Keith Whitfield

Keith is Professor of Human Resource Management and Economics and Head of the Human Resource Management Group, Cardiff University.


Research Interests:

· Wellbeing at the Workplace
· The Economic Impact of Human Resource Management Policies and Practices
· Education, Training and Skills Shortage
· The Determinants of Earnings Inequality
· Research Methodology in the Economic and Social Sciences

Selected Publications:

You Take the High Road: Analysing the Ethical Dimensions of High Performance Work Systems, in Patrick O’Sullivan, Mark Esposito and Mark Smith, Business Ethics: A Critical Approach: Integrating Ethics Across the Business World, London, Routledge, 2012 (with R. Williams and S. Sengupta).

The Employee Experience of Work, in Adrian Wilkinson, Nicolas Bacon, Tom Redman and Scott Snell (eds), The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, London, Sage, 2010.

The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, Cambridge University Press, 2009 (with W. Brown, A. Bryson, J.Forth) ISBN 978-0-521-51456-9.

Employees’ Experience of Work, in William Brown, Alex Bryson, John Forth and Keith Whitfield, The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, 201-229, (with F. Green), ISBN 978-0-521-51456-9.

The Changing Use of Contingent Pay at the Modern Workplace, in William Brown, Alex Bryson, John Forth and Keith Whitfield, The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, 256-84, (with A. Charlwood and A. Bryson), ISBN 978-0-521-51456-9.

Changing Traditions in Industrial Relations Research, in Paul Blyton, Nicolas Bacon, Jack Fiorito and Edmund Heery (eds), The Sage Handbook of Industrial Relations, Los Angeles, Sage, 2008, 170-186, (with G. Strauss) ISBN 978-1-4129-1154-2.

A Quarter Century of Workplace Employment Relations Surveys, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46/4, 577/86, December 2008 (with A.Bryson and F.Green) ISSN 0007-1080.

Too Big to Fail?: Bank Failure and Banking Policy in Jamaica, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 18/3, 290/303, July 2008 (with J. Daley and K. Matthews), ISSN 1042-4431.

More than Mere Fragments? The Use of the Workplace Employment Relations Survey Data in HRM Research, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18/7, 2166-82, December 2007. ISSN 0958-5192.

Employee Share Ownership and Performance: Golden Path or Golden Handcuffs?, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2007 (with S. Sen Gupta and R McNabb). ISSN 0958-5192.

The Impact of Varying Types of Pay-for Performance Pay and Employee Participation Schemes on Earnings, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18(6)1004-25, June 2007 (with R. McNabb). ISSN 0958-5192.

A Fuzzy Decision Support System to Identify Establishments with Low Paid Employees in the British Economy, Fuzzy Economic Review, 11/2, 69-88, November 2006, (with MJ Beynon), ISSN 1136-0593.

Perceptions of Job Influence under Varying Forms of Employee Participation, in T Hanami (ed), Universal Wisdom through Globalization: Selected Papers from 12th IIRA World Congress, Tokyo: Japan Institute of Labour, 2002, 179-196.

Employee Perceptions of Job Influence and Organizational Participation, Industrial Relations, 40(3), 472-89, July 2001 (with R Delbridge) ISSN 0007-1080.

Job Evaluation and High Performance Work Practices: Compatible or Conflictual?, Journal of Management Studies, 38(2), March 2001, 293-312 (with R McNabb).

‘Worth So Appallingly Little’: A Workplace-Level Analysis of Low Pay, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 38(4), December 2000, 585-610 (with R McNabb) ISSN 0007-1080.


· Scoping Study of Quantitative Skills in Wales, ESRC, (with L. Moore and colleagues).
· A Quarter Century of Change in British Employment Relations, ESRC (with A. Bryson and J. Forth).
· Innovations in WERS2004 survey, ESRC.
· Labour market assessment for Wales, 1999, Welsh Office (with R McNabb).
· The individual and institutional correlates of low pay in Britain, 1998, Low Pay Commission (with R McNabb).
· Survey of Training Plans in the Automobile Sector, 1993, European Commission (with R McNabb and DG Rhys).
· The youth labour market in Wales, 1992 Employment Department (with R McNabb).

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