Staff Profile: Dr Wen Wang

Wen WangFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences


University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS)


Senior lecturer /Course leader

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323756



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
City Campus North


I am a senior lecturer in Managerial Economics in the Business School at the University of Wolverhampton. Before joining the Business School in 2011, I was a lecturer in Economics at the University of East Anglia where I gained my fully-funded Doctoral degree in Labour Economics in 2010.  Prior to moving to the UK, I worked as a visiting lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2003.  I had been a lecturer in Human Resource Management at China University of Geosciences since 2001.

I actively pursue my research interest in the area of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, labour market and public policy. I am currently undertaking the European Commission project “Gender –Equal Management Approach “with partners from Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Macedonia.  I was involved in a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council project titled “Gender and Careers in Science in the British Higher Education”; I have also won two Early Researcher Grant Schemes from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK and China University of Geosciences in China.

Academic qualifications

  • PG  Cert Ed, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
  • PhD in Economics at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • MSC in Economics at Zhongnan Finance and Law University, Wuhan, China
  • BA in Management Engineering at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

Teaching interests

I am the Course Leader for BA International Business Management and the personal tutor for students who take the programme at level 4. I have a strong commitment to providing students with an interesting and intellectually challenging learning experience. I currently teach on the following modules:

  • 7MG001 Research Methods (Postgraduate module)
  • 5IB004   Managerial Economics (second  year undergraduate module)
  • 4IB004   Global Business Environment (first year undergraduate module)

Research interests

My main research interest is in the connections between HRM and employment relations, the labour market and public policy. My research has examined the relationship between labour market deregulation in Europe and organisational outcomes, such as workforce absenteeism in the workplace. This work has received national and international media coverage.

I am currently researching the consequences of HRM practices before and after the economic crisis along with the widespread use of flexible contracts at workplaces in the UK and Europe.  Specific concerns include the consequences of the flexible contracts, on employment relations and organisational outcomes.

PhD supervision

Area of supervision

I would be interested in supervising doctoral work in the broad fields of Employment Relations and HRM. I would be particularly interested in supervising doctoral work in the following areas: aging workforce and training; employment relations in different countries; strategic HRM and outcomes; HRM at Multinational Enterprises; Employee Engagement under different contexts (culture, country, sector, etc).

Example of PhD supervision

Godwin. E. S., (2016) Emerging market Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the UK: Drivers, type value-chain impact, and the rural-urban split (completed).
AL-RASHDI. S. H. M., (2016) The differential impact of elements of a staff incentive scheme and barriers to implementation in the public sector, with specific reference to government departments in Oman (ongoing).

External academic roles

Academic Reviewer for journals and publishers including:

  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • European Journal of Management
  • International Journal of Management
  • Personnel Economics
  • International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics
  • International Family Enterprise Research Academy
  • EURAM 2013 annual conference
  • IFERA  2013 annual conference in Switzerland
  • McGraw-Hill

 Academic membership

  • Member of Royal Economic Society
  • Member of Development Studies Association

Selected publications

Wang.W, & Seifert. R. (2017)  Pay reductions and work attitudes: the moderating effect of employee involvement practices, Employee Relations, DOI 10.1108/ER-04-2016-0078. Accepted on 4th April 2017

Wang.W, & Heyes.J. (2017)  Flexibility, labour retention and productivity in the EU, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI:10.1080/09585192.2016.1277370.

Wang.W., & Seifert, R. (2017).   Employee referrals: A study of ‘close ties’ and career benefits in China, European Management Journal, 35(4),514-522. DOI 10.1016/j.emj.2016.09.004

Wang. W, (25 October 2016). Opinion: What is the recipe for high absenteeism? People Management.

Wang. W, (3 November 2016). Older workers deprived of performance appraisals and training in the UK-what can we do? HRZone. 

Machold, S., & Wang, W. (2015)  Breaking through the glass ceiling, Institute of Directors, West Midlands.

Wang, W., & Machold, S. (2011) Work-life balance, pay, and job satisfaction: an investigation of long-tenured workers in the UK, CMI Top Management Articles, Chartered Management Institute in collaboration with Wiley Publishers

Wang, W and Moffatt, P.G. (2008) Hukou and Graduates’ Job Search in China (with Peter G Moffatt), Asian Economic Journal, 22, 1-23.

Wang, W. (2004) Analysis of Income Disparity between Urban and Rural Households in China, USA-China Business Review, 3, 52-59.

Wang, W. (2004) Private Return to Human Capital in China, Journal of China University of Geosciences (Social Science Edition), 6, 10-13.

Wang, W. (2004) Position of ALL-in-English Teaching in Higher Education in China, Journal of China Higher Education Research, 10, 37-40

Wang, W. (2003) Building an Agricultural Support System in China (with Jun YANG), Journal of Rural Economy, 2, 46-48.      

Wang, W. (2001) Obstacles of the Development of Small and Medium Sized Business in China (with ZhanFeng Lv), Science and Technology Progress and Policy, 2, 95-96.

Conference presentations

Wang, W. (2016) Cross-country comparisons: aging workforce and firm performance, presented at WES 2016 conference, 6-8 September, University of Leeds. This content is covered by The Times

Wang, W. (2016) The moderating role of work environment between employment relations and firm performance, presented at  BURIA 2016 conference, 29 June-1 July, Leeds. This content is covered by BT News and the Eastern Daily Press

Rosli. A, Wang, W. & Ismail, N A. (2016) Universities strategic response to its third mission agenda: A conceptual framework, accepted by BAM 2016, 6-8 Sept. Newcastle University

Seifert, R. &Wang, W. (2016) Public service motivation and job satisfaction in local government, Presented at International Labour Process Conference, 4-6 April, Berlin, Germany.

Wang, W. (2014) Owner-manager, Trust,  and workforce absenteeism, IFERA 14th Annual Conference, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Wang, W and Seifert, R (2013) Absenteeism in the Workplace: Cross-Country Comparison in Europe, BSA Annual Conference, 3-5 September, 2013, University of Warwick.

Wang, W and Wang, Y (2013) Professionalism and Owner Managers in Family Business: Empirical results from the UK. IFERA 13th Annual Conference, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Wang, W. (2012) Owner Managers and Employment Relations at SMEs in the UK, IFERA 12th Annual Conference, University of Bordeaux, France.

Wang, W (2009) Networking and Pay Determinants in China, International Conference on Science in Society, University of Cambridge.

Wang, W (2009) Guanxi and Job Search: Graduate Labour Market in China, Economic Society Fourth PhD Presentation Meeting, London.

Wang, W. (2006) Hukou and Graduates' Job Search in China, The Second Far East Econometric Society Meeting, Beijing.