Thesis: Institutions and stakeholder influence on CEO compensation and corporate social responsibility
Research areas: business ethics and corporate social responsibility, income inequality and corporate philanthropy, corporate governance, and social entrepreneurship
Now: Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School
Dr. Muhammad Umar Boodoo says his interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a reflection of how ubiquitous a part of corporate strategy it has become. "Employees, unions and stakeholders have much to understand, gain, and perhaps lose with CSR. These questions about impact assessment of CSR have not yet been answered."
Boodoo’s other research interests include business ethics, income inequality and corporate philanthropy, corporate governance, and social entrepreneurship. He has published a book chapter on human capital and growth in Asian countries and articles in Industrial and Labor Relations Review (ILRR) and Industrial Relations Journal (IRJ), with more articles under review at journals in Employment Relations and Management.
- Umar Boodoo (2018) "Do highly unionized companies compensate their CEOs less in periods of financial distress? Evidence from Canada", ILR Review, 71, 2, 306-328
- Boodoo, M. U., Gomez, R. and Gunderson, M. (2014) "Relative income, absolute income and the life satisfaction of older adults : do retirees differ from the non-retired?", Industrial Relations Journal, 45, 4, 281-299
- Dobson, W. and Boodoo, M. U. (2015) "Human capital formation and growth" In Human Capital Formation and Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific. Ed. Wendy Dobson. Routledge, London
He also writes for the LSE Business Review in an attempt to disseminate research findings to a wider audience.
Boodoo has participated and presented at several conferences, including the Canadian Industrial Relations Assocation and Labor and Employment Relations Association. A paper on CEO Compensation was a winner at the 67th (LERA) conference in 2015.
Muhammad Umar Boodoo, University of Toronto—Stakeholders and their Influence on CEO Pay: The Case of Labor Unions. LERA Competitive Papers, Session II. LERA 67th Annual Meeting, May 28-31, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA.
In addition to the collaboration with CIRHR Professors Morley Gunderson and Rafael Gomez (CIRHR PhD 2000), work presented by Boodoo at conferences has included collaborations with Gomez and Bob Hebdon (CIRHR PhD 1992).
- Muhammad Umar Boodoo, London School of Economics and Political Science; Lorenzo Frangi, University of Quebec at Montreal; Rafael Gomez, University of Toronto; and Robert Hebdon, McGill University—"Hard or Soft Forms of Conflict: Workers' Perceptions in the US, the UK and Canada." LERA 68th Annual Meeting, May 26-29, 2016, Minneapolis, MN
- Lorenzo Frangi, University of Quebec at Montreal; Robert Hebdon, McGill University; and Muhammad Umar Boodoo, University of Toronto—"To Strike or Not to Strike: An International Comparison of Strike Propensities in 15 OECD Countries." LERA 67th Annual Meeting, May 28-31, 2015, Pittsburgh, PA.
- Muhammad Umar Boodoo, London School of Economics and Political Science; Lorenzo Frangi, University of Quebec at Montreal; Rafael Gomez, University of Toronto; and Robert Hebdon, McGill University—"Individual and Collective Forms of Labor Conflict: Testing Three Competitive Propositions Across US States." LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2017, Anaheim, CA.
- Lorenzo Frangi, University of Quebec at Montreal; Muhammad Umar Boodoo, University of Warwick; Rafael Gomez, University of Toronto; and Robert Hebdon, McGill University—"Individual and Collective Forms of U.S. Labour Conflict: Testing Three Propositions." LERA 70th Annual Meeting, June 14-17, 2018, Baltimore, MD.
Reminiscing on his time at the Centre, Boodoo says: “Favourite memories from my time at CIRHR would definitely have to be the jokes, and the friendliness of the staff—in particular, the library staff. Always helpful and always ready for a laugh.”
Before his PhD, Boodoo obtained his Bachelor of Arts with honours from York University in Economics and Mathematics. After completing his degree, Boodoo was a Research and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he worked on research projects funded by seed grants from the Department of Management. He joined Warwick Business School as an Assistant Professor in 2017.