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Dr Joey Soehardjojo

Dr Joey Soehardjojo

ESRC Research Fellow

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 0380
Room R25, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


Joey Soehardjojo holds a Ph.D. from Warwick Business School, UK. His thesis titled "Knowledge and HRM Practice Transfer in Emerging Economies: The Case of Japanese Joint Ventures in Indonesia" won the Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation 2020 Award, an annual PhD thesis competition held by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) in the field of industrial relations. He is one of the selected seven UKRI ESRC postdoctoral fellows, Wales DTP.

Joey has sustained track record of leading, managing, and delivering high-quality research and securing research grants from a range of funders namely the British Academy, and Economic Social Science Research Council, ESRC UK, Social Science Research Council, SSRC USA, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS Japan.

His main research area of focus is the diffusion processes and implications of MNC cross-border management practices and policy development in the emerging market economies of Southeast Asia. Expertise and Research Interests include:

  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Official Development Assistance (ODA): economic cooperations and social engagements
  • International Trade and Global strategy: SDGs and SGVC
  • Workplace-level industrial relations, employee participation, and workplace innovations
  • Japan and Southeast Asia/ASEAN

Based on large-scale qualitative data, his work lies between the research streams of International Management, Employment Relations and Organizational Studies. While pursuing his doctorate, Joey conducted over 130 interviews with representatives of quasi-government agencies, advocates of sustainable development, business associations, policymakers and formerly imprisoned union leaders.

Through international research collaborations (namely JMNESG, JETRO, JICA, JILAF, and AOTS), he completed eight months of fieldwork covering Japan, China, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia (March-November 2019). Joey is particularly open to international research collaborations, guest speaker invitations and a range of knowledge exchanges.

Using his cross-cultural sensitivity and certified language interpreter skills, Joey has provided pro bono language interpreter/translator community service since 2004, assisting migrant/domestic workers, refugee claimants and human trafficking victims in the USA, Canada, EU, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.



  • Ph.D. Warwick Business School
  • M.Sc. Oxford
  • M.Sc. LSE
  • Hon. B. Comm. McMaster University
    • including one year at Osaka University大阪大学

Honours and awards

  • PhD thesis titled: Knowledge and HRM Practice Transfer in Emerging Economies: The Case of Japanese Joint Ventures in Indonesia
    • Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award winner, USA, March 2020
    • Feedback from LERA Best Dissertation Award committee: “This transnational research is pioneering in combining the insights of both the International HRM and Industrial Relations literatures in an understudied emerging economy (EME). This study is likely to challenge our existing understanding of “Japanization” and deepen our knowledge of the industrial relations of South and East Asia more broadly”
    • Academy of International Business UK& Ireland (AIB-UKI), Adam Smith Best Dissertation Award runner-up, UK, June 2020
    • Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, Human Resource Management category, highly commended winner, September 2020

Research Grant:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, 2019-2021), £140,000
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, 2019) 日本学術振興会, £54,800
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (2014), £11,000
  • Academy of International Business
  • RADMA research project
  • The Reischauer Institute, Harvard
  • The Toshiba International Foundation
  • The British Association for Japanese Studies
  • The European Association for Japanese Studies
  • The Nippon Foundation

Professional memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • Academy of International Business
  • British Association for Japanese Studies
  • European Group for Organisational Studies
  • European International Business Academy
  • European Association for Japanese Studies
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Society for the Advancement Socio-Economics

Speaking engagements

  • Automotive manufacturer and industry associations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Employer associations
  • Employee associations and trade unions
  • Small Medium Enterprises
  • Think Tank and NGOs


Teaching and Learning

  • Political economy, critical management and sustainable international business
  • The University of Warwick 2019 Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence, 2019
  • WBS Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award, 2019
  • Teaching evaluation scores 2017 and 2018 academic years respectively: 4.75/5.0 and 4.76/5.0

Pedagogical approaches of mentorship:

  • Experiential learning
  • Foundational skills in critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Constructive feedback facilitates the development

Four-year frontline role as part of University's student support network:

  • Students’ intellectual development, well-being and mental health
  • Specific Learning Difficulty, SpLD and pastoral care
  • Reasonable support for success and the value of an eclectic teaching methodology

Building on his doctoral thesis and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS、日本学術振興会) postdoc studies, Joey Soehardjojo is undertaking research at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Cardiff Business School.

The ESRC research project consolidates his doctoral and JSPS studies while developing new insights into the impacts of tripartite arrangements among governments, business associations and ODA at the meso-institutional level. Specifically, he examines how industrial relations actors shape cross-border dominant management practice transfer processes and business policy development in emerging market economies. His explorative research examines the context, coordination and role of these actors in addressing sociopolitical economic changes and institutional constraints.

Focusing on global automakers facing intense competition in the global automotive supply chain, the research investigates the effect of both the FDI and ODA policies on the development of cross-border business environment and human resources. Furthermore, this research expands our understanding of the implications of tripartite arrangements in mitigating the institutional changes, constraints and uncertainty of both the MNC home- and subsidiary host-countries.

  • Topic: The coordinated interests and strategies of Japanese government agencies and MNCs in promoting sustainable sociopolitical, economic and human capital development in three Southeast Asian tiger economies: Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand
  • Methodology: fieldwork, observations and in-depth interviews
  • Data gathered: Automotive manufacturers, labour union, employer associations, ODA organisations including Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and the Association of Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS).

Manuscripts under review/preparation:

  • Soehardjojo, J., Delbridge, R., "The Mediation of Dominance Effects in HR Practice Transfer: An Examination of Power Relations and the Role of Meso-level Actors in Japanese-Indonesian Joint Ventures"
  • Soehardjojo, J., Meardi, G., Driffield, N., “Embeded and layered contestation in the diffusion of HRM models: evidence of Japanese management practice adoption in Indonesia”
  • Soehardjojo, J., Driffield, N., “Knowledge transfer and co-evolution of Japanese working practices in emerging markets”
  • Soehardjojo, J., “Constraints on employer collective action by employer association élites: the case of APINDO in Indonesia”
  •  Soehardjojo, J., Driffield, N., Meardi, G., “How can low-power actors gain influence and legitimacy in the global MNC network?”