Greg Patmore

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BEc(Hons); PhD
Emeritus Professor of Business and Labour History

Rm 101
C37 - Burren Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 0040
Fax +61 2 9351 4567
greg.patmore@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Greg Patmore is Emeritus Professor of Business and Labour History and Chair of the Business and Labour History Group and the Co-operative Research Group (CRG) in the School of Business, The University of Sydney. He also chairs the advisory committee of the Chambers Research Collection on the Burren St. campus.

Greg was President of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) from 1986 to 1998 was editor of its journal, Labour History, from 1999-2010. He was made a life member of the ASSLH in 2015. Greg was the first President of the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools and serves on the editorial board of Labour History. He served from 2012 to 2019 on the Steering Committee of the New Global 300 Initiative of the International Co-operative Alliance, which mapped the impact of co-operatives internationally. He has held visiting positions at the University of California (Berkeley), Cardiff Business School and Georgetown University. He is also a former chair of Work and Organisational Studies in the School of Business and Pro Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Research Interests

Greg’s main research interests are labour history, comparative labour history, co-operative history and employee representation. His publications have covered a wide range of issues including railway labour relations, the impact of community on industrial relations, the legal regulation of industrial relations, employee representation plans, the history of banking, Australian labour history and historical methodology.

In 2016 with Nikola Balnave (Macquarie University) and Olivera Marjanovic (UTS) he obtained a three-year ARC Discovery Grant to explore the long-term growth, decline and revival of co-operatives in Australia. He is writing under contract with the publisher Routledge a history of the Berkeley Co-operative in California, which was the largest consumer co-operative in North America. With Mark Westcott, he is co-editing a special issue of the Accounting History Review on inter-disciplinary historical research. His recent publications include Worker Voice (The University of Liverpool Press), which examined schemes for worker voice at the plant level in Australia, Canada, Germany, the US and the UK in the inter-war period, a co-authored history of the regional health insurer Westfund (Federation Press), a co-edited global history of consumer co-operatives (Brill), a co-edited book on USA and Australia comparative labour history (University of Illinois Press), a co-authored global history of co-operatives (Routledge),  and a co-edited comparative study of Australian and Italian co-operatives (University of Florence Press).

Selected publications

2019

Book Chapter

Hilson M, Neunsinger S, and Patmore G (2019) Co-operative Retailing The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing; Routledge, Abingdon, 301-318. [More Information]

2018

Books

Patmore G, and Balnave N (2018) A Global History of Co-operative Business; Routledge, Oxon. [More Information]

Patmore G, and Stromquist S (2018) Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia; University of Illinois Press, Urbana.

Book Chapters

Patmore G (2018) Industrial Relations and Joint Industrial Councils: the UK and beyond 1916-1939 Liberal Reform and Industrial Relations: J.H. Whitley (1866-1935), Halifax Radical and Speaker of the House of Commons; Routledge, Oxon, 86-102. [More Information]

Patmore G (2018) Employment relations and history The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations; Routledge, Oxon, 69-80. [More Information]

Patmore G, and Balnave N (2018) Controlling Consumption: A Comparative History of Rochdale Consumer Cooperatives in Australia and the United States Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia; University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 266-286. [More Information]

Patmore G, and Stromquist S (2018) US and Australian Labor: A Comparative and Transnational Perspective Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia; University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1-12. [More Information]

Stromquist S, and Patmore G (2018) Conclusion: Harvesting the Fruits of Transnational and Comparative History Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia; University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 347-352. [More Information]

Report

Coyne B, Creighton B, D'Espaignet E, Stern E, McDonald F, McLeay F, Patmore G, Denton J, Burns K, Crock M, Walton M, Cowdery N, and et al (2018) World Justice Project: Rule of Law Index 2017 - Australia. [More Information]

2017

Journal Articles

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2017) The Labour Movement and Co-operatives Labour History, 112, 7-24. [More Information]

Knowles H, Patmore G, and Westcott M (2017) Mutualism and Labourism in the Experience of Westfund Labour History, 112, 61-79. [More Information]

