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Chris F. Wright

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BA (Hons Class I and University Medal) Sydney; PhD Cambridge
Senior Lecturer

Rm 4155
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 1951
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
chris.f.wright@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Chris F Wright is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Prior joining the University of Sydney Business School in 2014, Chris held positions at the University of Cambridge, Goldsmiths, University of London and Macquarie University.

Chris’s research covers various issues relating to the intersection of employment, globalisation and public policy, with a particular interest in immigration, labour market regulation and supply chains. He has written commissioned research reports for the UK, Dutch and Australian governments, the International Labour Organization, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and various trade union and business organisations. Chris is the author of 50 scholarly publications, including many articles in leading business, political science and economics journals, including the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Governance,the Journal of Business Ethics, West European Politics and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is the co-editor of International and Comparative Employment Relations (Sage/Allen & Unwin) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations.

Chris has received several prestigious grants and fellowships including an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2017-2020) for research on employer strategies for developing a skilled workforce, a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2014-2016) on the business and labour market impact of skilled immigration, and a UK Economic and Social Research Council Placement Fellowship (2010-2011) on innovations in worker representation and labour market regulation. In 2015 the International Labour and Employment Relations Association awarded Chris the Luis Aparicio Prize for best emerging scholar.

Research Interests

The international and comparative dimensions of employment relations and human resource management are the main focus of Chris’s research. He is particularly interested in how business, governments, workers and trade unions manage key organisational and public policy challenges including immigration, skills and training, employment protection, supply chain management, global production networks, environmental sustainability and industry restructuring. Chris has worked on several projects and published across these areas covering Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden, the European Union and China. These projects have involved various qualitative and quantitative methods including business case study research, elite interviews, focus groups, surveys, statistical analysis and policy analysis. The nature of Chris’s research is cross-disciplinary, as reflected in his track record of publications in leading employment relations, human resource management, business, public administration, political science and economics journals.

Selected publications

2018

Journal Articles

Brown W, and Wright C (2018) Policies for decent labour standards in Britain The Political Quarterly, 89 (3), 482-489. [More Information]

Clibborn S, and Wright C (2018) Employer theft of temporary migrant workers' wages in Australia: Why has the state failed to act? Economic and Labour Relations Review, 29 (2), 207-227. [More Information]

Howe J, Reilly A, Van Den Broek D, and Wright C (2018) A Tale of Two Visas: Interrogating the Substitution Effect between Pacific Seasonal Workers and Backpackers in Addressing Horticultural Labour Supply Challenges and Worker Exploitation Australian Journal of Labour Law, In Press.

McLaughlin C, and Wright C (2018) The role of ideas in understanding industrial relations policy change in liberal market economies Industrial Relations, 57 (4), 568-610. [More Information]

Reilly A, Howe J, Van Den Broek D, and Wright C (2018) Working Holiday Makers in Australian Horticulture: Labour Market Effect, Exploitation and Avenues for Reform Griffith Law Review, In Press.

Schuessler E, Frenkel S, and Wright C (2018) Governance of Labor Standards in Australian and German Garment Supply Chains: The Impact of Rana Plaza Industrial and Labor Relations Review, In Press. [More Information]

Wright C (2018) Australian industrial relations in 2017 Journal of Industrial Relations, 60 (3), 287-297. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Clibborn S, Lansbury R, and Wright C (2018) Who Killed the Australian Automotive Industry: The Employers, Government or Trade Unions? The New Frontiers of the world automotive industry: technologies, applications, innovations and markets; Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom.

2017

Journal Articles

Lansbury R, Wright C, and Clibborn S (2017) Who will make our cars? Global lessons from the demise of Australia's auto industry Perspectives on Work, 21, 12-17.

Wright C (2017) Australian industrial relations in 2016 Journal of Industrial Relations, 59 (3), 237-253. [More Information]

Wright C (2017) Employer Organizations and Labour Immigration Policy in Australia and the United Kingdom: The Power of Political Salience and Social Institutional Legacies British Journal of Industrial Relations, 55 (2), 347-371. [More Information]

Wright C, and Clibborn S (2017) Back Door, Side Door or Front Door? An Emerging De-Facto Low-Skilled Immigration Policy in Australia Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, 39 (1), 165-188.

