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Rocio Bonet´s interests lie at the intersection of labor economics and human resource management. Her research empirically explores how recent changes in the labor market are affecting employment outcomes.

One stream of her research focuses on investigating the determinants of career advancement. She has explored how innovative work organizational practices that empower employees have affected promotions within organizations. She has also investigated the effects of the institutional environment, in particular labor law regulation, on the careers of working mothers. Her ongoing research in the area of careers explores how MBA educational credentials are valued in the context of growing inter-organizational mobility. “What is really interesting is that individuals’ pre-MBA work experiences play a very different role for graduates at top schools than for those at non-top schools. This is a new way to look at how education may affect individuals’ careers.”

Another stream of her research looks at the effects of new management practices on firm level outcomes, such as the effects of performance-based rewards on firm performance and the effects of virtual teams on labor productivity.

Professor Bonet‘s research has appeared in several academic publications.  She has also presented her work at multiple international conferences.  She has been awarded with several research grants, including a Marie Curie grant from the European Commission and a GMAC fellowship.

Professor Bonet sees teaching MBA students as a very enriching experience where joint learning happens in the class.

Research Interests: careers, high involvement work practices, performance-reward systems, education, virtual teams.


  • Ph.D. in Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US
  • M.Sc. in Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Finance, and Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • B.Sc. in Business Administration, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, IE Business School, since 2008
  • Researcher,  Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau, since 2002
  • Teaching Assistant, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2002-2007


Latest publications

  • High-Involvement Work Practices and the Opportunities for Promotion in the Organization

    Bonet, R. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society,Vol 53(2):295–324, 2014
  • Who's Got Those Top Jobs?

    Cappelli,P.,Hamori,M.,Bonet,R. Harvard Business Review, 2014
  • Labor Market Intermediaries and the New Paradigm for Human Resources

    Bonet, R., Cappelli, P., and Hamori, M. Academy of Management Annals, Vol7(1): 339-390, 2013