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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 human resource management and industrial relations, with a particular focus on Japan and the UK but including other countries across Europe and Asia. Important themes include processes of change in national system of employment relations, the relation between national employment practices and the HRM strategies of individual companies (i.e. pay, performance, psychological contract), 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 and across national labour markets (e.g. the challenges of performance-related pay, the position of female and flexible workers, the role of labour unions) and more conceptual work on the issues of institutional change, gobalisation and convergence.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Work and Equalities Institute


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