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Cass Business School
Professor

Nicolas Bacon is Professor in Human Resource Management at Cass Business School. His research explores the impact of human resource management practices on organisational performance and employee outcomes in a wide variety of settings including manufacturing firms, unionised workplaces, small firms, medium-sized enterprises, private equity-owned firms and the public sector. Professor Bacon has published 50 academic articles in learned journals as well as numerous book chapters and edited the Industrial Relations Journal 2004-2008.

Qualifications

PhD and BA.

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  • Academic Advisory Council Member, Institute for Family Business Research Foundation, May 2014 – present
  • ESRC Peer Review College, Jun 2011 – present

Expertise

Primary Topics

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Economics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Management

Industries/Professions

  • accountancy firms
  • banking
  • financial services

Research

My current research covers human resource management and performance in small and medium-sized firms,partnership in the National Health Service,the impact of private equity on human resource management, and new types of trade union representatives.

Research Topics

  • Human Resource Management and Performance in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Partnership in the National Health Service
  • The impact of private equity on human resource management
  • New types of trade union representatives

Bacon, N., Hoque, K., Jones, M. and Wass, V. Are High Performance Work Practices (HPWPs) enabling or disabling? Exploring the relationship between selected HPWPs and work-related disability disadvantage. Human Resource Management .

Books (2)

  • Bacon, N., Snell, S., Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A. (Eds.), (2009). The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management. London: Sage Publications Limited. ISBN 978-1-4129-2829-8.
  • Blyton, P., Heery, E., Bacon, N. and Fiorito, J. (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations. SAGE. ISBN 978-1-4462-6630-4.

Chapters (18)

  • Bacon, N. (2015). Social partnership in devolved nations: Scotland and Wales. In Johnstone, S. and Ackers, P. (Eds.), Finding a Voice at Work? New Perspectives on Employment Relations (pp. 177–192). OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-164484-9.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (2011). The Individualisation of the Employment Relationship and the Implications for Trade Unions. In Baird, R., Cooper, B., Ellem, B. and Lansbury, R. (Eds.), Industrial Relations London: Sage. ISBN 978-1-84920-795-9.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (2011). Individualization of the Employment Relationship and the Implications for Trade Unions. In Baird, M., Cooper, R., Ellem, B. and Lansbury, R. (Eds.), Industrial Relations (SAGE Library in Business and Management) SAGE Publications Limited. ISBN 978-1-84920-795-9.
  • Bruining, H., Boselie, P., Wright, M. and Bacon, N. (2008). The Impact of Business Ownership Change on Employee Relations: Buy-outs in the UK and the Netherlands. In Wright, M. and Bruining, H. (Eds.), Private Equity and Management Buy-outs (pp. 345–365). Edward Elgar. ISBN 978-1-84720-725-8.
  • Heery, E., Bacon, N., Blyton, P. and Fiorito, J. (2008). Introduction: The field of industrial relations. In Blyton, P., Bacon, N., Fiorito, J. and Heery, E. (Eds.), Handbook of Industrial Relations London: Sage. ISBN 978-1-4129-1154-2.
  • Bacon, N. (2008). Management strategy and industrial relations. In Blyton, P., Bacon, N., Fiorito, J. and Heery, E. (Eds.), Handbook of Industrial Relations London: Sage. ISBN 978-1-4129-1154-2.
  • Bacon, N. (2006). Industrial Relations. In Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A. (Eds.), Human Resource Management (pp. 188–202). Harlow: Addison Wesley.
  • Bacon, N. (2003). Human Resource Management And Industrial Relations. In Ackers, P. and Wilkinson, A. (Eds.), Reworking Industrial Relations: New Perspectives on Employment and Society Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bacon, N. (2001). New Patterns of Employment Relations. In Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A. (Eds.), Contemporary Human Resource Management: text and cases
  • Bacon, N. and Blyton, P. (2001). The impact of globalisation on trade unions and their members. In Debrah, Y. and Smith, I. (Eds.), Globalization, Employment and the Workplace London: Routledge.
  • Bacon, N. and Blyton, P. (1999). Teamworking and Industrial Relations. Teamworking: Issues, Concepts and Problems (pp. 244–261). London: Macmillan.
  • Bacon, N., Ackers, P., Storey, J., Coates, D. and Storey, J. (1998). It's a small world : managing human resources in small businesses. In Mabey, C. and Salaman, G. (Eds.), Strategic Human Resource Management: A Reader London: Sage Publications in association with the Open University Business Schoo.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (1996). ChocCo: Plant Managers Developing HR Strategies in an Uncertain Organizational Climate. Blackwell Cases in Human Resource and Change Management Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (1996). Individualism and Collectivism and the Changing Role of Trade Unions. In Smith, C., Ackers, P. and Smith, P. (Eds.), The New Workplace and Trade Unionism (Critical Perspectives of Work & Organization) London ISBN 978-0-415-11676-3.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (1996). Metropol: developing management and equal opportunities in local government. In Storey, J. (Ed.), Blackwell Cases in Human Resource and Change Management Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-19752-2.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (1996). Royal Mail: A new industrial relations framework. In Storey, J. (Ed.), Blackwell Cases in Human Resource and Change Management Oxford ISBN 978-0-631-19752-2.
  • Bacon, N. and Storey, J. (1996). Unilever: Flexible Working: introducing annualised hours and flexible working. Blackwell Cases in Human Resource and Change Management Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-19752-2.
  • Bacon, N., Blyton, P. and Morris, J. (1994). Steel, State and Industrial Relations: Restructuring Work and Employment Relations in the Steel Industry. In Clarke, T. (Ed.), International Privatisation: Strategies and Practices Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-085719-1.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (3)

  • Bacon, N., Earles, J., Hoque,, K. and Conway, N. (2012). Union representation, voice and job quality: an analysis of a survey of union members in the UK finance sector. IREC - ESA/RN 17 Joint Conference 2012 5-7 September, CIES-ISCTE/IUL, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Bacon, N. (2012). Partnership and Conflict Resolution. ESRC Seminar Series on Conflict Resolution Lancaster, UK.
  • Bacon, N. and Hoque, K. (2012). The adoption of high-performance work practices in small businesses: the influence of market characteristics, firm structure and HR expertise. British Academy of Management - HRM Special Interest Group (SIG) Cranfield, UK.

Editorial Activities (5)

Human Relations, Member of Editorial Board, 2014 – present. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Member of Editorial Board, 2013 – present. Journal of Management Studies, Member of Editorial Board, 2006 – 2013. Industrial Relations Journal, Editor, 2003 – 2008. Work, Employment & Society, Member of Editorial Board, 2000 – 2003.

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