Professor Phil Almond

Job: Professor of Comparative Employment Relations

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Business School

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7244




Personal profile

Phil Almond is Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and coordinator of the Contemporary Research on Work, Organisations and Employment (CROWE) Group.

His research focuses on: 
- Multinational companies and employment relations 
- Local and regional strategies for attracting and retaining FDI 
- Comparative HRM and comparative capitalisms 
- How actors within and around international firms seek to gain the capacity to develop and work in international environments


International HRM; undergraduate dissertation module; supervision of student dissertations at undergraduate, MA/MBA/MSc and PhD levels.

Research group affiliations


Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Almond, P. and Ferner, A. (2006) American multinationals in Europe: Managing employment relations across national borders.  Oxford University Press. 

Research interests/expertise

Employment practice in multinational companies
Comparative HRM and employment relations
Regional economic and employment policy
Societal institutionalism

Areas of teaching

International HRM; dissertation preparation. 


BSc. (Aston), MA (Warwick) PhD (Manchester)

Courses taught

Module leader for HRM dissertation module

International HRM module on MSc/MA/MBA

Membership of external committees

Member of ESRC Peer Review College.

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Universities Industrial Relations Association, member, convenor of Comparative IR Study Group.

Regional Studies Association, member.

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, member.

Conference attendance

Almond, P. And Gonzalez, M. (2011) “The ideational underpinnings of comparative employment relations: a critical review”, Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, Barcelona, September.

Almond, P. (2011) ‘Multinational Corporations, Sub-national Governance and Human Resources’  colloquium The Strategies of Multinational Corporations and Social Regulation : European and Asian Perspectives, Hong Kong Baptist University, June 2011.

Almond, P. (2011) ‘Sub-national embeddedness amidst institutional instability? The case of England’, International Conference on MNCs, Global Value Chains and Social Regulation, Montreal, June.

Gonzalez, M. and Almond, P. (2011) ‘Sub-national governance and foreign direct investment in Spain: the case of Asturias’, International Conference on MNCs, Global Value Chains and Social Regulation, Montreal, June.

Almond, P. and Gonzalez, M. (2011) ‘The embeddedness of multinationals in regional economies: Spain and England compared’, Society for the Advanced of Socio-Economics, Madrid, June.

Almond, P. (2010) “Economic Development Policies and MNCs: Early Findings from Studies of Regions in Four Countries”, Irish Academy of Management, Cork, September.

Almond, P. And Gonzalez, M. (2010) “Cross-national comparisons of sub-national economic governance”, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Philadelphia, June.

Almond, P. (2010) “Regional development and MNCs: England in comparative perspective”, CIRA-CRIMT, Quebec, June.

Almond P. (2009) “Adapting societal institutionalism for diverse spatial scales: the case of multinational corporations and sub-national space”, Paper prepared for the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), July, Paris.

Almond, P. (2008) “Globalisation, sub-national business systems and multinational corporations: challenges for institutionalist IHRM”, Paper prepared for the “Industrial Relations in Europe” Conference, Greenwich, 23rd-25th June 2008.

Current research students

1st supervisions

  1. Rochelle HAYNES
  2. Wessam KHEDR
  3. Alexey SAVRASOV
  4. Bill WELLS

2nd supervision

Suttimon Srichot 

Externally funded research grants information




Role (PI)

Value (DMU share)

Multinational corporations, sub-national governance and human resources: a cross-national comparison

ESRC RES-062-23-1886

Sept 2008-December 2011



Employment Relations in Multinational Companies: Cross National Comparative Analysis (INTREPID network

EU FP7–PEOPLE–IRSES–2008 Proposal N° 230854

Dec 2008 – Nov 2012

CI (PI P Gunnigle, University of Limerick)

€129,000 (€7,400)

Professional esteem indicators

Member of ESRC Peer Review College, 2010-2014
Examiner of ESRC Studentship Competition, 2009
Appointed expert for Spanish Agencia Nacional de Evaluation y Prospectiva (ANEP) to assess funding applications.
Project proposals reviewer for Agence National de Recherche (France)

Journal refereeing:

British Journal of Industrial Relations
Human Relations
Human Resource Management Journal
Industrial Relations
Industrial Relations Journal
Irish Journal of Management
Relations Industrielles

Case studies

Feedback event for practitioners, policy-makers and academics for ESRC funded project on Multinationals and Regions (PI Phil Almond, DMU) 19th December 2011.

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