Professor Matthew Allen

EBS - Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE)
Professor Matthew Allen



Matthew Allen is Professor of International Business and Strategy, and Head of the Strategy, Operations, and Entrepreneurship Group within Essex Business School. His research compares and analyses business and employment systems and their effects on innovation, technology and work designs. Drawing on institutional theory, his work has been published in leading comparative and international business journals, such as the British Journal of Management, Socio-Economic Review and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He has gained funding for his research from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. In 2020, he gained funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for a prestigious Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership. As the Head of the SOE Group, Matt is the line manager for over 20 colleagues and is responsible for providing leadership, oversight, mentoring and monitoring of all academic staff in the Group in the delivery of excellence in education and research. He reports to the Dean. As a member of the EBS Senior Management Team, he contributes to the overall strategic and operational delivery of School activities ensuring effective leadership of the School as a whole. Before joining EBS in 2019, he worked at Alliance Manchester Business School, where he directed MSc programmes, including the FT-ranked MSc in Business Analysis and Strategic Management. He was the DBA Director between 2015 and 2019, successfully managing the programme and its partnership with the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The joint DBA programme with SJTU was the only DBA programme approved by the Ministry of Education, China. During his Directorship, completion rates, publications from DBA research and the number of graduates going on to university careers increased. Matt regularly attends, and presents papers at, the annual conferences of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and the Academy of International Business (UK and Ireland Chapter). He is one of the co-ordinators of Network F within SASE on Knowledge, Technology and Innovation. Between 2012 and 2015, he was the Communications Officer for the AIB (UK and Ireland Chapter). A paper he co-authored with Florian Becker-Ritterspach and Knut Lange was nominated for the Florida International University/Academy of International Business Best Theory Paper Award in 2020. He tweets under @M_M_C_Allen


  • PhD University of Birmingham,

  • MPhil University of Oxford,

  • BA Hons University of East Anglia,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Strategic Management (BE284)


Journal articles (36)

Allen, ML., Allen, MMC., Cumming, D. and Johan, S., (2021). Comparative Capitalisms and Energy Transitions: Renewable Energy in the European Union. British Journal of Management. Online (3), 611-629

Allen, M., Allen, ML., Saqib, SI. and Liu, J., (2021). State-Permeated Capitalism and the Solar PV Industry in China and India. New Political Economy. Online (4), 527-539

Saqib, SI., Allen, MMC. and Wood, G., (2021). Lordly Management and its Discontents: ‘Human Resource Management’ in Pakistan. Work, Employment and Society, 095001702199736-095001702199736

Wood, G. and Allen, MMC., (2020). Comparing Capitalisms: Debates, Controversies and Future Directions. Sociology. 54 (3), 482-500

Wood, G., Finnegan, JJ., Allen, ML., Allen, MMC., Cumming, D., Johan, S., Nicklich, M., Endo, T., Lim, S. and Tanaka, S., (2020). The comparative institutional analysis of energy transitions. Socio-Economic Review. 18 (1), 257-294

Iqbal, N., Ahmad, M. and Allen, MMC., (2019). Unveiling the relationship between e-HRM, impersonal trust and employee productivity. Management Research Review. 42 (7), 879-899

Ahmad, M., Allen, MMC., Raziq, MM. and ur Rehman, W., (2019). Converging HRM practices? A comparison of high performance work system practices in MNC subsidiaries and domestic firms in Pakistan. Employee Relations. 41 (5), 931-948

Rehman, WU., Ahmad, M., Allen, MMC., Raziq, MM. and Riaz, A., (2019). High involvement HR systems and innovative work behaviour: the mediating role of psychological empowerment, and the moderating roles of manager and co-worker support. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 28 (4), 525-535

Becker-Ritterspach, F., Allen, ML., Lange, K. and Allen, MMC., (2019). Home-country measures to support outward foreign direct investment: Variation and consequences. Transnational Corporations. 26 (1), 61-86

Mansoor, A., Raziq, MM., ur Rehman, W. and Allen, M., (2019). High performance work practices and organizational performance in Pakistan. International Journal of Manpower. 41 (3), 318-338

Allen, MMC., Allen, ML. and Lange, K., (2018). Institutions and the Diversity and Prevalence of Multinationals’ Knowledge-Augmenting Subsidiaries. British Journal of Management. 29 (3), 483-496

