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Prof Jane Parker


School of Management

Jane is Professor of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management in the School of Management. Her research focuses on comparative employment relations, equality and diversity developments at work, employee consultation, (strategic) HRM, labour market analysis and trade union strategy. Jane was Senior Research Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU) in the University of Warwick's Business School before joining AUT as Senior Lecturer Above the Bar in 2008. She has 160+ publications including international journal articles, books, book chapters, commissioned reports and conference proceedings. She received the highest grade in the 2012 TEC PBRF research round.

Before leaving Warwick, Jane served for several years as the UK National Coordinator and Contributing Editor to the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO), and as a contributor to the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO).

Jane has had successful grant applications as a sole, co- or named researcher from the UK Department of Trade and Industry/Acas/Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; ILO; European Foundation; University of Warwickl, UK Economic and Social Research Council; AUT; and Massey University's Vice-Chancellor's, Research, Strategic Innovation and MBS PVC funds. She' been involved in a range of projects (e.g. as Primary Investigator on a UK ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship; sole partner /manager of a UK research team involved in an analysis of the European Working Conditions Survey 2005; lead researcher for an ILO cross-national project on gender equality and social dialogue; and for ILO studies of employment and child labour policies in the Pacific). Her empirical/policy-orientated background is anchored in quantitative and qualitative research. Jane is the Co-Director of Massey's People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) group, for which she and Professor Jim Arrowsmith were awarded a Massey Business School Certificate of Excellence in Enterprise in 2014. She is an Associate Fellow of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, Co-Editor in Chief of the Labour and Industry journal, and an Editorial Advisory Board member for Employee Relations. Jane spoke at the plenary sessions of the 2016 British Universities' Industrial Relations Association conference and 2009 World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association. With Professor Arrowsmith, she received the Vic Taylor Memorial Award for the Most Promising Paper Award at the 2010 Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and NZ Conference. She received the 2016-17 Massey Business School College Award Distinction - Individual for Research.

Selected current roles and responsibilities

Co-Editor in Chief, Labour and Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work

Associate Fellow, Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick University, and Union Research Strategy Group, University of Sydney

Appointed Member, University Research Committee, and Teaching and Learning Committee

Co-Director, MPOWER

Specal issue co-editor, Journal of Industrial Relations, Labour and Industry, Economic and Labour Relations Review 

Referee for 16 journals

Professorial representative, Massey's School of Management Research Committee and the School of Management Executive Committee

Appointed member, Massey University Retail Programmes Advisory Board

Appointed member, Massey University Research Committee and its Teaching and Learning Committee

Jane is Professor of Employment Relations & HRM. Her research foci include comparative employment relations, equality in work organisations, and employee voice and consultation. She lectured and researched at Warwick (UK), Auckland and AUT universities before joining Massey. Jane is co-leading a research team on the Living Wage in NZ and another on executive education. She has (co-)led a range of ILO-funded projects on employment policy/regulation in PNG, Fiji, Nauru & other Pacific Island nations. She is a panellist in the 2018 PBRF round (as in 2012). Jane is the 2017 HRINZ HR Researcher of the Year.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 (0)9 4140800 x 43393
    Location: QB3.03, Quadrant B Building
    Campus: Albany


  • Bachelor of Commerce - University of Auckland (1989)
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Auckland (1989)
  • Master of Commerce (Employment Relations and Manag - University of Auckland (1992)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Industrial Relations) - University of Warwick (England) (2000)

