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Dr Barbara Bechter

Assistant Professor in HR Management in the Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45743
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 45201
Room number: MHL 518

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Barbara is a Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, she holds a PhD from the University of Vienna. Prior to joining Durham University Business School in June 2015, she taught at the York Management School. She is an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Her scope of her research activities covers research on comparative industrial relations, including the European level, and issues concerning individual and collective aspects of the employment relationship. Such aspects are performance management and reward systems, employee motivation and co-determination, and cross-national and cross-industry differences in the organisational and institutional regulation of employment relationships. Her methodological background covers statistical and qualitative research techniques, with a special expertise in causal case study analysis. In the project Causal case study analysis: a comparison of methods in comparative industrial relations (funded by the Austrian Science Fund) she investigated the methodological possibilities of the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) approach to systematically control for industrial relations factors in small N research.

Current Research

Barbara’s recent research includes the study on Social Partner Engagement and Effectiveness in European Dialogue (SPEEED). She is the principal investigator of this two-year project (2016 - 2018) which has been funded by the European Commission. For more information on the project follow the link


Barbara is Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at the Durham University Business School. She received her PhD form the University of Vienna, Austria in 2009. Prior to her current position she was Lecturer of Human Resource Management at the University of York (2012-2015), before moving to the UK she worked as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics at the University of Vienna (2010-2012).

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Comparative Human Resource Management
  • International Industrial Relations
  • Reward and Performance Managment
  • Comparative Methods