My research has been primarily concerned with the effects of institutions and organization on economic and social performance. Within this context, I am particularly interested in the interrelationship between corporate governance and employment relations in the private and public sectors, and the effect this might have on the deployment of human resources in the effective management of production. More recently I have been conducting research on corporate governance and the global financialcrisis. Having identified 'varieties of liberalism' among the Anglo-Saxon countries, I am interested in understanding why some financial systems (notably Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have proven more resilient than others (notably the US, UK and Ireland) during the most recent crisis. By advancing our understanding of liberal market economies, their evolution during the period of liberalisation since the 1970s and the impact this had on their sustainability, I hope to contribute to the organisational and government policy debate in ways that will help to not only avoid the next crisis but also emerge from this one with a more balanced and sustainable productive system.
Research interests include:
- corporate governance
- productive systems
- varieties of capitalism
- public sector governance and management
- human resource management and employment relations
- organizational, industry and macro-system behaviour and performance