Wright C, Groutsis D, and Van Den Broek D (2017) Employer-sponsored temporary labour migration schemes in Australia, Canada and Sweden: enhancing efficiency, compromising fairness? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (11), 1854-1872. [More Information]

Wright C, Wailes N, Bamber G, and Lansbury R (2017) Beyond National Systems, Towards a 'Gig Economy'? A Research Agenda for International and Comparative Employment Relations Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 29 (4), 247-257. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Wright C (2017) The regulation of European labour mobility Migration Waves in Eastern Europe (1990-2015): A Selection from 16 Years of Seer; Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Brussels, 215-236. [More Information]

2016

Journal Articles

Clibborn S, Lansbury R, and Wright C (2016) Who Killed the Australian Automotive Industry: The Employers, Government or Trade Unions? Economic Papers, 35 (1), 2-15. [More Information]

Markey R, Ferris S, McIvor J, Thornthwaite L, Wright C, Muhidin S, O'Neill S, and Parr N (2016) Extending employment entitlements to non-standard workers: Alternative models for long service leave portability Journal of Industrial Relations, 58 (1), 46-68. [More Information]

Markey R, McIvor J, and Wright C (2016) Employee participation and carbon emissions reduction in Australian workplaces International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (2), 179-191. [More Information]

Wright C (2016) Should corporations be responsible for labour standards in their supply chains? (Deben las empresas ser responsables de las normas laborales en sus cadenas de suministro) Analisis Laboral, 40 (463), 10-13.

Wright C (2016) Leveraging Reputational Risk: Sustainable Sourcing Campaigns for Improving Labour Standards in Production Networks Journal of Business Ethics, 137 (1), 195-210. [More Information]

Wright C (2016) Australian industrial relations in 2015 Journal of Industrial Relations, 58 (3), 297-307. [More Information]

Book

Bamber G, Lansbury R, Wailes N, and Wright C (2016) International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes; Sage Publications, London.

Book Chapters

Hancock K, Lansbury R, and Wright C (2016) Tribute to Joe Isaac AO Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future: Essays in honour of Joe Isaac AO; The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, xiii-xxix.

Oliver D, and Wright C (2016) Australia's Shifting Skills Ecosystem: Contemporary Challenges in Education, Training and Immigration Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future: Essays in honour of Joe Isaac AO; The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, 163-186.

Wailes N, Wright C, Bamber G, and Lansbury R (2016) Introduction: An internationally comparative approach to employment relations International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes; Sage Publications, London, 1-19.

Wright C (2016) Control signals and the social policy dimensions of immigration reform Handbook on Migration and Social Policy; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 161-179. [More Information]

Wright C, and Frenkel S (2016) SCC: Improving global supply chain governance in garment retailing Managing Inter-Organizational Relations: Debates and Cases; Palgrave Macmillan, London, 201-213. [More Information]

Wright C, and Lansbury R (2016) Employment Relations in Australia International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes; Sage Publications, London, 103-125.

Wright C, Wailes N, Lansbury R, and Bamber G (2016) Conclusions: Beyond Varieties of Capitalism, towards convergence and internationalisation? International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes; Sage Publications, London, 341-361.

Reference Works

Wright C (2016) Labour market Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, 250-251.

Wright C (2016) Labour mobility Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, 249-250.

Wright C (2016) Immigration Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, 202-202.

Reports

Wright C (2016) Sectoral Studies on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains: Comparative Analysis of Good Practices by Multinational Enterprises in Promoting Decent Work in Global Supply Chains | STUDY 1: Good Practices by Multinational Enterprises in the Promotion of Decent Work in the Chemical Global Supply Chain; International Labour Organization, Geneva, 7-42.

Wright C, Clibborn S, Piper N, and Cini N (2016) Economic Migration and Australia in the 21st Century; The Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, 1-32.

2015

Journal Articles

Sarina T, and Wright C (2015) Mutual gains or mutual losses? Organisational fragmentation and employment relations outcomes at Qantas Group Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (5), 686-706. [More Information]

Wright C (2015) Why Do States Adopt Liberal Immigration Policies? The Policymaking Dynamics of Skilled Visa Reform in Australia Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41 (2), 306-328. [More Information]

Wright C (2015) Book Review: Stone, K. V. W. & Arthurs, H. (2013). Rethinking Workplace Regulation: Beyond the Standard Contract of Employment. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. 440 p Work and Occupations, 42 (2), 261-263. [More Information]

Wright C, and Kaine S (2015) Supply chains, production networks and the employment relationship Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (4), 483-501. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Cooper R, Ellem B, and Wright C (2015) Policy and the labour movement Policy Analysis in Australia; Policy Press, Bristol, 231-244. [More Information]

Report

Wright C, and Constantin V (2015) An analysis of employers use of temporary skilled visas in Australia.