Patmore G, and Westcott M (2017) The Labour Movement, Mutuals and Co-operatives: Introduction Labour History, 112, 1-5. [More Information]

Book

Hilson M, Neunsinger S, and Patmore G (2017) A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden. [More Information]

Book Chapters

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2017) Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden, 456-480. [More Information]

Hilson M, Neunsinger S, and Patmore G (2017) A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Introduction A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden, 3-16. [More Information]

Neunsinger S, and Patmore G (2017) Conclusion: Consumer Co-operatives Past, Present and Future A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden, 727-751. [More Information]

Patmore G (2017) Fighting Monopoly and Enhancing Democracy: A Historical Overview of US Consumer Co-operatives A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden, 507-526. [More Information]

Patmore G (2017) Challenges to Business: Introduction to Section 3 A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden, 409-412. [More Information]

Patmore G, and Balnave N (2017) Managing Consumer Co-operatives: A Historical Perspective A Global History of Consumer Co-operation since 1850: Movements and Businesses; Brill, Leiden, 413-430. [More Information]

2016

Books

Knowles H, Patmore G, and Westcott M (2016) Health Insurance in Regional Australia: The History of Westfund; Federation Press, Sydney.

Patmore G (2016) Worker Voice: Employee Representation in the Workplace in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US 1914-1939; Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. [More Information]

Report

Cuthbertson A, Creighton B, Williams D, Stern E, McDonald F, Williams G, Patmore G, Gillespie J, Crock M, Cowdery N, Cashman P, and et al (2016) World Justice Project: Rule of Law Index 2016 - Australia. [More Information]

2015

Journal Article

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2015) The outsider consumer co-operative: lessons from the Community Co-operative Store (Nuriootpa), 1944-2010 Business History, 57 (8), 1133-1154. [More Information]

Book

Jensen A, Patmore G, and Tortia E (2015) Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze.

Book Chapters

Battilani P, Balnave N, and Patmore G (2015) Consumer Co-operatives in Australia and Italy Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze, 57-73.

Jensen A, Patmore G, and Tortia E (2015) Conclusion. Co-operatives in Australia and Italy: lessons and prospects Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze, 265-270.

Jensen A, Patmore G, and Tortia E (2015) Introduction. Advancing the co-operative movement in Australia and Italy: a three years research program Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze, 11-18.

Marjanovic O, Hallikainen P, Balnave N, Patmore G, and Rittau Y (2015) Social Media Use in Australian Co-operatives: current applications and future opportunities Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze, 231-244.

O'Leary R, Patmore G, and Zevi A (2015) National Co-operative Organisations in Australia and Italy Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze, 37-55.

Report

Frazer A, Goldsmith A, Creighton B, Williams D, Stern E, Patmore G, Crock M, Cowdery N, Cashman P, and et al V (2015) World Justice Project: Rule of Law Index 2015 - Australia. [More Information]

2014

Book Chapter

Patmore G (2014) A Tale of Two Employee Representation Plans in the Steel Industry: Pueblo, Colorado, and Sydney, Nova Scotia Making an American Workforce: The Rockefellers and the Legacy of Ludlow; University Press of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 125-151. [More Information]

2013

Journal Article

Patmore G (2013) Unionism and non-union employee representation: The interwar experience in Canada, Germany, the US and the UK Journal of Industrial Relations, 55 (4), 527-545. [More Information]

Book Chapters

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2013) The AMWU: Politics and Industrial Relations, 1852-2012 Organise, Educate, Control: The AMWU in Australia 1852-2012; Monash University Publishing, Clayton, 3-33.

Patmore G (2013) Industrial Democracy The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History; Oxford University Press, New York, 363-368. [More Information]

Patmore G (2013) Cooperatives and Worker Management The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History; Oxford University Press, New York, 152-154. [More Information]

Patmore G (2013) Cooperatives The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History; Oxford University Press, New York, 151-152. [More Information]

Patmore G (2013) Company Unions The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History; Oxford University Press, New York, 134-135. [More Information]

2012

Journal Article

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2012) Rochdale consumer co-operatives in Australia: Decline and survival Business History, 54 (6), 986-1003. [More Information]

Book

Knowles H, Patmore G, and Shields J (2012) Citi in Australia. A Business History; Citigroup Inc, Sydney.

