My research concens the comparative study of human resource management and industrial relations, with a particular focus on Japan and the UK but including other countries across Europe and Asia. Important themes include processes of change in national system of employment relations, the relation between national employment practices and the HRM strategies of individual companies (i.e. pay, performance, psychological contract), and the issue of labour market segmentation and its implications.
This research draws on various theories and approaches like theories of institutional change and discussion of internal labour markets and labour market segmentation. Ongoing research focuses on specific issues in and across national labour markets (e.g. the challenges of performance-related pay, the position of female and flexible workers, the role of labour unions) and more conceptual work on the issues of institutional change, gobalisation and convergence.