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
  • Employment relations in the retail, community sector, universities, mining, waterfront and meat industries
  • Gig economy
  • HR analytics
  • International and comparative employment relations
  • Labour and management history
  • Management union relations/ partnerships
  • Non-standard work hours
  • Ride-share workers

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 projects

Recent research outputs

  • Barry, M., Skinner, J., & Engelberg, T. (eds) 2016, Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport, Edward Elgar.
  • Bowden, B., & McMurray, A. (eds) 2019, The Palgrave Handbook of Management History, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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.
  • 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), pp.1030-1763.
  • Dundon, T., Cullinane, N., & Wilkinson, A. 2017, A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations, Sage.
  • Farndale, E., McDonnell, A., Scholarios, D., & Wilkinson, A. 2020, 'Human Resource Management Journal: A look to the past, present, and future of the journal and HRM scholarship', Human Resource Management Journal, 30, pp. 1-12.
  • Johnstone, S., Saridakis, G., & 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., Bruynius, S., & 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.
  • Peetz, D., & Murray, G. 2019, ‘I, Cyborg: The life and work of digital humans’, Griffith Review, 64, https://griffithreview.com/articles/i-cyborg-digital-humans/
  • Peetz. D., & Murray, G. 2019, ‘Women’s employment, segregation and skills in the future of work’, Labour and Industry, 29(1), pp. 132-48.
  • Peetz, D., Muurlink, O., Townsend, K., Wilkinson, A., & Brabant, M. 2017, ‘Are new organisations at the cutting edge of employment relations innovation?’, Personnel Review, 46(7), pp.1397-1413.
  • Struthers, K., & Strachan, G. 2019, 'Attracting women into male-dominated trades: Views of young women in Australia,' International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training6(1),  pp.1-19.

A comprehensive list of outputs can be found at our member’s Griffith Experts links above.

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