Ian Greer is professor of comparative industrial relations at Greenwich Business School. His focus is on teaching and research leadership in industrial relations, labor market policy, and human resource management.
My PhD and postdoctoral research were focused on union strategy, mainly local coalition building, labor transnationalism, and the effects of institutional change. I conducted hundreds of qualitative interviews in the US, UK, and Germany and organized a survey of 425 US and German local trade unionists.
This work raised several issues that I am pursuing more systematically in my current study of welfare-to-work services. In 2007-8 I conducted 150 interviews in the UK and Germany, mainly Leeds and Cologne, with policymakers, managers, trade unionists, front-line workers, and unemployed people who have passed through the programmes. My goal is to find out how the market mechanisms that governments use to manage provision affect the working conditions of front-line staff and how these changes in working conditions affect their unemployed 'clients'.
While my home field is employment relations, both strands of research have brought me into conversation with academics in sociology, social policy, and comparative political economy.
I am spending three months in the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013 at the Free University Berlin supported by the Alexander von Humobldt Foundation. My host is Prof Gregory Jackson in the Institute for Management.
Greer, I. and M. Hauptmeier. 'Political entrepreneurs and co-managers: Labour transnationalism at four multinational auto companies.' British Journal of Industrial Relations. 46:1. March 2008. Pp. 76-97.
Greer, I. 'Special interests and public goods: Organized labor's coalition politics in Hamburg and Seattle.' In Lowell Turner and Daniel Cornfield (eds). Labor in the new urban battlegrounds: Local solidarity in a global economy. (Ithaca: Cornell ILR Press). 2007. Pp. 111-129.
Anner, M., I. Greer, M. Hauptmeier, N. Lillie, and N. Winchester. 'The industrial determinants of transnational solidarity: Global inter-union politics in three sectors.' European Journal of Industrial Relations. 12:1. March 2006. Pp. 7-27.
Greer, I., B. Byrd and L.J. Fleron. 'Two paths to the high road: Urban organization building Seattle and Buffalo.' In Lowell Turner and Daniel Cornfield (eds.) Labor in the new urban battlegrounds: Local solidarity in a global economy. (Ithaca: Cornell ILR Press). 2007. Pp.193-210.