Geoff’s research interests centre on the relationship between national institutional setting, corporate governance, firm finance, and firm level work and employment relations. Whilst much of the contemporary comparative institutional literature draws distinctions between national contexts based on stylized ideal types, macro-economic trends and/or limited panels of case studies, his work brings to bear systematic comparative firm level evidence. At a broader theoretical level, his work encompasses explorations of the bounded nature of internal diversity within national capitalist archetypes, and, more recently, institutional crisis and change. In his recent work, he has linked broader systemic crises with energy transitions, and the extent to which the latter favours owners of more fungible assets.
Geoffrey Wood regularly presents keynote speeches and seminars at academic conferences and leading universities worldwide. A podcast of a recent talk can be downloaded at:
He was the winner of the ECGI 2012 prize (with Marc Goergen and Noel O'Sullivan) for the best working paper in finance.
Geoffrey Wood is Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Previously, he was Professor in the School of Management at the University of Sheffield, and Associate Dean of the School, and before that Professor and Director of Research at Middlesex University Business School, and previously taught at Rhodes University, South Africa (where he attained the rank of Associate Professor). He has also held visiting fellowships at Cranfield University, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and the American University in Cairo, Cornell University and Rhodes University. He currently is Honorary Professor of the University of the Witwatersrand, and Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela University, both in South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia. Geoffrey Wood has served as Commissioned Researcher for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has authored/co-authored/edited seven books, and over one hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals (including journals such as Work and Occupations, Work Employment and Society, Organization Studies, Human Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management (US), etc.). He has had numerous research grants from funding councils, government departments (e.g. US Department of Labour), charities (e.g. Nuffield Foundation) and the labour movement (e.g. the ITF).