Dr Matthew Allen

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Position: Senior Lecturer In Organisation Studies
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Matthew Allen joined Manchester Business School in 2007. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Birmingham, he worked at Manchester Metropolitan University (2004-2007). Matthew also holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a first degree from the University of East Anglia.

Research Interests

His research covers comparative employment relations, business systems, multinational corporations, employment relations and firm performance, and institutional theory. More speciifically, Matt's research focuses on institutional influences on firms' abilities to innovate. This often involves examining how ownership and control structures as well as human resource management poicies within firms shape innovation outcomes. Much, but not all, of his work analyses companies in renewable-energy industries.

Additional Information

Matthew contributes to the Managing Internationally across Business Systems on the MBA. He runs the International Organisational Change course on the MSc in Global Business Analysis. In addition, he contributes to the undergraduate Firms and Management in Comparative Perspective unit.

Programme involvement

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Publication summary




Working papers

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Authored book

  • Tueselmann, H.-J., McDonald, F., Heise, A., Allen, M M., and Voronkova, S. Employee Relations in Foreign-Owned Subsidiaries: German Multinational Companies in the UK. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. eScholarID:4b2446
  • Allen, M M. The Varieties of Capitalism Paradigm: Explaining Germany's Comparative Advantage?. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. eScholarID:4b2447

Book contribution

  • Allen, M.M.C. and Allen, M.L. "Institutions and Investments by Emerging Economy Multinationals in Developed Economies: Solar PV Firms and the Role of Political Authorities in Germany." In The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies, 83-98. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. eScholarID:233281
  • Allen, M.M.C. "Business Systems Theory and Employment Relations." In The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations, ed. Adrian Wilkinson, Geoff Wood and Richard Deeg, 86-113. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. eScholarID:171774 | DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199695096.013.005
  • Allen, M. M. C. "Hirschman and Voice." In The Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, ed. Adrian Wilkinson, Jimmy Donaghey, Tony Dundon and Richard Freeman (eds), 36-51. Cheltenham and New York: Edward Elgar Press, 2014. eScholarID:183660 | DOI:10.4337/9780857939272
  • Allen, Matthew M.C. and Maria L. Aldred. "The Impact of Institutions on Economic Growth in Central and Eastern Europe." In The Changing Geography of International Business, ed. Gary Cook and Jennifer Johns, 35-53. Basingstoke, U.K: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. eScholarID:194710 | DOI:10.1057/9781137277503
  • Allen, M. M. C. and Whitley, R. "Internationalization and Sectoral Diversity: The Roles of Organizational Capabilities and Dominant Institutions in Structuring Firms’ Responses to Semiglobalization." In Capitalist Diversity and Diversity Within Capitalism, ed. C. Lane and G. T. Wood, 97-120. Abingdon: Routledge, 2012. eScholarID:94438
  • Allen, M.M.C. and Aldred, M.L. "Internationalization, Institutions and Economic Growth: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis of the New EU Member States." In Handbook Of Institutional Approaches To International Business, 598-638. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012. eScholarID:155813
  • Tüselmann, H.-J., McDonald, F., Allen, M M., Golesorkhi, S., Filiou, D. "Cross-Border Transfer of Employment Relations Approaches: Country-of-Origin Effects and the Level and Type of Industry Internationalization." In Contemporary Challenges to International Business, ed. K. Ibeh and S. Davies, 52-67. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. eScholarID:3b2889
  • Allen, Matthew M C. "Germany’s National Innovation System." In Encyclopaedia of Technology and Innovation, ed. V.K. Narayanan and G.C. O'Connor, 375-389. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009. eScholarID:3g34
  • Allen, M M. "Migration and the Free Movement of Labour within the EU: The UK Model." In Die Arbeitsmärkte in der erweiterten Europäischen Union: Transformation (Labour Markets in the Enlarged EU: Transformation), ed. C. Kunze and T. Lenk, 65-80. Leipzig: Leipziger Beiträge zu Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, 2008. eScholarID:3b2888
  • Kidger, P., Allen, M M. "Employment in a Global Context." In Human Resource Management in an International Context, ed. R. Lucas, B. Lupton and H. Mathieson, 13-35.Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, 2007. eScholarID:3b2498
  • Funk, L., Kloes, H.-P., Schaefer, H., Allen, M M. "The Impact of the International Movement of Labour: The Case of Western Europe with Special Reference to Germany." In Migration and Labour Markets in the Social Sciences, INFER Research Perspectives Vol. 2, ed. H. Egbert and C. Esser, 31-54.Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2007. eScholarID:3b2499
  • Allen, M M. "Works Councils and Collective Agreements: Necessary Evils?." In New Challenges to Active Labour Market Policy, ed. L. Funk and S. Green, Berlin: VWF, 2002. eScholarID:3b2500

