Scott Walsworth

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (University of Toronto) Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (University of Toronto) B.A. Labour Studies (McMaster University)


Room 154
25 Campus Drive, Nutrien Centre, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, SK, S7N 5A7


Dr. Walsworth is an Associate Professor in the Human Resource and Organizational Behaviour Department. He joined the Edwards School of Business in July 2007. Before this he completed a Ph.D. (2007) and Master’s degree (2003) in Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto.  A sucker for punishment, he recently returned to school to complete a Master’s of Law (LLM) in employment and labour law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.  He has served as the Director of the Labour Management Relations Certificate Program and the Chair of the department.  In 2011 he was named the Principal Investigator on a prestigious three year Standard Research Grant from SSHRC. With these funds he investigated how, and under what circumstances, unions affect management decisions and firm outcomes, such as innovation, profits and employment growth.  A secondary stream of research interest has brought him to India to gather data and further investigate the immigration decisions and labour market integration issues of skilled workers.  His work has been published in a number of top journals including Industrial Relations (Berkeley), Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. Dr. Walsworth teaches courses on human resources, industrial relations, and labour and employment law.  He has a lovely wife and four impossible sons.


International and Comparative Employment Relations Systems

The course examines the triangular relationship between employers, government and organized labour in the context of developed regions such as North America and Western Europe, as well as in emerging economic regions such as Asia and Africa.  Globalization and firm internationalization is explored as it affects organized labour.  The aim is to introduce students to a broad range of unionized work environments to facilitate economic, social and legal comparisons.

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Industrial Relations

The course examines theories of industrial relations; union organization and structure; labour legislation in Canada; negotiating and administering the collective agreement; among other topics.  The aim is to introduce the student to the complexities of the labour management relationship and to explore various techniques for successfully managing this critical area of business.

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Human Resource Management

This course develops a framework for understanding the field of human resource management.  It examines the context, issues, strategies, and processes of managing people in organizations. The challenges arising from the context include legal and ethical issues as well as global perspectives. Processes include selection and recruitment, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation and benefits, labour relations, and managing employee and employer interests within the employment relationship.

Recent Publications

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

    Somerville, Kara and Scott Walsworth. 2015 "Information Sources and Knowledge Transfer to Future Migrants: A study of university students in India" Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 24(1): 28-50.

    Curran, Bruce and Scott Walsworth. 2014. “Can you Pay Employees to Innovate: Empirical Evidence from the Canadian Private Sector.” Human Resource Management Journal, 24(3): 290-306.

    Walsworth, Scott and Suresh Kalagnanam. 2013.  “Applying the Hindu Four Stage Life-Cycle Model to Human Resource Management,” International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 6(4): 507-520.

    Walsworth, Scott and Richard Long. 2012.  “Is the Union Employment Suppression Effect Diminishing? Further Evidence from Canada.” Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 67(4): 654-680.

    Walsworth, Scott. 2010.  “What do Unions do to Innovation?  An Empirical Examination of the Canadian Private Sector.” Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations,65(4): 543-561.

    Walsworth, Scott. 2010. “Unions and Employment Growth: The Canadian Experience.” Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 49(1): 142-156.

    Walsworth, Scott and Kara Somerville. 2010 “Admission and Employment Criteria Discrepancies: Experiences of Skilled Immigrants in Toronto.” Journal of International Migration and Integration, 11(3): 341-368.