John Varlaro

Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2010

Contact Info

Email
john.varlaro@jwu.edu
Phone
401-598-1330
Campus
Providence

About John

Dr. Varlaro is a Professor in the Management Department at the Providence Campus of Johnson & Wales University, in Rhode Island, USA. John teaches courses in the areas of Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management and International Business. He has served as chair of the management department and as chair of the university faculty council.

He is currently vice president of programs for the 2021 North American Case Research Association (NACRA) Conference. John is an editorial board member for the Philosophy of Management journal and an editorial advisory board member for the South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases.

John served for 5-years as a member of the HR Certification Institute's certification council, during which he also served as chair. Prior to his appointment to the certification council, he served in multiple roles for HRCI's certification exam development and chaired the working group that wrote HRCI’s Guide to the Human Resource Body of Knowledge, first edition.

John is currently writing the second edition of his textbook, The Practice of Human Resource Management, an electronic textbook that emphases active learning. He has also contributed to other textbooks in human resource management and strategic management.

He has a PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and an MBA from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. John holds the Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and Global Professional in HR (GPHR) certifications.

Education

  • Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • M.B.A., University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • B.A., Ithaca College

Courses

  • IBUS 2032: Pacific Rim
  • MGMT 2001: Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 3070: Special Topics in Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 4070: Strategic Human Resource Management
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Extra Curricular Roles

Vice President Programs, North American Case Research Association (NACRA) 2021 Conference
Editorial Advisory Board Member, South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases
Editorial Board Member, Philosophy of Management Journal
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Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)
North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
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Publications

  • Varlaro, J. D. (2017). The Practice of Human Resource Management (1st ed)., Dubuque, IA: Great River Learning.
  • Varlaro, J. D., & Gamble, J. E. (2022). “AirBnB in 2020,” published in the 23rd edition of Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage, New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education.
  • Varlaro, J. D., & Gamble, J. E. (2022). “Competition in the Craft Beer Industry in 2020," published in the 23rd edition of Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage, New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education.


Q&A with John

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

Whenever a student discusses how class learnings had immediate impact in their lives.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Focus your attention on learning the material, not on just completing the homework.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Business