Book Chapter

Patmore G (2012) Industrial Relations From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011; Allen and Unwin, Sydney Australia, 170-180.

2011

Journal Articles

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2011) The Politics of Consumption and Labour History Labour History, 100, 145-165.

Markey R, and Patmore G (2011) Employee Participation in Health and Safety in the Australian Steel Industry, 1935-2006 British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49 (1), 144-167. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Patmore G (2011) Giving Employees a Voice in the Workplace: A comparative Historical Perspective Work and Employment Relations: An Era of Change; The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, 153-166.

2010

Journal Articles

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2010) Marketing community and democracy: Rural Rochdale co-operatives in Australia Consumption, Markets and Culture, 13 (1), 61-77. [More Information]

Davis T, and Patmore G (2010) Mirrored histories: Consumption and work in the Asia Pacific Consumption, Markets and Culture, 13 (1), 1-5. [More Information]

Gallop G, and Patmore G (2010) Social Democratic Governments and Business Labour History, 98 (May), 1-6.

Knowles H, Patmore G, and Shields J (2010) A Marriage of Convenience: Citibank, Hawke-Keating Labor and Foreign Bank Entry into Australia Labour History, 98 (May 2010), 97-119.

Book Chapters

Markey R, Balnave N, and Patmore G (2010) Worker Directors and Worker Ownership/Cooperatives Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations; Oxford University Press, Oxford United Kingdom, 237-257. [More Information]

Patmore G (2010) Australia Histories of Labour: National and International Perspectives; Merlin Press, Pontypool United Kingdom, 231-261.

2009

Journal Articles

Cooper R, and Patmore G (2009) Private Detectives, Blacklists and Company Unions: Anti-Union Employer Strategy & Australian Labour History Labour History, 97 (November 2009), 1-11.

Markey R, and Patmore G (2009) Employee Participation and Labour Representation: ICI Works Councils in Australia, 1942-75 Labour History, 97 (November 2009), 53-73.

Markey R, and Patmore G (2009) The Role of the State in the Diffusion of Industrial Democracy: South Australia, 1972-9 Economic and Industrial Democracy, 30 (1), 37-66. [More Information]

Patmore G (2009) Federal Systems of Industrial Relations Journal of Industrial Relations, 51 (2), 147-150. [More Information]

Patmore G (2009) The Origins of Federal Industrial Relations Systems: Australia, Canada and the USA Journal of Industrial Relations, 51 (2), 151-172. [More Information]

2008

Journal Articles

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2008) 'Practical Utopians': Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia and New Zealand Labour History, 95 (November), 97-110.

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2008) Rochdale Consumer Co-operatives in Australia: A case of Rural Survival Journal of Co-operative Studies, 41 (1), 11-21.

Knowles H, Patmore G, and Shields J (2008) From Hire Purchase to Property Development: The Rise and Demise of the Industrial Acceptance Corporation in Australia, 1926-77 Accounting, Business and Financial History, 18 (3), 283-302. [More Information]

Knowles H, Patmore G, and Shields J (2008) Introduction Accounting, Business and Financial History, 18 (3), 275-281. [More Information]

Patmore G, and Rees J (2008) Employee Publications and Employee Representation Plans: The Case of Colorado Fuel and Iron, 1915-1942 Management and Organizational History, 3 (3-4), 257-272. [More Information]

2007

Journal Article

Patmore G (2007) Employee representation plans at the Minnequa steelworks, Pueblo, Colorado, 1915-1942 Business History, 49 (6), 844-867. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Markey R, and Patmore G (2007) Employee Participation in Health and Safety in the Australian Steel Industry: BHP at Port Kembla, 1935-2006 International Employment Relations Association 15th Annual Conference; Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

2006

Journal Articles

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2006) The Politics of Consumption and Cooperation: An Overview Labour History (91), 1-12.

