Professor of Business and Labour History
C37 - Newtown Campus
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Greg Patmore is Professor of Business and Labour History and Director of the Business and Labour History Group and the Co-operative Research Group in the School of Business, The University of Sydney. He also chairs the School's Ethics Committee. His main research interests are labour history, comparative labour history, Rochdale consumer co-operatives, employee representation and the impact of industrialisation and deindustrialisation on regional economies.
He is currently has ARC Discovery funding for a history of non-union employee representation in Australia, Canada, Germany, the US and the UK in the interwar period focusing on employee representation plans, works councils, union management co-operative committees and works committees. Along with John Shields and Harry Knowles, he has been commissioned by Citigroup to undertake a history of its operations in Australia. With Nikola Balnave from Macquarie University, he is also researching the history of Rochdale consumer co-operatives in Australia and undertaking a commissioned history of the Barossa Community Store in Nuriootpa, South Australia. He is also undertaking a history of the Berkeley Co-operative in California, which was the largest consumer co-operative in North America. Under the auspices of the Co-operative Research Group, he is undertaking a project with colleagues at the University of Trento in Italy comparing the Australian and Italian co-operative movements. Greg is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Consumers Co-operative Global History Project, which is based in Stockholm.
Greg was President of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) from 1986 to 1998 was editor of its journal, Labour History, from 1999-2010. He is currently on the editorial boards of Labour History and International Labor and Working Class History. He serves in advisory capacity to Australian co-operative movement in regard to the UN 2012 International Year of Co-operatives and was recently appointed to the Steering Committee of the New Global 300 Initiative of the International Co-operative Alliance in Geneva, which is mapping the impact of co-operatives internationally. He has held visiting positions at the University of California (Berkeley), Cardiff Business School and Georgetown University. He is also a former chair of Work and Organisational Studies in the School of Business and Pro Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business.
This project uses comparative historical data to provide a clear direction for public policy in the development of frontier technology for employment relations infrastructure at the workplace level. This infrastructure would maximise workplace productivity, increase job satisfaction and provide a greater voice for employees in the workplace.
ARC Discovery Project
- Impact of industrialisation and deindustrialisation
- Labour history
- Locality and community
- Steel industry in the early decades of the 20th Century
- Trade union growth