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Biography

Was appointed to the University in 1999. As an early career researcher have completed my PhD in 2006. The thesis was approved by the examiners without revisions.

The research examined the performance of the workforce at BHP's Newcastle steelworks from the closure announcement to the plant's final day some two and a half years later. Performance counterintutitively improved in a phenomenon known as the closedown effect. This was identified by a Swedish researcher - Associate Professor Rune Wigblad. Associate Professor Wigblad and I have collaborated on two conference papers and a journal article to be published this year. He visited the University of Newcastle in 2007. This is an under researched issue offering significant opportunities for further study.

As a Lecturer at Level B I have considerable course co-ordination and teaching responsibilities. Plus, I'm a member of the Faculty of Business and Law's Teaching and Learning Committee.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 04/09/2006
  • Master of Commerce, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Sydney Teachers College

Research

Research keywords

  • Business
  • Management

Research expertise

Presently engaged as a doctoral candidate in examining the workforce performance during the closure of BHP's Newcastle steelworks. Other research interests include: the study of the impact of organisation change and restructuring; skill formation; and the impact of socially responsible investment on industrial relations and human resource management practices.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
150300Business And Management40
150799Transportation And Freight Services Not Elsewhere Classified35
150499Commercial Services Not Elsewhere Classified25
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Waring PA, Lewer J, 'The Impact of Socially Responsible Investment in Human Resource Management: A Conceptual Framework', Journal of Business Ethics, 99-108 (2004) [C1]
2005Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Curiouser and Curiouser: The Federal Remuneration Tribunal', Journal of Australian Political Economy, 325-341 (2005) [C1]
2001Waring PA, Lewer J, 'The No Disadvantage Test: Failing Workers', Labour and Industry-A Journal of the social and economics relations of work, 12 65-86 (2001) [C1]
2006Wigblad R, Lewer J, Hansson M, 'Strange Days indeed: Understanding the productivity parodox when firms close', 21st Century Work - High Road or Low Road?, Adelaide Australia (2006) [E1]

Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Alexander R, Lewer J, Gahan P, Understanding Australian Industrial Relations, Thomson, South Melbourne, VIC, 344 (2008) [A2]
2004Alexander R, Lewer J, Understanding Australian Industrial Relations, Thomson, Melbourne, VIC, 318 (2004) [A3]

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Ryan S, Lewer J, 'Getting in and finding out: Accessing and interviewing elites in business and work contexts', Researching Amongst Elites: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Up, Ashgate, Farnham, England 71-88 (2012) [B1]
2008Lewer J, Burgess KJ, Waring PA, 'Does socially responsible investment influence employment relations?', Varieties of Capitalism, Corporate Governance and Employees, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria 221-244 (2008) [B1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2008Waring PA, Lewer J, Burgess KJ, 'The corporate social responsibilty movement: A new actor in employment relations?', New Employment Actors: Developments from Australia, Peter Lang, Bern 195-221 (2008) [B1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2003Ostenfeld SA, Lewer J, 'Award simplification, employer pro-activity and employee resistance: Towards a preliminary framework', Developments in Enterprise Bargaining in Australia, Tertiary Press, Croydon Victoria 50-66 (2003) [B1]
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Journal article (16 outputs)

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2013Waring P, Lewer J, 'The global financial crisis, employment relations and the labour market in Singapore and Australia', ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS REVIEW, 19 217-229 (2013) [C1]
2013Lewer J, 'Employee involvement and participation under extreme conditions: The Newcastle steelworks case', JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 55 640-656 (2013) [C1]
2013Lewer J, 'Review: Catherine Casey, Economy, Work, and Education: Critical Connections. New York, NY, and London: Routledge, 2012; 218 pp.', Journal of Industrial Relations, 55 301-304 (2013) [C3]
2012Wigblad R, Hansson M, Townsend K, Lewer J, 'Shifting frontiers of control during closedown processes', Personnel Review, 41 160-179 (2012) [C1]
2010Schaper MT, Lewer J, 'Contemporary developments in Australian trade practices and their implications for industrial relations', Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 27-42 (2010) [C1]
2010Lewer J, Ryan SF, 'Symposium Introduction Labour, Capital and Change: Selected Papers from AIRAANZ 2009', Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 5-9 (2010) [C3]
2010Waring P, Lewer J, Burgess J, 'Drawing back from neo-libéral industrial relations change : the experience of Britain, Australia and New Zealand', Travail et Emploi, 5-15 (2010) [C3]
2009Schaper MT, Lewer J, 'Business incubation in Australia: Policies, practices and outcomes', Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3 37-46 (2009) [C1]
2007Wigblad R, Lewer J, Hansson M, 'A holistic approach to the productivity paradox', Human Systems Management, 26 85-97 (2007) [C1]
2007Whittard JA, Bray MD, Larkin RM, Lewer J, Groen E, 'Collective Bargaining Rights under the Workplace Relations Act: The Boeing Dispute', Labour and Industry, 18 1-7 (2007) [C1]
2006Burgess KJ, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Protecting Employee Entitlements: Corporate Governance and Industrial Democracy in Australia', Australian Bulletin of Labour, 32 365-380 (2006) [C1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2005Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Curiouser and Curiouser: The Federal Remuneration Tribunal', Journal of Australian Political Economy, 325-341 (2005) [C1]
2004Waring PA, Lewer J, 'The Impact of Socially Responsible Investment in Human Resource Management: A Conceptual Framework', Journal of Business Ethics, 99-108 (2004) [C1]
2001Lewer J, Gallimore P, 'Are Outsourcing and Skill Formulatoin Mutually Exclusive? The Experience of a Heavy Manufacturing Firm', International Journal of Employment Studiesq, 9 141-162 (2001) [C1]
2001Waring PA, Lewer J, 'The No Disadvantage Test: Failing Workers', Labour and Industry-A Journal of the social and economics relations of work, 12 65-86 (2001) [C1]
2001Waring PA, Ostenfeld SA, Lewer J, Burgess J, 'The Third Way, Employment and the Workplace in Australia', the Economic and Labour Relations Review, 12 174-192 (2001) [C1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

