Dr John Lewer

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Human Resource Management)

Career Summary

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.

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.









Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Business
  • Management

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified 25
150799 Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified 35
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1997 -  Senior Head Teacher Hunter Institute of Technology
Business and Law
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

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

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Ryan 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]
2008 Lewer 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
2008 Waring 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
2003 Ostenfeld 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Lewer J, 'Employee involvement and participation under extreme conditions: The Newcastle steelworks case', JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 55 640-656 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0022185613489438
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Lewer 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]
DOI 10.1177/0022185612473213a
2013 Waring 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]
DOI 10.1080/13602381.2013.767637
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012 Wigblad R, Hansson M, Townsend K, Lewer J, 'Shifting frontiers of control during closedown processes', Personnel Review, 41 160-179 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/00483481211200015
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2010 Lewer J, Ryan SF, 'Symposium Introduction Labour, Capital and Change: Selected Papers from AIRAANZ 2009', Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 5-9 (2010) [C3]
DOI 10.1177/00221860933980
2010 Schaper MT, Lewer J, 'Contemporary developments in Australian trade practices and their implications for industrial relations', Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 27-42 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0022185609353982
2010 Waring 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]

After waves of conservative reform which commonly saw trade unions marginalised and bargaining structures remodelled generally in favour of capital, the election of social democra... [more]

After waves of conservative reform which commonly saw trade unions marginalised and bargaining structures remodelled generally in favour of capital, the election of social democratic labour parties in Australia, New Zealand and Britain brought the promise of increased state intervention and the promotion of greater equity considerations in industrial relations. In Australia, the conservative Howard government of eleven years was decisively defeated in November 2007 by the Australian Labor Party after an election campaign dominated by an intense debate over the 2005 "Work Choices" industrial relations reforms. The fate of "Work Choices" followed similar electoral outcomes in Britain and New Zealand in which neo-liberal industrial relations legislation was largely dismissed by voters. Despite the renewed interest in re-balancing equity and efficiency objectives with the election of these new governments, in each of these countries however significant elements of the neo-liberal legacy have been retained. This highlights the difficulties involved in reversing legislation and rebuilding the institutions which have been dismantled and, at the same time, the need for the new governments to demonstrate sound economic management credentials. © Direction de l'information légale et administrative - Paris, 2011.

2009 Schaper MT, Lewer J, 'Business incubation in Australia: Policies, practices and outcomes', Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3 37-46 (2009) [C1]
2007 Whittard 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]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Mark Bray, Roslyn Larkin
2007 Wigblad R, Lewer J, Hansson M, 'A holistic approach to the productivity paradox', Human Systems Management, 26 85-97 (2007) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2006 Burgess 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
2005 Lewer J, Waring PA, 'Curiouser and Curiouser: The Federal Remuneration Tribunal', Journal of Australian Political Economy, 325-341 (2005) [C1]
2004 Waring PA, Lewer J, 'The Impact of Socially Responsible Investment in Human Resource Management: A Conceptual Framework', Journal of Business Ethics, 99-108 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1023/B:BUSI.0000033110.21900.da
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 15
2001 Waring 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]
2001 Waring 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
2001 Lewer 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]
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Conference (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Lewer J, 'Consultation over collective redundancies in Australia: Implications for management', Proceedings of the Irish Academy of Management Conference 2012, Maynooth, Ireland (2012) [E2]
2012 Waring 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]
2011 Lewer 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]
2010 Jeffrey 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]
2010 Cochrane 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]
2010 Thayf 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]
2009 Lewer 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
2009 Stanton 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
2009 Lewer 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
2009 Stanton 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
2009 Ryan 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]
2009 Lewer 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
2009 Lewer 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
2009 Lewer 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
2008 Lewer 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
2008 Waring 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
2008 Wigblad 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]
2007 McComb 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
2007 Whittard 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]
Co-authors Mark Bray, Roslyn Larkin
2007 Wigblad 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]
2007 McComb CC, Lewer J, Burgess KJ, 'Workplace coach and adult learning: A synergistic relationship', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authors John Burgess
2006 Burgess 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
2006 Lewer 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]
2006 Wigblad 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]
2005 Waring 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
2004 Waring 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]
2004 Burgess 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
2004 Lewer 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]
2004 Burgess 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
2004 Burgess 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
2004 Burgess 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
2003 Lewer 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]
2003 Lewer J, 'Human Resource Management, Plant Closure and Unexpected Outcomes: Evidence from an Australian Case Study', Surfing the Waves, Fremantle WA (2003) [E1]
2002 Lewer J, 'Management and the Close-down effect', Boundaries and Interfaces in Management, Waterford, Ireland (2002) [E3]
2002 Waring 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]
2000 Ostenfeld 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]
2000 Le 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
1999 Lewer 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 grants 9
Total funding $29,924

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20081 grants / $2,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189134
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $15,756

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor John Burgess, Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187887
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Work, Employment and Society, Aberdeen Scotland, 14/9/2007 - 14/9/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188004
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $1,500

Socially responsive, socially responsible approaches to employment and work, 1-4 July 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186629
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20042 grants / $5,145

Human resource management, plant closure and unexpected outcomes: Evidence from an Australian case study$4,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184102
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184865
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $780

17th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2 to 5 December 2003$780

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183672
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $2,065

The Irish Academy of Management Conference Waterford, Ireland, 5 - 6 September, 2002$2,065

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181985
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $2,178

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor John Lewer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181046
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current0

Total current UON EFTSL

Number of completed supervisions 4
Number of current supervisions 0

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 Evaluating Organisational Communication and Workplace Industrial Relations: An Indonesian Case Study
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2012 The Purposes and Devices of Workplace Coaching
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2010 Employment Relations in the Indonesian Hospitality Industry: Three Case Studies
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2008 The Purposes of Workplace Coaching
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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Dr John Lewer

Positions

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Human Resource Management

Contact Details

Email john.lewer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6814
Fax (02) 4921 6911

Office

Room UNH3.27
Building University House
Location University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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