Iqbal, N., Ahmad, M., Allen, MMC. and Raziq, MM., (2018). Does e-HRM improve labour productivity? A study of commercial bank workplaces in Pakistan. Employee Relations. 40 (2), 281-297

Allen, MMC., Liu, J., Allen, ML. and Imran Saqib, S., (2017). Establishments’ use of temporary agency workers: the influence of institutions and establishments’ employment strategies. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 28 (18), 2570-2593

Allen, MMC., (2016). Employer and Worker Collective Action: A Comparative Study of Germany, South Africa, and the United States. German Politics. 25 (4), 604-604

Allen, MMC. and Allen, ML., (2015). Companies’ Access to Finance, Co-operative Industrial Relations, and Economic Growth: A Comparative Analysis of the States of South Eastern Europe. Research in International Business and Finance. 33, 167-177

Ahmad, M. and Allen, M., (2015). High performance HRM and establishment performance in Pakistan: an empirical analysis. Employee Relations. 37 (5), 506-524

Tüselmann, H-J., Allen, MMC. and McDonald, F., (2015). Vive les différences? Voice in French MNCs' overseas workplaces: a comparative study of voice in French, German and US subsidiaries in the UK. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 26 (8), 1152-1168

Allen, MMC. and Aldred, ML., (2013). Business regulation, inward foreign direct investment, and economic growth in the new European Union member states. Critical perspectives on international business. 9 (3), 301-321

Allen, MMC., (2013). Comparative capitalisms and the institutional embeddedness of innovative capabilities. Socio-Economic Review. 11 (4), 771-794

Allen, MMC., Tüselmann, HJ. and Aldred, ML., (2011). Institutional frameworks and radical innovation: an analysis of high- and medium-high-technology industries in Germany. International Journal of Public Policy. 7 (4/5/6), 265-265

Allen, MMC. and Aldred, ML., (2011). Varieties of capitalism, governance, and high‐tech export performance. Employee Relations. 33 (4), 334-355

Tuselmann, HJ., Heise, A., McDonald, F. and Allen, M., (2010). Employment relations in German multinational companies in the UK and the future of the German model: empirical evidence on country-of-origin effects and industry internationalisation. International Journal of Public Policy. 5 (4), 390-390

Allen, MMC., (2010). Book Review: Andrew Tylecote and Francesca Visintin Corporate Governance, Finance and the Technological Advantage of Nations London and New York: Routledge, 2007. 336pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-11221-5. $160. Organization Studies. 31 (3), 369-372

Heise, A., Tüselmann, H., McDonald, F. and Allen, M., (2009). Das adaptierte deutsche Arbeitsbeziehungsmodell im Vergleich. Wirtschaftsdienst. 89 (2), 101-106

Allen, M. and Tüselmann, H., (2009). All powerful voice? The need to include “exit”, “loyalty” and “neglect” in empirical studies too. Employee Relations. 31 (5), 538-552

Heise, A., Tüselmann, H., McDonald, F. and Allen, M., (2009). Arbeitsbeziehungsmodelle im Vergleich: Deutsche und amerikanische Tochterunternehmen in Großbritannien. Arbeit. 18 (2)

Tüselmann, H-J., Allen, MMC., Barrett, S. and McDonald, F., (2008). Varieties and variability of employee relations approaches in US subsidiaries: country-of-origin effects and the level and type of industry internationalisation. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 19 (9), 1622-1635

Allen, M., (2008). Economic Efficiency - Democratic Empowerment: Contested Modernization in Britain and Germany. GERMAN POLITICS. 17 (2), 218-220

Allen, MMC., Tüselmann, H., El‐Sa'id, H. and Windrum, P., (2007). Sectoral collective agreements: remuneration straitjackets for German workplaces?. Personnel Review. 36 (6), 963-977

ALLEN, M., FUNK, L. and TÜSELMANN, H., (2006). Can Variation in Public Policies Account for Differences in Comparative Advantage?. Journal of Public Policy. 26 (1), 1-19

Allen, M., (2005). Which Variety of Measure and Test are best to assess the “Varieties of Capitalism” Framework?. Journal of Applied Social Science Studies. 125 (2), 315-322

