Professor of Work and Employment
- PhD in Political Science (European University Institute, Florence)
- Cand.Mag. (Odense University, Denmark) Cand.Mag. is a conjoint degree, consisting in this case of: Bachelor degree (History), Bachelor and Masters degree (Social Science)
Dr Rasmussen joined AUT as its Professor of Work and Employment in 2007 after a career in academia, the public and private sectors. Erling is the leader of the Employment Relations Research Group with the New Zealand Work Research Institute
. From 2009–2011 and 2016-2017 Erling was Head of the Management Department and on the faculty management team. He was Acting Associate Dean (Teaching) in 2014-2015. Erling is a graduate of the University of Odense (Denmark) and the European University Institute in Florence and he has worked in a number of OECD countries. In 2013, Erling Rasmussen was awarded a Velux Foundation Visiting Professorship at University of Aalborg, Denmark. This allowed him to develop long-term research projects with Danish colleagues during 2013-14.
Prior to joining AUT, he worked at the University of Auckland where, besides research and teaching duties, he held several managerial posts. Erling has been a Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Department of Labour, Wellington where he was involved in policy and labour market monitoring and development of legislation.
Erling’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of New Zealand and comparative employment relations, with a special interest in the effects of public policy changes. His published works have covered a variety of employment relations topics with recent publications focusing on new types of work and employment patterns across the labour market and in particular organisations as well as recent legislative changes to New Zealand employment relations. Based on his previous involvement in employment relations legislation, Erling has undertaken several externally sponsored public policy evaluations.
In addition to being the co-author of New Zealand’s leading textbooks on employment relations
, Erling is also the editor of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations
where the encouragement of New Zealand based research is a core focus. Erling is the New Zealand director of the world’s largest survey of human resource practices, the Cranet survey
, which covers over 40 countries. Erling has twice been the President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand
Degree and Postgraduate Teaching
- Comparative employment relations
- New Zealand employment relations
- Human resource management
- International human resource management
Erling’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of New Zealand and comparative employment relations, with a special interest in the effects of public policy changes
Current Research Projects:
Current research activities
- Changes under the Employment Relations Act 2000
- Atypical forms of work in New Zealand
- Employee participation and organisational performance
- New Zealand, Australian and Danish employment relations practices
Books and monographs
- Anderson, G., Geare, A., Rasmussen, E. & Wilson, M. (2017). Transforming Workplace Relations in New Zealand 1976-2016. Wellington, Victoria University Press.
- Rasmussen, E. (ed.): (2010). Employment Relationships: Workers, Unions and Employers in New Zealand. Auckland, Auckland University Press.
- Bray, M. & Rasmussen, E. (2018). ‘Reflecting on ‘Accord and Discord.’ Labour & Industry, 28(1): 31-47.
- Foster, B. & Rasmussen, E. (2017). ‘The major parties: National’s and Labour’s employment relations policies.’ New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(2): 95-109.
- Williamson, D., Rasmussen, E. & Ravenswood, K. (2017). ‘Power in the darkness: Taking a historical and critical employment relations approach in hospitality.’ Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 33: 134-141.
- Greenwood, G. & Rasmussen, E. (2016). ‘Employment Relationship Problem Resolution: A gap between objectives and implementation.’ New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 41(3): 76-90.
- Rasmussen, E., Foster, B. & Farr, D. (2016). ’The battle over employer-determined flexibility: attitudes amongst New Zealand employers.’ Employee Relations, 38(6): 1-23.
- Macneil, J., Haworth, N. & Rasmussen, E. (2011). ‘Addressing the productivity challenge? Government-sponsored partnership programs in Australia and New Zealand.’ International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(8): 3814-3830..
- Foster, B., Rasmussen, E., Laird, I. and Murrie, J. (2011). ‘Supportive legislation, unsupportive employers and collective bargaining in New Zealand.’ Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 66(2): 192-212.