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PROF Peter Gahan


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



  • Before taking up the position of Professor of Management at The University of Melbourne, Peter has held academic positions at Monash University, Deakin Universoty,The University of New South Wales, The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and The European University Institute. Peter has also previously worked as senior public servant as Director of Workplace Innovation in the Victorian Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development, and 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. He is currently a member of the editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Management Studies. Between 2009 and 2012 Peter was also editor-in-chief of Labour and Industry, the official journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.   


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


Investigator on

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

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