Dr Jo Grady
Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations
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Sheffield University Management School
Jo is Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations. She joined the Management School in August 2017 having previously been Lecturer in the Division of Work and Employment at the University of Leicester Business School.
She is a member of the Work, Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) located within the Management School.
- Research interests
Jo has published work and research interests fall broadly into the following categories:
- Decent Work in Decent Workplaces
- Job Quality
- Regulation of Work and Employment
- Labour Movements, Voice and Vulnerability
- Global Value Chains, Labour and Labour Process Theory
It does so by firmly placing the political economy of industrial relations and the labour process, within its broader capitalist context.
Given this overarching focus, Jo's work examines (both empirically and theoretically) the power asymmetry that underpins the employment relationship, and the contrasting and conflicting priorities and interests.
Specifically it examines the political economy and public policy associated with employment relations (particularly with regards inequality, both in terms of pensions, pay and conditions), and how labour market reform shapes the experience of work for so many; how labour market regulation facilitates this; how this then is transmitted globally via financialized capitalism; and finally the dynamics of collective resistance to these issues by trade unions and workers.
In addition, her research analyses the ways in which financialization of the employment relationship plays out at macro, meso, and micro levels.
Rather than simply theorising financialization – as so many other have done – Jo's research examines and analyses how precariousness (which is institutionalised by legislation) makes citizens more amenable to low pay via activation labour market policies and labour market deregulation more generally.
It also examines how regulation (informed by neoliberal ideology) has helped produce an environment where organisations appropriate value from their staff as a contemporary strategy, particularly via company pension schemes.
Underpinning these research interests is a focus on developing an empirically informed, theoretical model of how ‘financialized capitalism’ appropriates shareholder value from employees, and the role that regulation plays in facilitating this.
To date this has included, re-examining the pension crisis in the UK. But also, connecting this more broadly to the development of ‘financialized capitalism’ and the pursuit of shareholder value.
- ‘Fits and fancies’: the Taylor Review, the construction of preference and labour market segmentation. Industrial Relations Journal, 49(5-6), 403-419. View this article in WRRO
- Reformers and revolutionaries: the battle for the working classes in Gibraltar and its hinterland, 1902–1921. Labor History (US).
- Trade unions and the challenge of fostering solidarities in an era of financialisation. Economic and Industrial Democracy. View this article in WRRO
- Organization studies of inequality, with and beyond Piketty. Organization, 25(2), 165-185. View this article in WRRO
- The state, employment, and regulation: making work not pay. Employee Relations, 39(3), 274-290. View this article in WRRO
- Anarchy in the UK(‘s most famous fortress): comradeship and cupidity in Gibraltar and neighbouring Spain, 1890–1902. Labor History (US), 56(4), 385-406.
- Gendering Pensions: Making Women Visible. Gender, Work & Organization, 22(5), 445-458. View this article in WRRO
- Naked Abroad” – The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade’. Capital and Class.
- ‘The Private Security Industry and Neoliberal Imperialism’,. Organization.
- Research group
- Teaching activities
Jo teaches modules on our undergraduate programme and on our MBA.
She is committed to providing lectures that are based critical and leading edge research, and likes to incorporate discussion, student led activities, various media, including the use of podcasts to enhance student learning.
Jo's overall approach ‘teaching and learning’ is to provide students with a critical and engaging understanding of the contemporary workplace and labour market, which is underpinned by theory, but also empirically driven.
She is currently teaching on the following modules:
- MGT219 Organisational Behaviour
- MGT3003 Work and Employment in the 21st Century
- MGT682 Research Methods
- MGT6060 MBA Module Human Resource Management