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2006) Localism and Rochdale Co-operation: The Junee District Co-operative Society Labour History, 91, 47-68.

Patmore G (2006) Employee Representation Plans in the United States, Canada, and Australia: An Employer Response to Workplace Democracy Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas, 3 (2), 41-65. [More Information]

Patmore G (2006) Editorial Labour History, 91, v-vi.

Patmore G (2006) Iron and Steel Unionism in Canada and Australia, 1900-1914: The Impact of the State, Ethicity, Management and Locality Labour-Le Travail, 58 (Fall), 71-105.

Patmore G (2006) Book Review: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might by M Reutter Labour History (90), 245-246.

Patmore G (2006) A voice for whom? Employee representation and labour legislation in Australia UNSW Law Journal, 29 (1), 8-21.

Patmore G (2006) Editorial Labour History, 90, v-vi.

Book Chapters

Patmore G (2006) Industry, labour and community, 1869-1932 Furnace, Fire and Forge: Lithgow's Iron and Steel Industry 1874-1932; Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. (LRRSA), Melbourne, 251-264.

Patmore G (2006) Time and work Rethinking Work, Time, Space and Discourse; Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, 21-38.

2005

Journal Articles

Patmore G, and Berger S (2005) Comparative labour history in Britain and Australia Labour History, 88 (May), 9-24.

Patmore G, and Coates D (2005) Labour parties and the state in Australia and the UK Labour History, 88 (May), 121-141.

Conference Proceeding

Balnave N, and Patmore G (2005) Rochdale consumer co-operatives and Australian labour history "The Past is Before Us" - 9th National Australian Labour History Conference 2005; Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and Business and Labour History (ASSLH), University of Sydney.

2004

Journal Article

Patmore G (2004) Union Birth, Growth And Death: The Impact Of The State, Management And Community At The Lithgow Ironworks. 1900-1914 Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (1), 21-38.

2003

Journal Article

Patmore G (2003) Legislating for benefits- NSW 1941-1958 Australian Bulletin of Labour, 29 (1), 14-30.

Book Chapters

Patmore G (2003) Joseph Alexander Browne 1932-1942 Laying the Foundations of Industrial Justice; The Federation Press, Sydney, 183-194.

Patmore G (2003) Industrial conciliation and arbitration in New South Wales before 1998 Laying the Foundations of Industrial Justice; The Federation Press, Sydney, 5-66.

Patmore G (2003) Introduction Laying the Foundations of Industrial Justice; The Federation Press, Sydney, 1-4.

Patmore G (2003) An employer response to workplace democracy : A North American perspective Partnership At Work: The Challenge Of Employee Democracy; Pluto Press, Australia, 178-186.

Patmore G (2003) Conclusion Laying the Foundations of Industrial Justice; The Federation Press, Sydney, 267-271.

Newsroom articles

  • These charts show exactly how much Australia's workforce has changed since 1911 06 Mar 2017

    The Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times

    The Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times quoted Professor Greg Patmore about the changing structure of Australia’s workforce in relation to the role of women in the aviation sector.

  • Where did the weekend come from? 09 Aug 2015

    The Sunday Age

    Professor Greg Patmore was interviewed in an article in the Sunday Age about the changing perception of the working week throughout Australia’s history.

  • From Number 96 to Australia's oldest Phd at 93 23 Apr 2014

    ABC 7.30

    ABC's 7.30 interviewed Professor Greg Patmore about the successful candidature of Elisabeth Kirkby, Australia's oldest Phd.

  • Your planet needs you - 10 ways to help 10 Oct 2013

    Sydney Morning Herald

    The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Professor Greg Patmore about how food co-ops can help sustainability.

  • Co-operatives 23 Oct 2012

    ABC National Radio

    Professor Greg Patmore was interviewed on ABC Radio National Late Night Live about the role of co-operatives in modern Australia.

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Videos

2012 is the UN Year of the Co-operative. Professor Greg Patmore discusses the importance of co-ops in the developing world.

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