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There has been a fundamental shift in employment relations in many OECD countries. Institutional employment relations have been reshaped through a decline in collective bargaining and union membership, a rise in employer prerogative favouring individualised and flexible forms of employment relations. We address the dearth of research on individual employers and their associations, their attitudes and behaviours and how these impact on employment relations issues and trends.
The Employment Relations Group (ERG) is a collaborative team of academics from Massey and other New Zealand universities. We are interested in the complex nature and context of employment relations at the workplace, organisation, industry, national and international level; particularly in the role played by employers in employment relations.
Our work includes research in the following areas:
• Collective bargaining
• Employer driven flexibility
• The effects of legislative change
• The nexus of employment relations and occupational health and safety
Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 84947
I am a lecturer and PhD candidate in the School of Management. Teaching HRM compliments my PhD research aimed at exploring ‘employee voice’ and participation in Employment Relations and Occupational Health and Safety.
This follows three years of balancing part-time research with full-time work as a Health and Safety Analyst in the forestry industry. My research journey started in 2009 with work on two projects focusing on employer behaviours and attitudes to: collective bargaining, and legislative changes. My most recent research collaboration involves testing the ‘Good Employer’ concept developed in my Masters Thesis.
As a member of the Employment Relations Group, my research interests encompass Employment Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, ‘Employee Voice’ and Participation, the ‘Good Employer’ and Socially Decent Work.
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Human Resources Management (150305): Industrial Relations (150306)
The group also includes a number of Massey Postgraduate (Master & PhD) students.
Rasmussen, E., Foster, AB., & Farr, D. (2016). The battle over employer-determined flexibility: attitudes amongst New Zealand employers. Employee Relations. 38(6), 886-906
Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., & Coetzee, D. (2014). Employment Relations: Employer attitudes and their ability to facilitate a high skill, high wage economy. In A. Pyman, & A. North (Eds.), 28th AIRAANZ Work Employment and Human Resources. Melbourne, Australia.
Enquiries related to the group can be directed to the group coordinator, Mr. Barry Foster.
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Last updated on Monday 21 May 2018