ILR School


ILR School
Assistant Professor


JR Keller is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University. His research focuses on how firms combine internal and external hiring to meet their human capital needs as well the various ways in individuals build careers within and across organizations. He has explored the factors which lead firms to hire externally versus promote from within, supply chain approaches to talent management, the use of nonstandard work arrangements and talent management more generally. His work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, as well as a recent book on strategic talent management.

Prior to pursing a Ph.D., JR had two careers – the first as a financial analyst and the second as a career consultant. JR earned his Ph.D. in Management from the Wharton School of Business and holds a Masters in Adult Education from Indiana University and undergraduate degrees in Finance and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame.


Journal Articles

  • Joseph (JR) H. Keller. . The effects of pay dispersion and demographic diversity on employee turnover, .
  • Joseph (JR) H. Keller, Dlugos Kathryn. . When losers become leavers: Rejection and turnover in internal labor markets, .
  • Joseph (JR) H. Keller. 2017. Posting and slotting: How hiring processes shape quality of hire and compensation in internal labor markets, Administrative Science Quarterly .
  • Matthew J Bidwell, Joseph (JR) H. Keller. 2014. Within or without? How firms combine internal and external labor markets to fill jobs, Academy of Management Journal . 57(5):1035-1055. (DOI:10.5465/amj.2012.0119)
  • Peter Cappelli, Joseph (JR) H. Keller. 2014. Talent management: Conceptual approaches and practical challenges, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior . 1:305-331. (DOI:10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-031413-091314)
  • Peter Cappelli, Joseph (JR) H. Keller. 2013. Classifying work in the new economy, Academy of Management Review . 38(4):575-596. (DOI:10.5465/amr.2011.0302)
  • Peter Cappelli, Joseph (JR) H. Keller. 2013. A study of the extent and potential causes of alternative employment arrangements., Industrial and Labor Relations Review . 66(4):874-901. (DOI:10.1177/001979391306600406)

Book Chapters

  • Peter Cappelli, Joseph (JR) H. Keller. 2016. The historical context of talent management. in The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management. New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press, 2016. David Collings, Kamel Mellahi, Wayne F. Cascio. (Accepted)
  • Joseph (JR) H. Keller, Peter Cappelli. 2014. A supply chain approach to talent management. in Strategic Talent Management: Contemporary Issue in an International Context. Oxford, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Paul Sparrow, Hugh Scullion, Ibraiz Tarique. (117-150)

Book Sections

  • Joseph (JR) H. Keller, Peter Cappelli. 2013. Employment relationships. in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage Publications, 2013. Vicki Smith.

Professional Activities

  • The causes and consequences of income inequality and economic scarcity inside organizations. Presented to Academy of Management. Anaheim, CA. 2016.
  • Compare and contrast: The effects of pay dispersion and workgroup diversity on employee turnover. Presented to European Group on Organizational Studies. Naples, Italy. 2016.
  • When losers become leavers: Rejection and turnover in internal labor markets. Presented to The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. 2016.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Conference PhD Paper, SMS Annual Conference. 2014

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