2014

Journal Articles

Wright C (2014) How do states implement liberal immigration policies? Control signals and skilled immigration reform in Australia Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions, 27 (3), 397-421. [More Information]

Wright C (2014) The Prices and Incomes Accord: Its significance, impact and legacy Journal of Industrial Relations, 56 (2), 264-272. [More Information]

Wright C, and Brown W (2014) From center stage to bit player: Trade unions and the British economy Singapore Economic Review, 59 (4), 1-20. [More Information]

Wright C, and Lansbury R (2014) Trade unions and economic reform in Australia, 1983-2013 Singapore Economic Review, 59 (4), 1-22. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Wright C, Brown W, and Lansbury R (2014) The Institutional Influence of Trade Unions during Periods of Economic Transition: Lessons from Australia and Britain Research on the Impact of Global Economic Integration and Information Networking on Sustainable Corporate Development; Nanjing University Press, Nanjing, China, 303-313.

Report

Markey R, McIvor J, and Wright C (2014) Climate Change and the Australian Workplace; Macquarie University, Sydney, 1-167.

2013

Journal Articles

Kaine S, and Wright C (2013) Conceptualising CSR in the context of the shifting contours of Australian employment regulation Labour and Industry, 23 (1), 54-68. [More Information]

Lansbury R, and Wright C (2013) Emeritus Professor Joseph Ezra Isaac: Pioneer Scholar and Practitioner in Industrial Relations Labour History, 104, 211-220. [More Information]

Wright C (2013) Book review: Unions and Globalisation: Governments, Management and the State at Work by P. Fairbrother, J. O’Brien, M. O’Donnell, A. Junor, G. Williams Work, Employment and Society, 27 (2), 368-9. [More Information]

Wright C (2013) The response of unions to the rise of precarious work in Britain Economic and Labour Relations Review, 24 (3), 279-296. [More Information]

Wright C (2013) Book review: After the Great Complacence: Financial Crisis and the Politics of Reform by E. Engelen, I. Erturk, J. Froud, S. Johal, A. Leaver, M. Moran, A. Nillson and K. Williams Work, Employment and Society, 27 (6), 1039-40. [More Information]

Wright C, and Brown W (2013) The effectiveness of socially sustainable sourcing mechanisms: Assessing the prospects of a new form of joint regulation Industrial Relations Journal, 44 (1), 20-37. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Caspersz D, and Wright C (2013) The work and settlement of temporary labour migrants in Australia 8th Asian Regional Conference of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association.

Markey R, McIvor J, and Wright C (2013) Bargaining for Sustainability: Environmental Clauses in Australian Collective Agreements 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference.

Sarina T, and Wright C (2013) The globalisation of a national carrier: The role of regulation in shaping environment relations strategies in Qantas Airways Labour Law Research Network Inaugural Conference (LLRN 2013); Presentation, Barcelona, Spain.

Van Den Broek D, Groutsis D, and Wright C (2013) Employer-sponsored migration: Mechanism of labour market efficiency or worker vulnerability? ADAPT/UCLA-IRLE: How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation.

Wright C (2013) The Role of Employers in Skilled immigration reform: The Importance of Policy Legacies 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference.

Wright C, and Brown W (2013) Trade Unions and the British Economy 8th Asian Regional Conference of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association.

Wright C, Brown W, and Lansbury R (2013) The Importance of Institutions in explaining the changing role of trade unions in national political economies 10th European Conference of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association.

Book Chapter

Wright C, and Brown W (2013) The emergence of socially sustainable sourcing: a mechanism for protecting labour standards in the context of collective bargaining decline Resocialising Europe in a Time of Crisis; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 427-447.

Report

Markey R, Parr N, Kyng T, Muhidin S, O'Neill S, Thornthwaite L, Wright C, Lavermicocca C, and Ferris S (2013) The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme in Australia; McKell Institute, Sydney, 10-142.

2012

Journal Articles

Wright C (2012) Immigration Policy and market institutions in liberal market economies Industrial Relations Journal, 43 (2), 110-136. [More Information]

Wright C (2012) Policy legacies, visa reform and the resilience of immigration politics West European Politics, 35 (4), 726-755. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Davies E, and Wright C (2012) The ACTU-ALP Prices and Incomes Accord: A Good Thing? 4th Annual Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools AAHANZBS Conference 2012.

Wright C (2012) Organising across organisational boundaries: The use of reputational risk as a union strategy for gaining leverage 26th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2012.

Wright C (2012) The Role of Labour market actors and institutions in the reform of skilled immigration selection policy Skilled Migration and Careers Workshop.

Wright C (2012) The politics of skilled immigration policy: Challenges for Business and Government 7th Annual Skilling Australia and Workforce Participation Summit.

Wright C (2012) The Paradox of liberal immigration reform: Distortion techniques and the relaxing of skilled visa controls in Australia 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics.

Wright C, and Brown W (2012) The emergence of socially sustainable sourcing: A new form of labour regulation in the context of collective bargaining decline? 16th International Labour and Employment Relations Association World Congress (ILERA 2012); International Labour and Employment Relations Association, Philadephia.

