Erling Rasmussen

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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 Erling was the Discipline Chair of the Management Department and on the faculty management team. 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. 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.


In 2013, Erling Rasmussen was awarded a Velux Foundation Visiting Professorship at University of Aalborg, Denmark. This allows him to develop long-term research projects with Danish colleagues during 2013-14.


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. Based on his previous involvement in employment relations legislation, Erling has undertaken several externally sponsored public policy evaluations. The most recent evaluations have covered: employer and employee reactions to the Employment Relations Act, turnover and turnover costs amongst New Zealand nurses, and international experiences of employer-union partnerships.


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 been the President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).

Teaching Areas:

Degree and Postgraduate Teaching

  • Comparative employment relations
  • New Zealand employment relations
  • Human resource management
  • International human resource management

Research Areas:

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 HRM practices


Books and monographs

  1. Rasmussen, E. (ed.): (2010). Employment Relationships: Workers, Unions and Employers in New Zealand. Auckland, Auckland University Press.
  2. Rasmussen, E. (2009). Employment Relations in New Zealand. Auckland, Pearson.

Journal Articles

  1. North, N., Leung, W., Ashton, T., Rasmussen, E., Hughes, F. & Finlayson, M. (2013). ‘Nurse Turnover in New Zealand: costs and relationships with staffing practices and patient outcomes.’ Journal of Nursing Management, 21(3): 419-428
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Rasmussen, E., Andersen, T. & Haworth, N. (2010). ’Has the strategic role and professional status of human resource management peaked in New Zealand?’ Journal of Industrial Relations, 52(1): 103-118.
  5. Hunt, V. & Rasmussen, E. (2010). ‘Patterns and Motivations of Successful Women pursuing their Career in New Zealand Call Centres.’ Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 2(2): 167-184.
  6. Rasmussen, E. & Corbett, G. (2008). ‘Why isn’t teleworking working?’ New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 33(2): 20-32.
  7. Lind, J. & Rasmussen, E. (2008). ‘Paradoxical patterns of part-time employment in Denmark?’ Economic and Industrial Democracy. 29(4): 521-540.

Sections in books

  1. Lamm, F., Rasmussen, E. & Anderson, D. (2013). ’The Case of the Disappearing Department of Labour: Whither goes state protection for vulnerable workers?’ In Sargeant, M. & Ori, M. (eds.) Vulnerable Workers & Precarious Working. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne., pp. 184-219.
  2. Andersen, T. & Rasmussen, E. (2012).  ‘Self-initiated Career Characteristics of Danish Expatriated Engineers.’ In Andresen, M., Ariss, A.A., Walther, M. & Wolff, K. (eds.). Self-Initiated Expatriation: Mastering the Dynamics. Routledge, New York, pp. 221-234.