Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Faculty and Staff

Peter Norlander

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Schreiber 713

Phone: 312.915.6615



Assistant Professor Peter Norlander, Ph.D. is a researcher and teacher in the Human Resources and Employment Relations area at Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business.  Prior to entering academia, he worked for 5 years in human resources, both in India and the U.S., and has long been interested in how employment practices enhance efficiency and fairness in the workplace.

Prior experience 

  • Postdoctoral scholar and instructor, Research Design and Applications for Data Analysis, Online Masters of Information and Data Science program, University of California, Berkeley School of Information 2014-2015
  • Teaching Assistant, Negotiations, Human Resources Management, Social Network Analysis, Leadership Foundations, Interpersonal, Group and Cultural Dynamics at Work, MBA, Part-Time MBA, Global Executive Latin America and Asia MBA programs, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2009-2014.


  • PhD Management and Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA 2014
  • BS Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ithaca, NY 2005

Research Interests

  • Globalization of knowledge work
    • Allegations of exploitation and indentured servitude among information technology guest workers on visas
    • The future of outsourcing and occupational skills and wages
    • Institutional differences in visa-sponsorship and guest worker impacts
  • Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations
    • Stigmatization of the unemployed
    • Race and gender differences in positive and negative experiences at work
    • Motivation and control in the transportation industry

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Chicago SHRM
  • Labor and Employee Relations Association
  • Academy of Management

Courses Taught

Employment Relations

  • Explores contemporary issues workers, HR, and labor are facing in the 21st Century
  • Topics include: Collective bargaining, negotiations and labor law, theories of efficiency, justice, power, wage-setting, inequality, and individual and collective action that improve working conditions 

 Conflict Management and Negotiations 

  • Experiential and simulation based, this class teaches dispute resolution tactics and strategies through the interplay between on-the-ground experience and academic theory

Global and Comparative Employment Relations

  • Course covers regional and international variation in employment relations practices and opportunities to learn from and implement. 
  • Emphasizes comparison of work and employment practices between different cultures, institutional arrangements, and systematic international variation. 

Managing and Motivating in the Workplace 

  • Course covers structure and function of human behavior in organizations. Students will be introduced to the principles of theory of perception, motivation, decision-making, job and organizational design as they relate to organizational realities such as power, politics and change.
  • Develops an understanding of both individual and group behavior in organizational settings, emphasizing ethics, technology, globalization and diversity.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Norlander, P., & Sørensen, T. A. (2018). 21st Century Slowdown: The Historic Nature of Recent Declines in the Growth of the Immigrant Population in the United States. Migration Letters, 15(3), 409-422. 

Depew, B., Norlander, P., Sorensen, T. Inter-Firm Mobility and Return Migration Patterns of Skilled Guest Workers. Journal of Population Economics. 

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

Varma, A., Budhwar, P., Norlander, P. Performance Management in Asia. Handbook of HRM in Asia. Routledge.

Varma, A., Budhwar, P., Norlander, P. Performance Management and Motivation. Sage.

Working Paper

Norlander, P. (2019). The Growing Divergence in US Employee Relations: Individualism, Democracy, and Conflict. GLO Discussion Paper No. 321. https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/193009

Gibbons, E. M., Greenman, A., Norlander, P., & Sorensen, T. A. (2019). Monopsony Power and Guest Worker Programs (No. 12096). Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). http://ftp.iza.org/dp12096.pdf​ and Washington Center for Equitable Growth https://equitablegrowth.org/working-papers/monopsony-power-and-guest-worker-programs/.

Norlander, P., & Sorensen, T. (2016). Discouraged Immigrants and the Missing Pop in EPOP.

Depew, Briggs and Norlander, Peter and Sorensen, Todd. (2013). Flight of the H-1b: Inter-Firm Mobility and Return Migration Patterns for Skilled Guest Workers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7456. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2287066

Under Review

Norlander, P., Ho, G., Shih, M., Walters, D., Pittinsky, T. The role of psychological stigma in (un)employment discrimination. (submitted)

Norlander, P, and Varma, A. Who sponsors guest workers and why?. (submitted)

Shih, M., Does, S., Norlander, P. The Absence of Positive Experiences: Examining Disparities at Work. (submitted)

Harris, D. A., Norlander, P. Fifteen Years Later: The Pipeline to the Top at Best Practice and Matched Comparison Firms. (submitted)

Other Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapters

Varma, A., Budhwar, P., Norlander, P. (2017). HRM and performance in Asia. Routledge Handbook of HRM in Asia (pp. 19). Routledge.

Varma, A., Budhwar, P., Norlander, P. (2017). Performance Management and motivation (278-301). Human resource management: Strategic and International Perspectives (Second Edition ed., pp. 278-301). Sage.  

Varma, A., Budhwar, P., Norlander, P. Performance Management in Asia. Handbook of HRM in Asia. Routledge.  

Varma, A., Budhwar, P., Norlander, P. Performance Management and Motivation. Sage.

Book Review 

Norlander, P. (2017). The Co-Operative Firm Keywords, edited by Andrea Bernardi and Salvatore Monni. A Review. The Co-Operative Firm Keywords, edited by Andrea Bernardi and Salvatore Monnihttp://ejcls.adapt.it/index.php/ejcls_adapt/article/viewFile/437/652