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Industry 4.0, Industrial Relations and the Future of Work in the Building Industry

1975 …2022

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Professor & Director, International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work, Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School, Monash University. Before being seconded to the Centre, he had served his home Department, Management, Monash Business School, variously as: Director of Research; Discipline Leader: Human Resources & Employment Relations; Director, Master of Human Resource Management. He is also in: Alliance for Digital Health at Monash, Monash Data Futures Institute, Monash Business Digitalisation Research Network and Monash Asia Institute.

He has more than two hundred academic publications including many articles in such leading refereed journals as: Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources; Australian Journal of Labour Economics; British Journal of Industrial Relations; British Journal of Management; Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal; Higher Education Review; Human Relations; Human Resource Management Journal; Industrial & Labor Relations Review; Industrial Relations Journal; International Journal of Human Resource Management; International Labour Review; Journal of Industrial Relations; Journal of Management Studies; New Technology, Work & Employment; Personnel Review; Prometheus; Public Administration; Public Money & Management; and Thunderbird International Business Review.

He has published influential books (most jointly) that have had considerable impact including: International & Comparative Employment Relations: Global Crises and Institutional ResponsesIts 7 editions are standard works in its field around the world and have received excellent reviews in Australia and overseas. It has been adapted into several other languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai. The 7th edition was published in 2021. Also, he co-authored Up in the Air: How Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging Their Employees. It has generated much interest from the media and industry internationally.

Other volumes that he has published include: Regulating Employment Relations, Work and Labour Laws: International Comparisons between Key Countries (Kluwer) Employment Relations in the Asia Pacific (Allen & Unwin/Thomson), Managing Managers (Blackwell); Organisational Change Strategies (Longman); Militant Managers? (Gower); New Technology (Routledge). Some of his publications have had much impact, been well cited and/or have been translated into several languages, including: Chinese, Danish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Thai. Various international conferences have invited him to be a keynote speaker or selected his papers to be published as one of the ‘best papers’ or to be included in proceedings, conference books or special issues of journals. More than 20 refereed journals have appointed him to their editorial boards.

Among other current projects, he is conducting research on new technologies, the future of work and industrial relations, with Building 4.0, a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). It is co-funded by the Australian Government, Monash University, Melbourne University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)  and industry partners. He also researches with and advises international organizations, private- and public-sector enterprises and other organizations. International agencies (e.g. the International Labour Organization/United Nations) have commissioned him to conduct projects. 

Besides the Australian Research Council (ARC) discovery and linkage grants listed here, he has won many other external grants including from the ARC; Economic & Social Research Council, UK; Bank of England; Australian Studies Centre; Foundation for Management Education, UK; British Academy; European Group for Organisational Studies; Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, USA; Ford Foundation, USA; Institute for Safety Compensation & Recovery Research; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute; Australia-Korea Foundation; Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia/Australian Academy of the Humanities and several other institutions and universities.

He has been an assessor for the ARC and also for the equivalent research councils in Canada, China, UK, USA. He has been a co-chief investigator on many competitive grant-funded projects. His international research collaborations include being Leader or Co-Leader of many projects. His experience includes: airlines, agriculture, building, chemicals, education, electronics, engineering, finance, health, hotels, infrastructure, mining, the public sector, railways, restaurants, retailing, tourism, telecommunications, manufacturing and unions as well as a range of enterprises in Australia internationally. 

He currently is: President, Australian Labour & Employment Relations Association (ALERA); Co-Convenor, Victorian Fellows, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and Co-Chair, International Section, US Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA).

He has served as President of: Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia & New Zealand; Industrial Relations Society of Victoria; Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM); International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management. 

He is a Distinguished Member & Life Fellow of ANZAM; and a Fellow of other associations including: ASSA; LERA; Academy of Social Sciences, UK; Australian HR Institute; Australian Institute of Management; British Academy of Management (BAM); Chartered Institute of Management, UK; Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, UK.

He was educated in the UK at Manchester University; London School of Economics & Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He worked on research projects in the UK at Oxford and at Warwick universities; and at Imperial College, London. He was an academic at the University of Durham, UK and was subsequently an academic in Australia at the University of Queensland; QUT (Director, ARC Key Centre in Strategic Management); Griffith University (Dean/Director, Graduate School of Management).  

