Dr Matt Vidal
Matt is Senior Lecturer in Work and Organizations. He has a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matt's main areas of expertise are the sociology of work and employment, organizations, labour markets, and comparative political economy. His research on American manufacturing has produced a nuanced understanding of lean production, documenting the range of diversity in forms of implementation and the many cultural and political obstacles to thorough organisational transformations. Among other projects, he is currently working on a book entitled "Lean Enough: The Political Economy of U.S. Manufacturing After Fordism."
Matt is on the editorial board of Work, Employment & Society, and is Co-Editor (with Jon Hindmarsh) of the “Organisations & Work” section of Sociology Compass. Matt is also Editor-in-Chief of Work in Progress, the blog for the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the American Sociological Association.
BSc Business Management
4SSMN134 Work, organisations and society
MSc International Management
SSMM100 Research Methods
SSMM117 Comparative political economy
Deputy Chair, MSc International Management Exam Board
Dr Matt Vidal
Lecturer in Work and Organisations
Tel + 44 (0)20 7848 3884
Matt's full CV
Matt Vidal and David Kusnet. 2009. Organizing Prosperity: Union Effects on Job Quality, Community Betterment, and Industry Standards. Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute.
Matt Vidal. forthcoming. "Postfordism as a Dysfunctional Accumulation Regime: A Comparative Analysis of the US, UK and Germany," Work, Employment & Society.
Matt Vidal. 2013. “Low-Autonomy Work and Bad Jobs in Postfordist Capitalism,” Human Relations 66,4: 587-612.
Matt Vidal. 2012. “On the Persistence of Labor Market Insecurity and Slow Growth in the US: Reckoning with the Waltonist Growth Regime,” New Political Economy 17,5: 543-564.
Matt Vidal. 2011. “Reworking Postfordism: Labor Process versus Employment Relations,” Sociology Compass 5,4: 273-286.
Matt Vidal and Leann M. Tigges. 2009. “Temporary Employment and Strategic Staffing in the Manufacturing Sector” Industrial Relations 48,1.
Matt Vidal. 2007. “Manufacturing Empowerment? ‘Employee Involvement’ in the Labor Process after Fordism,” Socio-Economic Review 5,2: 197-232.
Matt Vidal. 2007. “Lean Production, Worker Empowerment, and Job Satisfaction: A Qualitative Analysis and Critique,” Critical Sociology 33,1-2: 247-278.
Matt Vidal and Jamie Peck. 2012. “Sociological Institutionalism and the Socially Constructed Economy,” in Trevor Barnes, Jamie Peck, and Eric Sheppard (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography, Wiley.
Matt Vidal. 2011. “If the Market is So Efficient, Why Do We Need Leaders? Reflections on Corporate Mismanagement,” in Anna L. Larsen (Ed.), Political Leadership and its Significance in a Time of Troubles, Nova Science Publishers.
Matt Vidal. 2009. “Routine Inefficiency: Operational Satisficing and Real-World Markets,” pp. 89-117 in Nina Bandelj (Ed.), Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol 18, Economic Sociology of Work, JAI/Elsevier Press