Dr Peter Butler

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Contemporary Work and Employment Relations

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6134

E: pabutler@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Peter Butler is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of HRM.  He lectures on employment relations at both undergraduate and post graduate level. 

Publications and outputs 

  • HR practice in a fast food MNC: Exploring the low discretion, high commitment phenomenon
    HR practice in a fast food MNC: Exploring the low discretion, high commitment phenomenon Butler, Peter; Hammer, Anita The UK’s widespread use of low-skill, low-paid employment has been well documented. It has been argued internal labour markets (ILMs) benefit such workers, affording them with opportunities for progression. Relatively little is known, however, about the impact of ILMs on entry level workers undertaking routinised service sector work. Drawing on qualitative data this article explores the prospects on offer in a market leading, fast food MNC. Potential enabling features include on the job training, a transparent and integrated pay structure and a professed culture of progression. Occupational movements to positions above the low-pay threshold are, however, relatively rare. We conjecture this contradiction is the result of the business context in which the firm operates. The findings suggest that in sectors where price leadership strategies dominate, escape from low-pay is likely to be exceptional, even within large organisations featuring some of the classic characteristics of ‘pure’ or strong ILMs. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • A minutes a life-time in fast-food!: Managerial job quality in the quick service restaurant sector
    A minutes a life-time in fast-food!: Managerial job quality in the quick service restaurant sector Butler, Peter; Hammer, Anita The fast-food sector remains significantly under researched relative to its size and importance. Drawing on qualitative data this article explores the nature of managerial work in a market leading organisation. The research speaks to important contemporary debates vis-a-vis managerial job quality in routinised service sector work and the compatibility of such jobs with key quality of working life criteria (e.g. opportunities for skills development, decision latitude, voice and meaning). The theoretical contribution of the article lies in the rigor of the analytical lens and exploration of how objective QWL criteria are coloured by subjective expectations and social processes to produce nuanced and unanticipated outcomes e.g. accounts of rewarding, interesting and meaningful work notwithstanding severe structural constraints and bureaucratic rigidities.
  • Distributed Leadership and Employee Cynicism: Trade unions as joint change agents
    Distributed Leadership and Employee Cynicism: Trade unions as joint change agents Butler, Peter; Tregaskis, Olga The themes of change management and workplace partnership continue to attract significant academic interest – albeit within discreet literatures. Drawing on longitudinal, qualitative data in a heavy engineering organization this article details how a collaborative partnership between management and trade unions, encompassing a distributed’ leadership format, was configured to enhance organizational capacity for change in the context of significant employee cynicism. Bridging human resource management/organizational behaviour and industrial relations perspectives the works makes a theoretical contribution to our understanding of the factors underpinning the successful implementation of workplace partnership and the utilisation of distributed leadership configurations. More generally the work informs leadership theory through its scrutiny of distributed leadership in situations of high conflict. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Skating on thin ICE? A critical evaluation of a decade of research on the British Information and Consultation Regulations (2004)
    Skating on thin ICE? A critical evaluation of a decade of research on the British Information and Consultation Regulations (2004) Butler, Peter; Lavelle, J.; Gunnigle, P.; O'Sullivan, Michelle
  • Workplace partnership and legitimacy: a multi-layered analysis of the shop steward experience
    Workplace partnership and legitimacy: a multi-layered analysis of the shop steward experience Butler, Peter; Tregaskis, Olga
  • Mutual gains? The workers' verdict: a longitudinal study
    Mutual gains? The workers' verdict: a longitudinal study Glover, Linda; Tregaskis, Olga; Butler, Peter
  • Workplace partnership and employee involvement - contradictions and synergies: Evidence from a heavy engineering case study
    Workplace partnership and employee involvement - contradictions and synergies: Evidence from a heavy engineering case study Butler, Peter; Tregaskis, Olga; Glover, Linda
  • High performance work practices and firm performance: A longitudinal case study.
    High performance work practices and firm performance: A longitudinal case study. Tregaskis, Olga; Daniels, K.; Glover, Linda; Butler, Peter
  • High-performance work systems, partnership and the working lives of HR professionals.
    High-performance work systems, partnership and the working lives of HR professionals. Glover, Linda; Butler, Peter Published on-line- 6 Jan 2011. Online ISSN
  • 'When the Going Gets Tough'...: Recession and the resilience of workplace partnership.
    'When the Going Gets Tough'...: Recession and the resilience of workplace partnership. Butler, Peter; Glover, Linda; Tregaskis, Olga

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Key research outputs

Butler, P and Tregaskis O. Workplace partnership and legitimacy: A multi-layered analysis of the shop steward experience, Work, Employment and Society. Accepted September 2014.

Research interests/expertise

Peter Butler has researched and published in the area of non-union industrial relations and partnership working.  His particular areas of interest are the effectiveness of non-union modes of employee representation (NER) and the resilience of workplace partnership in recession.  He has also published on the theme of the management of managers in US multinational companies (OUP Press). 

Areas of teaching

Employment Relations at under graduate and post graduate level.  Dissertation (MA) and PhD thesis supervision     

Qualifications

BSc, MA, PhD (all Warwick)    

Courses taught

Employment Relations (HRMG2203/ HRMG5057)    

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