Peter Gahan

Contact details

Room 9.057, Level 9
The Spot
198 Berkeley St (Building 110)

Postal address

Department of Management & Marketing
Level 10, 198 Berkeley St,
University of Melbourne,
Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia


Before taking up the position of Professor of Management at The University of Melbourne, Peter has held academic positions at Monash University, Deakin Universoty,The University of New South Wales, The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and The European University Institute. Peter has also previously worked as senior public servant as Director of Workplace Innovation in the Victorian Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development, and has undertaken commissioned research for both state and commonwealth governments on areas related to employment relations, regulatory arrangements to support workplace innovation, and the consequences of various regulatory labour market reforms. He is currently a member of the editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Management Studies. Between 2009 and 2012 Peter was also editor-in-chief of Labour and Industry, the official journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • HRM, high performance work practices, workplace innovation
  • industrial relations, employee voice and representation
  • labour market regulation, productivity


CDC DIPLOMA (AUST INST OF COMPANY DIRECTORS), Australian Institute of Company Directors. (2003)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne. (1997)
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of New South Wales. (1989)

Professional Memberships

Academy of Management
Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
International Employment and Labour Relations Association



Cooney S, Mahy P, Mitchell R, Gahan P. The evolution of labour law in three Asian nations: An introductory comparative study - Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal

Journal Articles

Gahan P, Ramsay I, Welsch M. (2014) "Worker and Shareholder Protection in Six Countries: A Longitudinal Analysis", Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol.27 (3)

Mitchell R, Mahy P, Gahan P. (2014) "The Evolution of Labour Law in India: An Overview and Commentary on Regulatory Objectives and Development", Asian Journal of Law and Society, vol.1 (02)

Cooney S, Mahy P, Mitchell R, Gahan P. (2014) "The Evolution of Labor Law in Three Asian Nations: An Introductory Comparative Study", Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, vol.36 (1)

Gahan P, Pekarek A. (2013) "Social movement theory, collective action frames and union theory: A critique and extension", British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.51 (4), pp.754 - 776.

Gahan PG, Mitchell R, Cooney ST, Cooper B, Stewart A. (2012) "Economic Globalization and Convergence in Labor Market Regulation: An Empirical Assessment", American Journal of Comparative Law, vol.60 (1-3), pp.703 - 742.

Gahan PG. (2012) "“Voice Within Voice”: Members’ Voice Responses to Dissatisfaction with Their Union", Industrial Relations: A journal of economy and society, vol.51 (1), pp.29 - 56.

Anderson H, Gahan PG, Mitchell R, Ramsay I, Welsh M. (2012) "Investor and Worker Protection in Australia: A Longitudinal Analysis", Sydney Law Review, vol.34 (3), pp.573 - 585.

Anderson H, Welsh M, Ramsay I, Gahan PG. (2012) "Shareholder and creditor protection in Australia: A leximetric analysis", Company and Securities Law Journal, vol.30, pp.366 - 390.

Gahan PG, Michelotti M, Standing G. (2012) "The Diffusion of HR Practices in Chinese Workplaces and Organizational Outcomes", Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol.65 (3), pp.651 - 685.

Anderson H, Welsh M, Ramsay I, Gahan PG. (2012) "The Evolution of Shareholder and Creditor Protection in Australia: An international comparison", International and Comparative Law Quarterly , vol.61 (1), pp.171 - 207.

Gahan PG, Pekarek A. (2012) "The Rise and Rise of Enterprise Bargaining in Australia, 1991-2011", Labour & Industry, vol.22 (3), pp.195 - 222.

Anderson G, Gahan P, Mitchell R, Stewart A. (2011) "The Evolution of Labour Law in New Zealand: A Comparative Study of New Zealand, Australia, and Five Other Countries", Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, vol.33 (1), pp.137 - 170.

Mitchell R, Taft D, Forsyth A, Gahan P, Sutherland C. (2010) "Assessing the Impact of Employment Legislation: The Coalition Government’s Labour Law Program 1996–2007", Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol.23 (4), pp.274 - 301.

Puncheva-Michelotti P, Michelotti M, Gahan P. (2010) "The Relationship Between Individuals’ Recognition of Human Rights and Responses to Socially Responsible Companies: Evidence from Russia and Bulgaria", Journal of Business Ethics, vol.93 (4), pp.583 - 605.

Gahan P, Abeysekera L. (2009) "What shapes an individual’s work values? An integrated model of the relationship between work values, national culture and self-construal", International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol.20 (1), pp.126 - 147.

Gahan P, Buttigieg D. (2008) "High Performance Work Systems and the Social Context of Work: The Role of Workplace Climate", Labour & Industry, vol.19 (1-2), pp.1 - 23.

Gahan P, Minahan S, Glow H. (2007) "A Creative Twist: Management Theory, Creativity and the Arts", Journal of Management and Organization, vol.13 (1), pp.41 - 50.

Gahan P G. (2003) "Work, status and contract: another challenge for labour law", Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol.16, pp.249 - 258.


Harley W, Gahan P, Sewell G. (2014) "Managerial Control of Work in the Private Security Industry in Australia", Urban (In)Security: Policing the Neo-Liberal Crisis, pp. - .

Gahan PG, Pekarek A. (2012) "Collective Bargaining and Agreement-Making in Australia: Evolution of the Legislative Framework and Agreement-Making in Practice", Rediscovering Collective Bargaining, pp.21 - 45.

Gahan P. (2007) "'The Politics of Partnership’: The Evolution of Public Sector Industrial Relations in Victoria", Public Sector Employment in the Twenty-First Century, pp.229 - 252.

Teaching responsibilities

  • MGMT90037 - Conflict and Negotiation (Semester 2)
  • MGMT90193 - Advanced Human Resource Management (Semester 2)