Wright C, and Kaine S (2012) Supply chain regulation as a mechanism for addressing insecure work Researching Precarious Work Societies: A Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Wright C, and Kaine S (2012) Socially sustainable sourcing in liberal market economies 2nd Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network Conference.

2011

Journal Article

Wright C, Clibborn S, and Lansbury R (2011) Becoming an endangered species? The future viability of Australian automotive manufacturing International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 11 (2), 172-188. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Wright C (2011) Supply Chain Organising and Bargaining Strategies 29th Annual International Labour Process Conference ILPC 2011.

Wright C, and Brown W (2011) The Coordination of Supply Chains for the regulation of labour standards: The effectiveness of Framework agreements with fragmented production British Journal of Industrial Relations 50th Anniversary Conference; London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Wright C, Lansbury R, and Clibborn S (2011) The Disappearing Car Worker in Australia: The Future Viability of the Automotive Industry 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011; Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Reports

Wright C (2011) Beyond the employment relationship: Collective bargaining and supply chain coordination; Trades Union Congress, London, 5-64.

Wright C (2011) What role for trade unions in future workplace relations?; Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, London, United Kingdom, 1-19.

2010

Report

Wright C (2010) Swords of Justice and Civic Pillars: The Case for Greater Engagement between British Trade Unions and Community Organisations; Trades Union Congress, London, 7-58.

2009

Conference Proceedings

Wright C (2009) Labour Shortages and immigration policy in Liberal market economies 21st Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Conference SASE 2009; Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

Wright C (2009) Business associations and labour immigration policy change: An analysis of recent developments in Australia and the United Kingdom British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference 2009.

Wright C (2009) State Predominance and Business indifference: UK Labour immigration politics in a period of expansion ecpr 5th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research; European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Potsdam, Germany.

Book Chapter

Wright C (2009) The Regulation of European Labour Mobility: National Policy responses to the free movement of labour transitional arrangements of recent EU enlargements Europe in Motion: Society, Labour Market and Sustainability in the Age of Migration; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 291-312.

2008

Journal Article

Wright C (2008) An Assessment of the House of Lords report on the economic impact of immigration to the United Kingdom People and Place, 16 (3), 35-46.

Book Chapters

Lansbury R, Saulwick J, and Wright C (2008) Globalization and Employment Relations in the Australian Automotive Industry Globalization and Employment Relations in the Auto Assembly Industry: A Study of Seven Countries (Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations-64); Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International), Alphen aan den Rijin, The Netherlands, 13-34.

Zhao S, Zhang J, Zhao W, Huang W, Wright C, and Lansbury R (2008) The Changing Nature of Employment Relations in the Chinese Automotive Industry Globalization and Employment Relations in the Auto Assembly Industry: A Study of Seven Countries (Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations-64); Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International), Alphen aan den Rijin, The Netherlands, 35-48.

2006

Journal Article

Lansbury R, Wright C, and Baird M (2006) Decentralized Bargaining in a Globalizing Industry: The Automotive Assembly Industry in Australia Relations Industrielles-Industrial Relations, 61 (1), 70-92. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Wright C (2006) Stuck in Neutral? The Impact of Global Production on Local Strategy in the Australian Automotive Industry Cases in Strategy and Management; McGraw Hill, Sydney, 70-85.

2005

Journal Article

Baird M, Ellem B, and Wright C (2005) Why the states matter in industrial relations (Symposium: State Systems of Industrial Relations) Australian Review of Public Affairs, 19 September 2005.

Conference Proceedings

Baird M, Ellem B, and Wright C (2005) Beyond the National: Explaining Industrial Relations Policy in the Australian States British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference; British Universities Industrial Relations Association, Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Baird M, Ellem B, and Wright C (2005) Re-working policy: Industrial relations in the Australian states 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2005; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

Lansbury R, Wright C, and Baird M (2005) Decentralised bargaining in the Australian automotive assembly industry 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2005; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

Zhao S, Zhang J, Lansbury R, and Wright C (2005) Globalisation and its Impact on Employment Relations in the Chinese Automotive Industry Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy Conference ANZIBA 2005; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

2004

Conference Proceeding

Lansbury R, Wright C, and Baird M (2004) The Changing nature of Employment relations in the Automotive Assembly Sector in Australia: Decentralised Bargaining in a Globalising Industry International Industrial Relations Association, Asian Regional Congress; International Industrial Relations Association, Seoul, South Korea.

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS4802 Work and Organisational Studies Honours A

  • BUSS4803 Work and Organisational Studies Honours B

  • BUSS4812 Work and Organisational Studies Honours A

  • WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment

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