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PROF Peter Gahan


  • HRM, high performance work practices, workplace innovation
  • industrial relations, employee voice and representation
  • labour market regulation, productivity



  • Peter Gahan is Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership, where he was Foundation Director from 2012 to 2017. He has previously held academic and visiting positions at UNSW, Monash, University of South California, The European University Institute, Cardiff Business School, New York University and Stockholm Business School. Professor Gahan has also worked as senior public servant as Director of Workplace Innovation in the Victorian Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development. He has undertaken commissioned research for both state and commonwealth governments on areas related to employment relations, regulatory arrangements to support workplace innovation, and the consequences of various regulatory labour market reforms. Over the last 25 years, Professor Gahan has published widely on conflict and negotiations, employment relations and collective bargaining, high performance workplaces, labour markets and the future of work, and the consequences of labour market regulation. His current research focuses on two major drivers of change at work: workforce ageing and how technology is transforming the nature of jobs. Peter is currently exploring how older works are perceived by others (co-workers, managers and customers) in the workplace and how these perceptions influence hiring decisions, promotion and performance evaluations.   


Member of

  • Academy of Management. Ordinary member 2013 -
  • International Employment and Labour Relations Association. Ordinary member 2008 -
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria. Executive member 2006 -
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Executive member 1990 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2011 Fair Work Australia, A Study of the Operation of Part 2-4 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), 2009-2012(2011-12, CIs: Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan and John Howe). 2011 Australian Building and Construction Commission, Sham Contracting and the Construction Industry, Survey Instrument (2011, CIs: Anthony Forsyth, Peter Gahan and John Howe). 2010 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2010: Legal Origins and the Regulation of the Business Enterprise. ($250,000, 2010-2012, CIs: Richard Mitchell, Ian Ramsay, Sean Cooney and Peter Gahan).   


Education and training

  • CDC (DIP), Australian Institute of Company Directors 2003
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1997
  • BCom (Hons), University of New South Wales 1989



Available for supervision

  • Y