Currently the Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management with the University of Wolverhampton Business School, Roger has many years experience in both academic and industrial settings.
Prior to his current engagement, Roger worked as Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at Keele University for 15 years.
Roger has acted as an adviser and consultant to large private and public sector companies, trade unions, and government departments. He was President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 2000-2004; acted as an academic adviser to ACAS and the Commonwealth Universities Association and remains a visiting professor in Zimbabwe, Malawi and China.
He was elected onto the council of the World Association of Political Economy (WAPE) in 2008 and became a standing member of the Council in 2010, and onto the editorial board of the World Review of Political Economy. He was appointed onto Personnel Today’s panel of experts.
His teaching, research and publications focus on the employment relationship, state regulation and control of the labour markets, pay determination, the role of trade unions, employers’ strategies, collective bargaining, strikes and the public sector.
I run two research clusters at Wolverhampton: one on Industrial Relations and HRM, and another on the public sector. This latter is linked to the BUIRA public sector group.
I wish to develop a major centre here into all aspects of employment in the public sector to include management practices, funding and structure, purpose and strategy, trade unionism, collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary, bullying and inequality, labour markets and skills, pay systems and structures.
As a result a group of honorary research fellows has been appointed to include: Dr Junho Chae, a Korean expert on public sector reforms; Mike Ironside, an expert on all aspects of public sector industrial relations, and Roger McKenzie, assistant general secretary of UNISON
I welcome interest from those wishing to pursue part-time or full-time doctoral studies, research into any and all aspects of public sector employment relations, and those concerned with state policy.
Current and recent doctoral students supervised by me: Howard Stephenson on the role of reps in the NUT; Whyeda Gill on changes in labour management of manual workers in local government; Kim Mather into changes in the labour process of lecturers in Further Education; Tom Sibley into the anti-communism and the Cold War in relation to British trade unions 1945-1950; In Kon Kim into employee participation in the UK and Korean ceramic industries; Li Na into employee involvement in the Chinese textile industry; Li Yingfei into the impact of Chinese state reform of schools on the work of school teachers; Viv Tegg on management development in the Irish and UK civil service; Feifei Feng on reform of the Chinese health service; and Janet Firth on labour management issues inside the Romanian border police. More recently three full-time students from Saudi Arabia have joined me to research for their doctoral studies on topics such as the Saudi labour market; virtual e-teams in large companies; and bonus payment schemes in Saudi industry.