It’s one thing to have access to research. It’s another to have access to research that matters.

Housed in Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, HRPI is able to deliver research that’s directly applicable to the HR issues you’re looking to solve and to provide you with the opportunity to connect with both leading experts from a Research I university and fellow top-level Human Resources executives.

Everything we’ll share with you has been particularly selected to ensure its relevance to you and your organization. We know what kind of research makes a difference; we’ve learned that from you. Now, you’ll get the research you’ve been looking for from us.

Research from our Faculty Fellows

We are pleased to share three research papers from HRPI Faculty Fellow Ana Albuquerque with relevance for HR practitioners:

Are ISS Recommendations Informative? Evidence from Assessments of Compensation Practices
Wondering whether to follow proxy advisors’ recommendations on compensation issues? New study shows that ISS Say-on-Pay recommendations are of lower quality during the busy season when proxy advisors are the busiest and hire temporary analysts to assess the quality of the pay packages. Read the summary here.

Are CEOs paid extra for riskier pay packages?
How much to compensate executives for pay at risk? Recent study shows that executives require a risk premium of 15%. Also, the risk premiums for cash bonus grants and option grants are significantly smaller than that from stock grants. Read the summary here.

Complexity of CEO Compensation Packages
Have pay packages become overly complex? New study finds that CEO pay packages’ complexity have significantly increased with deleterious consequences; too complex packages are associated with lower future firm performance. The unintended consequences of complexity confirm concerns raised by investors and the media. Read the summary here.

Funded Research

Beginning in February 2019, the Human Resources Policy Institute has awarded $55,000 in grant funding for timely and important research relevant to human resources. These HRPI Research Awards support doctoral students and faculty from across Boston University who are conducting promising early-stage research. Below, we list in alphabetical order the awardees from 2019 and 2020, and the focus of their funded research.

Michel Anteby, Dean’s Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, is researching the phenomenon of foreign workers paying to work in the United States.

Francois Brochet, Dean’s Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Accounting and Ana Albuquerque, Associate Professor of Accounting, are investigating corporate boardroom diversity and whether gender diversity is associated with increasing corporate social responsibility within organizations.

Patricia Cortes, Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law, is studying gender inequality, particularly gender differences in the process of negotiating job offers.

Audrey Holm, Lecturer in Management and Organizations, is examining outcomes following the reintroduction of formerly incarcerated individuals into the workplace.

Arunima Krishna, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, seeks to elucidate employees’ perceptual and behavioral reactions to organizational misconduct.

Sanaz Mobasseri, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, examines the consequences of alleged workplace misconduct on labor market outcomes of the accused.

Micah Rajunov, doctoral candidate in Management and Organizations, investigates the world of professional gaming and the intersection of digitized life, shorter-term, insecure employment and the blurred relationship between work and non-work.

Eileen Suh, doctoral candidate in Management and Organizations, and Celia Chui, Postdoctoral Fellow in Management and Organizations, are examining masculine organizational cultures and their association with higher levels of corporate misconduct.

Danielle Rousseau, Assistant Professor of Applied Social Sciences, is researching how to accurately measure and effectively utilize employees’ self-reported gender identifies in a global context.

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Committed to spreading knowledge? We have that in common. HRPI is committed to finding, funding, and delivering the best research in the HR sphere. Help us redefine research by sponsoring a research project. Email HRPI Assistant Director Sandy Keldsen at for more information.

Are you an HR executive, Questrom affiliate, or BU community member ready to learn all about the latest in HR topics?
For anyone looking to explore new research, HRPI is a skilled matchmaker in bringing eager minds like you together with brilliant, forward-thinking researchers. For more information, email HRPI Assistant Director Sandy Keldsen at