University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Faculty Profiles

Michael A. Gurdon, Ph.D. Professor & Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Contact Information
Office: 309 Kalkin
Phone: 656-0513

Dr. Gurdon retired from UVM in May, 2013. He joined the UVM faculty in 1980 after two years with the University of New Brunswick. His teaching specialties lie in the areas of collective bargaining, international management and organizational behavior. He has been a consultant on strategic and human resource planning for a variety of private and public organizations. Dr. Gurdon's research interests encompass employee ownership,the commercialization of scientific invention, and a range of international labor-management issues. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the Univerity of Warwick, Durham University, and the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, as well as at Griffith University, the University of Tasmania, and the University of Sydney in Australia. He is also the holder of an honorary professorship at Yaroslavl University, Russia. Dr. Gurdon's articles have appeared in such publications as the Journal of Industrial Relations, International Labour Review, Industrial Relations, Management Review and Technovation.

Suggested topics for comment:
Labor relations issues and international union-management developments. Employee ownership.

Referee for "Industrial & Labor Relations Review"; Secretary, Board of Directors of Vermont Employee Ownership Center (; arbitrator of hearings brought before the National Association of Securities Dealers; consultant to several corporations in the development of strategic planning processes and long-term corporate objectives.

Publication History

Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Samsom, K. J. - "A Longitudinal Study of Success and Failure among Scientist-Started Ventures" (Refereed) - Technovation - 2010 - v. 30, no. 3, pp. 207-214 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • Ventriss, C.; zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Emerging Issues in Economic Development Policy and Technology Incubators: The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies Experience" (Refereed) - Comparative Technology Transfer and Society/The Johns Hopkins University Press - 2006 - v. 4, no. 1, pp. 22-55 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-Savitt, R. - "Exit/Voice Behaviors in the Czech Republic: A Longitudinal Study of Consumer Response to Market Dissatisfaction" (Refereed) - Competition and Change - 2001 - v. 4, no. 1,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-Savitt, R.; Pribova, M. - "Consumer Activism in the Czech Republic: the role of exit and voice in a changing economy" (Refereed) - The Journal of Socio-Economics - 1999 - v. 28, no. 1, pp. 3-19 [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Flynn, B. - "Smoking Policies in the Workplace: The Impact of Gender" (Refereed) - Social Science Quarterly - 1996 - v. 77, no. 3,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Flynn, B.; Secker-Walker, R. - "Cigarette Smoking Control Strategies of Firms with Small Work Forces in Two Northeastern States" (Refereed) - American Journal of Health Promotion - 1995 - v. 9, no. 3,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "University Scientists as Entrepreneurs: A Special Case of Technology Transfer and High-Tech Venturing" (Refereed) - Technovation - 1993 - v. 13, no. 2,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Samsom, K.; Bomers, G. - "Ondernemende wetenschappers: ervaringen van door wetenschappers gestarte 'high tech' bedrijen" (Refereed) - M&O: Tijdschrift voor Organisatiekunde en Sociaal Beleid ["Entrepreneurial Scientists: Experiences of Scientist-started 'High-Tech' Companies," in the Dutch Journal Management & Organization: Journal for Organizational Science and Social Policy] - 1991 - v. 45, no. 5, pp. 9.10
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "The Politics of Property in the Federal Republic of Germany" (Refereed) - International Labour Review - 1991 - v. 130, no. 5-6, [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "A Means to Combat Lack of Worker Involvement [CPECTBO, PPOTB OTEH PAOTHOB]" (Refereed) - Socialist Labor [COCTBEHHOCT TPXC] (Article deals with experiences with employee ownership in western countries, especially written for a Russian and Soviet audience) - 1990 - v. 10,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Rai, A. - "Codetermination and Enterprise Performance: Empirical Evidence from West Germany" (Refereed) - Journal of Economics and Business - 1990 - v. 42, no. 4, pp. 289-302
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Rai, A. - "The 1976 Codetermination Act: Positive or Negative Economic Effects for German Firms?" (Refereed) - Labour Economics and Productivity - 1990 - v. 2, no. 2,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-McIntosh, B. - "Management Values and Health and Safety Performance: Lessons from Britain, France and New Zealand" (Refereed) - International Journal of Management - 1988 - v. 5, no. 2,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Divergent Paths: Civil Service Employment Relations in Australia and Canada" (Refereed) - Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations - 1987 - v. 42, no. 3,
  • zz-McIntosh, B.; zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Factors Influencing Health and Safety Performance in New Zealand" (Refereed) - Journal of Industrial Relations - 1986 - v. 28, no. 4, pp. 521-533 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-McIntosh, B. - "Management Values and Health and Safety Performance: Lessons From Three Countries" (Refereed) - Human Resources Management and Organization Behavior Proceedings - 1986
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Equity Participation by Employees: The Growing Debate in West Germany" (Refereed) - Industrial Relations - 1985 - v. 24, no. 1, pp. 113-129
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "The Emergence of Co-determination in Australian Government Employment" (Refereed) - International Labour Review - 1985 - v. 124, no. 4, [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Wright, J. D. - "Recent Developments in Collective Bargaining in the Maritime Fishing Industry" (Refereed) - Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations - 1984 - v. 39, no. 2,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Is Employee Ownership the Answer to Our Economic Woes?" (Refereed) - Management Review - 1982
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Patterns of Industrial Relations Research in Australia" (Refereed) - Journal of Industrial Relations - 1978 - v. 20, no. 4, pp. 446-462 [View publication] [Show/Hide Abstract]
