Dr Glynne Williams

Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5984
  • Email: gw67@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 214, Level 2, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment only (please email)

Personal details


Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy Academic Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I am an editorial board member of the Industrial Relations Journal.


  • International human resource management, MN7371 (PG)
  • Employee Relations, MN7626 (PG)

Administrative responsibilities

  • Deputy director, PhD programme
  • Programme leader, DSocSci


  • Industrial relations in multinational companies and their contractors.
  • The employment relations consequences of extending working life.
  • Performance management and the idea of meritocracy.

Recent research has been funded by Acas (‘Managing older workers’), the European Union (‘Intergenerational bargaining’) and Building Workers International (‘Chinese multinationals’).


I would be interested to discuss research proposals related to any of the themes listed above.


  • Paul Conville - Rethinking Institutional Definition: Defining "Social Enterprise" in the UK (PhD)
  • Secki Jose: ‘The effect of offshoring on labour institutions: a study in industrial relations’
  • Ashikur Rahman: ‘Political settlements and labour relations in Bangladesh’
  • Sa’adatu Gusau: ‘Outsourcing and labour relations in multinational oil companies’
  • Farzana Aslam: ‘Why are there so few female partners of law firms in Hong Kong?’
  • Graham Frobisher: ‘The seventh decade manager’


Williams, G., Davies, S., Lamptey, J. and Tetteh, J. (2017), ‘Chinese Multinationals: Threat or Opportunity to Trade Unions: The case of SINOHYDRO in Ghana’, Global Labour University / Building Workers International, January.

Beck, V. and Williams, G. (2016), ‘Managing older workers’, Report for Acas.

Williams, G. and Quinn, M. (2016), ‘Do the young still need trade unions and do unions want them?’ in Furlong, A. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood, Oxford: Routledge.

Williams, G. and Beck, V. (2015), ‘Redefining retirement: age equality and the rise of performance management’, Industrial Relations Journal 46(5): 365-380.

Beck, V. and Williams, G. (2015), ‘The (performance) management of retirement and the limits of individual choice’ Work, Employment and Society, 29(2): 267-277.

Williams, G., Davies, S. and Chinguno, C. (2015), ‘Subcontracting and labour standards: Reassessing the potential of International Framework Agreements’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2015: 53(2): 181-203.

Williams, G. and Quinn, M. (2014), ‘Macmillan’s children? Young workers and trade unions in the early 1960s’, Industrial Relations Journal, 45(2): 137-152.

Fairbrother, P., J. O’Brien, M. O’Donnell, A. Junor and G. Williams (2011) Unions and Globalization: Governments, Management, and the State at Work, London: Routledge.

Williams, G., Davies, S. and Chinguno, C. (2011), ‘Translating words into action: International framework agreements and subcontractors in the South African construction industry’, Juridikum, 3: 385-395.

Davies, S., N. Hammer, G. Williams, R. Raman, C. Ruppert, and L. Volynets (2011), ‘Labour capacity in global commodity chains: evidence from a construction MNC’, Industrial Relations Journal, 42(2).

Davies, S., N. Hammer, G. Williams (2011), ‘Organising networks and alliances - International unionism between the local and the global’, in K. Papadakis (ed.), Shaping global industrial relations: the impact of International Framework Agreements, Geneva, Palgrave Macmillan: 201-219.

Hammer, N., Davies, S. and Williams, G. (2010), ‘Construction subcontracting and international trade union cooperation: What role for European industrial relations?’ in F. Garibaldo and V. Telljohann (eds.), The Ambivalent Character of Participation: New Tendencies in Worker Participation in Europe, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang: 567-585.

Hammer, N. Davies, S. and Williams, G. (2009) ‘International union strategies in construction: voluntary agreements vs regulation in the global value chain’, Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA, ‘The new world of work, organisations and employment’, Sydney, Australia, 24-26.

Williams, G. (2008), ‘Managing by Insecurity: Work and Managerial Control under Outsourcing’, Competition and Change, 12(3): 245-261.

Fairbrother, P., G. Williams, R. Barton, E. Gibellieri and A. Tropeoli (2007), ‘Unions Facing the Future: Questions and Possibilities’, Labour Studies Journal, 31 (4): 31-53.

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