Professor Peter Boxall

PhD Monash, MCom, CFHRNZ


Professor Peter Boxall has worked in corporate business (at Powell Duffryn Ltd, UK), in management consultancy (at PricewaterhouseCoopers) and in tertiary education.

He holds an MCom from the University of Auckland and a PhD from Monash University (where he was a research fellow in the National Key Centre in Industrial Relations in 1990-91). In 1998 and 2006, he was a Visiting Professor in the Work and Employment Research Centre at the University of Bath. In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Resources at Tilburg University and in the Work, Employment and Health research group at Toulouse Business School.

He is the author of various articles in international journals and co-author or editor of eight books, including (with John Purcell) Strategy and Human Resource Management (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2016) and (with John Purcell and Patrick Wright) The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management (Oxford University Press, 2007).

He is a consulting editor of Human Resource Management Journal, an associate editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Management Studies and the international advisory board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

At the University of Auckland Business School, Dr Boxall has held various administrative roles, including as Associate Dean: Research and Associate Dean: Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF).


Positions Held:




Position Held



Monash University

Research Fellow - National Key Centre in Industrial Relations



Price Waterhouse

Human Resource Consultant



Manukau Polytechnic

Tutor/Senior Tutor - Economics and Management



Powell Duffryn Ltd (UK)

Assistant Accountant


Research | Current

Research Interests:
  • Strategic HRM: How HRM affects business performance, including high-performance work systems
  • Work and wellbeing: How job quality and the work environment affect employee wellbeing

Teaching | Current



MGMT 223

Understanding Work and People


MGMT 304

Managing People


GLMI 705

People, Performance and Well-being


Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising a range of PhD students working on topics in HRM.


2019 Dutch HRM Network Award
2018 Visiting Eminent Research Scholar, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
2013 Business School Distinguished Contribution Award
2011 Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence
2010 Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (Chartered Fellow, 2018-)
2007 Business School Award for Sustained Excellence in Research
2003 Dutch HRM Network Award (with John Purcell)
1986 Westpac Prize: best thesis in Management Studies


Areas of expertise

Strategic human resource management

Work and employee well-being 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Dean: Research, 2008-2012, 2014-2017; Associate Dean: PBRF, 2015-18

Associate Editor, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 1992-
Human Resource Management Journal, Advisory Board Member, 2001-7; Associate Editor,  2008-13; Consulting Editor, 2014-
Chair, Faculty of Business & Economics Library Committee, 2000 - 2005
Chair, Review of the Department of Management, Monash University, 2003
Consulting Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews, 2006-2019
Editorial board member, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2008-13.
Editorial board member, Journal of Management Studies, 2007-
Head of Department of Management and Employment Relations, 2002 - 2005
International Advisory Board Member, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2007-
President, Academic Branch, Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, 2009-12


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Huo, M.-L., & Boxall, P. (2020). Do workers respond differently to learning from supervisors and colleagues? A study of job resources, learning sources and employee wellbeing in China. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT10.1080/09585192.2020.1744029
  • Huo, M.-L., Boxall, P., & Cheung, G. W. (2019). Lean production, work intensification and employee wellbeing: Can line-manager support make a difference?. ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY10.1177/0143831X19890678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wai Hung Gordon Cheung
  • Boxall, P., Huo, M.-L., & Winterton, J. (2019). How do workers benefit from skill utilisation and how can these benefits be enhanced?. JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 61 (5), 704-725. 10.1177/0022185618819169
  • Hewagama, G., Boxall, P., Cheung, G., & Hutchison, A. (2019). Service recovery through empowerment? HRM, employee performance and job satisfaction in hotels. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, 81, 73-82. 10.1016/j.ijhm.2019.03.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wai Hung Gordon Cheung
  • Boxall, P., Huo, M. L., Macky, K., & Winterton, J. (2019). High-involvement work processes and systems: A review of theory, distribution, outcomes, and tensions. Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (pp. 1-52). 10.1108/S0742-730120190000037002
  • Huo, M.-L., & Boxall, P. (2018). Are all aspects of lean production bad for workers? An analysis of how problem-solving demands affect employee well-being. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 28 (4), 569-584. 10.1111/1748-8583.12204
  • Boxall, P., & Winterton, J. (2018). Which conditions foster high-involvement work processes? A synthesis of the literature and agenda for research. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39 (1), 27-47. 10.1177/0143831X15599584
  • Huo, M.-L., Boxall, P., & Cheung, G. W. (2018). How does line-manager support enhance worker wellbeing? A study in China. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1-19. 10.1080/09585192.2017.1423103
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wai Hung Gordon Cheung


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 459
New Zealand

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