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Professor Geoffrey Wood

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Professor Geoffrey Wood is Dean and Professor of International Business, at Essex Business School. Previously he was Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, UK. He has authored/co-authored/edited sixteen books, and over one hundred and sixty articles in peer-reviewed journals. Previously he was Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, UK. He holds honorary positions at Griffith and Monash University in Australia, and Witwatersrand and Nelson Mandela Universities in South Africa. Geoff’s research interests centre on the relationship between institutional setting, corporate governance, firm finance, and firm level work and employment relations.

Geoffrey Wood is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Management, the Official Journal of the British Academy of Management (BAM). He also serves on the BAM Council.  He is also Co-Editor of the Annals of Corporate Governance.

He is also editor of the Chartered ABS Journal Ranking list.

He has had numerous research grants, including funding councils (e.g. ESRC), government departments (e.g. US Department of Labour; UK Department of Works and Pensions), charities (e.g. Nuffield Foundation), the labour movement (e.g. the ITF) and the European Union.

Recent articles (2014- present -- Current UK Research Excellence Framework Cycle; Thirteen articles in ABS List 4* journals; Twenty nine in ABS 3* journals)

Free downloads of articles at (the most recent articles may be embargoed; however, downloads from late 2015 backwards freely available):

Current research

Research interests

 Geoffrey Wood teaches on the Essex MBA, and supervises doctoral students.


Recent articles (2014- present - Current UK Research Excellence Framework Cycle; Thirteen articles in ABS List 4* journals; Twenty nine in ABS 3* journals):

Wilkinson, Adrian and Wood, Geoffrey T (2017) 'Global trends and crises, comparative capitalism and HRM.' The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

Croucher, Richard and Wood, Geoffrey T (2017) 'Union renewal in historical perspective.' Work Employment and Society. ISSN 0950-0170 (In Press)

Demirbag, Mehmet and Wood, Geoffrey T and Makhmadshoev, Dilshod and Rymkevich, Olga (2017) 'Varieties of CSR: Institutions and Socially Responsible Behaviour.' International Business Review. ISSN 0969-5931

Wood, Geoffrey T and Singh, Satwinder and Darwish, Tamer K (2017) 'Can HRM Alleviate the Negative Effects of the Resource Curse on Firms? – Evidence from Brunei.' Personnel Review. ISSN 0048-3486 (In Press)

Johnson, Phil and Brookes, Michael and Wood, Geoffrey T and Brewster, Chris (2017) 'Legal Origin and Social Solidarity: The Continued Relevance of Durkheim to Comparative Institutional Analysis.' Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385

Strauss, Karoline and Lepoutre, Jan and Wood, Geoffrey T (2017) 'Fifty Shades of Green: How Microfoundations of Sustainability Vary Across Contexts.' Journal of Organizational Behavior. ISSN 0894-3796 (In Press)

Brewster, Chris and Brookes, Michael and Wood, Geoffrey T (2017) 'Are MNCs norm entrepreneurs or followers? The changing relationship between host country institutions and MNC HRM practices.' International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

Wood, Geoffrey T and Wright, Mike (2017) 'What Brexit Tells us About Institutions and Social Action.' Socio-Economic Review. ISSN 1475-1461

Cooke, Fang Lee and Veen, Alex and Wood, Geoffrey T (2017) 'What do we know about cross-country comparative studies in HRM? A critical review of literature in the period of 2000-2014.' International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28 (1). pp. 196-233. ISSN 0958-5192

Breslin, Dermot and Wood, Geoffrey T (2016) 'Rule breaking in social care: hierarchy, contentiousness and informal rules.' Work, Employment & Society, 30 (5). pp. 750-765. ISSN 0950-0170

Dibben, Pauline and Meira, Juliane and Linhares, Caroline and Bruce, Richard and Wood, Geoffrey T (2016) 'Vanishing value chains, industrial districts and HRM in the Brazilian automotive industry.' International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

Wood, Geoffrey T and Dibben, Pauline and Meira, Juliana (2016) 'Knowledge transfer within strategic partnerships: the case of HRM in the Brazilian motor industry supply chain.' The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (20). pp. 2398-2414. ISSN 0958-5192

Singh, Satwinder and Darwish, Tamer K and Wood, Geoffrey T and Mohamed, Abdul Fattaah (2016) 'Institutions, complementarity, human resource management and performance in a South-East Asian Petrostate: the case of Brunei.' The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

Dibben, Pauline and Brewster, Chris and Brookes, Michael and Cunha, Rita and Webster, Edward and Wood, Geoffrey T(2016) 'Institutional legacies and HRM: similarities and differences in HRM practices in Portugal and Mozambique.' The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192

Xing, Yijun and Liu, Yipeng and Tarba, Shlomo and Wood, Geoffrey T (2016) 'A cultural inquiry into ambidexterity in supervisor–subordinate relationship.' The International Journal of Human Resource Management. pp. 1-29. ISSN 0958-5192

Darwish, Tamer K and Singh, Satwinder and Wood, Geoffrey T (2016) 'The Impact of Human Resource Practices on Actual and Perceived Organizational Performance in a Middle Eastern Emerging Market.' Human Resource Management, 55 (2). pp. 261-281. ISSN 0090-4848

Dibben, Pauline and Wood, Geoffrey T (2016) 'The legacies of coercion and the challenges of contingency: Mozambican unions in difficult times.' Labor History, 57 (1). pp. 126-140. ISSN 0023-656X

Singh, Satwinder and Wood, Geoffrey T and Alharbi, Jaithen and Darwish, Tamer K (2016) 'Control mechanisms of MNEs: an empirical study.' Multinational Business Review, 24 (3). pp. 279-300. ISSN 1525-383X

