Before joining the University of Wollongong, Peter McLean worked in human resource development roles in multinational organisations in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia for over thirty years. In addition, he has worked on assignment in Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Swaziland.
Research interests include performance management issues in the coal mining industry, reform processes in local government, employee perceptions of their fiduciary duties in the employment contract, and human resource management practices in multinational organisations. A five-year study of the introduction of a performance management system for underground coal miners revealed how HRM practices can unintentionally disrupt one's sense of identity in the workplace. Peter says, based on his experience with coal miners, that socially responsible leadership can make a remarkable difference in terms of a worker's sense of commitment and contribution.