Professor Mark Harcourt

Mark Harcourt

Professor of Human Resource Management
Undergraduate Convenor for Human Resource Management


Human Behaviour; Human Resource Management; Human Rights; Labour Market; Law; Strategic Management

dismissal compensation strategic human resource management employment representation and voice unions

Qualifications: BComm Queens, MIR Toronto, PhD Alberta

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB.4.12
Phone: +64 7 837 9277

Papers Taught

About Mark

Mark has studied workplace happenings in some of New Zealand’s best-known organisations – turnover at the Bank of New Zealand, stress at the Reserve Bank, commitment at the Police and Fire Services, and occupational over-use syndrome at BRANZ.  Mark's research is currently focused on collective employee representation, especially the union default, and dismissal.  He also has strong interests in compensation/ remuneration (including executive incentives) and strategic human resource  management.  Mark sees these issues  as particularly germane to wellbeing at work and income inequality.

Research Interests

Mark reads widely across disciplines related to human resource management, including employment law, industrial relations, labour economics, and industrial and organisational psychology.  He is particularly interested in  joint research (and supervision of masters and PhD  students)  involving any of the following topics:  employee representation and voice (especially the union default), strategic human  resource management,  compensation,  and dismissal.  Mark is  always  enthusiastic about bringing insights from  other disciplines (e.g.,  behavioural economics) into human resource management (e.g., for remuneration, employee voice,  dismissal).  He also sees the potential for using marketing concepts (e.g., the value proposition) a lot more in strategic human resource management.

Recent Publications

  • Harcourt, M., Gall, G., Novell, N., & Wilson, M. (2021). Boosting union membership: Reconciling liberal and social democratic conceptions of freedom of association via a union default. Industrial Law Journal, 50(3), 375-404. doi:10.1093/indlaw/dwaa018

  • Harcourt, M., Gall, G., Wilson, M., & Rubenstein, K. (2021). The potential of a union default to influence the preferences and choices of non-union workers in unionised workplaces. Economic and Industrial Democracy, online. doi:10.1177/0143831x211030346

  • Harcourt, M., Gall, G., & Wilson, M. (2021). Beliefs about the consequences of unions. New Zealand Law Journal, June, 175-181.

  • Harcourt, M., Gall, G., & Wilson, M. (2021). Employee reasons for staying in or opting out of union membership. New Zealand Law Journal, May, 114-118.

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