Dr Stefan Zagelmeyer

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Position: Reader in Comparative and International Business
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


Dr Stefan Zagelmeyer is Reader in Comparative and International Business at Manchester Business School, U.K.. He is currently Head of the Comparative and International Business Group.

Dr Zagelmeyer has spent 15 years in academic research and higher education. He has held appointments at Manchester School of Management (lecturer, UMIST, Manchester, UK, 2002-2004), Manchester Business School (honorary senior lecturer, The University of Manchester, UK, 2013-2014), Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (visiting professor, Paris, France, since 2010), CNAM (Paris, France), Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble, France), Turku School of Economics (visiting professor, Turku, Finland, 2011-2012), University of Twente (visiting academic, Enschede, the Netherlands, 2011-2012) and the University of Stellenbosch (visiting lecturer, Cape Town, South Africa, 2000). Prior to working at Manchester Business School, he was working at the International University Bad Honnef- Bonn (professor, Bad Honnef, Germany, 2004-2007 and 2009-2014) and Cologne Business School (professor and Head of School, Cologne, Germany, 2007-2008).

He is author of numerous publications in academic and practitioner-oriented journals. His research contributions fall into the three areas of a) comparative business and management, b) comparative political economy, and c) quantitative analyses of (cross-country) company survey data. Recent research is geared at innovation systems, company responses to the global financial crisis, organizational resilience and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Zagelmeyer has worked as researcher at the Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft (IW) and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, both located in Cologne, Germany. He also worked as an external consultant for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin, Ireland), the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) and the International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland). In addition, he has worked as trainer for several multinational enterprises and is co-founder of a training, research and consulting company based in Cologne, Germany (IHRMI).

Dr Zagelmeyer has studied ‘Economics and Social Sciences’ (equivalent to MSc in Economics) at the University of Cologne (Germany) and ‘Industrial Relations & Personnel Management’ (MSc Econ) at the London School of Economics (United Kingdom). He received his Ph.D. (Dr. rer-pol.) in economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Research Interests

  • Comparative management
  • Comparative capitalisms/business systems
  • Cross-country/cross-cultural data anaylsis (employee, organization, and/or macro-level)
  • International and/or comparative human resource management
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Analysis of linked employer-employee (survey) data
  • Employee involvement and participation
  • Organizational resilience
  • Human rights and business
  • International labour standards and business


  1. Human rights and multinational enterprises
  2. The phenomenon of 'national' management culture
  3. Multinational value-creation networks
  4. The link between employee involvement and participation and employee attitudes
  5. Resilient organizations

PhD Supervision

You are interested in studying for a postgraduate research degree? I am happy to supervise PhD and DBA students in the areas of international business, comparative political economy, (international) human resource management and (international) organizational behaviour, ideally on a topic which is linked to my current research interests (please see "Research Interests").

Before starting to think about a specific topic, you should briefly reflect on your intentions in undertaking such a project. It is generally recommended that the PhD/DBA thesis is written on a topic in an area/academic field in which you have specialized during your academic studies (PhD) or your career (DBA).

To support you in your decision-making process, I recommend that you have a look at the following book: Phillips, E., & Pugh, D. S. (2010). How to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors (5th ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.

In case you are interested and/or would like to receive more information on doing a PhD/DBA, please contact me at stefan.zagelmeyer@manchester.ac.uk.

Motivation Motto and Guiding Principles

“Felix, qui potest rerum cognoscere causas” (Virgil) - “Fortunate is s/he, who is able to know the causes of things”. In my position, I am privileged in many different ways: I am allowed to observe, to explore, to think, to ask questions, to discuss, to challenge and to learn in the quest for understanding, knowledge and truth. In our academic field it is not possible to do this in an ivory tower or golden cage. You have to be out there in the field, talking to people and exchanging ideas with like-minded people. I invite you to join me in that colourful and exiting journey.

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  • Zagelmeyer, S., Sinkovics, R. R., Sinkovics, N., & Kusstatscher, V. (2016). Exploring the link between Management Communication and Emotions in Mergers & Acquisitions. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. DOI: 10.1002/cjas.1382. Publication link: 1c21ca95-c0d7-4a98-b1c2-519514a22e5b



  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2014). The Current Success of the German Business System: The Role of People Management and Innovation. InsideHR, (in press).. . Publication link: b91300d5-aa87-4ac2-83ac-0f2cb8cb8d0d


  • Torka, N., & Zagelmeyer, S. (2013). Malignant Manipulation at Work: A Qualitative Exploration of Strategies and Tactics. Studies of Organisational Management & Sustainability, 1(2), 143-169. . Publication link: 1ff61eb3-41ad-4ab8-8618-48277842d2d2


  • Looise, J-K., Torka, N., & Zagelmeyer, S. (2012). Industrial Relations Systems, Innovation, and Economic Performance: Uncovering Myth and Reality from a Dutch Point of View. International journal of comparative labour law and industrial relations, 28(2), 249-276. . Publication link: aa7263fe-6fc7-4c0a-b63b-435800803411
  • Zagelmeyer, S., & Gollan, P. J. (2012). Exploring terra incognita: Preliminary reflections on the impact of the global financial crisis upon human resource management. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(16), 3287-3294. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.689158. Publication link: d6371c7d-e10e-4025-89d9-6c6c2d7a62fa
  • Zagelmeyer, S., Heckmann, M., & Kettner, A. (2012). Management responses to the global financial crisis in Germany: Adjustment mechanisms at establishment level. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(16), 3355-3374. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.689162. Publication link: d474e00b-3d61-4847-8121-da58e1517e34