Wood, Geoffrey T and Yin, Shuxing and Mazouz, Khelifa and Cheah, Jeremy Eng-Tuck (2016) 'Foreign direct investment and employment rights in South-Eastern Europe.' Cambridge Journal of Economics, 40 (1). pp. 141-163. ISSN 0309-166X

Brewster, C and Guery, L and Stevenot, A and Wood, Geoffrey T (2016) 'The Impact of Private Equity on Employment: The Consequences of Fund Country of Origin - New Evidence From France.' Industrial Relations. ISSN 0019-8676 (In Press)

Frynas, Jedrzej George and Wood, Geoffrey T and Hinks, Timothy (2016) 'The Resource Curse without Natural Resources: Expectations of Resource Booms and their Impact.' African Affairs. ISSN 0001-9909 (In Press)

Demirbag, M., McGuinness, M., Wood, G., and Bayyurt, N. 2015. “Context, law and reinvestment decisions: Why the transitional periphery differs from other post-state socialist economies”, International Business Review

Breslin, D. and Wood, G. 2015. “Rule Breaking in Social Care: Hierarchy, Contentiousness and Informal Rules”, Work Employment and Society (accepted for publication, in print).

Wood, G. and Demirbag, M. 2015. “Business and Society on the Transitional Periphery: Comparative Perspectives”, International Business Review

Burgess, C., Currie, G., Strauss, K. and Wood, G. 2014. “Organizational Ambidexterity and the Hybrid Middle Manager”, Human Resource Management

Mazouz, K., Yin, S. and Wood, G. “Foreign Direct Investment and Employee Rights in South Eastern Europe”, Cambridge Journal of Economics

Dibben, P., Klerck, G. and Wood, G. 2014. “The Ending of Southern Africa’s Tripartite Dream: The Case of South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique”, Business History,57, 3: 461-483.

Croucher, R. and Wood, G. 2014. “Tripartism in Comparative and Historical Perspective, Business History, 57, 3: 347-357.

Dibben, P. and Wood, G. 2014. “The legacies of coercion and the challenges of contingency: Mozambican unions in difficult times”, Labour History (accepted for publication, in print).

Goergen, M., O’Sullivan, N., and Wood, G. 2014. “The Employment Consequences of Private Equity Acquisitions: The Case of Institutional Buy Outs”, European Economic Review, 71: 67-79.

Goergen, M., O’Sullivan, N. and Wood, G. 2014. “The Consequences of Private Equity Acquisitions for Employees: New Evidence on the Impact on Wages, Employment and Productivity”, Human Resource Management Journal, 24, 2: 145-158.

Wood, G., Mazouz, K, Yin, S. and Cheah, J. 2014. “Foreign Direct Investment from Emerging Markets to Africa - the HRM Context”, Human Resource Management (US/Wiley), 53, 1: 179-201.

Brewster, C., Walker, J. and Wood, G. 2014. “Diversity Between and Within Varieties of Capitalism”, Industrial and Corporate Change, 23, 4: 493-533.

Darwish, T., Singh, S. and Wood, G. 2014. “The Impact of Human Resource Practices on Actual and Perceived Organisational Performance in a Middle-Eastern Emerging Market”, Human Resource Management (US/Wiley)

Collings, D., Demirbag, M., Mellahi, K., Tatoglu, E. and Wood, G. 2014. “High-Performance Work Systems and Organizational Performance in Emerging Economies: Evidence from MNEs in Turkey”, Management International Review, 54, 3: 325-359.

Wilkinson, A., Wood, G. and Demirbag, M. 2014. “People Management and Emerging Market Multinationals”, Human Resource Management (US/Wiley), 53, 6: 835-849.

Wood, G., Dibben, P. and Ogden, S. 2014. “Comparative Capitalism without Capitalism, and Production without Workers: The Limits and Possibilities of Contemporary Institutional Analysis”, International Journal of Management Reviews DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12025.

Dibben, P., Wood, G. and Williams, C. 2014. “Towards and Against Informalization: Regulation and Change in Informal Work in Mozambique”, International Labour Review, accepted for publication, DOI: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2014.00014.x

Brewster, C., Wood, G. and Goergen, M. 2014. “Institutions, Unionization and Voice”, Economic and Industrial Democracy, doi 10.1177/0143831X13501004, early online at

Ataullaha, A., Davidson, I., Le, H. and Wood, G. 2014. “Corporate Diversification, Information Asymmetry and Insider Trading”, British Journal of Management, 25, 2: 228-251.

De Thierry, E., Lam, H., Harcourt, M., Flynn, M., and Wood, G. 2014. “Defined Benefit Pension Decline: The Consequences for Organizations and Employees”, Employee Relations, 26, 6: 654-673.

Harcourt, M., Lam, H. and Wood, G. 2014. “US Union Revival, minority unionism, and inter-union conflict”, Journal of Industrial Relations, 56, 5: 653-671.

Brewster, C., Brookes, M., Johnson, P. and Wood, G. 2014. “Direct involvement, partnership and setting: a study in bounded diversity", International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19, 11: 2004-2023.

Books Since 2014

Cumming, D., Wood, G., Filatotchev, I. and Reinecke, J. 2017. Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wilkinson, A., Wood, G. and Deeg, R. (eds.). 2014. Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations: Comparative Employment Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wood, G., Brewster, C., and Brookes, M. (eds.) 2014. Human Resource Management and the Institutional Perspective. New York: Routledge.

Free Downloads of  Some of Geoffrey Wood's recent articles are available.

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