He has also been an adviser for governments in Australia, UK and elsewhere. He has served as a non-executive director on external boards e.g. in the fields of education, health and sport. He has also served as an arbitrator for the Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service, UK.

He is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University Business School, UK and at Nottingham Business School, UK. He has been a guest faculty member at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He has been a visitor at several other universities including: Macquarie University; Melbourne University and University of New South Wales, Australia; Cardiff University, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA and at other universities. He has been an Examiner, Guest Speaker or Reviewer for universities and enterprises in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Indo-Pacific Region. 

He helps to attract high-quality recruits, visitors, grants and donations and generally to promote the interests of organisations that he is involved with. For example, he initiated the Prescott Family Foundation lectures and the annual symposia that are held jointly by Monash and Melbourne universities to honour the late the Hon. Emeritus Professor Joe Isaac.

For more details, see Who's Who in Australia or ask: GregBamber@Gmail.Com

Community service

Research interests

The following Australian Research Council (ARC) 3-year Project applications were each successful and he is still involved in developing publications from them:

1. Discovery Project: Efficiency, Justice & Voice: A Study of Effective Ways to Prevent and Settle Workplace Disputes: Prof Greg Bamber & Dr Brian Cooper, Monash University, jointly with Prof Bernadine Van Gramberg & Prof Julian Teicher. Keywords: Dispute resolution procedures, workplace justice and voice, workplace conflict, employment relations.

2. Linkage Project: Human Resource Management (HRM) Outsourcing & Shared Services: Analysing Changing Approaches to HRM: Prof Greg Bamber & Prof Fang Lee Cooke, both Monash University, jointly with Prof Ed Snape. Keywords: Human resources management, industrial relations, outsourcing, shared services. Partner Organisation: Victorian State Government.

3. Linkage Project: Work Process Change in Hospital Services: Prof Greg Bamber & Prof Amrik Sohal, both Monash University, jointly with Prof Pauline Stanton, Richard Gough, Prof Sandra Leggat, Dr Timothy K Bartram, Prof Danny Liew. Keywords: Process reengineering, quality of work, healthcare systems performance, work environment, human resources management, industrial relations. Partner Organisations: Health Services in Australia and Canada.

Many other grants have also been awarded to him, for example, by the ARC; Australian Government; Building 4.0, a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), British Academy; Bank of England; British Council; Economic & Social Research Council (UK); International Labour Organisation; Foundation for Management Education (UK); Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (USA); Sloan Foundation (USA); Thailand Research Fund; Durham U.; Queensland U.; QUT; Griffith U.; Monash U. and several other institutions.

For more information, please contact: GregBamber@Gmail.Com. Thanks.


Supervision interests

He would especially welcome PhD students interested in researching in the field of Industry 4.0, Industrial Relations and the Future of Work in the Building and Construction Industries

His other interests include: employment relations; people management; organizational/technological change; high-performance work systems or 'smart workplaces'; arbitration, dispute prevention and settlement, mediation and negotiation; international comparisons and transferability of management styles and employment relations arrangements; and various industries including: aviation, building, education including universities, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, public sector, sport, telecommunications and transport.

He has supervised successfully more than a dozen PhD theses as well as numerous masters and honours disertations. Most of these involved negotiating research access with partners in governments, industry or other organisations.

Monash teaching commitment

At the post-graduate level, including: BEX6200, MGF5551 & MGF5610


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Advisory Research Panel Member, AHRI Australian Human Resources Institute

Co-Convenor, Victorian Fellows, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

President, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association

Executive Committee Member, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

Advisory Board Member, International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM)

Co-Chair, International Section, Labor & Employment Relations Association (US)

Visiting Professor, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)

Visiting Professor, Nottingham Business School (UK)

Research area keywords

  • Industrial relations
  • international
  • comparative
  • aviation
  • healthcare
  • dispute resolution
  • outsourcing
  • organisational change
  • lean management
  • hospitals
  • HRM
  • human resource management
  • shared services
  • manufacturing strategies
  • qualitative research
  • Human Resources
  • new technologies
  • digitalisation
  • future of work
  • Labour Economics
  • building & construction
  • Industry 4.0


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