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Conference (38 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Waring PA, Lewer J, 'Dallas's Power Theory of Corporate Governance and State Sovereignty: A Vignette from the Global Mining Industry', Proceedings of the Irish Academy of Management Conference 2012, Maynooth, Ireland (2012) [E2]
2012Lewer J, 'Consultation over collective redundancies in Australia: Implications for management', Proceedings of the Irish Academy of Management Conference 2012, Maynooth, Ireland (2012) [E2]
2011Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Penalties and trade union action: Four recent cases', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Auckland, NZ (2011) [E1]
2010Jeffrey ID, Lewer J, 'Performance pay for teachers: The view of the NSW Teacher Unions', Work in Progress: Crises, Choices and Continuity. Proceedings of the 24th AIRAANZ Conference, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E1]
2010Thayf HS, Lewer J, 'Employment relations in the Indonesian hospitality industry: Three case studies', Industrial Democracy, Partnership, and Decent Work in Responding to Global Financial Crisis, Bali, Indonesia (2010) [E2]
2010Cochrane R, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'The global financial crisis and human resource management/employment relations in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia', Industrial Democracy, Partnership, and Decent Work in Responding to Global Financial Crisis, Bali, Indonesia (2010) [E2]
2009Lewer J, Whittard JA, Stanton P, Burgess KJ, 'Multinational corporations and industrial relations in Australia: Boeing', Proceedings: 8th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference, Ballarat, VIC (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2009Stanton P, Burgess KJ, Vo A, Edwards T, Lewer J, Hanif Z, Bartram T, 'Employment relations in MNCs: An Australian story', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2009Stanton P, Lewer J, McDonnell AL, Burgess KJ, 'Exploring employment relations practices of MNCs in Australia', ANZAM: 23rd ANZAM Conference: Sustainability, Management and Marketing, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2009Ryan SF, Lewer J, Henderson LA, 'Hunter Water, corporatisation and employment relations: A research agenda', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Lewer J, McComb CC, Burgess KJ, 'Industry superannuation funds and SRI: A lever for better labour practices?', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2009Lewer J, McComb CC, Stanton P, Burgess KJ, 'Turbulent skies and industrial relations: The case of Qantas', British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, Wales (2009) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2009Lewer J, Burgess KJ, Waring PA, 'Does socially responsible investment influence employment relations?', Symposium on the Multiple Facets of Governance. Symposium Program, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2009Lewer J, Ryan SF, Macneil JL, 'Conference editors', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E4]

