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Victor Devinatz

Distinguished Professor of Management
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State Farm Hall of Business - SFH 422
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Biography

Dr. Victor G. Devinatz is Distinguished Professor of Management and the Hobart and Marian Gardner Hinderliter Endowed Professor (2014-2015) in the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University where he teaches courses in labor relations, human resource management and conflict management/dispute resolution. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in qualitative research in a wide variety of labor relations and employment relations topics where he utilizes ethnographic, oral history and archival research methodologies.

In 2003, Dr. Devinatz was a recipient of a Merl E. Reed Research Fellowship in Southern Labor History. In addition, in 2005, Dr. Devinatz won the Illinois State University Outstanding Researcher Award. In 2004 and 1999, he was named a Caterpillar Faculty Scholar; he received the College of Business Research Award in 2010, 2003 and 1997 and was the recipient of a University Research Initiative Award in 1994.

In a widely distributed Associated Press article in March 1999, Dr. Devinatz’s scholarly book, High-Tech Betrayal: Working and Organizing on the Shop Floor (Michigan State University Press, 1999), was recognized as the first industrial ethnography to chronicle assembly work in a high-tech environment, specifically that of a low-wage medical electronics factory. In addition, Dr. Devinatz has published (or are forthcoming) over 125 journal articles, chapters in edited volumes and essays in specialized encyclopedias. In academic journals, he has published 90 articles in outlets such as Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Labour/Le Travail, Labor History, Industrial Relations, Science & Society, Journal of Labor Research, Labor Studies Journal, Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector, and Labor Law Journal, among others. Dr. Devinatz’s articles also have appeared in Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History, Work in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Policy and Society; The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History, The Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration, and Encyclopedia of Europe: 1914-2004, among other scholarly encyclopedias. He also has published op-ed articles that have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Dr. Devinatz’s comments concerning current labor relations issues have been cited in articles in a number of international and national news publications including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Asia Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, USA Today, the Bureau of National Affairs Daily Labor Report, Bureau of National Affairs Employment Discrimination Report, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He currently is the Editor of Labor Studies Journal as well as the Editor of the Perspectives Section in Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. Dr. Devinatz currently writes a periodic labor column for StreetWise, a Chicago-based newspaper. Two of his StreetWise articles, “Why We Need Unemployed Man Now More Than Ever” and “The Sharing Economy and Its Discontents,” have been picked up by the International Network of Street Papers. In 2015, Dr. Devinatz became a certified mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago.

Current Courses

498.001Professional Practice: Intern/Coop Ed In Management

398.001Professional Practice: Internship In Management

398.001Professional Practice: Internship/Cooperative Education In Business Administration

298.001Professional Practice:Internship/Coop Ed In Business Administration

298.001Professional Practice:Internship/Cooperative Ed In Management

324.001Industrial Relations Management

498.001Professional Practice: Intern/Coop Ed In Management

398.001Professional Practice: Internship In Management

398.001Professional Practice: Internship/Cooperative Education In Business Administration

298.001Professional Practice:Internship/Coop Ed In Business Administration

298.001Professional Practice:Internship/Cooperative Ed In Management

PhD Industrial Relations

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

MS Labor Studies

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

MA Physical Education

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Other Physical Education

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Book Review

Devinatz, V. Matt Vidal, Management Divided: Contradictions of Labor Management. Administrative Science Quarterly (2023)

Book, Authored

Devinatz, V. High Tech Betrayal: Working and Organizing on the Shop Floor. Michigan State University Press (1999)

Book, Chapter

Devinatz, V. The Role of Labor Education in Revaluing Workers: Historical, Current and Future. 2021 Labor and Employment Relations Association Research Volume. Cornell University Press (2021): 179-198.
Devinatz, V. Alliance for Labor Action. M. Dubofsky (EDs), The Oxford Encylopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History. Oxford University Press (2013)
Devinatz, V. Change to Win Federation. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History. Oxford University Press (2013)
Devinatz, V. International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History. Oxford University Press (2013)
Devinatz, V. Living Wage. M. Dubofsky (EDs), The Oxford Encylopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History. Oxford University Press (2013)