Heise, A., Tüselmann, H., McDonald, F., Allen, M. and Voronkova, S., (2005). Unternehmerische Performanz deutscher Tochterunternehmen in Großbritannien. WSI-Mitteilungen. 7, 362-362

Allen, M., (2004). The varieties of capitalism paradigm: not enough variety?. Socio-Economic Review. 2 (1), 87-108

Allen, M., (2004). Do Institutions Matter? Works Councils, Collective Agreements and Firms’ Perceptions of Personnel Issues. German Review of Social Policy. 4, 94-94

Allen, M., (2002). Is German Direct Investment a Substitute for Domestic Investment?. German Politics. 11 (1), 125-146

Allen, M., (2002). Die Rechte der Arbeitnehmer in Deutschland und dem Vereinigten Königreich. ifo-Schnelldienst. 55 (2), 19-24

Books (3)

Rana, MB. and Allen, MMC., (2021). Upgrading the Global Garment Industry: Internationalization, Capabilities and Sustainability. Edward Elgar. 1789907640. 9781789907643

Tüselmann, H-J., McDonald, F., Heise, A., Allen, MMC. and Voronkova, S., (2007). Employee Relations in Foreign-Owned Subsidiaries. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349282845

Allen, MMC., (2006). The Varieties of Capitalism Paradigm. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349544622

Book chapters (12)

Allen, M. and Wood, G., Institutional approaches to examining the influence of context on HRM. In: The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Human Resource Management. Editors: Parry, E., Brewster, C. and Morley, M., . Oxford University Press

Allen, MMC. and Wood, G., (2021). Institutional approaches to examining the influence of context on human resource management. In: The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Approaches to Human Resource Management. 53- 70. 9780190861162

Li, C., Mehandjiev, N., James, A., Shahgholian, A., Lampel, J. and Allen, M., (2020). Adoption of Digital Technology in Corporate R&D Context. In: Information Systems. Springer International Publishing. 551- 566. 9783030443214

Allen, M., (2020). Hirschman and Voice. In: Handbook of Research on Employee Voice. Editors: Wilkinson, A., Donaghey, J., Dundon, T. and Freeman, RB., . 38- 53. 9781788971171

Rana, MB. and Allen, MMC., (2018). Business Systems Perspective on Entrepreneurship. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Entrepreneurship. Springer International Publishing. 271- 291. 9783319916101

Allen, MMC. and Allen, ML., (2015). Institutions and Investments by Emerging-Economy Multinationals in Developed Economies. In: The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies. Palgrave Macmillan. 9781137473110

Allen, M. and Allen, ML., (2015). Institutions and Investments by Emerging Economy Multinationals in Developed Economies: Solar PV Firms and the Role of Political Authorities in Germany. In: The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies: Achieving a New Balance. Editors: Palitha, K., Yoo, JH., McDonald, F. and Wei, Y., . Palgrave Macmillan. 83- 83. 978-1-349-50135-9

Allen, MMC., (2014). Hirschman and voice. In: Handbook of Research on Employee Voice. Edward Elgar Publishing. 36- 51. 9780857939265

Allen, MMC., (2014). Business Systems Theory and Employment Relations. In: The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations. Editors: Wilkinson, A., Wood, G. and Deeg, R., . Oxford University Press. 86- 113. 9780199695096

Allen, MMC. and Aldred, ML., (2012). Internationalization, Institutions and Economic Growth: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis of the New EU Member States. In: Handbook of Institutional Approaches to International Business. Edward Elgar Publishing. 382- 407. 9781849807685

Allen, MMC. and Whitley, R., (2011). Internationalization and sectoral diversity: The roles of organizational capabilities and dominant institutions in structuring firms’ responses to semiglobalization. In: Capitalist Diversity and Diversity within Capitalism. 97- 120. 9780415583442

Allen, MMC., (2009). The National Innovation System in Germany. In: Encyclopaedia of Technology and Innovation. Editors: Narayanan, VK. and O'Connor, G., . Basil Blackwell. 375- 389

Other (1)

Allen, MMC., National Innovation System in Germany,John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Grants and funding


Finishing Line KTP application

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board)

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GB.3.13, Southend Campus

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