Werner Nienhüser - Curriculum Vitae

Werner Nienhüser, Faculty of Economics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Universitaetsstr. 11 45141 Essen, Germany. Email: werner.nienhuese[ät]uni-duisburg-essen.de | werner.nienhueser[ät]gmail.com

Research Interests

I focus on theoretically based, empirical analyses in the field of employment relations, human resource management and organization studies. In particular I am interested in power in organizations, worker participation (codetermination), the causes and consequences of different types of HRM-Strategies, in the relationship between HRM and industrial relations, and in different forms of atypical employment.

Citizenship: German


  • 1983 M.A., Master of Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann), University of Paderborn, Germany
  • 1988 PhD (Dr. rer.pol.), Business Administration, University of Paderborn, Germany
  • 1994 Habilitation (Business Administration), University of Paderborn, Germany

Professional Employment

  • 1984-1985 Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Mannheim
  • 1985-1990 Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Paderborn
  • 1990-1993 Assistant Professor, University of Paderborn
  • 1993-1994 DFG Research Fellow
  • 1994-1995 Professor of Public Management, Human Resource Management and Organisation, University of Konstanz
  • 1995-3/2022 Professor (Chair of Work, Human Resource Management and Organization), University of Duisburg-Essen

Visiting Fellowships

  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Employment Relations (respectively Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources), Griffith University Brisbane: March 2004, March 2006, February 2007, March 2009, March 2011, March 2013

Professional Society Affiliations

  • German Industrial Relations Association (GIRA)
  • International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)
  • German Academic Association for Business Research (member of the sections HRM, organizations, university governance, methodology)
  • World Economics Association (WEA)

Editor and Member of Advisory Boards of academic journals

  • Zeitschrift für Personalforschung (ZfP) (2008-2012) (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Industrielle Beziehungen. Zeitschrift für Arbeit, Organisation und Management (Advisory Board 2002-2010; Editor-in-Chief 2013-)
  • Management Revue (Advisory Board)
  • Sozialer Fortschritt (Advisory Board)
  • Book Series "Empirische Personal- und Organisationsforschung" (Rainer Hampp-Verlag) (Co-Editor)
  • Book Series "Schriften zur europäischen Arbeits- und Sozialpolitik" (Nomos-Verlag) (Co-Editor)
  • Book Series "Kommunikation in Organisationen: Studien zu Sprache, Interaktion und Diskurs in * professionellen Kontexten" (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften) (Co-Editor)
  • Book Series “Work, Organization, and Employment” (Springer) (Editorial Board)

Reviewer for academic journals

Die Betriebswirtschaft | Zeitschrift für Personalforschung | Industrielle Beziehungen | Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung | Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation (zfo) | Sozialer Fortschritt | management revue International Journal of Human Resource Management | Economic and Industrial Democracy | European Management Journal

Expertises and reports for academies and foundations

DFG (German Research Foundation) | Österreichischer Akkreditierungsrat (Accreditation of Austrian Universities) | Hans-Böckler-Foundation | Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


  • Chair of the Section Human Resource Management (German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)) (2005-2007)
  • Executive Committee German Industrial Relations Association (GIRA) (2011-)
  • Advisory Board Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (2008-2018)
  • Executive Board Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ) (2007-)
  • Supervisory Board Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH (2007-2017)
  • University Board (University of Duisburg-Essen (2012-2022)

Recent (since 2010) publications (in English language only) in refereed journals and book chapters

  • Nienhüser, W.; Warhurst, C. (2018): Comparative Employment Relations: Definitional, Disciplinary and Development Issues. In: Brewster, C.; Mayrhofer, W. (Hg.): Handbook of Research in Comparative Human Resource Management. 2. Aufl., Aldershot: Edward Elgar, S. 200-222.
  • Hoßfeld, Heiko / Nienhüser, Werner (2016): Determinants of the Perceived Bargaining Power of Works Councils – Results of an Empirical Investigation in 1000 German Firms. In: The Winnower: Online am 20.5.2016, https://thewinnower.com/papers/4639-determinants-of-the-perceived-bargaining-power-of-works-councils-results-of-an-empirical-investigation-in-1000-german-firms (PDF des Beitrags zum download)
  • Nienhueser, Werner (2016): Free verbal associations – measuring what people think about employee participation. In: Townsend, Keith; Loudoun, Rebecca; Lewin, David (Eds.): Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods on HRM: Innovative Techniques. Edward Elgar, S. 179-190.
  • Nienhueser, Werner (2014): Socio-economic Research in Personnel versus Personnel Economics. In: Forum for Social Economics, DOI: 10.1080/07360932.2014.961498
  • Nienhüser, Werner (2014): Works Councils. In: Adrian Wilkinson, Jimmy Donaghey, Tony Dundon und Richard B. Freeman (Hg.): Handbook of Research on Employee Voice. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, S. 247–263 (Auszüge aus dem Beitrag).
  • Works Councils. In: Adrian Wilkinson, Jimmy Donaghey, Tony Dundon und Richard B. Freeman (Hg.) 2014: Handbook of Research on Employee Voice. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, S. 247–263.
  • Peetz, D.; Murray, G.; Nienhüser, W. 2013: The New Structuring of Corporate Ownership. In: Globalizations, 10: 711–730.
  • Societal Prerequisites and Consequences of Human Resource Management. In: Management Revue. Special Issue: Societal Embeddedness of Human Resource Management Practices and Strategies, 2013, 24: 5–11.
  • Nienhüser, W.; Warhurst, C.: Comparative Employment Relations. In: Brewster, C.; Mayrhofer, W. (Hg.): Handbook of Research in Comparative Human Resource Management. Aldershot: Edward Elgar 2012, 211-238.
  • Empirical Research on Human Resource Management as a Production of Ideology. In: Management Revue, 2011, 22: 367–393.
  • Nienhueser, W.; Hossfeld, H. (2011): The Effects of Trust on the Preference for Decentralized Bargaining: An Empirical Study of Managers and Works Councillors. In: SAGE Open, published online 5 October 2011.
  • Keller, B.; Nienhüser, W.: Regulating Employment Relations, Work and Labour Laws. International Comparisons between Key Countries. Special Issue (Editors: Greg J. Bamber and Philippe Pochet). Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations. Austin 2010 u.a. (every section about Germany).
  • Barry, M, Nienhüser, W. Coordinated Market Economy/ Liberal Employment Relations: Low Cost Competition in the German Aviation Industry. In: International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2010, Vol. 21, Issue 2: 214-229.

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