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Productivity Bargaining: A Study of the Union-Management Relationship in a Cross-Cultural Setting" (Refereed) - Cornell Journal of Social Relations - 1977
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Themes in Mussolini's Foreign Policy" (Refereed) - Queensland Historical Review - 1970 - v. 3,
Conference Proceeding
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "The Creation of a Russian-American Educational Partnership" - Man in the Environment of Culture: "Russian World" in the Context of Cross-Cultural Relations - 2011
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; McAndrew, I.; Risak, M. - "Understanding the Outcomes of Employment Adjudications: A Comparative Study of Adjudication Bodies in New Zealand and the United States" (Refereed) - International Industrial Relations Association - 2009 - v. 15, no. N/A, pp. N/A
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "The Rise and Fall of Industrial Democracy in the Federal Public Service" (Refereed) - Transforming Labour: Work, Workers, Struggle and Change./Proceedings of the Eight National Labour History Conference. - 2003
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Consumer Response to Market Dissatisfaction -- Research Experience in the Czech Republic [Published in Russian]" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Interregional Scientific Conference on Russian Enterprises/Faculty of Economics, Yaroslavl State University - 2001
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Legislating Against Smoking in the Workplace: Organizational Characteristics Which Predict Grudging Compliance or Zealous Endorsement" (Refereed) - Legal Perspectives -- The Juridification of the Employment Relationship/Oak Tree Press , Dublin. Fifth IIRA European Regional Congress - 1997
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-Savitt, R.; Pribova, M. - "Voice and Exit Behaviors in Economic Transformation: Preliminary Insights from the Czech Republic" (Refereed) - European Marketing Academy Conference Proceedings: Marketing for an Expanding Europe - 1996 - pp. 14-17
  • zz-McIntosh, B.; zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Large Group Decision Making: Computer Feedback and Participant Satisfaction" (Refereed) - Northeast Business and Economics Association Conference Proceedings - 1993 - no. September,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Samsom, K. - "Entrepreneurial Scientists: Organizational Performance in Scientist-Started High Technology Firms" (Refereed) - Frontier of Entrepreneurial Research 1990 - 1991
  • zz-Shirland, L. E.; zz-Kraushaar, J. M.; zz-McIntosh, B.; Posey, P.; zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Impact Probability: A Group Decision Support Process" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the First International Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute - 1991 - pp. 138-141
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Union Gains in the Australian Civil Service--Are There Public Policy Lessons for Canada?" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association - 1987
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-McIntosh, B. - "Managerial Perceptions and Safety Performance Among Domestic and Foreign-Owned Corporations in New Zealand" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada - 1984
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Organizing Entrepreneurs: The Emergence of a Trade Union among Maritime Fishermen" (Refereed) - Administrative Sciences Association of Canada - 1984
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Parke, E. - "Employee Ownership: Overlooked Problems" (Refereed) - Contribution of Theory and Research to the Practice of Management/Missippi State: Southern Management Associations - 1982
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Meek, C. - "Problems of Organizational and Technological Fit: Evidence from the Corporate Takeover of Job Shops" (Refereed) - What Can Management Do to Improve Productivity in the 1980 Decade?/Mississippi State: Southern Management Association - 1982
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Determinants of Pro-Unionism Among a University faculty" (Refereed) - Proceedings of the administrative Sciences Association of Canada - 1980
Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-Savitt, R.; Pribova, M. - "Consumer Activism in A Transforming Economy: International Dimensions of Customer Orientation" (Refereed) - in Contemporary Developments in Marketing/Editions ESKA, Paris, Scientific Committee of the Montpelier Graduate School of Management - 1999 ,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Hammer, T. H.; Stern, R. N. - "Workers' Ownership and Attitudes Towards Participation" (Refereed) - Workplace Democracy and Social Change/Porter Sargent - 1982 - pp. Boston ,
Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Quality of Working Life" (Refereed) - in Advanced Instructional Modules to accompany Management for Productivity/Wiley - 1984 ,
Book, Scholarly-New
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; zz-Savitt, R. - "Transformations East & West: The New Industrial Structures" - The University of Vermont School of Business Administration - 1993 ,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "An American Approach to Self-Management" - Workers Participation: Success and Problems/Praeger - 1980 - pp. New York ,
Working Paper
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A.; Dowling, J. B. - "Organizational Governance: Political Economy and Economic Polity" - Queens University Working Paper Series - 1982 - v. 1982-20,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Book Review of John Logue & Jacqueline Yates, The Real World of Employee Ownership" (Refereed) - Industrial and Labor Relations Review - 2003 - v. 56, no. 2,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Book Review of Stephen Hill, Competition and Control at Work" - Industrial and Labor Relations Review - 1983 - v. 37, no. 1,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Book Review of Timothy C. Jochim, Employee Stock Ownership and Related Plans: Analysis and Practice" - The Wall Street Review of Books - 1983 - v. 11, no. 3,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "Book Review of William W. Rambo, Work and Organizational Behavior" - Industrial and Labor Relations Review - 1983 - v. 36, no. 2,
  • zz-Gurdon, M. A. - "A Review Essay of Marvin D. Dunnette, Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology" - Administrative Science Quarterly - 1977 - pp. with others