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John Shields

BA(Hons) ANU; PhD
Acting Deputy Dean (Programs and Infrastructure);
Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

Rm N331
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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John Shields is Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) in The University of Sydney Business School (2009+), Director for the Master of Commerce program (2011+) and Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies (2011+). He is a member of the Business School Executive Committee (2009+) and represents the Business School on various bodies, including on the Graduate Studies Committee (2007+) and Academic Board of the University of Sydney (2010+), the International Committee of the University of Sydney Senior Executive Group (2013+), and the Executive Board of the CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education (2011+). John holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Sydney (1990) and was lecturer/senior lecturer in Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour at the University of New South Wales (1993-1999) before returning to the University of Sydney in 2000 as senior lecturer/associate professor in Economics and Business at the University (2000-2010). His principal areas of research and teaching include performance management, reward management, executive remuneration and corporate governance, and business and labour history. In the field of human resource management, his most recent book publications include Managing Employee Performance and Reward, Cambridge University Press, 2007, and Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice, 8th edition, 2013 (co-authored with Alan Nankervis, Marian Baird and Jane Coffey). He is currently engaged in national and international collaborative research projects in the fields of strategic reward alignment, employee demography and pay preferences, company director social identification, goal orientation and task behaviour, and knowledge worker emotional intelligence, cultural value orientation and workplace wellbeing. He is also editor of Labour History (2011+).

Newsroom articles

  • More students get a taste of the real world 15 Oct 2012

    The Australian Financial Review

    The Australian Financial Review has interviewed Professor John Shields and postgraduate business student Amit Majumder as part of a report on work-integrated education.

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Research Grants


Pay alignment: Fact or fallacy?

The project will make an important contribution to our understanding of the impact of employee pay system configuration on firm performance and, in turn, on national productivity and Australia's social and economic fabric. The findings will enrich pay system theory and guide evidence‑based improvement in firms' pay practices. It will help employers to identify the most contextually appropriate and effective ways to manage pay level, structure and plan choice and thus to design pay systems that employees in different workplace contexts perceive as fair and that enhance organisational performance and ability to attract, motivate and retain high calibre staff.

ARC Discovery Project

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Research Expertise

  • Human resource management
  • Labour history and locality
  • Peak trade unions
  • Performance management
  • Regional industrial relations
  • Remuneration and reward management

Recent Units Taught


Latest Research from Associate Professor John Shields (Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies).

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