Journal article

  • Allen, M.M.C., Liu, J., Allen, M.L. and Saqib, S.I. "Establishments' Use of Temporary Agency Workers: The Influence of Institutions and Establishments' Employment Strategies." The International Journal of Human Resource Management(2016) . eScholarID:299075
  • Allen, M.M.C and Allen, M.L. "Access to Finance, Co-operative Industrial Relations, and Economic Growth: A Comparative Analysis of the States of South Eastern Europe." Research in International Business and Finance(2015) : 167-177. eScholarID:233282 | DOI:10.1016/j.ribaf.2014.09.006
  • Tueselmann, Heinz-Josef, Allen, Matthew MC, and McDonald, Frank. "Vive les différences? Voice in French MNCs' overseas workplaces: a comparative study of voice in French, German and US subsidiaries in the UK." The International Journal of Human Resource Management 26, no. 8(2015) : 1152-1168. eScholarID:227496 | DOI:10.1080/09585192.2014.925949
  • Allen, M. M. C. and Aldred, M. L. "Business Regulation, Inward Foreign Direct Investment, and Economic Growth in the New European Union Member States." Critical Perspectives on International Business 9, no. 3(2013) : 301-321. eScholarID:183661 | DOI:10.1108/17422041311330431
  • Allen, M.M.C. "Comparative Capitalisms and the Institutional Embeddedness of Innovative Capabilities." Socio-Economic Review 11, no. 4(2013) : 771-794. eScholarID:206072 | DOI:10.1093/ser/mwt018
  • Allen, M. M. C., Tüselmann, H.-J. and Aldred, M. L. "Institutional frameworks and radical innovation: an analysis of high- and medium-high-technology industries in Germany." International Journal of Public Policy 7, no. 4(2011) . eScholarID:123944 | DOI:10.1504/IJPP.2011.043558
  • Allen, M. M. C. and Aldred, M. L. "Varieties of Capitalism, Governance, and High-Tech Export Performance: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis of the New EU Member States." Employee Relations 33, no. 4(2011) : 334-355. eScholarID:94437 | DOI:10.1108/01425451111140622
  • Allen, M. M. C. "Book Review Andrew Tylecote and Francesca Visintin (2007) Corporate Governance, Finance and the Technological Advantage of Nations." Organization Studies 31, no. 03(2010) : 369-372. eScholarID:96070 | DOI:10.1177/0170840610368232
  • Tüselmann, H.-J., McDonald, F., Heise, A. and Allen, M. M. C. "Employment Relations in German Multinational Companies in the UK and the Future of the German model: Empirical Evidence on Country-of-Origin Effects and Industry Internationalisation." International Journal of Public Policy 5, no. 4(2010) : 390-408. eScholarID:87506 | DOI:10.1504/IJPP.2010.032304
  • Allen, M M., Tüselmann, H.-J. "All powerful voice? The need to include “exit”, “loyalty” and “neglect” in empirical studies too." Employee Relations 31, no. 5(2009) : 538-552. eScholarID:1b5452 | DOI:10.1108/01425450910979275
  • Heise, A., Tueselmann, H.-J, McDonald, F. and Allen, M. M. C. "Arbeitsbezihungsmodelle im Vergleich: Deutsche und amerikanische Tochterunternehmen in Großbritannien." Arbeit Zeitschrift für Arbeitsforschung, Arbeitsgestaltung und Arbeitspolitik 18, no. 2(2009) : 123-136. eScholarID:78387
