Spotlight On: Andrew Luchak

July 9, 2020 by CIRHR Communications

Graduated: 1995 
ThesisEmployer-sponsored pension plans: an empirical analysis of quality of  information, job change and retirement plans, and employee preferences 
Research areas: Strategic human resource management; unions and employee voice; motivation and rewards; individual differences, work attitudes and behaviors; HRM, family business and entrepreneurship 
NowAssociate Professor of Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta 

Dr. Andrew Luchak’s research spans strategic human resource management; unions and employee voice; motivation and rewards; individual differences, work attitudes and behaviors; and family business and entrepreneurship.  

Selected publications: 

Strategic human resource management 

  • Song, M., & Luchak, A. (2019). Unpacking HR systems: How organizational strategy and resource munificence explain HR variations. Proceedings, 2019(1), 19598. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2019.19598abstract 
  • Hedberg, L. M., & Luchak, A. A. (2018). Founder attachment style and its effects on socioemotional wealth objectives and HR system design doi: 

Individual differences, work attitudes and behaviors 

  • Jaskiewicz, P., Luchak, A. A., Oh, I., & Chlosta, S. (2016). Paid employee or entrepreneur? how approach and avoidance career goal orientations motivate individual career choice decisions SAGE Publications. doi:10.1177/0894845315602119 

HRM, family business and entrepreneurship 

  • Hedberg, L.M., & Luchak, A.A. (2017). One size of SEW does not fit all: The role of founder’s attachment style in shaping SEW preservation goals and HR system design in a family firm, Human Resource Management Review, in press. 
  • Jaskiewicz, P., & Luchak, A.A. (2013). Explaining performance differences between family firms with family and non-family CEOs: It’s the nature of the tie to the family that counts. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 37, 1361-1367. 

Luchak’s work includes significant collaborations with CIRHR Professors Dionne Pohler and Morley Gunderson, as well as fellow alumni Rafael Gomez and Tony Fang and current PhD candidate Jennifer Harmer.  

Unions and employee voice 

  • Andrew Luchak, Dionne Pohler, & Jennifer M. Harmer. (2019). The handbook of research on employee voice (2nd ed.) (2nd ed.) Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.  
  • Pohler, D. and Luchak, A. (2015), Are Unions Good or Bad for Organizations? The Moderating Role of Management's Response. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53: 423-459. doi:10.1111/bjir.12042 
  • Pohler, D.M., & Luchak, A.A. (2014). Balancing efficiency, equity and voice: The impact of unions and high involvement work practices on work outcomes. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 67, 1-32. 

Motivation and rewards 

  • Luchak, A.A., & Pohler, D.M. (2010). Pensions as psychological contracts: Implications for work outcomes. Industrial Relations, 49, 61-82. 
  • Luchak, A.A., Pohler, D.M., & Gellatly, I.R. (2008). When do committed employees retire? The effects of organizational commitment on retirement plans under a defined-benefit pension plan. Human Resource Management, 47, 581-599. 


  • “Mandatory Retirement Legislation: A Constraint on Transitions to Retirement?” Employee Relations, Vol. 24, No.4 (2002), pp. 403-422. Rafael Gomez, Morley Gunderson and Andrew Luchak. 
  • Morley Gunderson and Andrew Luchak. "Do Pension Covered Employees Perceive Greater Employment Security?" Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 8 (1998) 207-244 
  • Morley Gunderson and Andrew Luchak  “What Do Employees Know About their Pension Plans?”  Industrial Relations, Vol. 39, No. 4 (October 2000) 646-670  (with Andrew Luchak). 
  • Morley Gunderson and Andrew Luchak “Employee Preferences for Pension Plan Features,” Journal of Labor Research,  Vol. 22, No. 4 (Fall 2001) 796-808 (with A. Luchak)  
  • Andrew  Luchak, Tony Fang and Morley Gunderson “How Has Public Policy Shaped Defined-Benefit Pension Coverage?” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Summer 2004) 469-484 (with T. Fang and A. Luchak). 

Before coming to the Centre for his MIR, Luchak obtained his BA (Administrative and Commercial Studies) at University of Western Ontario.