Speakers at Private Equity Workshop
Monday June 6th 2011, University of Geneva
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Martin Upchurch is Professor of International Employment Relations at Middlesex University, and is convenor of this ESRC Seminar Series. He is co-author of New Unions, New Workplaces (Routledge, 2008), The Realities of Partnership at Work (Palgrave, 2009) and The Crisis of Social Democratic Trade Unionism in Western Europe (Ashgate, 2010)
Restructuring under the Rule of the Capital Markets: the case of private equity?
John Grahl is Professor of European Integration at Middlesex University. He is a member of European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe and author of European Monetary Union: Problems of Legitimacy, Development and Stability (Kogan Page, London, 2001), and After Maastricht: a Guide to European Monetary Union (Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1997). He has published numerous articles on economics, including in the established left wing journal New Left Review and in the French monthly publication Le Monde Diplomatique. Previously John has been a lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College, and London Metropolitan University.
The Employment Consequences of Private Equity Acquisitions: The Case of Institutional Buy-Outs.
Geoffrey Wood is Professor in HRM, in the School of Management at the University of Sheffield. Previously, he was Professor and Director of Research at Middlesex University Business School, and, before that, taught at Rhodes University, South Africa and Coventry University, Coventry, UK. He is also Overseas Research Associate of the University of the Witwatersrand. Geoffrey Wood has served as Commissioned Researcher for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has authored/co-authored/edited seven books, and over one hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals. Geoff’s current research interests centre on the systematic testing and development of contemporary institutional theory in the light of large-scale survey evidence. This has encompassed assessments of variations in different institutional settings, the relative fortunes of organized labour in emerging markets, and developments and extensions of regulationist theories. The latter includes assessments as to internal diversity within specific varieties of capitalism. Another current interest is on recent trends in corporate governance.
Marc Goergen has held appointments at the University of Manchester, UMIST, the University of Reading and the University of Sheffield. He currently holds a chair in finance at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.
His main research interests are in corporate governance and corporate control, initial public offerings, corporate investment models, mergers and acquisitions, insider trading, human capital issues across corporate governance systems and dividend policy. He has papers published in a number of academic journals and has also written two books on corporate governance and contributed chapters to several edited books. Marc is a fellow of the International Institute of Corporate Governance and Accountability based at the Law School of the George Washington University, USA.
Private Equity and the Challenge of War-Machine Like Behaviour – cases of Liverpool FC and Focus DIY.
Adam Leaver is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Business School and a member of the Centre for Research in Socio-cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester. His current research interests centre on the growing financialization of the global economy, and he has published papers on financial innovation, private equity, hedge funds and changes within the banking industry. He has also published work on French capitalism, motoring and the cultural industries. Recent books include Financialization at Work (2008) with Ismail Erturk et al. and Financialization and strategy (2006) with Julie Froud et al. A forthcoming book ‘After The Great Complacence’, due out Autumn 2011, analyses the political dimension of the financial crisis and reinterprets financial innovation as a form of bricolage.
Investment funds, corporate governance, and labour outcomes: a European perspective’ – Case Studies from Spain (DinoSol supermarkets), Germany (Kuka engineering) and UK (P&O)
Howard Gospel is Professor of Management at King’s College, London and a Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford. He has a long-standing interest in employer labour policy, training, and employee voice, in comparative perspective. More recently he has worked on financial markets, corporate governance, and labour outcomes. He is co-author of Corporate Governance and Labour Management: an international comparison (Oxford University Press, 2005).
European Case Studies of Leveraged Buy-Outs – some quantitative evidence
Nicolas Bédu is a PhD candidate at University of Bordeaux. His research focuses on the interaction between LBO (Leveraged Buy-Outs) and the financialization process through an empirical analysis of the effects of LBO for targeted companies with particular attention to business failures and default, organisational change and the consequence for employment. He is involved in a project funded by the European Commission and conducted by a research consortium of seven European institutions including the University of Bordeaux. The project aims to understand the relationship between innovation dynamics, changing financial markets and economic performance of European industry.