Dr Ian Greer - BSc (Bard College), MSc, PhD. (Cornell)

Professor of Comparative Industrial Relations at Greenwich Business School

Dr Ian Greer

My 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.

Selected publications

Greer, I., Z. Ciupijus, and N. Lillie. 'Organizing Migrants in the Enlarged EU: A Case Study of the European Migrant Workers Union.'  CERIC Working Paper 13. 2011.

Greer, I., M. Stuart, and I. Greenwood. 'The System versus the Street: Employment and Contracting in the International Welfare-to-Work Industry.'  CERIC Working Paper 12. 2011.

Greer, I., N. Boehlke, and T. Schulten. 'Deutsche Gruendlichkeit: Liberalisation and Local Industrial Relations in German Hospitals.'  CERIC Working Paper 9. 2010.

Greer, I. and M. Hauptmeier. 'Between local interests and international solidarity: Negotiating restructuring at General Motors Europe.'  CERIC Working Paper 7.  2009.

Greer, I. 'Organized industrial relations in the information economy: The German automotive sector as a test case.'  New Technology, Work and Employment. 23:3. November 2008.  Pp. 181-196.      

Greer, I. 'Social movement unionism in Germany: the case of Hamburg's hospitals.'  Industrial Relations. 47:4. October 2008.  Pp. 602-624.

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.

Lillie, N. and I. Greer. 'Industrial relations, migration and neo-liberal politics: The case of the European construction sector.'  Politics and Society. 35:4. December 2007.  Pp. 551-581.

Doellgast, V. and I. Greer. 'Vertical disintegration and the disorganization of German industrial relations.'  British Journal of Industrial Relations. 45:1. March 2007.  Pp. 55-76.

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.

Greer, I. and L.J. Fleron 'Social partnership in the U.S.A.?  The development coalition in Buffalo, New York.'  International Journal of Action Research. 1:2. 2005.  Pp. 319-342.

Contact and CV

Email: icg@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae