Y Reshef, PhD


Alberta School of Business - Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management



1985 - PhD, University of Illinois

1998 to 1999 - Acting Chair, Strategic Management and Organization

2000 - President, Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA)

2002 - Chair, Strategic Management and Organization (Reappointed, July 2006; July 2011)

2016 to 2017 - Interim Chair, Strategic Management and Organization


Research Interests

  • Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management

Publications In Refereed Journals

  1. Reshef, Y. and M. Netzer. "The Forum of the '13 Works Committee"'. The Economic Quarterly, Vol. 30, April 1983, pp. 532-541. (Hebrew).
  2. Reshef, Y. "Government and Histadrut Relationship Between 1973 and 1982". State, Government, and International Relations, Vol. 22, 1984, pp. 75-90. (Hebrew).
  3. Reshef, Y. and Y. Fried. "Strikes in Israel: The Histadrut in a Sectorial Perspective 1965-1982". Relations Industrielles, Vol. 41, No. 2, 1986, pp. 329-346.
  4. Reshef, Y. "Political Exchange in Israel: Histadrut-State Relations". Industrial Relations, Vol. 25, fall, 1986, pp. 303-309.
  5. Reshef, Y. "A Typology of Shop Stewards: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis". Relations Industrielles, Vol. 42, No. 1, 1987, pp. 150-166.
  6. Reshef, Y. and A.I. Murray. "Toward a Neoinstitutionalist Approach in Industrial Relations". British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 26, No. 1, 1988, pp. 85-97.
  7. Reshef, Y. "The Impact of Shop Stewards' Image of Industrial Society on Their Modes of Performance". Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 30, No. 2, June, 1988, pp. 230-247.
  8. Reshef, Y. "Changing Environments and Management IR Practices: Implications for U.S. Trade Unions". Relations Industrielles, Vol. 43, No. 1, 1988, pp. 43-62.
  9. Murray, A.I. and Y. Reshef. "American Manufacturing Unions' Stasis: A Paradigmatic Perspective". Academy of Management Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, October, 1988, pp. 615-626.
  10. Reshef, Y. and B. Bemmels. "Political and Economic Determinants of Strikes in Israel: A Sectorial Comparison." Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol., 10, 1, 1989, pp. 35-57.
  11. Reshef, Y. "Negotiating Wage Settlements: A Structural Approach." Relations Industrielles, Vol. 44, No. 3, 1989, pp. 532-550.
  12. Reshef, Y. "Union Decline: A View from Canada." Journal of Labor Research. Vol. 11, Winter 1990, pp. 25-39. Reprinted in, Ronald Hinch (ed.), Crosscurrents: Debates in Canadian Society, Scarborough, Ont.: Nelson, 1992, pp. 286-300.
  13. Stratton, K. and Y. Reshef. "Private Sector Unions and Strategic Planning: A Research Agenda." Relations Industrielles, Vol. 45, 1, 1990, pp. 76-92.
  14. Murray, A.I., and Reshef, Y. "Reply to Jacobs". Academy of Management Review, Vol. 15, 4, 1990, pp. 688-693.
  15. Reshef, Y. and A.I. Murray. "Union Decline: Lessons from Alberta." Relations Industrielles, Vol. 46, 1, 1991, pp. 185-201.
  16. Bemmels, B. and Y. Reshef. "Manufacturing Employees and Technological Change. " Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 12, (Summer) 1991, pp. 231-246.
  17. Bemmels, B., Y. Reshef, and K. Stratton-Devine. "The Roles of Supervisors, Employees, and Stewards in Grievance Initiation." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 45, 1, 1991, pp. 15-30.
  18. Fisher, E.G. and Y. Reshef. "Shop Steward Performance: A Constrained-Decision Analysis." Relations Industrielles, Vol. 47, 1, 1992, pp. 25-40.
  19. Reshef, Y. "Employees, Unions and Technological Changes: A Research Agenda". Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 14, 2, 1993, pp. 201-219.
  20. Reshef, Y., B. Bemmels, and R.A. Wolfe. "The Effect of Unionization on Workplace Innovation." Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 14, 1, 1993, pp. 109-131.
  21. Reshef, Y., and K. Stratton-Devine. "Long Range Planning in North American Unions: Preliminary Findings." Relations Industrielles, Vol. 48, 2, 1993, pp. 250-266.
  22. Reshef, Y., K. Stratton-Devine, and B. Bemmels. "The Impact of Manufacturing Employees on Technological Change." Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 15, 1994, pp. 505-530.
  23. Stratton Devine, K., and Y. Reshef. "Union Planning: A Framework and Research Agenda. Relations Industrielles, Vol. 51, 1996, pp. 506-522.
  24. Kizilos, M., and Y. Reshef. "The Effects of Workplace Unionization on Worker Responses to HRM Innovation." Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 18, 1997, pp. 641-656.
  25. Devine, K., and Y. Reshef. "Union Merger Support: A Tale of Two Theories." Relations Industrielles, Vol. 53, 1998, pp. 517-534.
  26. Reshef, Y., and H. Lam. "Union Responses to Quality Improvement Initiatives: Factors Shaping Support and Resistance." Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 20, 1999, pp. 111-131.
  27. Reshef, Y., M, Kizilos, G.L. Ledford, and S.G. Cohen. "Employee Involvement Programs: Should Unions Get Involved?" Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 20, 1999, pp. 557-569
  28. Lam, H., and Y. Reshef. “Are Quality Improvement and Downsizing Compatible: A Human Resource Perspective.” Relations Industrielles, Vol. 54, 1999, pp. 727-747. (Reprinted in, Workplace Gazette, 2000, Vol. 3, 3, 85-93. 2000. Included in Stephen J. Havlovic and Harish Jain. 2001. Resource Management: Readings & Exercises. CD-ROM Ed. Pearson Education, Canada.)
  29. Y. Reshef. “The Logic of Labor Quiescence.” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 22, 2001, pp. 635-652.
  30. Y. Reshef. “A Theory of Union Collective Action.” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 25, 2004, pp. 623-645.
  31. Y. Reshef. “Government Behaviors and Union Protest: Systematizing the Relationship.” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 28, 2, Spring, 2007, pp. 375-395.
  32. Y. Reshef. “Government Intervention in Public Sector Industrial Relations: Lessons From the Alberta Teachers’ Association.” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 28, 4, Fall, 2007, pp. 677-696.
  33. Y. Reshef. “Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy: Four Provinces in Comparative Perspectives -- A Review Article.” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 29, 2008, pp. 88-97.
  34. Y. Reshef and C. Keim. "Words at Work: Constructing a Labour Conflict." Relations Indusrielles, Vol. 71, 2, 2016, pp. 247-273.

Book Chapters

Devine, K., and Y. Reshef. 1997. "Toward a Better Understanding of Union Planning." In Magnus Sverke (Ed.). The Future of Trade Unionism: International Perspectives on Union Structures. Ashgate: 211-222.

Reshef, Y. 2001. “The Logic of Union Quiescence: The Alberta Case.” In Gene Swimmer (ed.). Public Sector Labor Relations in an Era of Restraint and Restructuring. New York: Oxford University Press: 127-154.

Ponak, A., Y. Reshef, and Daphne Gottlieb Taras. 2003. “Alberta: Industrial Relations in a Conservative Climate.” In Mark Thompson, Joseph B. Rose & Anthony E. Smith (eds.). Beyond the National Divide: Regional Dimensions of Industrial Relations. Kingston, Ont.: McGill-Queen’s University Press: 267-306.


Organized Labor at the Crossroads, by Wei-Chiao Huang (Ed.), Kalamazoo, Michigan, E.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1989, pp. 162, ISBN 0-88099-075-9. In Relations Industrielles, Vol. 46, 1, 1991, 234-236.

Third Party Involvement in Industrial Relations: A Comparative Study of West Germany and Britain, by Eric Owen-Smith et al., Brookfield: Avebury, 1989. In Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 13, 1, 1992, 149-151.


Reshef, Y. & S. Rastin. 2003. Unions in the Time of Revolution: Government Restructuring in Alberta and Ontario. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press.

Reshef, Y. & C. Keim. 2014. Bad Time Stories: Government-Union Conflicts and the Rhetoric of Legitimation Strategies. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press.



International HRM 

Managing for Quality 

Seminar in Industrial Relations Foundations