Changes in employment approaches have occurred alongside significant demographic changes in workforces globally, including the emergence of the “gig economy”, changing labour mobility, myriad forms of short- and long-term work arrangements, and technological advances including automation and artificial intelligence. Such changes will have significant influences on ways of working into the future as well as important implications for how work is approached by management, labour and government regulation.

Areas of research

  • Capitalism and globalisation
  • Changing employment practices
  • Collective bargaining and individual contracting
  • Employment relations in the retail, community sector, universities, mining, waterfront and meat industries
  • International and comparative employment relations
  • Labour and management history
  • Management union relations/ partnerships
  • Union strategy, culture and protest behaviour

Collectivism at Work

Professor David Peetz explains Collectivism and it's important role in the employment relationship.

Members undertaking research in this area

  • Professor Adrian Wilkinson
  • Professor Peter Ackers (Adjunct)
  • Professor Fang Lee Cooke (Adjunct)
  • Professor Bruce Kaufman (Adjunct)
  • Professor Gregor Murray (Adjunct)

Recent research outputs

  • Bailey, J. & Peetz, D. 2015, ‘Australian unions and collective bargaining’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(3), pp. 401-421.
  • Barry, M., Skinner, J. & Engelberg, T. (eds) 2016, Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport, Edward Elgar.
  • Bowden, B. 2017, 'An exploration into the relationship between management and market forces: The railroads of Australia and the American West, 1880-1900', Journal of Management History, 23(3), pp. 297-314.
  • Bowden, B. 2015, ‘Recasting industrial relations: productivity, place and the Queensland coal industry’, The Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(1), pp. 48-71.
  • Broadbent, K. & Strachan, G. 2016, ‘“It’s difficult to forecast your longer term career milestone”: career development and insecure employment for research academics in Australian universities’, Labour and Industry, 26(4), 1030-1763.
  • Dundon, T., Cullinane, N. and Wilkinson, A. 2017, A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations, Sage.
  • Johnstone, S., Saridakis, G. and Wilkinson, A. 2019, ‘The Global Financial Crisis, Work and Employment: Ten Years On’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 40(3), pp. 455–468.
  • Kellner, A., Peetz, D., Townsend, K. & Wilkinson, A. 2015, ‘“We are very focused on the muffins”: Regulation of and compliance with industrial relations in franchises’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(1), pp.25-45.
  • Murray, G. & Peetz, D. 2016, ‘Financial markets, climate change, and paradoxes of coordination and intervention’, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 15(5), pp. 455–479.
  • Peetz, D. 2019. The Realities and Futures of Work, ANU Press.
  • Peetz, D. 2015, ‘An institutional analysis of the growth of executive remuneration’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(5), 707-725.
  • Peetz, D., Bruynius, S. and Murray, G. 2019, ‘Choice and the impact of changes to Sunday premiums in the Australian retail and hospitality industries’, Journal of Industrial Relations. doi: 10.1177/0022185618814578.

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