The John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy

by Steven Darien

As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Cabot Advisory Group LLC, I provide business-focused human resources management consulting. Throughout my three decades in the industry I have achieved significant industry recognition serving in various board and advisory capacities with organizations such as the Labor Policy Association, the New Jersey Commission on Employment and Training, and the Business Roundtable. I also serve as Chairman of the John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy.

Founded in 1995, the Olin Institute takes its name from the inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist John M. Olin, who as head of the Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation pioneered many innovations in ammunition manufacturing and ballistics research. As a corporate leader, Olin took exceptional interest in building sustained positive employee relationships. The Olin Institute continues that work today researching topics that enhance our understanding of the complex interplay between public policy, changing markets, and consumer demographics, as well as in emergent trends in employee relationships.

Based at the Department of Economics of George Mason University, the Olin Institute oversees the Journal of Labor Research which has been published on a quarterly basis since 1979. Additionally, the Olin Institute has taken over the Labor Relations and Public Policies Series of books from the Wharton School Industrial Research Unit (now the Center for Human Resources). Volumes on employer-employee relations are currently being reedited, updated, and republished by the Olin Institute. The John M. Olin Foundation has recently made a substantial grant enabling the publication of entirely new books in the series as well.

Another separate function of the Olin Institute is promoting academic endeavors through sponsoring a wide range of conferences and seminars. These events examine labor issues through political and social prisms on the national and international stages. To learn more about the John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy, visit online at