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Anil Verma

Anil Verma

    Anil Verma

    Director, Centre of Industrial Relations & HR 
    Professor of Industrial Relations and HR Management  

    Degrees: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    MBA, University of Saskatchewan
    B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology
    Email: Send an email to Anil Verma
    Phone: 416-978-2488


    Anil Verma is a Professor of Human Resource Management at Rotman and Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources. His primary research interests are in the area of management responses to unionization, participative forms of work organization, wage and employment outcomes, and the contribution of workplace innovations to organizational performance. He serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on Labour and Income Statistics at Statistics Canada and on the Board of Directors of COSTI Immigration Services, the largest such non-profit agency in Canada.

    Academic Positions

    1989-Present  Professor; University of Toronto
    2005-Present  Associate Professor; Middlesex University Business School
    1987-1988  Visiting Professor; University of California Los Angeles
    1983-1988  Assistant Professor; University of British Columbia
    1978-1980  Lecturer; University of Saskatchewan

    Non-Academic Positions

    1976-1978  Manager, Subcontract Operations; Guest Keen Williams Ltd.

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • Token Presence or Substantive Participation? A Study of Labor Trustees on Pension Boards; Verma, Anil and Johanna Weststar; Journal of Labor research, Forthcoming; 2011
    • “Token Presence or Substantive Participation? A Study of Labor Trustees on Pension Boards”; Anil Verma & Johanna Weststar; Journal of Labor Research; Issue: 32(1); 2011; Pages: 39-60
    • Realizing the Korean Dream for Work Family Balance: Employer Policies for Sustainable Societies; Verma, Anil, Young-Chul Chang and Hyun Jeong Kim; National Human Resource Development Journal, Special Issue on Work-Life Balance, July; 2009
    • Career Consequences of Taking Parental Leave: Do Women Fare Better Than Men?; Verma, Anil and Jing Wang; Journal of Creativity and Innovation; Issue: 2(2), October; 2009
    • Recent Developments in Labour Policy and Regulation in China; Verma, Anil, Jing Wang and Stephen Frost; Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, 14(2); 2008; Pages: p. 243-269
    • Globalization, Workplace Practices and Innovation: Recent Evidence from the Canadian Workplace and Employee Survey; Walsworth, Scott and Anil Verma; Industrial Relations; 2007
    • Learning Among Lower-wage and At-risk Workers: The Role of Personal, Organizational, and Social Resources; Verma, Anil and Sara Mann; Canadian Journal of Studies in Advanced Education, 20(2); 2007; Pages: p. 114-129
    • Labour Standards for a Fair Globalization for Workers of the World; Verma, Anil and Gail Elman; Good Society, 16(2); 2007; Pages: p. 57-64
    • What Makes for Effective Labor representation on Pension Boards?; Weststar, Johanna and Anil Verma; Labor Studies Journal, December, 32(4); 2007; Pages: p. 382-410
    • Globalization, Workplace Practices and Innovation: Recent Evidence from the Canadian Workplace and Employee Survey; Walsworth, Scott and Anil Verma; Industrial Relations, April; 2007; Pages: p. 220-238
    • Does “Fighting Back” Make a Difference? The Case of the Canadian Auto Workers Union; Eaton, Jonathan and Anil Verma; Journalof Labor Research; Issue: XXVII, Spring; 2006; Pages: p. 187-212
    • International Labor Standards, Soft Regulation, And National Government Roles; Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Anil Verma; Journal of Industrial Relations; Issue: 48(1), February; 2006; Pages: p. 41-58
    • What Do Unions Do to the Workplace? Union Impact on Management and HRM Policies; Verma, Anil; Journal of Labor Research; Issue: 26 (3 ), Summer; 2005; Pages: p. 415-49

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • Employment Relations in India; Venkata Ratnam, C.S. and Anil Verma; in Greg Bamber, Russell Lansbury and Nick Wailes, eds. International and Comparative Employment Relations. London: SAGE.; 2010
    • Do Employee Relations Occur in a Vacuum? Recent Evidence on Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Relations in Canada; Verma, Anil and Rafael Gomez; in Paul-Andre Lapointe, ed., Perspectives on Changes in Work. Quebec: Les Presses de l’Universite Laval; 2009
    • Employee Involvement in the Workplace; Verma, Anil and Daphne Taras; in Morley Gunderson and Daphne Taras, eds., Union-Management Relations in Canada, 5th Edition. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley; 2008; Pages: p. 447-485
    • Just Having it is not Enough: Labour’s Voice on Pension Boards; Weststar, Johanna and Anil Verma; in J. Quarter, I. Carmichael, and S. Ryan (Eds.). Socially Responsible Investment of Union-Based Pension Funds. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press; 2008
    • Unions in the 21st Century: An International Perspective; Verma, Anil. and Thomas A. Kochan (Eds); in London: Palgrave Macmillan; 2004; Pages: 267p

    Recent Presentations

    • "The Canadian Experience with Collective Bargaining"; Anil Verma; International Symposium on Collective Bargaining, Renmin University; December 17-18; 2011; Pages: Beijing
    • "Globalization and Growth in Precarious Employment"; Anil Verma; 7th ILERA Congress of the Americas; August 23-25; 2011; Pages: Keynote Address, São Paulo, Brazil
    • Labour Standards in China: A Many-headed Dragon; talk given to International Institute for Labour studies, Geneva, February 16; 2009
    • Top Five Challenges for the Canadian Labour Market; invited talk given to Middlesex Business School, Middlesex University, UK, April 3; 2008
    • Emergent Labour Policy Issues for the Canadian and the Global Economies; invited talk given to Instituto Brasileiro de Relações de Emprego e Trabalho, São Paulo, Brazil, June 9; 2008

    Honors and Awards

    2011  Member, Advisory Committee on Labour Statistics; Statistics Canada
    2011  Member, Editorial Board; Journal of Industrial Relations
    2011  Member, Board of Directors; COSTI Immigrant Services, Toronto
    2009  Best Paper Award; HR Division, Academy of Management, (with Jing Wang)
    2006  Invited Member, Strategic Planning Committee; Labor & Employment Relations Association
    2006  Lead Coordinator, Scientific Program Committee; 14th World Congress, International Industrial Relations Association, Lima, Peru
    2006  Member, Judging Panel, Immigrant Success Awards; Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and the Maytree Foundation
    1996-1997  President; Canadian Industrial Relations Association

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Teaches courses in Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management and Employee/worker Participation. Research includes the implications of free trade for labour, workplace innovations, wages, the public sector, mutual gains in labour-management relationships and labour relations.  

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