Na Fu
Associate Professor, Business & Administrative Studies


Dr. Na Fu is an Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Trinity Business School. She achieved her PhD from Dublin City University.

Na's primary research interest is focused on strategic human resource management issues relevant to organisational growth and development. She has led a number of research projects in both the private and public sectors. Within the private sector, she is interested in the strategic HRM of the professional service firm (PSF). PSFs such as accounting, consulting and law firms, are regarded as knowledge-intensive firms in which knowledge creation, exchange and combination is critical to innovation. Within the public sector, Na has conducted projects with large public sector organisations investigating how employees' experience of organisational HRM practices influences their attitudes and behaviours. Her secondary research interest is focused on the Statistical Modelling Techniques that can be used to mine large datasets (e.g. Structural Equation Modelling-SEM, Multi-level Modelling, Moderation SEM, Moderated Mediation etc.). In this regard, she has been invited to work with people on a broad range of management topics.

Na's research has been published in leading journals, including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, and Human Relations among others. Her research has been recognised national and internationally via winning multiple prestigious awards from the Academy of Management (largest professional association for management and organisation scholars), Emerald, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Irish Research Council, International Human Resource Development Conference and Irish Academy of Management. Currently, Na is on the editorial board of Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Employee Relations and Journal of Organisational Effectiveness: People and Performance (JOE). She holds visiting positions at Said Business School, Oxford University and Copenhagen Business School.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Brien, D., Sharkeyscott, P., Andersson, U., Ambos, T., & Fu, N. , The Micro-Foundations of Subsidiary Initiatives: How Subsidiary-Manager Activities Unlock Entrepreneurship, Global Strategy Journal , 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Fu, N., Flood, P.C., Bosak, J., Rousseau, D., Morris, T., & O'Regan, P., High Performance Work Systems in Professional Service Firms: Examining the Practices-Resources-Uses-Performance Linkage'. Human Resource Managemen, Human Resource Management, 56, (2), 2017, p329 - 352 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Wiese A, Kilty C, Bergin C, Flood P, Horgan M, Higgins A, Maher B, O'Kane G, Prihodova L, Slattery D, Bennett D, Protocol for a Realist Review of Workplace Learning in Postgraduate Medical Education and Training , Systematic Reviews:Open Access, 6, (10), 2017, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Harney, B., Fu, N., & Freeney, Y., Balancing Tensions: Buffering the Impact of Organisational Restructuring and Downsizing on Employee Well-being, Human Resource Management Journal, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Kirrane, M., Lennon, M., O'Connor, C., & Fu, N. , Linking perceived management support with employees' readiness for change: the mediating role of psychological capital, Journal of Change Management, 17, (1), 2017, p47 - 66 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Fu, N., Flood, P. & Morris, T. , Organizational ambidexterity strategy and firm performance: The moderating role of organizational capital', Journal of Professions and Organization, 3, 2016, p1 - 16 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Fu, N., Ma, Q., Bosak, J., & Flood, P, Exploring the impact of intellectual capital on organizational ambidexterity in Chinese and Irish Professional Service Firms, Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, 3, (2), 2016, p94 - 144 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Conway, E., Monks, K., Fu, N., Katie, B., Kelly, G., & Hannon, E. , Enhancing Knowledge Exchange and Combination through HR practices: Reflexivity as a translation process, Human Resource Management Journal, 26, (3), 2016, p304 - 320 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Conway, E., Fu, N., Monks, K., Alfes, K., & Truss, K. , Demands or resources? The relationship between HR practices, employee engagement, and emotional exhaustion within a hybrid model of employment relations, Human Resource Management, 55, (5), 2016, p901 - 917 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Fu, N., Ma, Q., Flood, P., Bosak, J., Liu, Y., & Zhang, Y. , When West Meets East: Comparing the Utilization of HPWS between Irish and Chinese PSFs', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 54, (1), 2016, p8 - 31 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Fu, N., The role of relational resources in the knowledge management capability and innovation of professional service firms, Human Relations, 68, (5), 2015, p731 - 764 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Fu, N., Ma, Q., Bosak, J., & Flood, P. , Exploring the relationships between HPWS, organizational ambidexterity and firm performance in Chinese professional service firms, Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 6, (1), 2015, p52 - 70 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Fu, N., Flood, P.C., Bosak, J., O'Regan, P., & Morris, T. , How do high performance work systems influence organizational innovation in professional service firms?, Employee Relations, 37, (2), 2015, p209 - 231 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Fu, N., Flood, P.C., Bosak, J., Morris, T. & O'Regan, P. , Exploring the Performance Effect of High Performance Work System on Service Supply Chain in Professional Service Firms, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 18, (3), 2013, p292 - 307 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Fu, N., Exploring the Impact of HPWS in Professional Service Firms: A Practices-Resources-Uses-Performance Approach, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 65, (3), 2013, p240 - 257 Journal Article, 2013 URL DOI

Feng, B, Jiang, Z-Z., Fan, Z-P., & Fu, N., A method for member selection of cross-functional teams using the individual and collaborative performances, European Journal of Operational Research, 203, (3), 2010, p652 - 661 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Fan, Z-P., Feng, B., Jiang, Z-Z., & Fu, N. , A method for member selection of R&D teams using the individual and collaborative information, Expert Systems with Applications, 36, (4), 2009, p8313 - 8323 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Research Expertise


Human Resource Management; Innovation; International business; Leadership; Organisation design, development, theory, behaviour


Awards and Honours

Carolyn Dexter Award Nominee for Best International Paper at the Academy of Management Conference 2015

Finalist for the Alan Moon Memorial Prize at the International Human Resource Development Conference 2014

Research Proposal Runner Award from Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research 2014

Winner of the Thomson South-Western Outstanding Research-Based Paper on Management Consulting at the Academy of Management Conference 2014

Best Paper Nominee at the International Conference of the HR Division 2014

Leadership Award - Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders 2014

Best Paper Award in the Innovation, Enterprise and Small Business Management track at the Irish Academy of Management Conference 2013

Best Paper Award in the Leadership and Organisational Behaviour track at the Irish Academy of Management Conference 2013

Post-doctoral Fellowship Award (2 years) from the Irish Research Council 2012

Winner of the Honorable Mention Award in the Labor and Employment Relations Association's 2012 Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Awards Competition 2012

William H. Newman Award (Sole authored paper award) Nominee at the Academy of Management Conference 2012

Research Proposal Runner Award from Emerald/IACMR Chinese Management Research 2011

Winner of the Highly Commended Award from the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Fund 2011

Winner of the Bentley College & HEC School of Management Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference 2010


Academy of Management

Irish Academy of Management