Prizes and Awards

  • Since 2012, I have received the following awards: External: * 2017 New Zealand HR Researcher of the Year (awarded by the HR Institute of NZ); * 2015 ‘best stream reviewer’ (HR) of papers submitted to the Australia & NZ Academy of Mgt Conference, 2-4 December (see ANZAM Newsletter, 30(2): 13); * 2012 - awarded an A grade by the BEC Panel for my PBRF portfolio (2006-11) with ROs=6/7, PE=7/7 and CRE=7/7; & * following receipt of the 2010 Vic Taylor Memorial Award for Best Paper at the Association of IR Academics of Australia & NZ Conference, (Uni. of W. Sydney, 3-5 Feb)a revised version of the paper was invited for inclusion as a chapter in the well-received Bryson & Ryan (eds) (2012) text, HRM in NZ: A critical primer (Auckland: Pearman). Internal: * 2016 Massey Business School Individual Research Award (Distinction in Research). Massey's VC wrote that it is 'a fine personal achievement & it is also an achievement that reflects positively upon Massey University' & Prof. Giselle Byrnes (AVC - Research, Academic & Enterprise) commented: 'Sincere congratulations on your richly deserved award! You need to know the competition was very tough'; & * 2014 Massey Business School ‘Certificate of Excellence (Excellence in Enterprise)’ with Prof. Jim Arrowsmith for MPOWER-related co-directorship & activity, plus prize money. - Various (2012)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

employment (regulation) in the Pacific region (including New Zealand and Australia)

HRM and good strategic management in New Zealand firms

The Living Wage in New Zealand

social movement unionism

women, work and collective regulation

diversity and intersectional group organising

impacts of temporary working on employee well-being and work-life activities


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000)


(Gender) equality in work organisations

Employee consultation and engagement

Comparative employment relations

Labour market analysis

(Strategic) HRM

Executive education

Trade union organisation and strategy

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs


Parker, J., Ahmed, S., Taskin, N., & Pauleen, D. (2017). Motivating Information Technology Professionals: The case of New Zealand. Ajis : Australasian Journal of Information Systems. 21, 1-30
[Journal article]Authored by: Parker, J., Taskin, N.

Consultancy and Languages


  • French
    Last used: Intermittent use
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching


Papers coordinated in 2015:

114350 - Current Issues in Human Resource Management - internal and video-link paper

114709 - Managing Employment Relations (post-graduate) - internal and distance papers

114396 - Strategic Human Resource Management

Course 3 - Agrifood/MPOWER Farm Management (HRM) Course

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Wahab Shahbaz - PhD
    Mindfulness at work: An exploration of its meaning, implications, and context
  • Fatima Junaid - PhD
    The interplay of job stress and post-traumatic stress disorder in the context of terrorism, and its effects on employee outcomes: the role of individual and organisational resources

CoSupervisor of:

  • Josephine Malenga - PhD
    The effect of industry specific characteristics on the adoption and usage of work life balance practices, and the resulting effect on employee wellbeing The effect of industry specific characteristics on the adoption and usage of work life balance practices, and the resulting effect on employee wellbeing

Media and Links


  • 20 Apr 2012 - Television
    Contracting Out
    I was interviewed by a reporter for Sky News on contracting out positions/work, and more specifically, the Ports of Auckland industrial dispute. Sidah Russell (External Relations, Massey University) w
  • 14 Nov 2013 - Online
    Massey researchers study impact of living wage
    Provided the commentary for a Massey University press release on the living wage project that I am co-leading with Professor Stuart Carr (School of Psychology, Massey University (Albany)).
  • 08 Oct 2013 - Online
    Smart Technology Causes Work Overload
    Provided an interview and commentary on the Clarian HR "The Great New Zealand Employment Survey 2013" for a Massey University press release. I lead a team of MPOWER/Massey researcher (Professors Jim A
  • 05 Nov 2012 - Radio
    PNG Employment Policy
    Interviewed by Radio New Zealand - Pasifika on my ILO-funded research into Papua New Guinea's current employment situation and policy development. This interview followed my presentation of a report o
  • 05 Jun 2013 - Online
    New hub empowers better employment research
    Provided the commentary for a Massey University press lease on the launch of the Massey People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) group. I was the lead organiser of the launch which
  • 02 Nov 2012 - Newspaper
    Expert: Encourage Small Firms
    Interviewed for The National, Papua New Guinea's premier newspaper, on employment policy and development in PNG. This interview took place in Port Moresby when I was the keynote presenter at an ILO-Mi
  • 01 Oct 2012 - Online
    Survey shows workers just want to have fun
    Provided commentary for a Massey University press release on the Clarian HR-MPOWER/Massey University "The Great New Zealand Employment Survey 2012" findings. The MPOWER research team also wrote a publ

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