Conference Proceeding

Devinatz, V. The Changing Scope of Union Organizing in the United States in the Early Twenty-First Century. Association on Employment Practices and Principles (2007): 25-31.
Devinatz, V. Testing the Johnston 'Public Sector Union Strike Success Hypothesis' on Illinois Firefighter Strikes, 1968-1980. Association on Employment Practices and Principles (2006): 28-33.
Devinatz, V. Manufacturing Resistance: Rationalizing the Irrationality of Managerial Control on the Shop Floor in a US Medical Electronics Factory. Association on Employment Practices and Principles (2005): 15-20.
Devinatz, V. High-Tech Production Workers' Fear of Unionizing: A Wheeler-McClendon Model Analysis of a Union Organizing Campaign at a US Medical Electronics Factory. Association on Employment Practices and Principles (2004): 80-85.
Devinatz, V. Tech Labor Process? Analyzing the Nature of Skill, Deskilling and Managerial Control of Labor in a Medical Electronics Factory. Association on Employment Practices and Principles (2003): 17-22.

Instructor's Manual

Devinatz, V. Testing the Johnston "Public Sector Union Strike Success' Hypothesis: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector 26.2 (1997): 99-112.

Journal Article

Devinatz, V. The International Brotherhood Welfare Association: An Unexamined Organization of the Early 20th Century Hobo Labor Movement. Labor Law Journal 74.1 (2023): 5-11.
Devinatz, V. Trade Union Lessons from Early US Trotskyism and US Communism. American Communist History 22.1-2 (2023): 68-84.
Devinatz, V. US Communists as Early Social Movement Unionists Circa 1930 to 1956?. No.. Journal of Labor and Society 25.3 (2022): 395-413.
Devinatz, V. US Labor Institutionalism’s Rise and Decline and the Death of US Industrial Relations. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal 34.3 (2022): 319-333.
Devinatz, V. Union Democracy, Union Bureaucracy, and the Left. No.. Labor Studies Journal 47.2 (2022): 137-148.

Magazine/Trade Publication

Devinatz, V. “Labor Day 2022: US Trade Unionism in the Covid Era,”. Suzanne Hanney (EDs). StreetWise 31.35 (2022): 13-14.

Newsletter

Devinatz, V. “States with the Highest Job Resignation Rates". WalletHub (2022)
Devinatz, V. “2021 Labor Day Facts–Travel, Money and More”. WalletHub (2021)
Devinatz, V. “Hardest Working Cities in America". WalletHub (2021)

Newspaper, Article

Devinatz, V. May Day 2019: The 2018-19 Teacher Strikes and the Fight against Austerity. StreetWise 27.17 (2019): 13.

Presentations

American Communist Labor Strategy during the Third Period (1929-34). Comsmonaut Magazine. Cosmonaut Magazine. (2022)
Communism and American Labor Unions from 1920s to 1940s. Podcast for Varn Vlog. Varn Vlog. (2022)
The Crisis of US Trade Unionism and What Needs to be Done. Distinguished Professor Lecture. (2013)
Manufacturing Resistance: Rationalizing the Irrationality of Managerial Control on the Shop Floor in a US Medical Electronics Factory. Association of Management - Annual Conference. (2005)
High-Tech Production Workers' Fear of Unionizing: A Wheeler-McClendon Model Analysis of a Union Organizing Campaign at a US Medical Electronics Factory. Association on Employment Practices and Principles. (2004)
Kusterer or Manwaring and Wood on the High-Tech Labor Process? Analyzing the Nature of Skill, Deskilling and Managerial Control of Labor in a Medical Electronics Factory. Association on Employment Practices and Principles. (2003)
The Alliance for Labor Action: A Rejection of AFL-CIO Business Unionism and a Return to CIO Social Unionism?. Merl E. Reed Fellowship in Southern Labor History. (2003)
The Latino Gellers' Wildcat Strike at the Biomedical Electronics Corporation. North American Management Society. (2003)
A Response to the British Journal of Industrial Relations Symposium on The Human Rights Watch Report: A Minimum Program For Promoting Collective Bargaining Rights as a Human Right. Association on Employment Practices and Principles. (2002)
Struggling Against the Culture of Competition: The Attempt to Organize a Faculty Union at a Public University. Midwest Business Administration Assoc.. (2001)

Grants & Contracts

A Theory of CIO Shop Floor Unionism: The Case of UAW Local 6, 1941-1981. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (1993)
Political Radicalism in the American Trade Union Movement from 1930 - 1955. Carlson School of Management Honors. (1990)
Doctoral Dissertation Research at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University.. Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (1989)
Doctoral Dissertation Special Grant. University of Minnesota Graduate School. (1989)
Industrial Relations Departmental Fellowship. Industrial Relations Center. (1989)