Associate Professor Barbara Bechter
Associate Professor in HR Management, Department of Management & Marketing
|Associate Professor in HR Management, Department of Management & Marketing in the Business School||MHL 518||+44 (0) 191 33 45743|
|Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing|
Barbara is Associate Professor in Human Resource Management. She holds a PhD in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Vienna. Prior to joining Durham University Business School in June 2015, she taught at the York Management School. She is an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In 2018, she become a member of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association - ILERA - Executive Committee. Since February 2021, Barbara is Co-Director of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.
Barbara is interested in international and interdisciplinary research at the intersection between work organizations, society and economy. The scope of her research activities covers research on comparative Human Resource Management, including the international level, and issues concerning individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship. Such aspects are performance management and employee voice, and cross-national and cross-industry differences in the organisational and institutional regulation of employment relationships. She is especially interested in the link between employment and health. Her methodological background covers statistical and qualitative research techniques, with a special expertise in causal case study analysis in small N research. Barbara has extensive experience in externally funded projects. She has successfully developed and led multidisciplinary projects and managed international project teams to produce a successful track record of timely academic publications. She is also interested in contributing to the policy debate around work and employment. Her work is of interest to international organizations, e.g. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), and the European Commission.
2021 - 2023:
Health Risk Outlooks by Social Partners (HEROS). A multi-level analysis of health and safety policy interventions by social partners to identify effective ways to ensure better protection of employees at work. Barbara is the principal investigator of this international collaborative project funded by the European Commission.
2018 - 2020:
European, National and Transnational Industrial Relations: Visible and Invisible Hands in European and National Wage Setting (ENTIRE VIEW). This international collaborative project is funded by the European Commission to investigate and analyse the reasons for differences in wage developments within the European Union member states (https://entireview.uk).
2016 - 2018:
Social Partner Engagement and Effectiveness in European Dialogue (SPEEED). The project investigates the capacity of trade unions and employer organisations in the hospital and metal sector in the European Union member states to influence policy making at the European sectoral level. Barbara is the principal investigator of this international collaborative project which has been funded by the European Commission (SPEEED project report available upon request).
Applications are encouraged in the fields of Human Resource Management and Employee Voice and Employment Relations. Areas of special interest are: the effect of digital technologies on working lives, how employment matters to health, and comparative research such as the regulation of employment issues in different national institutional settings and industry contexts.
Barbara is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at the Durham University Business School. She received her PhD form the University of Vienna, Austria in 2009. Prior to her current position she was Lecturer of Human Resource Management at the University of York (2012-2015), before moving to the UK she worked as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics at the University of Vienna (2010-2012).
- Comparative Human Resource Management
- European Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations
- International Employment Relations
- Comparative Research Methods
Chapter in book
- Bechter, Barbara. & Brandl, Bernd. (2015). Recent Developments in European Industrial Relations. In Industrial Relations in Europe 2014. European Union. European Commission: Brussels.
- Bechter, B. (2013). Seniority. In Sociology of Work Encyclopedia. Smith, V. SAGE. 757-759.
- Bechter, Barbara. & Brandl, Bernd. (2013). Overview of European, national and public sector industrial relations. In Industrial Relations in Europe 2012. European Union. European Commission: Brussels. 21-52.
- Bechter, B. (2011). Changing collective bargaining: pay flexibility and the search for a fair model. In Changing Labour Relations between Path Dependency and Global Trends. Baglioni, M. & Brandl, B. Peter-Lang. 111-124.
- Arrowsmith, J., Nicholaisen, H., Bechter, B. & Nonell, R. (2008). The management of variable pay in banking: forms and rationale in four European countries. In Challenges in European Employment Relations. Blanpain, R. & Dickens, L. Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 201-240.
- Bechter, Barbara, Brandl, Bernd & Lehr, Alex (2023). Het gebruik van human resources analytics door bedrijven: mogelijkheden, kansen en motivatie. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken 39(1): 125-129.
- Galetto, M., Weber, S., Larsson, B., Bechter, B. & Prosser, T. (2023). ‘You see similarities more than differences after a while’. Communities of Practice in European industrial relations. The case of the hospital European Sectoral Social Dialogue. Industrial Relations Journal 54(2): 167-185.
- Bechter, Barbara, Brandl, Bernd & Lehr, Alex (2022). The role of the capability, opportunity, and motivation of firms for using human resource analytics to monitor employee performance: A multi‐level analysis of the organisational, market, and country context. New Technology, Work and Employment 37(3): 398-424.
- Prosser, T. Bechter, B., Galetto, M., Weber, S. & Larsson, B. (2022). Institutions or resources and capabilities? Explaining engagement in European sectoral social dialogue. Economic and Industrial Democracy 43(3): 1420-1439.
- Bechter, B., Weber, S., Galetto, M., Larsson, B. & Prosser, T. (2021). Opening the black box: actors and interactions shaping European sectoral social dialogue. European Journal of Industrial Relations 27(3): 269-288.
- Bechter, B,, Braakmann, N, & Brandl, B (2021). Variable Pay and/or Collective Wage Bargaining? Complements or Substitutes? Industrial and Labor Relations Review 74(2): 443-469.
- Larsson Bengt, Galetto, Manuela, Weber, Sabrina, Bechter, Barbara & Prosser, Thomas (2020). What's the point of European Sectoral Social Dialogue? Effectiveness and polycontexturality in the hospital and metal sectors. Industrial Relations Journal 51(5): 410-426.
- Bechter, B. & Brandl, B. (2019). The Hybridization of National Collective Bargaining Systems: The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Transformation of Collective Bargaining in the European Union. Economic and Industrial Democracy 40(3): 469-489.
- Bechter, B., Brandl, B. & Prosser, P. (2017). Engagement in European Social Dialogue: an investigation into the role of social partner structural capacity. Industrial Relations Journal 48(4): 365-382.
- Bechter, B. & Brandl, B. (2015). Measurement and Analysis of Industrial Relations Aggregates: What is the Relevant Unit of Analysis in Comparative Research? European Political Science 14(4): 422-438.
- Bechter, Barbara., Bernd, Brandl. & Meardi, Guglielmo. (2012). Sectors or Countries? Typologies and Levels of Analysis in Comparative Industrial Relations. European Journal of Industrial Relations 18(3): 185-202.
- Bechter, B., Brandl, B., Pitlik, H. & Schwarz, G. (2011). Mehr Politik als Sozial- und Wirtschaftspolitik? Determinanten der Akzeptanz von sozial- und wirtschaftspolitischen Maßnahmen. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (Austrian Journal of Political Science) 40(3): 217-235.
- Bechter, B., Brandl, B. & Meardi, G. (2011). Die Bestimmungsgründe der (Re-) Sektoralisierung der industriellen Beziehungen in der Europäischen Union. Industrielle Beziehungen 18(3): 143-166.
- Pitlik, Hans., Schwarz, Gerhard., Bechter, Barbara. & Brandl, Bernd. (2011). Near Is my Shirt, But Nearer Is My Skin: Ideology or Self-Interest as Determinants of Public Opinion on Fiscal Policy Issues. Kyklos 64(2): 271-290.
- Arrowsmith, J., Nicholaisen, H., Bechter, B. & Nonell, R. (2010). The management of variable pay in European banking. International Journal of Human Resource Management 21(5): 2716-2740.
- Nergaard, K.; Dølvik J.E.; Marginson, P.; Bechter, B. & Arasanz Díaz, J. (2009). Engaging with variable pay: a comparative study of the metal industry. European Journal of Industrial Relations 15(2): 121-141.
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