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Professor Marco Hauptmeier

Professor Marco Hauptmeier

Professor of International Human Resource Management

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 208 75080
S34, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Marco Hauptmeier is Professor of International Human Resource Management and Deputy Section Head for Research of the MEO section at Cardiff Business School. His PhD from Cornell University won the Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award. His research in the area of international and comparative employment relations focusses on collective actors, including labour unions, European Works Councils and employer organisations, inquiring how collective action is possible and results in collaborative advantages. He won an ESRC Future Research Leader grant for a study on UK employer organisations and his current project, funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation, extends this research to the European level, focussing on European employer organisations. He has held academic visiting positions at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Boston University and Cornell’s ILR School. Marco is a Welsh Crucible and Cardiff Futures Alumni as well as the academic lead of the Cardiff Public Uni, an event series, in which more than 120 academics have presented their research to the public.


  • PhD Cornell University
  • MA University of Bonn
  • BA University of Münster

Honours and awards

Co-winner of the Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award in 2009, which recognizes the best PhD thesis in employment relations in the USA.










  • Hauptmeier, M. 2010. Reassessing markets and employment relations. In: Blyton, P. R., Heery, E. J. and Turnbull, P. J. eds. Reassessing the Employment Relationship. Management, Work and Organisations Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 171-194.






Teaching commitments

  • International Management (UG and PG)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (PhD students) 

Research interests

  • Comparative Employment Relations/HRM/ Political Economy
  • Employment relations and HRM in the auto industry
  • Institutional theory and institutional change
  • The role of ideas and constructivism in employment relations
  • Transnational employment relations in MNCs

PhD supervision research interests

  • Comparative employment relations/HRM
  • Employee representation and voice in multinational companies
  • Labour unions and collective bargaining
  • Sociology of markets