Professor Pauline Dibben
Professor of Employment Relations
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Sheffield University Management School
Pauline has published widely on employment relations in the UK and emerging economies. She has also attracted funding from the ESRC, EPSRC and UK Government departments.
She is currently PI for a large interdisciplinary ESRC project examining supply chain accounting and employment practices in the rising economies.
Pauline is also Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Work, Organisation and Well-being at Griffith University, Australia, and Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.
- Research interests
Pauline's recent research has been focused in the area of employment security, with two sub-themes: employment security and the role of the trade unions in emerging economies, and job security for those with health conditions.
Employment Security and the role of trade unions in emerging economies:
This research programme has considered different dimensions of work and employment and includes the development and analysis of large scale surveys in South Africa and Mozambique in addition to in-depth qualitative research.
Job security for those with health conditions:
Pauline continues to explore the dynamics of sickness absence and return to work, and the policies and practices surrounding this.
- Employment Relations. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - Kogan Page.
- Modernising Work in Public Services. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Contesting Public Sector Reforms. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Vanishing value chains, industrial districts and HRM in the Brazilian automotive industry. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(2), 254-271. View this article in WRRO
- Do return to work interventions for workers with disabilities and health conditions achieve employment outcomes and are they cost effective? A systematic narrative review. Employee Relations. View this article in WRRO
- Institutional legacies and HRM: similarities and differences in HRM practices in Portugal and Mozambique. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28(18), 2519-2537. View this article in WRRO
- A tale from the field: Reflexivity during management research in an African-based development organisation. Africa Journal of Management, 2(4), 422-437. View this article in WRRO
- Knowledge transfer within strategic partnerships: the case of HRM in the Brazilian motor industry supply chain. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(20), 2398-2414. View this article in WRRO
- The legacies of coercion and the challenges of contingency: Mozambican unions in difficult times. Labor History, 57(1), 126-140. View this article in WRRO
- Face à l'économie informelle au Mozambique: volontarisme ou maintien du statu quo?. Revue internationale du Travail, 154(3), 407-428.
- Presiones en contra y a favor de la formalización. Regulación y empleo informal en Mozambique. Revista Internacional del Trabajo, 134(3), 401-422.
- The ending of southern Africa's tripartite dream: the cases of South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. Business History, 57(3), 461-483. View this article in WRRO
- Pressures towards and against formalization: Regulation and informal employment in Mozambique. International Labour Review, 154(3), 373-392.
- Comparative capitalism without capitalism, and production without workers: The limits and possibilities of contemporary institutional analysis. International Journal of Management Reviews, 16(4), 384-396. View this article in WRRO
- The limits of transnational solidarity: the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Swaziland and Zimbabwean crises. Labor History.
- Varieties of Capitalism and Employment Relations: Informally Dominated Market Economies. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 51, 563-582.
- Is social movement unionism still relevant? The case of the South African federation COSATU. Industrial Relations Journal, 43(6), 494-510.
- Community unionism in Africa: The case of Mozambique. Relations Industrielles, 66(1), 54-73.
- HRM in Mozambique: Homogenization, path dependence or segmented business system?. Journal of World Business, 46(1), 31-41. View this article in WRRO
- MNCs in Central, Southern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union: Investment decisions and the regulation of employment. Human Resource Management Journal, 21(4), 379-394.
- Deprivation, Delivery and Union Mobilization: The Case of the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Irish Journal of Management, 29(2), 67-87.
- Trade union change, development and renewal in emerging economies: The case of Mozambique. Work, Employment and Society, 24(3), 468-486.
- The challenges facing the South African labour movement: Mobilization of diverse constituencies in a changing context. Relations Industrielles, 63(4), 671-693.
- Tensions in local government employment relationships: The case of long-term sickness absence. Public Management Review, 8(2), 207-225.
- Job retention and return to work of ill and injured workers: Towards an understanding of the organisational dynamics. Employee Relations, 28(3), 290-303.
- The 'socially excluded' and local transport decision making: Voice and responsiveness in a marketized environment. Public Administration, 84(3), 655-672.
- Ports and shipping in Mozambique: Current concerns and policy options. Maritime Policy and Management, 32(2), 139-157.
- Bridging the gap between rhetoric and reality: Line managers and the protection of job security for ill workers in the modern workplace. British Journal of Management, 15(3), 273-290.
- "Pulled apart, pushed together": Diversity and unity within the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Relations Industrielles, 59(4).
- Transport, social exclusion and young people in rural England. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer, 156(2), 105-110.
- Modern HRM: Does it have a human face?. Society in Transition, 33(2), 213-226.
- Absence management and the issues of job retention and return to work. Human Resource Management Journal, 12(2), 82-94.
- Employers and employees with disabilities in the UK an economically beneficial relationship?. International Journal of Social Economics, 29(6), 453-467.
- Public sector innovation and entrepreneurship: Case studies from local government. Local Government Studies, 28(4), 107-121.
- Absence management in the public sector: An integrative model?. Public Money and Management, 21(4), 55-60.
- Local government and service users: Empowerment through user-led innovation?. Local Government Studies, 27(3), 43-58.
- Senior management commitment to disability: The influence of legal compulsion and best practice. Personnel Review, 30(4), 454-467.
- Work Dimensions of the Inclusion of Autistic People: An Integrative Literature Review, Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021) (pp. 201-210).
- View this article in WRRO Reconfiguration and regulation of supply chains and HRM in times of economic crisis In Collings D, Wood G & Szamosi L (Ed.), Human Resource Management: A critical approach (pp. 156-170). Abingdon: Routledge.
- Social movement unionism, Trade Unions and Democracy: Strategies and Perspectives (pp. 280-302).
- Effective People Management in Africa Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Union Renewal: Objective Circumstances and Social Action, International Handbook on Labour Unions: Responses to Neo-liberalism Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- Employment Security and Job Insecurity in Public Services: Two Sides of the Same Coin?, Modernising Work in Public Services: Redefining Roles and Relationships in Britain’s Changing Workplace (pp. 121-138). London: Palgrave.
- Introduction: Is Modern Necessarily Better, Modernising Work in Public Services: Redefining Roles and Relationships in Britain’s Changing Workplace (pp. 1-10). London: Palgrave.
Conference proceedings papers
- Regulation of work in emerging economies: conceptualising the institutional framework in Mozambique. British Academy of Management Conference, September 2010.
- Research group
Pauline is a member of the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre, and of the Cluster for Research on the Informal Sector and Policy, and is on the steering group for the Sheffield Institute for International Development.
Currently, a major project is the ESRC research grant entitled 'Supply chain accounting and employment practices in the rising economies: global commodity chains, cost effectiveness and competitiveness' (Grant Reference: ES/K006452/1), which Pauline is leading, together with a team of six Co-Investigators.
This research involves fieldwork within South Africa, Brazil and the UK.
- Teaching activities
Pauline´s teaching is strongly research led. She currently teaches on International Human Resource Studies at postgraduate level and Industrial Relations at undergraduate level:
- MGT670 International Human Resource Studies
- MGT309 Industrial Relations
Through her teaching style, Pauline aims to challenge students to think critically and to consider employment practices within both advanced and emerging economies.
She encourages critical thinking through the use of case studies and student-led debates.