Professor Peter Boxall

PhD Monash, MCom, CFHRINZ


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 and of the International Journal of Management Reviews, 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, Dr Boxall has held various administrative roles. He is currently Associate Dean: 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


GLMI 705

People, Performance and Well-being





Postgraduate supervision

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


2013 Business School Distinguished Contribution Award
2011 Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence
2010 Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
2007 Business School Award for Sustained Excellence in Research
2003 Dutch HRM Network Award
1986 Westpac Prize: best thesis in Management Studies



Associate Dean: PBRF, Faculty of Business and Economics

Areas of expertise

Strategic human resource management

Work and employee well-being 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Dean: Research, 2008-2012, 2014-7

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-
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)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Boxall, P. (2018). The development of strategic HRM: reflections on a 30-year journey. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 28 (1), 21-30. 10.1080/10301763.2018.1427423
  • Huo, M.-L., & Boxall, P. (2018). Instrumental work values and responses to HR practices A study of job satisfaction in a Chinese manufacturer. PERSONNEL REVIEW, 47 (1), 60-73. 10.1108/PR-01-2017-0015
  • Huo, M.-L., & Boxall, P. (2017). Lean production and the well-being of the frontline manager: the job demands - resources model as a diagnostic tool in Chinese manufacturing. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 55 (3), 280-297. 10.1111/1744-7941.12152
  • Moloney, W., Boxall, P., Parsons, M., & Cheung, G. (2017). Factors predicting Registered Nurses' intentions to leave their organization and profession: A job demands-resources framework. JAN: Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74 (4), 864-875. 10.1111/jan.13497
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Parsons, Willoughby Moloney, Wai Hung Gordon Cheung
  • Boxall, P., Guthrie, J. P., & Paauwe, J. (2016). Editorial introduction: progressing our understanding of the mediating variables linking HRM, employee well-being and organisational performance. Human Resource Management Journal, 26 (2), 103-111. 10.1111/1748-8583.12104
  • Boxall, P., & Macky, K. (2016). High performance work systems: Involvement versus intensification. In N. M. Ashkanasy, R. J. Bennett, M. J. Martinko (Eds.) Understanding the high performance workplace: The line between motivation and abuse (pp. 85-102). New York, USA: Routledge.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 459
New Zealand

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