• Huddersfield Business School University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 851 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
1982 …2020

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Personal profile


Jonathan Winterton is Professor of Work and Employment, and Head of Department of Management at Huddersfield Business School. Previously Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business & Law at Taylor’s University, Malaysia (2017-2019) and Dean of the Faculty of Business at Curtin University, Malaysia (2015-2017), he held the portfolios of Director of International Affairs (2010-2015) and Director of Research (2000-2010) at Toulouse Business School. In his first professorial appointment, he established and led the Employment Research Institute at Napier University of Edinburgh (1997-2000), having previously held academic positions at Bradford University (1979-1997).

He left school at 16 years of age and served an apprenticeship as a Technician Instrument Maker in Cambridge before studying Industrial Technology & Management at Bradford University, followed by a Master’s in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics. He obtained his Doctorate at the University of Leeds in 1990, after publishing what became a classic study of the 1984-85 British miners’ strike. In the last 25 years Jonathan has designed and manged some 50 research projects with a total value of around €5 million, and been involved in international research with colleagues around Europe, in ASEAN and in Australasia, many of whom were involved in the International Conference on Human Capital he chaired in November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. In February 2019 he was made a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Jonathan’s international experience has included leading programmes and projects in Brunei, France, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam. His research interests centre on human capital, where he has made contributions along two axes: one concerned with the quality of work and the other with how human capital is developed, deployed and retained. On the quality of work axis, he focuses on the good, in the form of anthropocentric work organization and high involvement work processes; the bad, where restructuring causes precarious work; and the ugly, in the form of modern slavery. On the other axis he has analysed skill formation systems, competence and employability; skill utilization and skills mismatch; and labour turnover and human capital retention. He is currently working on a research project with colleagues in several European countries on skill formation in post-Communist transition economies and with colleagues in South East Asia on ASEAN approaches to managing people and work.

Research Expertise and Interests


  • High performance work systems and worker well-being
  • Precarious work, vulnerable workers, migration and modern slavery
  • Employment, employability and European labour markets
  • Human capital development and labour turnover
  • Skill formation, skill utilization and skills mismatch

Research Degree Supervision

I am currently co-supervising four doctoral students in Malaysia and am interested in doctoral applications in the above fields.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Leeds

1 Oct 198331 Dec 1989

Master, London School of Economics and Political Science

1 Oct 197630 Sep 1977


1 Sep 197130 Jun 1976

Research Expertise and Interests

  • human capital
  • employment
  • high involvement work
  • skill utilization
  • vulnerable workers

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Research Output

  • 851 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 25 Article
  • 15 Chapter
  • 8 Review article
  • 2 Editorial

Different strokes for different folks: Group variation in employee outcomes to human resource management

Cafferkey, K., Dundon, T., Winterton, J. & Townsend, K., 8 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Organizational Effectiveness. 7, 1, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Competency Proficiency Scaling

    Tūtlys, V., Winterton, J. & Tacconi, G., 29 Jul 2019, Handbook of Vocational Education and Training: Developments in the Changing World of Work. McGrath, S., Mulder, M., Papier, J. & Suart, R. (eds.). 1st ed. Springer, Cham, p. 1219-1238 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • High-involvement Work Processes and Systems: A Review of Theory, Distribution, Outcomes, and Tensions

    Boxall, P., Huo, M. L., Macky, K. & Winterton, J., 15 Jul 2019, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management. Buckley, M. R., Wheeler, A. R. & Halbesleben, J. R. B. (eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Vol. 37. p. 1-52 52 p. (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management; vol. 37).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    How do workers benefit from skill utilisation and how can these benefits be enhanced?

    Boxall, P., Huo, M. L. & Winterton, J., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 61, 5, p. 704-725 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Institutional aspects of competence-based integration of retired military officers into the civilian labour market

    Tūtlys, V., Winterton, J. & Liesionienė, O., 4 Feb 2019, In : Personnel Review. 48, 1, p. 21-39 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)