I describe my research approach as socioeconomics of personnel. This approach is devoted to furthering the long-term benefits of employees and employers. It assumes that people are both selfish and cooperative; that labor markets are imperfect; and that it is important to take into consideration the social, institutional and technological context of personnel practices. Topics I am particularly interested in are varieties of capitalism; digitalization and new work practices; HR analytics on diversity and other issues.
I often apply Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), an analytic method focused on more complex, configurational causality.
Commercial movies are a particularly helpful medium to further the understanding of employment relations. This is because films illustrate conflicts, emotions, and the generally multi-faceted nature of employment relations. I am currently writing a book on the "dream factories", the workplaces as depicted by (Hollywood) films, and regularly teach a seminar organized around film interpretation.