Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Stewart Johnstone

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

Background

Biography

Stewart Johnstone is currently Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at Newcastle University Business School.  His research and teaching activities traverse human resource management and employment relations, but he is best known for his work on labour management partnership, a contentious debate to which he has contributed extensively for 15 years.  He has also published on employee participation and voice more generally, HRM in SMEs, and HR during and post-crisis.   He has published 20 articles in academic journals, contributed 10 book chapters to edited volumes, and authored/edited 4 books (see Google Scholar)  Stewart has also also guest edited special issues of several journals including Construction Management and Economics, Economic and Industrial Democracy, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. He currently holds leadership roles with both the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). In respect of teaching, Stewart has experience of designing, delivering and managing a wide range of courses concerning work and employment at all levels (undergraduate; pre-experience Masters; post-experience Exec Ed).

Education
  • MA Hons (First Class) University of Aberdeen
  • MSc Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
  • PhD School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
  • Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered MCIPD).
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Professional memberships
  • British Academy of Management (BAM)
  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 
  • International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).
Research interests
  • Employee voice, participation & representation in union and non-union contexts
  • Trade unions and labour management partnership
  • Employment relations in financial services
  • Management & HRM, especially employment practices & restructuring since the 2008 global financial crisis
  • HRM in 'alternative' organisations (e.g. SMEs, cooperatives, family firms)
Teaching responsibilities
  • Managing Human Resources (UG, BA Honours) 
  • Global Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice (PG, MA)
  • Managing Employment Relations (PG, MA)
  • Global Employment Relations (PG, MA).
  • Employee Relations: Principles and Practice (Exec, PG Dip) 
  • Leading in the Workplace (Exec, PG Dip)
School service roles
External service roles
  • Co-Chair, British Academy of Management Human Resource Management Special Interest Group 2017-
  • Communications Officer, British Universities Industrial Relations Association 2016-
  • External Examining,  Loughborough University; Bangor University.
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Employee Relations: An International Journal 
  • Ad hoc reviewer for British Journal of Management, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Employee Relations, Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Organization Studies, Personnel Review.
  • Ad hoc book proposal reviewer for Sage, Oxford University Press, CIPD, Kogan Page.
  • Ad hoc grant proposal reviewer for British Academy, Carnegie Trust and ESRC.


 


     

     

     

     

    Research

    Research themes and keywords
    • Employee voice, participation & representation in union and non-union settings, particularly in financial services
    • Trade unions and labour management partnership
    • Employment relations in financial services
    • Management and HRM, especially employment practices and restructuring since the 2008 global financial crisis
    • HRM in 'alternative' organisations (e.g. SMEs, cooperatives, family firms)
    Recent books
    Recent funded projects

    ESRC Seminar Series (2014/15): 'Regulation of Work and Employment: Towards a multidisciplinary, multilevel framework' - Principal Investigator, J Rodriguez CIs: T. Scurry, S. Johnstone and S. Hughes (Newcastle), G. Bamber (Monash) and P. Stewart (Strathclyde) - £28,132 (Grant Ref: ES/L000660/1). For more information see www.regulationseminars.org.uk

    British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (2013/15) 'The Dynamics of HRM & Employment Relations in the Recession'.

    I recently co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Management on the Regulation of Work and Employment  (December, 2017) and am currently completing  a Special Issue of Economic and Industrial Democracy on the Global Economic Crisis, Work and Employment.  This is due to be published in 2019.

    Event organisation

    2018: BAM HRM SIG Annual Conference, Birmingham University, June (with Nyfoudi, M.)

    2017: BAM HRM SIG Annual Conference, Newcastle University London, June (with Glaister, A and Nyfoudi, M.)

    2015: ESRC Seminar on Regulation of Work and Employment, Newcastle University.

    2014: ESRC Seminar on Regulation of Work and Employment, Strathclyde University, September (with Stewart, P)

    2013: Special Stream on Employee Participation, BUIRA Conference, Strathclyde University (with Ackers, P).

    2011: Loughborough Conference on Organisational Participation, Loughborough University, (with Ackers, P).


    Invited research Seminars

    2012: London School of Economics

    2013: Durham University; University of Strathclyde

    2015: London School of Economics

    2016: University of Gothenburg; University of Skövde; University of Copenhagen; University of Manchester

    2017: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Royal Holloway University of London 

    Doctoral supervision

    I am happy to discuss project ideas with potential  PhD students.  Prospective doctoral students with strong academic credentials are encouraged to contact me before submitting a formal application to discuss both their research proposal and potential funding opportunities.

    Current student: Judith Watson, Employee Voice in Co-operatives (co-supervised with Dr Jo McBride).


    Teaching

    Teaching

    I have designed, managed and delivered various modules related to work and employment issues at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Executive levels at Loughborough University, Newcastle University and PSB Academy Singapore.

    I have also completed training on the use of the case method in management teaching (Harvard Business School & EDHEC 2017).

    Student supervision

    Undergraduate & postgraduate dissertation supervision.

    Doctoral supervision

    I am currently co-supervising a PhD student investigating the evolution of union-management partnership in a safety-critical engineering organisation, and a PhD student exploring employee voice and engagement in the co-operative sector.  

    I am always interesting in hearing from prospective students with similar research interests.  Prospective PhD students interested in potential doctoral supervision are strongly encouraged to make contact informally to discuss their proposal and funding opportunities before making a formal application. Please note I am normally only interested in supervising research topics which align with my own interests and expertise. 



    Publications