  • Torka, N., Looise, J. K., & Zagelmeyer, S. (2011). Ordinary Atypical Workers, Participation within the Fim and Innovation: A Theoretical Endeavor and Empirical Outlook. Management Revue, 22, 1-19. . Publication link: 27f5a9fb-245d-480f-aa86-babb4c11392d
  • Zagelmeyer, S., & Blanpain, R. (Ed.) (2011). The Employer’s View on Collective Bargaining. In Rethinking Corporate Governance. (pp. 3-27). Amsterdam: Kluwer. . Publication link: a1b7a92c-4357-4de6-b5a2-fa0020c28dfe
  • Zagelmeyer, S., Barry, M. (Ed.), & Wilkinson, A. (Ed.) (2011). Employment Relations in France and Germany. In Edward Elgar Handbook of Comparative Employment Relations. (pp. 322-356). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: c47acb6b-7c1e-4b08-b72b-a0dfaf30cf3b


  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2010). Company-level bargaining in times of crisis: The case of Germany. (ILO Working Paper No. 9). Industrial and Employment Relations Department, International Labour Office, Geneva.. Publication link: 23e17c9b-50de-4c76-9dd9-a04cd9acca05


  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2009). Up in the Air: How Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging Their Employees, by Greg J. Bamber, Jody Hoffer Gittell, and Thomas A. Kochan, Cornell University Press, Ithaca 2008. Personnel Review, 38(6), 715-717. DOI: 10.1108/00483480910992292. Publication link: 31166a97-5d8f-432b-9acb-89b8518427d8
  • Budd, J., Zagelmeyer, S., Levine, D. (Ed.), Marchington, M. (Ed.), Wilkinson, A. (Ed.), & Golan, P. (Ed.) (2009). Public Policy on Employee Participation: Comparative and International Perspectives. In The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations. (pp. 476-503). Oxford: Oxford University Press. . Publication link: f54c6b57-c5ec-4ea4-9771-56b72e6a1853


  • Zagelmeyer, S., & Blanpain, R. (Ed.) (2008). Globalisation and Human Resource Management – A Quantitative Analysis with British Establishment Data. In Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations. (pp. 97-114). Amsterdam: Kluwer. . Publication link: b61483c9-0bf8-42d0-a7a1-eef2aacc26f6



  • Schnabel, C., Zagelmeyer, S., & Kohaut, S. (2006). Collective bargaining structure and its determinants: An empirical analysis with British and German establishment data. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 12(2), 165-188. DOI: 10.1177/0959680106065036. Publication link: b4c5c990-8d38-4e4b-8191-037f2cf6d1b2


  • Marchington, M., & Zagelmeyer, S. (2005). Foreword: Linking HRM and performance - A never-ending search?Human Resource Management Journal, 15(4), 3-8. . Publication link: f33df4c2-b52b-4090-961e-fe5bfeeaa0d3


  • Miles, L., & Zagelmeyer, S. (2004). German Takeover Legislation: Implications for the Future. International Company and Commercial Law Review, 7, 221-230. . Publication link: 7eb01527-3ac2-4b33-ad02-f53a5383abb3
  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2004). The Development of Governance Structures in Britain and Germany: A Comparative Inquiry. Industrielle Beziehungen, 2004(1/2), 61-76. . Publication link: 90524c20-c186-489b-8613-637d9440ab58


  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2003). Die Entwicklung kollektiver Verhandlungen in Großbritannien – Ein historischer Überblick. Industrielle Beziehungen, 10. . Publication link: 26355dbe-f930-4a31-a069-531d13dde218


  • Zagelmeyer, S., & Seifert, H. (Ed.) (2002). Über den Wolken, wo der Wettbewerb (fast) grenzenlos ist: Europäische Fluggesellschaften zwischen Konzessionsverhandlungen und neuem Sozialvertrag. In Tarifliche und betriebliche Bündnisse für Arbeit. (pp. 187-211). Berlin: Edition Sigma. . Publication link: 24567231-eb4e-47f1-ae2a-dda7fcccb378


  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2001). Brothers in Arms in the European Car Wars: Employment Pacts in the EU automobile industry. Industrielle Beziehungen, 8(2), 149-180. . Publication link: a8f14e3d-f6cf-4804-9ea4-07de2cd2d27a


  • Schnabel, C., & Zagelmeyer, S. (2000). Beschäftigungspolitik und Beschäftigungpakte in der Europäischen Union. List Forum für Wirtschafts- und Finanzpolitik, 26(2), 147-164. . Publication link: 6e90db1d-1382-4781-a9b4-a1ea3c53d769
  • Zagelmeyer, S. (2000). Innovative Agreements on Employment and Competitiveness in the European Union and Norway. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.. Publication link: b6dcaecb-b582-4e7d-b86b-82429701f3ce


  • Zagelmeyer, S., & Kaupinnen, T. (Ed.) (1999). The Evolution of Collective Bargaining Systems in Euroland: Structure, Conduct, Performance. In The Impact of EMU on Industrial Relations in the European Union. (pp. 277-288). Helsinki: Finnish Industrial Relations Association. . Publication link: ed56282e-b890-43b0-9594-580bc40f4178
  • Schulten, T., Zagelmeyer, S., & Industrial Relations Observatory, E. (Ed.) (1999). National Report – Germany. In EIRO 1998 Annual Review. (pp. 51-57). Dublin: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. . Publication link: 59a4155d-496a-45c5-926b-b9a82f96a4af


  • Schulten, T., Zagelmeyer, S., & Industrial Relations Observatory, E. (Ed.) (1998). National Report – Germany. In EIRO 1998 Annual Review. (pp. 46-51). Dublin: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. . Publication link: bf1bd1e2-9a62-4bdf-a3ec-5e7182d80ab4