PhD, University of Wollongong, 1995
MBA, University of Bradford, UK, 1980
BA (Hons), University of Leeds, UK, 1974
– Associate Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute 1987
– Member of the Academy of Management USA 1991
– Member of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management 1995
– Member of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales 1988
Research InterestsMichael's research activities and publications lie mainly in human resource management. Recently he has been increasingly involved in collaborative team research and publication through the Centre for Change Management (previously known as the BHP Steel Institute Management Program). He is currently working on a new project relating to Comparative HRM and Organizational Change in the Asia Pacific.
Michael is the Head of the Employment Relations Discipline in the School of Management and Marketing at the University of Wollongong. When he joined the University he brought with him extensive experience in personnel management, having worked as Personnel Manager for a major national retailer for a number of years and a management consultant prior to that. He is an active member of professional bodies, being involved as an organiser and presenter at conferences, including the International Employment Relations Association Conference held in Wollongong in 1998, and as an academic referee for professional journals such as the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources and the International Employment Relations Review. Michael is also an active member of the University, particularly in areas relating to OH&S. He has been a member of the Academic Senate since 1997.
Michael has supervised Honours, Masters and PhD students on a variety of topics including OH&S and organisational change, human resource management and innovation and cross-functional teams, labour market polarisation, interorganisational cooperation in APEC, and comparative HRM and organisational development.