Hal Salzman, Ph.D.

Hal Salzman is a Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Senior Faculty Fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. His research focuses on labor markets, workplace restructuring, skill requirements, and globalization of innovation, engineering and technology design. Recently he has been writing on the science and technology policy implications of his research. Dr. Salzman is currently examining the science and engineering education and labor supply in research supported by the Sloan Foundation.

An ongoing project is a NSF-funded study of employment and sustainability of rural communities exposed to dramatic economic, social, and climate changes. This study of industry, workers, and Native villages in the Arctic examines workforce development opportunities and more general economic viability of several communities in Alaska’s North Slope, Bristol Bay, and Bering Sea regions.

Dr. Salzman has conducted a number of studies of the IT industry, on both software design and work practices and on labor force issues in the IT industry. Past research also includes Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project on globalization, innovation, and human capital, Salzman is continuing his research on “collaborative advantage” in globalization, engineering, and technology entrepreneurship (research funded by the National Science Foundation and Kauffman Foundation, with Leonard Lynn of Case Western Reserve University and conducted with colleagues in the U.S., Germany, Japan, China, India, and Latin America).

Dr. Salzman’s publications include Software By Design: Shaping Technology and the Workplace (Oxford University Press) and articles on issues of technology, skills, and the workplace, including “Making the Grade” (in Nature), “Collaborative Advantage” (in Issues in Science and Technology), and forthcoming, Technology Entrepreneurs in the Emerging Economies: The New Shape of Global Innovation.