Alex Veen

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Scholarly Teaching Fellow

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The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Alex Veen is an employment relations scholar in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, where he is teaching in the employment relations and human resource management areas.

He was awarded his PhD from the University of Western Australia, Perth. Originally from the Netherlands, he undertook his MSc International Business & Management (‘cum laude’) and BSc Business Studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. For his doctoral research he examined the industrial agreement-making practices of the Western Australia mining industry in the post-Australian Workplace Agreements era, his thesis was entitled: 'Life after statutory individual agreements in the Western Australian mining industry: Management strategic choices in response to a changing employment relations regulatory environment'.

In recent years, he worked across a number of universities in Melbourne, contributing to research projects that focused on employment relations, international HRM, care work, and future of work issues. In addition to his academic work, he co-authored a number of practitioner reports commissioned by industry partners. He is currently collaborating on a project that explores work and employment practices in the food-delivery segment of the platform-based 'gig' economy in Australia.

Research Interests

Alex Veen’s disciplinary background is industrial relations and international business and management. His main research interests are in Australian industrial relations, international human resource management, and the future of work. His projects predominantly rely on qualitative case study methods, utilising a range of different data collection methods, including interviews.

As part of the Australian industrial relations focused research project, Alex has focused on the interactions between national regulatory frameworks and organizational workplace relations strategies. For example, exploring how regulatory changes impact on management workplace relations strategizing. Having won a Freda and Len Lansbury Early Career Researcher Award in 2018, he’s currently undertaking a new research project around the unilateral termination of enterprise agreements and the impact on enterprise bargaining; investigating the diffusion of employer industrial-agreement making approaches under the Fair Work regime.

In terms of international human resource management, Alex has contributed to two recently published systematic reviews, exploring the contemporary state of the scholarly field in terms of cross-country HRM studies as well as HRM in MNEs.

Alex’s final area of interest is around the future of work, focussing on the impact of technology and new forms of work organisation. In particular, he is investigating platform-based forms of gig work, assessing both worker experiences and societal consequences of these novel forms of work organisation. Previously, he’s also conducted research around future skill and human resource development needs in the construction industry.

Over the years, Alex has contributed to a range of applied research project across different industries, including the mining, construction, manufacturing, maritime, FMCG, and disability care industries. He further contributed to contract research projects for different stakeholders, such as employer associations, trade union federations, and statutory bodies.

Alex is an engaged researcher, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand as well as a member of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales. He is the current Engaged Research Co-ordinator for the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Industrial Relations.

Selected publications


Journal Articles

Cooke F, Wood G, Wang M, and Veen A (2018) How far has international HRM travelled? A systematic review of literature on multinational corporations (2000�2014) Human Resource Management Review, In Press. [More Information]

Veen A (2018) The bulwarking of individualised workplace relations in the mining industry: Retaining managerial control within a contested regulatory space Journal of Industrial Relations, 60 (1), 30-52. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Cooke F, Veen A, and Wood G (2017) What do we know about cross-country comparative studies in HRM? A critical review of literature in the period of 2000-2014 International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28 (1), 196-233. [More Information]

Veen A, Teicher J, and Holland P (2017) Continuity or disruption? An assessment of changing work and employment in the Victorian construction industry Labour and Industry, 27 (3), 193-212. [More Information]



Cooke F, and Veen A (2016) Review of Incentivised Models of Care: Full Review and Technical Report; Monash University, Melbourne, 7-137.


Journal Article

Teicher J, and Veen A (2015) Are some franchises more likely to exploit their workers? The Conversation.

Recent Units Taught

  • WORK2217 International Human Resource Management

  • WORK3201 International Human Resource Management

  • WORK3600 IR and HRM in Practice

  • WORK6108 International Dimensions of HRM

  • WORK6120 Research Essay

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