Owen Darbishire is the Rhodes Trust Associate Professor in Management Studies (Organisational Behaviour and Industrial Relations) at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Sue Cormack Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
Owen is known internationally for his research examining how comparative employment systems and work organisation have been evolving, as well as exploring the causes and consequences of changes in the institutional regulation of labour markets across a range of national economies. These include Britain, Germany, Australia, the United States and other countries. In addition, his research explores how varieties of capitalism impact firm performance, the comparative functioning of labour markets, the political economy of changes in labour and employment law, the impact of new technology on work. A further strand of research explores negotiations in a national and international context. In addition to many articles and book chapters, he is the author (with Harry Katz) of the book "Converging Divergences: Worldwide changes in employment systems," Cornell University Press, 2000.
Owen is Director of the Oxford Transition to Leadership Programme, a general management programme for mid-career managers, and through his teaching he also works with undergraduate and postgraduate students through to the most senior leaders of major organisations. His teaching focusses on individual, group and organisational decision making and he is also an experienced teacher of negotiation for senior executives.
An elected member of Saïd Business School Board and former Chair of the Faculty, which he joined in 1996, Owen is also a member of the Governing Body of Pembroke College. For the business school he has been Director of Undergraduate Degrees, Director of the Oxford Advanced Management Programme and Director of the Programme on Chinese Entrepreneurial Development. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford where he was an Exhibitioner at Balliol College. He took his MSc and PhD in Collective Bargaining from the School of Industrial and Labour Relations at Cornell University, USA, where he was also later the Brettschneider Scholar in 2008. Visiting appointments include research fellowships in Germany at IAAG, Trier, and the Max-Planck-Institut, Cologne.
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