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Prof Peter Gahan CDC (DIP), PhD, BCom (Hons)

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Peter Gahan is a Research Associate at the Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Management at the University of Melbourne. He was previously Director of the Centre for Workplace Leadership from its foundation in 2012 to 2016.

He has previously held academic and visiting positions at UNSW, Monash, University of South California, The European University Institute, Cardiff Business School, New York University and Stockholm Business School.
Peter has published widely on high performance workplaces, employment relations and labour market issues, conflict and bargaining, and the consequences of labour market regulation.

His current research focuses on two major drivers of change at work: workforce ageing and how technology is transforming the nature of jobs. Peter is currently exploring how older works are perceived by others (co-workers, managers and customers) in the workplace and how these perceptions influence hiring decisions, promotion and performance evaluations.

SAL will shape the way Australian governments address business challenges faced by leaders for years to come.

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Research Interests

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


Major Reference Work

Gahan P. (2007) Arbitration, The Oxford Companion To Australian Politics.

Research Book Chapter

Pekarek A, Gahan P. (2014) Collective Bargaining and Agreement-Making in Australia: Evolution of the Legislative Framework and Agreement-Making in Practice, in Rediscovering Collective Bargaining, pp. 21-45.
Gahan P. (2007) ‘The Politics of Partnership’: The Evolution of Public Sector Industrial Relations in Victoria, in Public Sector Employment in the Twenty-First Century, pp. 229-252.

Book Chapter (Other)

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

Journal Article Refereed

Gahan P, Pekarek A. (2013) Social movement theory, collective action frames and union theory: A critique and extension, in British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 51 (4), pp. 754-776.
Gahan P. (2012) “Voice Within Voice”: Members’ Voice Responses to Dissatisfaction with Their Union, in Industrial Relations: A journal of economy and society, vol. 51 (1), pp. 29-56.
Gahan P, Mitchell R, Cooney S, Cooper B, Stewart A. (2012) Economic Globalization and Convergence in Labor Market Regulation: An Empirical Assessment, in American Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 60 (1-3), pp. 703-742.
Anderson H, Gahan P, Mitchell R, Ramsay I, Welsh M. (2012) Investor and Worker Protection in Australia: A Longitudinal Analysis, in Sydney Law Review, vol. 34 (3), pp. 573-585.
Anderson H, Welsh M, Ramsay I, Gahan P. (2012) Shareholder and creditor protection in Australia: A leximetric analysis, in Company and Securities Law Journal, vol. 30, pp. 366-390.
Gahan P, Michelotti M, Standing G. (2012) The Diffusion of HR Practices in Chinese Workplaces and Organizational Outcomes, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 65 (3), pp. 651-685.
Anderson H, Welsh M, Ramsay I, Gahan P. (2012) The Evolution of Shareholder and Creditor Protection in Australia: An international comparison, in International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 61 (1), pp. 171-207.
Gahan P, Pekarek A. (2012) The Rise and Rise of Enterprise Bargaining in Australia, 1991-2011, in 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, in Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, vol. 33 (1), pp. 137-170.
Arup C, Forsythy A, Gahan P, Michelotti M, Mitchell R, Sutherland C, Taft D. (2010) Assessing the Impact of Employment Legislation: The Coalition Government’s Labour Law Program 1996–2007, in 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, in 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, in 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, in 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, in Journal of Management and Organization, vol. 13 (1), pp. 41-50.
Gahan P. (2003) Work, status and contract: another challenge for labour law, in Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol. 16, pp. 249-258.

Journal Article Unrefereed

Olsen J E, Gahan P G. (2014) Why using Myers-Briggs at work Might Be a Terrible Idea (MBTI), in The Conversation.

Report or Working Paper

Forsyth A, Howe J, Landau I, Gahan P. (2012) Fair Work Australia’s Influence in the Enterprise Bargaining Process.
Vamos S, Boedker C, Green R, Runnalls M, Gahan P, Sampson D. (2009) Leading Australia to More Innovative, Productive and Fulfilling Workplaces – The Role of the Government.
Gahan P, Taft D, Mitchell R, Bion K. (2008) The Impact of Fair and Co-operative Employment Practices on Business Performance: A Review of the International Evidence.
Gahan P. (2007) Employer Greenfield Agreements in Victoria: A Research Report prepared for the Victorian Office of the Workplace Rights Advocate.
Gahan P. (2007) Employer Greenfields Agreements in New South Wales.
Gahan P. (2007) Employer Greenfields Agreements in Queensland.
Gahan P. (2007) Employer Greenfields Agreements in South Australia.
Gahan P. (2007) Employer Greenfields Agreements in Western Australia.
Gahan P. (2007) Greenfields Agreements under Work Choices: Interim Report.
Orazi, D, Good, L, Robin, M, van Wanrooy, B, Butar, I B, Olsen, J, Gahan, P. (2014) Workplace Leadership: A Review of Prior Research.
Gahan, P, Sievewright, B, Evans, P. (2014) Workplace health and safety, business productivity and sustainability.
. (2015) How organisations can benefit from the ageing workforce.
. (2016) Developing Leaders in Business Schools: A Case Report on First Year Student Leaders.
Olsen, JE, Gahan, PG, Butar, I. (2016) Leading from the Frontline: Developing Leader Identity and Leadership Self-Efficacy among Frontline Managers.


  • CDC (DIP), Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2003
  • PhD, University of Melbourne,
  • BCom (Hons), University of New South Wales, 1989


  • Academy of Management, 2013-
  • International Employment and Labour Relations Association, 2008-
  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, 2006-
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 1990-