• Monash Business School, Monash University
    Level 7, Building N, Caulfield Campus
    900 Dandenong Road
    Caulfield East,


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

He would welcome PhD students who aim to co-develop research projects in such fields as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Sciences, Data Futures and the Future of Work, HR and Employment/Industrial Relations in various countries, sectors and industries, especially if there is an alignment with any of his interests that are exemplified in his biography.
He has supervised successfully many PhD theses as well as numerous masters and honours dissertations. Most of these involved negotiating research access with partners in governments, enterprises, unions or other organisations.

1975 …2023

Research activity per year

Personal profile


Professor & Co-Director, International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work, Department of Management, Monash Business School. (He has served the Department variously as: Director of Research; Discipline Leader: Human Resources & Employment Relations; Director, Master of Human Resource Management.) He is also Research Theme Lead: Future of Work @ Monash Data Futures Institute. His other affiliations @ Monash U. include Monash Business Digitalisation Research Network, Alliance for Digital Health at Monash, 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 Control; Journal of Management Studies; Labor Law Journal; 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 seen as "standard works" in its field around the world. It has been adapted into several other languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai. He has co-edited New Technology: International Perspectives on Human Resources & Industrial Relations, and co-authored Up in the Air: How Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging Their Employees; Regulating Employment Relations, Work and Labour Laws: International Comparisons between Key Countries.

Other volumes that he has published include: Employment Relations in the Asia Pacific (Allen & Unwin/Thomson), Managing Managers (Blackwell); Organisational Change Strategies (Longman); Militant Managers? (Gower). Such publications have generated interest from the media and industry, locally and globally. Several have had considerable impact, been well cited, received excellent reviews and/or have been translated into other 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.

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) grants listed, he has won many other grants including from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), UK; Bank of England; a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), 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, Prescott Family Foundation and several other institutions and universities.

He has served as an assessor for the ARC and 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 interests and experience include many domains, for instance: artificial intelligence (AI), data science, the future of work, employment relations, people management, organizational and technological change, high-performance work systems, 'smart workplaces', arbitration, dispute prevention and settlement, mediation and negotiation, logistics, international comparisons and transferability of management styles and employment-relations arrangements, for instance, in aviation, agriculture, building, chemicals, distribution, education including universities, electronics, engineering, finance, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, the public sector, railways and transport, retailing, services, sport, tourism, telecommunications, and unions, as well as in a range of enterprises. 

He is 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: Australian Labour & Employment Relations Association (ALERA); Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia & New Zealand; Industrial Relations Society of Victoria (IRSV); Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM); International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM). 

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

Several professional societies have conferred awards on him e.g. Life Membership (ALERA and IRSV); Cooper Medal for Outstanding Contributions and Leadership (BAM); Outstanding Service Award (IFSAM); Lifetime Achievement Award (LERA).

He was educated in the UK at Manchester U.; London School of Economics & Heriot-Watt U., Edinburgh. He worked on research projects based at Oxford U. and Warwick U.; and at Imperial College, London. He was an academic in the UK at Durham U. (Director of Research, Business School) and subsequently in Australia at Queensland U.; Queensland U. of Technology (Director, ARC Key Centre in Strategic Management); Griffith U. (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, for instance, in the fields of education, health and sport. He has also served as an arbitrator and investigator for the Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service, UK.

He is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle U. Business School, UK, and at Nottingham Business School, UK, and an Associate Fellow, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit, which includes Monash as an international partner); it is led by Sussex U./Leeds U., funded by Economic & Social Research Council, UK Research & Innovation.

He has been a visitor at many universities including in the US: Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State U., in the UK: Cardiff U., Durham U., in Canada: Laval U., Montréal U., Toronto U., in China: Renmin U., in India: International Management Institute, New Delhi, in Australia: Melbourne U., U. of New South Wales.

He has served as 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 has co-led 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: [email protected]

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; British Academy; Bank of England; British Council; a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC); 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: [email protected]. Thanks.


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 1 - No Poverty
  • 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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

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

Formerly Advisory Research Panel Member, Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

Immediate-Past President, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association

Executive Committee Member, Industrial Relations Society of Victoria

Advisory Board Member, Internationale Federatie van wetenschappelijke verenigingen van management (International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management)

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

Visiting Professor, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)

Visiting Professor, Nottingham Trent University

Associate Fellow, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit); it is led by Sussex University/Leeds University, and funded by UK Research & Innovation

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
  • data futures
  • technological changes
  • labour law
  • AI and HRM
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • unions

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