Co-authors: Johanna Macneil

2008Wigblad R, Hansson M, Townsend K, Lewer J, 'When the productivity game is over: The countdown in closedowns', Work Matters: 26th International Labour Process Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2008) [E2]
2008Waring PA, Burgess KJ, Lewer J, 'Comparing patterns of re-regulation of labour in three liberal market economies', International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation: 29th Annual Conference. Papers, Porto, Portugal (2008) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2008Lewer J, McComb CC, Stanton P, Burgess KJ, 'Multinational corporations and industrial relations in Australia', IREC 2008. Papers, Greenwich, UK (2008) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2007McComb CC, Lewer J, Burgess KJ, 'Workplace coach and adult learning: A synergistic relationship', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2007Whittard JA, Bray MD, Larkin RM, Lewer J, 'The Boeing dispute at Williamtown: What right to bargain collectively?', Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Auckland, N.Z. (2007) [E1]
2007Wigblad R, Lewer J, 'Organisational closure: A critique of the literature and some research propositions', Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Auckland, N.Z. (2007) [E1]
2007McComb CC, Lewer J, Burgess KJ, 'The workplace coach as a facilitator', 15th International Employment Relations Association Conference: Working Lives, Working Choices. Conference Program, Canterbury, England (2007) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2006Lewer J, 'HRM and Organisational Performance Under Extreme Conditions: Evidence From A Case Study', Socially responsive, socially responsible approaches to employment and work, Prato, Italy (2006) [E1]
2006Wigblad R, Lewer J, Hansson M, 'Strange Days indeed: Understanding the productivity parodox when firms close', 21st Century Work - High Road or Low Road?, Adelaide Australia (2006) [E1]
2006Burgess KJ, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Can Socially Responsible Investment Influence the Management of Labour?', Corporate Governance And The Management of Labour: Australian Perspectives, Carlton, Victoria (2006) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2005Waring PA, Burgess KJ, Lewer J, 'The Corporate Social Responsibility Movement: A New Actor in Industrial Relations?', Not known, London School of Economics, London (2005) [E3]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2004Burgess KJ, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Workplace Relations in Three Hunter Valley Export Industires', Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association, Rockhampton, Queensland (2004) [E1]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2004Waring PA, Lewer J, 'Social Performance Metrics and Human Resource Management Issues, Problems and Prospects', 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM 2004 'People First - Serving Our Stakeholders', Dunedin, New Zealand (2004) [E1]
2004Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Curiouser and Curiouser! Industrial Relations and the Federal Remuneration Tribunal', New Economies: New Industrial Relations Proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference, Noosa, Queensland (2004) [E1]
2004Burgess KJ, Dark J, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Employee Entitlements in Australia: Accounting Standards, Corporate Governance and Industrial Democracy', New Economies: New Industrial Relations Proceedings of the 18th AIRAANZ Conference, Noosa, Queensland (2004) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2004Burgess KJ, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Developing Individual Employment Contracts in Australia through the Office of the Employment Advocate Website', Not Known, Utrecht, Netherlands (2004) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2004Burgess KJ, Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Protecting Employee Entitlements, Industrial Democracy and Corporate Governance in Australia', Not Known, University of Manchester (2004) [E2]

Co-authors: John Burgess

2003Lewer J, 'Human Resource Management, Plant Closure and Unexpected Outcomes: Evidence from an Australian Case Study', Surfing the Waves, Fremantle WA (2003) [E1]
2003Lewer J, Dein T, 'The National Training Reform Agenda and Competencies in HRM and IR: Competent or Not Yet Competent?', Reflections and New Directions, Melbourne (2003) [E2]
2002Lewer J, 'Management and the Close-down effect', Boundaries and Interfaces in Management, Waterford, Ireland (2002) [E3]
2002Waring PA, Lewer J, 'The Global Prise of Spocially Responsbile Investment:Implications for Corporate Governnance and Human Resource Management', Boundaries and Interfaces in Management, Waterford, Ireland (2002) [E3]
2000Le Queux S, Ostenfeld SA, Bray MD, Connell JA, Lewer J, Waring PA, Zeffane RM, 'Teaching the Cockatoo to Talk? A Political Economy of HRM in Australia', Proceedings of AGRH Eleventh Annual Conference, Paris, France (2000) [E1]

Co-authors: Mark Bray

2000Ostenfeld SA, Lewer J, 'Resisting the Federal Industrial Relations 'Reform' Agenda: The Case of the Victorian Firefighters', Proceedings of the 14th AIRAANZ Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2000) [E2]
1999Lewer J, 'Best managing organisational downsizing: Industrial relations or public relations?', Proceedings of the 13th AIRAANZ Conference, Adelaide, South Australia (1999) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$29,924

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2008 (1 grants)

The Association on Employment Practices and Principles (AEPP) Sixteenth Annual International Conference, Chicago, USA, 4/10/2008 - 4/10/2008$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020082008
GNo:G0189134

2007 (2 grants)

Mapping Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in Australia: Towards the Development of a National Survey of the Human Resource Practices of MNCs$13,256
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Professor John Burgess, Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$13,25620072007
GNo:G0187887

Work, Employment and Society, Aberdeen Scotland, 14/9/2007 - 14/9/2007$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020072007
GNo:G0188004

2006 (1 grants)

Socially responsive, socially responsible approaches to employment and work, 1-4 July 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186629

2004 (2 grants)

Human resource management, plant closure and unexpected outcomes: Evidence from an Australian case study$4,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00020042004
GNo:G0184102

18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Mangement, 8-11 December 2004, New Zealand$1,145
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,14520042004
GNo:G0184865

2003 (1 grants)

17th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2 to 5 December 2003$780
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$78020032003
GNo:G0183672

2002 (1 grants)

The Irish Academy of Management Conference Waterford, Ireland, 5 - 6 September, 2002$2,065
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,06520022002
GNo:G0181985

2001 (1 grants)

Organisational Renewal: Challenging HRM - 2nd Conference of the Dutch HRM Network, Netherlands 15 November 2001$2,178
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor John Lewer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,17820012001
GNo:G0181046
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2012PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorEvaluating Organisational Communication and Workplace Industrial Relations: An Indonesian Case Study
2012PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorThe Purposes and Devices of Workplace Coaching
2010M Philosophy (Management)Principal SupervisorEmployment Relations in the Indonesian Hospitality Industry: Three Case Studies
2008M Philosophy (Management)Co-SupervisorThe Purposes of Workplace Coaching
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Dr John Lewer

Work Phone(02) 4921 6814
Fax(02) 4921 6911
Email
PositionsSenior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHuman Resource Management
Office
UNH3.27,
University House,
University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/john-lewer