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Dr Guy Vernon BSc, MSc, PhD

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Dr Guy Vernon is an Associate Professor within Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton.

Guy's formal education is in economics – he obtained his PhD (Economics) from Warwick (examiners: Andrew Glyn and Paul K. Edwards) in 2000.

However, through his PhD, Guy broadened his interests in political economy to encompass industrial and political sociology and industrial relations.

This was honed into specialism in cross-national comparative employee relations and international HRM through posts at Oxford, Kings College London, Henley Management College and (from 2007) Southampton Business School.

Guy is particularly interested in the implications of people management for organizational and industrial performance.

In the last few years (since 2011), Guy has published in:

  • the British Journal of Industrial Relations (ABS 4*),
  • European Journal of Industrial Relations (3*),
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management (3*)
  • Economic and Industrial Democracy (3*),

and completed a project for the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Meanwhile, he has (co-)authored the third edition of a leading textbook on international HRM, whilst delivering closely evidence-based teaching typically evaluated by students in the top decile and praised externally for its quality.

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Research interests

Guy specialises in international, (cross-national) comparative, and often historical, analysis, typically focusing upon organizational and industrial performance.

Since 2011, Guy has published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations (ABS 4*), European Journal of Industrial Relations (3*), International Journal of Human Resource Management (3*) and Economic and Industrial Democracy (3*), and completed an invited project for the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Much of Guy’s research concerns the implications of unions, joint regulation and the broader social regulation of work for the performance of OECD manufacturing sectors from the 1960s to the present.

He recently established the crucial relevance of the structure of unions for the productivity implications of stronger joint regulation (with Mark Rogers, Oxford), and indeed of pay compressions specifically. This is highly significant as previous international studies sought unsuccessfully to identify the productivity implications of more transient bargaining formalities, whilst single-country studies suggested the relevance of union structure without demonstrating it.

Work in progress

Guy is now examining the implications of unions and joint regulation for i) the response of pay growth to productivity growth (for the ILO), and ii) the growth in employment in manufacturing (presented at SASE Milan 2013).

Guy is also extending his PhD work on the implications of the social regulation of work for fatal injuries in OECD manufacturing.

An allied strand of Guy’s research explicitly and directly considers the implications of unions and joint regulation for the character of people management. Guy’s recent work (with Chris Brewster, Reading) on the implications of unions for the strategic integration of HR functions, deploying survey evidence on thousands of organizations across more than 30 countries, broke new ground at the interface of the study of employee relations and HRM by demonstrating the relevance of unions for the role of HR.

In a related vein, Guy is, for conference presentation in 2014, now elaborating the implications of international evidence on joint regulation and reward structures for our understanding of unions’ role in organizational governance.

Guy is also now beginning to extend his research into generic issues of organizational justice, with a view to further elucidating the manner in which joint regulation has its effects on organizational and industrial performance.

 

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    Vernon, G. (2010). International pay and reward. In T. Edwards, & Rees (Eds.), International Human Resource Management Second Edition.. London: FT Press.
    Vernon, G., Anderson, R., Baeton, X., & Neu, E. (2007). Unions, employers' associations and the joint regulation of pay. In C. H. Antoni, X. Baeten, B. J. M. Emans, & M. Kira (Eds.), Pay in Europe: a Stakeholder Approach. (pp. 109-128). (Travail & Société; Work & Society; Vol. 53). Brussels: Peter Lang.

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Guy is the (co-)author of a leading textbook on international HRM now in its third edition. He delivers closely evidence-based teaching typically evaluated by students in the top decile and praised externally for its quality.

Guy’s teaching and supervision of dissertations and PhDs reflects his analytical approach, and his related concern that contemplation of people management be closely evidence-based.

 

Semester 1:

Tuesday 11.30am-12.30pm
Wednesday 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Semester 2:

Monday 2.30-3.30pm
Thursday 12.30-1.30pm

 

Dr Guy Vernon
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number:2/6029

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