Dr Hugh Cook

Lecturer in Employment Relations and HRM

My research in work, employment, and the employment relationship focuses on systems of human resource management and High Performance Work Systems.  Specific interests are how strategic HRM practices are implemented, particularly variations in such implementation by various levels of line management, and internal complementarities between individual HRM practices.  I am interested in how social partnership arrangements are able to formalise union influence and employee voice in HRM strategy, particularly in private sector establishments, and the processes through which this can lubricate HRM systems and associated outcomes for employees and employers.  The impact of the recession and high unemployment on strategic approaches to HRM implementation has also been key to my research.

I am also interested in the contribution of trade unions to skills provision in the UK economy, in particular, partnerships with employers around the learning agenda and how this contributes more broadly to debates around union modernisation and renewal.  This has research has stemmed from a key involvement on the most rigorous evaluation of union-led learning undertaken to date, which generated important interest from the current Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Finally, I have been involved with comparative research into non-standard employment in the construction industry, which remains an ongoing interest.

PhD supervision

I am interested in secondary supervision of projects related to:

  • The implementation of strategic HRM systems
  • Work and employment in the retail sector
  • Macroeconomic variation and HRM strategies
  • Social partnership, HRM and employment relations
  • Trade union and partnership based approaches to learning and skills  

If you would like to contact me about a proposal or application, please contact: H.S.T.Cook@leeds.ac.uk  

Teaching
  • LUBS1080: Personal Tutorials for Human Resource Management
  • LUBS1585: Economic Institutions (Industry)
  • LUBS2885: HRM Research Practice and Personal Tutorials
  • LUBS3065: Controversies in Employment Relations
  • LUBS5307M: HRM Research Methods and Practice
  • LUBS5330M: Human Resource Management

Winner of the ‘Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence’ in 2012. 

Publications

Journal articles


Stuart, M., Cutter, J., Cook., H. and Winterton, J. (2012)  ‘Who stands to gain from union-led learning in Britain? Evidence from surveys of learners, union officers and employers’. Economic and Industrial Democracy April 19, 2012 0143831X12442579

Mackenzie, R., Forde, F., Robinson, A., Cook, H., Eriksson, B., Larsson, P., and Bergman, A. (2010) 'Contingent Work in the UK and Sweeden : Evidence from the Construction Industry', Industrial Relations Journal, 41(6) 603-621.


Book contribution


In – Field, A. (2009) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS.  Sage publications with Shift-Media.  Produced multiple choice questions to accompany each chapter of this statistics textbook for the companion website.

Other published articles and reports


Miller L, Stuart M, Higgins T, Cutter J, Cook H, Broughton A (2012) Evaluation of the Union Learning Fund: learners, workplace cases and extension to the non-union sector. BIS Research paper, Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Miller L, Stuart M, Higgins T, Cutter J, Cook H, Broughton A (2012) Case studies of union learning initiatives. BIS Research paper, Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Stuart, M. & Cook, H. (2011) Sustaining union-led learning: findings from the UPO follow-on survey. London: Unionlearn

Stuart, M., Cutter, J., Cook, H. & Winterton, J. (2010) Evaluation of the Union Learning Fund Rounds 8-11 and unionlearn: Final Report. London: TUC

Stuart, M., Cook, H., Cutter, J. & Winterton, J. (2010) CERIC Policy Report No. 4.  Assessing the impact of union learning and the Union Learning Fund: union and employer perspectives.  CERIC. April 2010.  

Stuart, M., Cook, H., Cutter, J. & Winterton, J. (2010) Evaluation of the Union Learning Fund and unionlearn: Preliminary findings.  London: Unionlearn

Vincent, S. & Cook. H. (2008) Evaluating learning and assessment methods for teaching management research.  A project report prepared under the auspices of the “Research into Teaching” Initiative.

Conference papers and presentations


Cook, H. (2012) The recession as a lever to increase output through HRM strategy at a highly performing UK firm.  Paper for the 30th International Labour Process Conference: Stockholm, Sweden

Stuart, M., Cook, H., Cutter, J. & Winterton, J. (2011) Learning as a ‘core’ agenda issue for unions in Britain.  Paper accepted for the Industrial Relations in Europe Conference 2011, Barcelona, Spain.

Stuart, M., Cook, H., Cutter, J. & Winterton, J. (2011) The impact of union-management learning agreements on HRD practice in Britain. Paper presented at the 12th International Human Resource Development Conference. Cheltenham, UK.

Cook, H. (2011) HRM and performance: qualitative progress at the largest private sector employer in the UK. Paper presented at the 29th International Labour Process Conference. Leeds, UK.

Stuart, M., Cutter, J., Cook, H. & Winterton, J. (2011) Who stands to gain from union-led learning in the UK? Paper presented at the 29th International Labour Process Conference. Leeds, UK.

Cook, H. (2011) The retail sector: HRM, partnership and the recession.  Paper presented at the ILPC CERIC doctoral conference.

Stuart, M., Cook, H., Cutter, J. & Winterton, J. (2010) The state of union-led learning in Britain.  Paper presented at the 28th International Labour Process Conference. Rutgers, New Jersey.

Cook, H. (2009) Unpacking complexities of the ‘high performance human resource management and establishment performance’ debate using qualitative research in the retail sector.  Paper for the 15th International Industrial Relations Association. Sydney, Australia.

Cook, H. (2009) A qualitative study of HRM in the retail sector: beginning the fieldwork.  Presented at the 2009 Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change annual doctoral conference.

Cook, H. (2008) Reviewing the literature on HRM and organisational performance.  Presented at the 2008 Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change annual doctoral conference.

Contact and CV

Email: H.S.T.Cook@leeds.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae