Arjan Keizer

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Position: Lecturer in International Hr / Comp Ir
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Arjan Keizer took his PhD in economics at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. As part of the Japan Prizewinners' Programme, he spent half a year at various sections of Canon Inc in Japan. He then returned to the Erasmus University to work at the Rotterdam Institute of Modern Asian Studies (RIMAS) where he taught on various aspects of the economies of Asia. He has also spent one-and-a-half years as a research fellow at Hitotsubashi University and a period as visiting researcher at the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training. After several years at the Bradford University School of Management, he joined Manchester Business School in 2010.

Research Interests

My research concens the comparative study of employment practices and industrial relations, with a particular focus on Japan and, to a lesser extent, the Netherlands. Important themes include processes of change in national system of employment relations, the relation between national employment practices and the personnel strategies of individual companies, and the issue of labour market segmentation and its implications.

This research draws on various theories and approaches like theories of institutional change and discussion of internal labour markets and labour market segmentation. Ongoing research focuses on specific issues in the Japanese and Dutch labour market (e.g. the position of female and contingent workers, the role of labour unions) and more conceptual work on the issues of institutional change, gobalisation and convergence.

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  • Martínez-Lucio, M., & Keizer, A. B. (2015). Employee Representatives and Participation in the United Kingdom. In M. Euwema, L. Munduate, P. Elgoibar, E. Pender, & A. Belén García (Eds.), Promoting Social Diaologue in European Organizations: Human Resources Management and Constructive Conflict Management. (pp. 163-178). (Industrial Relations & Conflict Management; Vol. 1). Cham: SpringerOpen. . Publication link: 6164a54f-8124-4ffa-a3a9-d6f7a7809ab1


  • Keizer, A., Grimshaw, D., Cartwright, J., & Rubery, J. (2014). Coming Clean: contractual and procurement practices. (Equality and Human Rights Commission Research report 96). Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.. Publication link: ea016bd7-da91-4421-85b7-ded0d66a7b74


  • Keizer, A. B., Alonso, L. E. (Ed.), & Rodríguez, C. J. F. (Ed.) (2013). La década perdida de Japón y su impacto sobre el empleo. In La financiarización de las relaciones salariales: Una Perspectiva internacional. Madrid: La Catarata. . Publication link: ac46aadd-81ff-4ae4-a6dd-33d984477bc1


  • Keizer, A. B., Umemura, M., Delbridge, R., & Morgan, G. (2012). ‘Japanese Management 20 Years On: The Contemporary Relevance of Japanese Management Practices’. (AIM Executive Review). No publisher name.. Publication link: df86ced9-17f5-4e35-804f-34619fa6e99a


  • Keizer, A. B. (2011). Japanese Unions and the Organisation of Non-Regular Employment: The Development of New Career and Trainig Opportunities. In host publication.. Publication link: a680d201-0729-48dd-9b21-100445fc11e2
  • Keizer, A. B., & Horn, S. (Ed.) (2011). The Introduction of Competency Pay in Japan: Performance in Appraisal and Remuneration. In Emerging Perspectives in Japanese Human Resource Management. (pp. 45-72). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing. . Publication link: 67c79bd8-2a73-44ce-923c-cac480d827eb
  • Keizer, A., Policy, J. I. F. L. (Ed.), & Training, . U. (Ed.) (2011). Non-regular employment in the Netherlands. (Non-Regular Employment - Issues and Challenges Common to the Major Developed Countries). Tokyo: Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training.. Publication link: 6ff6ae1a-fd25-42ea-92e7-7d9a3995ff29
  • Keizer, A. B. (2011). HRM and Employment in Japan: Changes to the 'Three Pillars'. AIM Management Research Forum 'Japanese Management Twenty Years On', Cardiff Business School, .. Publication link: 33c1c07f-71cd-4e01-beda-42c79c83c1c8
  • Keizer, A. B. (2011). Japanese Unions and the Organisation of Non-Regular Employment: A Step towards Greater Equality? In host publication.. Publication link: 3bc3dab8-04ae-4b15-b9e9-9e08dcf9320c
  • Keizer, A. B. (2011). Non-Regular Employment in the Netherlands. JILPT Seminar on Non-Regular Employment, Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT), Tokyo, .. Publication link: e4e11ea5-20f5-47b2-80ef-aca2d21c8b14



  • Keizer, A. B. (2009). Transformations in and outside the internal labour market: Institutional change and continuity in Japanese employment practices. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20(7), 1521-1535. DOI: 10.1080/09585190902983462. Publication link: ff4ec741-23d8-4d9c-ba35-6aa9c80c28d3




  • Keizer, A. B. (2005). The Changing Logic of Japanese Employment Practices: A Firm-Level Analysis of Four Industries. (ERIM Ph.D. Series). Rotterdam: Erasmus University Rotterdam.. Publication link: a057e7cf-874f-4dc2-a2a6-360ba6e731f9


  • Keizer, A., Noorderhaven, N., Benders, J., & Stam, J. (2000). Mirroring Consensus: Unity in Diversity? In Mirroring Consensus: Decision-Making in Japanese-Dutch Businesses. (pp. 59-95). Utrecht: Lemma Publishers. . Publication link: a79c9dfd-5536-449f-a48b-ca05fe44e7d3
  • Keizer, A., Benders, J., Noorderhaven, N., Kumon, H., & Stam, J. (2000). Mirroring Consensus: Decision-Making in Japanese-Dutch Businesses. Utrecht: Lemma Publishers.. Publication link: 24acabc3-90f9-4ded-bcee-2073c652b183