Professor Phil Almond

Professor of International Management

Phil Almond

Professor Phil Almond is a Professor of International Management, with research expertise in management and contemporary capitalism.

Phil's research and teaching interests focus on the theoretical and practical challenges of the management and governance of work and employment in contemporary capitalism.
Phil's latest research has incorporated the following themes:
- Human resource management and employment relations in multinationals;
- Regional strategies for attracting inward investment;
- Internationally comparative human resource management and industrial relations;
- Comparative political economy.
Phil has a strong track record of attracting research council funding in the UK and overseas, and is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Resource Management, as well as a member of the ESRC Peer Review Panel.
Phil is also a lead researcher of the Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire sur la Mondialisation et le Travail (CRIMT), a major international research centre focusing on globalisation and work, based at the University of Montréal. Phil also coordinates CERCnet: a new international research network in the field of comparative employment relations.

Academic background

Phil holds a BSc in International Business and Modern Languages from Aston University, as well as an MA in European Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick. Phil also holds a PhD in Management from Manchester University.
Phil worked as a research fellow at the University of Manchester and at De Montfort University, before taking on a lecturing role at De Montfort University in 2003. In 2005, he moved to the University of Leicester, where he was Programme Director for a master's programme in Researching Work and Learning.
Phil returned to De Montfort from 2006-2017, and was promoted to Professor of Comparative Employment Relations in 2011. He has led a Centre for Doctoral Training programme in Human Resource Management, and has led the teaching of modules in International Human Resource Management (HRM), Researching Work, Rethinking Organisations, Critical Issues in HRM, and an undergraduate Dissertation module.
Phil has held roles as Deputy Faculty Head of Research and as Departmental Research Coordinator, and also co-launched a departmental research group fousing on  employment relations. 

Current research and collaborations

Phil's current research activity includes:
Globalising Actors in Multinational Companies
The research programme, funded by the ESRC and the Korean national research foundation, analyses the roles of individuals in the international integration of multinational companies (MNCs). It asks how these ‘globalising actors’ create, spread, implement and contest norms across international operations, particularly in the domain of human resources. Based on an innovative mixed-methods approach across cases drawn from UK-owned MNCs operating in a variety of competitive environments and across major global regions, it aims to provide an integrated analysis of the enactment of these roles, and to identify the individual, organisational and institutional resources drawn upon in executing them. This research involves Loughborough University London colleagues Tony Edwards and Dr Phillipp Kern, alongside researchers at the University of East Anglia, University of Montréal and Seoul National University.
Coordinating Actors in the UK's Liberal Market Economy
This research project, funded by the British Academy, examines the interactions between private-sector managers in the UK and skills institutions and networks. This work is conducted with Professor Olga Tregaskis of the University of East Anglia.
Multinationals, sub-national governance and human resources
This ESRC project aims to understand the relationships at a regional level between the local operations of foreign multinationals and 'governance actors', such as local, regional and national government, regional development agencies, training institutions, social partners, etc. The project looks at how these relationships affect the types

Completed PhD / research supervisions

  • Wessam Khedr - Expatriate Adjustment Revisited: An Exploration of the Factors Explaining Expatriate Adjustment in MNCs and UN organisations in Egypt (2009-13).
  • Andres Feandeiro – Sub-national governance, multinational corporations and human resources in France. (2013-16).

Interests and activities

Phil is currently launching a new international collaborative research network in the field of comparative employment relations:
Twitter: @CERCnet
Phil is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and the organiser of mini-conferences at its annual meetings for each of the last five years. As a lead researcher of CRIMT, Phil regularly participates in the organisation of conferences and in doctoral training.
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