  • Allen, M M., Tüselmann, H.-J., Aldred, M. L. "Business Systems and the Open Method of Co-ordination: The EU and Employee Share Ownership in Germany and the UK." Arbeit Zeitschrift für Arbeitsforschung, Arbeitsgestaltung und Arbeitspolitik 18, no. 1(2009) : 33-45. eScholarID:1b5314
  • Heise, A., Tueselmann, H.-J., McDonald, F., Allen, M. M. C. "Das adaptierte deutsche Arbeitsbeziehungsmodell im Vergleich." Wirtschaftsdienst 2(2009) . eScholarID:1b5357 | DOI:10.1007/s10273-009-0895-x
  • Allen, M. M. C. and Aldred, M. L. "Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Innovation? A Comparison of Old and New EU Member States." Journal of Contemporary European Research 5, no. 4(2009) . eScholarID:96019
  • McDonald, F., Warhurst, S., and Allen, M M.C. "Autonomy, Embeddedness and the Performance of Foreign-Owned Subsidiaries." Multinational Business Review 16(3)(2008) : 73-92. eScholarID:1b5145 | DOI:10.1108/1525383X200800014
  • Tüselmann, H.-J., Allen, M. M. C., Barrett, S., McDonald, F. "Varieties and variability of employee relations approaches in US subsidiaries: country-of-origin effects and the level and type of industry internationalisation." International Journal of Human Resource Management 19, no. 9(2008) : 1622-1635. eScholarID:1b4363 | DOI:10.1080/09585190802295041
  • Allen, M. M. C., Tüselmann, H.-J., El-Sa'id, H., and Windrum, P. "Sectoral Collective Agreements: Remuneration Straitjackets for German Workplaces?" Personnel Review 36(6)(2007) . eScholarID:1b4365
  • Allen, M. M. C., Funk, L., and Tueselmann, H.-J. "Can Variation in Public Policies account for Differences in Comparative Advantage?" Journal of Public Policy 26(1)(2006) : 1-19. eScholarID:1b4367 | DOI:10.1017/S0143814X06000420
  • Heise, A., Tueselmann, H.-J., McDonald, F., Allen, M M., and Voronkova, S. "Unternehmerische Performanz deutscher Tochterunternehmen in Großbritannien." WSI-Mitteilungen 7(2005) : 362-67. eScholarID:1b4368
  • Allen, M M C. "Which Variety of Measure and Test are Best to Assess the ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ Framework?" Journal of Applied Social Science Studies 125(2)(2005) : 315-322. eScholarID:1g359
  • Allen, M M. "Do Institutions Matter? Works Councils, Collective Agreements and Firms’ Perceptions of Personnel Issues." German Review of Social Policy 4(2004) : 94-101. eScholarID:1b4371
  • Allen, M M. "The Varieties of Capitalism Paradigm: Not Enough Variety?" Socio-Economic Review 2 (1)(2004) : 87-108. eScholarID:1b10378 | DOI:10.1093/soceco/2.1.87
  • Allen, M M. "Is German Direct Investment a Substitute for Domestic Investment?" German Politics 11(1)(2002) : 125-46. eScholarID:1b4369 | DOI:10.1080/714001232


  • Tüselmann, HP, Frank McDonald, A Heise, Matthew M C Allen, and S Voronkova. 2005. Employee Relations and Firm Performance in the UK-Based Subsidiaries of German MNCs. Trades Union Congress. eScholarID:5g13
  • Tüselmann, HP, Frank McDonald, A Heise, Matthew M C Allen, and S Voronkova. 2005. German Multinational Companies in the United Kingdom: Employee Relations and Firm Performance. Hans Böckler Foundation. eScholarID:5g11