 317-342.
Judge, T.J., Cable, D.M., Boudreau, J. W., and Bretz, R.D. (1995) "An empirical investigation of the determinants of executive career success," Personnel Psychology, 48, 485-519.
Boudreau, J. W. (1995) "HRIS: Exploiting its real potential," HRMonthly The Australian Human Resources Magazine 8-13.
Boudreau, J. W., Sturman, M., and Judge, T., "Utility analysis: What are the "black boxes", and do they affect decisions.," in Anderson, N., and Herriott, P., eds., Handbook of selection and assessment, John Wiley & Sons, London 1995.
Judge, T.J., Boudreau, J. W., and Bretz, R.D. (1994) "Job and life attitudes of male executives," Journal of Applied Psychology, 79 (5), 762-782.
Bretz, R. D., Boudreau, J. W., and Judge, T. J. (1994) "Job search behavior of employed managers," Personnel Psychology, 47 (2), 275-302.
Boudreau, J. W., Broderick, R., and Pucik, V., "Just doing business: Human resource information systems in the global organization," in Deans, P.C., and Karwan, K.R., eds., Global information systems and technology: Focus on the organization and its functional areas, Idea Group Publishing, Harrisburg, PA 1994.
Boudreau, J. W., and Berman, R. (1992) "Using performance measurement to evaluate strategic human resource management decisions: Eastman Kodak's experience with profit sharing," Human Resource Management Journal, 30 (3), 393-410.
Broderick, R., and Boudreau, J. W. (1992) "The evolution of computer use in human resource management: Interviews with ten leaders," Human Resource Management Journal, 30 (4), 485-508.
Boudreau, J. W. (1992) "HRIS: Adding value or just cutting costs?," HR Monthly 8-13.
Broderick, R., and Boudreau, J. W. (1992) "Human resource management, information technology, and the competitive edge," Academy of Management Executive, 6, 7-17.
Boudreau, J. W., "Utility analysis for decisions in human resource management," in Dunnette, M.D., and Hough, L.M., eds., Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Consulting psychologists press, Palo Alto 1991.
Boudreau, J. W. (1990) ""Cost-Benefit" analysis applied to personnel/human resource management decisions: Answers to common questions, and a case-study application," Asia-Pacific Human Resource Management, 28 (4), 70-79.
Boudreau, J. W., "Selection utility analysis: A review and agenda for future research," in Smith, M., and Robertson, I., eds., Advances in personnel selection and assessment, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., London 1989.
Boudreau, J. W., "Utility Analysis. Human resource management: Evolving roles and responsibilities," in Dyer, L., eds., ASPA/BNA Handbook of human resource management, Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C. 1988.
Smith, C.L., and Boudreau, J. W. (1987) "Education: Masters of the HR universe," Computers in Personnel 35-39.
Boudreau, J. W., and Rynes, S.L. (1987) "Giving it the old college try," Personnel Administrator, 32, 78-85.
Rich, J.R., and Boudreau, J. W. (1987) "Effects of variability and risk in utility analysis: An empirical test and simulation," Personnel Psychology, 40, 55-84.
Florin-Thuma, B.C., and Boudreau, J. W. (1987) "Performance feedback utility in a small organization: Effects on organizational outcomes and managerial decision processes," Personnel Psychology, 40, 693-713.
Rynes, S.L., and Boudreau, J. W. (1986) "College recruiting in large organizations: Practice, evaluation and research implications," Personnel Psychology, 39, 729-757.
Boudreau, J. W., and Berger, C.J., "Toward a model of employee movement utility," in Rowland, K.M., and Ferris, G.R., eds., Research in personnel and human resource management, JAI Press, Greenwich, Conn 1985.
Boudreau, J. W., and Berger, C.J. (1985) "Decision-theoretic utility analysis applied to employee separations and acquisitions," Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 581-612.
Boudreau, J. W., and Rynes, S.L. (1985) "Role of recruitment in staffing utility analysis," Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 354-366.
Boudreau, J. W. (1984) "Decision theory contributions to HRM research and practice," Industrial Relations, 23, 198-217.
Berger, C.J., Olson, C.A., and Boudreau, J. W. (1983) "The effects of unions on work-related values, perceived rewards, and job satisfaction," Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, 32, 289-324.
Boudreau, J. W. (1983) "Economic considerations in estimating the utility of human resource productivity improvement programs," Personnel Psychology, 36, 551-576.
Boudreau, J. W. (1983) "Effects of employee flows on utility analysis of human resource productivity improvement programs," Journal of Applied Psychology, 68, 396-407.
Lawler, E. E., and Boudreau, J. W., Global trends in human resource management: A twenty year analysis, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA.
Boudreau, J. W. "Determinants of executive career success,".
Alec, l., George, B., and Boudreau, J. W. "Occupational human capital and career dyanamics," Journal of Human Resources.
Boudreau, J. W. "Effects of personality on executive career success in the U.S. and Europe,".
Boudreau, J. W. "What's next for human resource management,".
Boudreau, J. W. "Employee health insurance decisions in a flexible benefits environment,".