Marick Masters

Marick Masters

Title

Professor of Management

Phone

313-577-5431

Email

marickm@wayne.edu

Office

Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 436
Detroit, MI 48201

Marick Masters

Academic Programs

  • Management

Expertise

Workplace issues and public policy, business ethics, workplace privacy, workplace violence, unions and labor-management relations, business and labor political activity, conflict management and negotiations, and public/federal sector labor-management relations

Research and teaching interests

Research

  • Workplace issues (privacy and violence)
  • Unions and labor-management relations
  • Business and labor political action
  • Employee relations and dispute resolution
  • Business ethics and employee relations
  • Federal sector labor-management relations

Teaching

  • Negotiations
  • Conflict resolution in the workplace
  • Human resource management
  • Collective bargaining and labor relations
  • Employment dispute resolution

Education

  • 1977 B.S. University of Illinois
  • 1979 M.P.A. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • 1983 Ph.D. University of Illinois Labor and Industrial Relations (October 1983) Major Discipline: Political Science; Minor Discipline: Economics

Biography

Marick F. Masters is a professor of business in the Department of Management and Information Systems at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. At WSU, he has served as director of Labor@Wayne, which included the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues (2009-2019) and Chair of the Departments of Accounting (2020-2022) and Finance (2019-2022). Marick’s research and teaching interests lie in negotiations and conflict resolution, unions, business and labor political action, federal sector labor-management relations, human resource management and employee relations, workplace privacy and workplace violence. He received his Ph.D. in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. Marick has served on the faculties of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University and the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was director of M.B.A. programs and associate dean (interim). He has published four books (Unions at the Crossroads [1997], The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace [2002], The UAW: An Iconic Union Falls in Scandal [2021], and Trade Union Finance: How Labor Organizations Raise and Spend Money [forthcoming, 2023]) and more than 100 articles, proceedings and columns. Marick has directed several executive education programs, served on the boards of several professional associations, co-hosted a radio program and been a guest columnist for several publications. He has commented widely in the media, engaged extensively in executive development and fundraising, and received teaching and service awards. Marick has produced videos on labor arbitration, employment mediation and employment arbitration (through a grant from the National Academy of Arbitrators), and has conducted extensive research on the role of labor-management partnerships in the federal sector through a grant from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He is a senior partner in Albright, Irr, and Masters (AIM), a consulting firm based in New London, CT. Marick has taught extensively in executive education programs and at the doctoral, M.B.A. and undergraduate levels. His research has been published in leading journals in management, industrial relations, public administration and political science. Marick is also a former candidate for the U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests are in negotiations, business and labor political activities, and union finances.

View select 2021-2023 media appearances (doc)

Professional experience

  • 2009-present: Professor of business, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University.
  • 2019-2022: Interim chair and chair, Department of Finance, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University.
  • 2020-2022: Interim chair and chair, Department of Accounting, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University
  • 2009-2019: Director, Labor@Wayne, Wayne State University (direct the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, Labor Studies Center, Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations and Labor Studies undergraduate major)
  • 1998-2009: Professor of business administration and of public and international affairs, Katz Graduate School of Business,Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1996: Professor of business administration, Katz Graduate School of Business University of Pittsburgh
  • 1993: Associate dean (interim), Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1990-93: Director of M.B.A. programs, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1989-92: Human resource management faculty interest group coordinator, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1989-96: Associate professor of business administration, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1986-89: Assistant professor of business administration, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1982-86: Assistant professor of management, Texas A & M University
  • 1979-82: Research and teaching assistant, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois

Other experience

  • Co-host, Union Members’ Radio, WDTK, FM 101.5, 2017-2018
  • Columnist, “Human Resource Management,” Dividends,1998
  • Columnist, Human Resource Management News,1999-2001
  • Columnist, “Point-Counterpoint,” Pittsburgh Business Times, 2007
  • Editor, workplace newsletter, Association for Conflict Resolution, 2004-2007
  • Academic director, Copperweld Corporation Executive Education Program,1993-1995 (designed and directed several executives programs for top executives of Copperweld and the company’s entire sales force)
  • Academic director, Oberg Industries Corporation Executive Program, 1997-1998 (designed and directed customized program for Oberg’s top executives)
  • Academic director, Katz Management Advancement Program,1998-1999
  • Academic director, Mine Safety and Appliances Management Program, 1998
  • Academic co-director, University of Pittsburgh Physicians and Katz Leadership Program for Physicians, 2006-2007
  • Candidate for Democratic nomination for U.S Congress, 18th District, PA, 1992

Video productions

  • Employment Mediation: The Case of the Terminated Nurse, 2020. Project funded by the National Academy of Arbitrators.
  • Employment Arbitration: The Case of the Terminated Nurse, 2020. Project funded by the National Academy of Arbitrators.
  • Labor Arbitration: The Case of the Contaminated Kitchen, 2017. Project funded by the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, Wayne State University.

Publications

Recent books

  • Marick F. Masters and Raymond F. Gibney. 2023. Trade Union Finance: How Labor Organizations Raise and Spend Money. New York: Routledge.
  • Frank Goeddeke, Jr. and Marick F. Masters. 2021. The UAW: An Iconic Union Falls into Scandal. New York: Routledge.

Recent articles

  • Marick F. Masters, Marty Mulloy, and Raymond Gibney. 2024. “The State of Bargaining in the US Auto Industry.” Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining at a Critical Moment, Annual Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) research volume.
  • Marick F. Masters and Raymond F. Gibney. 2022. “The Financial Status of National Unions,” Industrial Relations Journal, 53, 4 (July): 303-335.
  • Marick F. Masters, Frank Goeddeke, Raymond Gibney, and William Volz. 2022. “Balancing Rights and Responsibilities in Remedying Union Corruption: The Case of United Auto Workers (UAW),” Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 34 (September): 388-411.

Presentations

 Labor@Wayne Webcast

Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher, CBA University of Pittsburgh General Management, 2008
  • Awarded Leadership Award from Association for Conflict Resolution, October 2006
  • Selected for Beta Gamma Sigma, 2003
  • Served on Review Board to Select Federal Senior Executive Service Recipients of 2002 Presidential Rank Awards Program.
  • Top Ranked Instructors, MBA Essentials Program, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Recipient of Katz Alumni H. J. Zoffer Service Award, May 2000
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by President Clinton's National Partnership Council, July 1997
  • Graduated with High Honors, University of Illinois, 1977
  • Elected to Southern Illinois University and University of Illinois Chapters of Phi Kappa Phi
  • University Fellow, University of Illinois 

Courses taught by Marick Masters

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021