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Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship

What makes people set up companies?  Will the phenomenon of freelancing continue or is it a function of the recent crises? What sort of characteristics aid and hinder start-ups? To what extent can profit and not-for-profit organizations learn from each other? What are the challenges of managing and leveraging international and specialist workers?  How do we foster entrepreneurship at organizational, local, regional and national level?

People in this area include: Andrew Burke, Sheila Cannon, Paul Ryan, Andre von Stehl, Denise Crossan, Mary Lee Rhodes and Gemma Donnelly-Cox.

Recent publications include:

- Burke, A., Millán, J.M., Román, C. and van Stel, A. (2018), 'Exploring the impact of different types of prior entrepreneurial experience on employer firm performance', Journal of Business Research, 90, pp. 107-122

- Kgoroeadira, R., Burke, A. and van Stel, A. (2018) 'Small business online loan crowdfunding: who gets funded and what determines the rate of interest?', Small Business Economics Journal, pp. 1-21

- van Stel, A., Millán, A., Millán, J.M. and Román, C. (2018) 'The relationship between start-up motive and earnings over the course of the entrepreneur's business tenure', Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 28(1), pp. 101-123

- van Stel, A., Millán, A., Millán, J.M., Román, C. (2017) 'The relationship between start-up motive and earnings over the course of the entrepreneur’s business tenure', Journal of Evolutionary Economics, pp. 1-23

Marketing and Consumers

What do consumers want or do they know? Where does marketing management responsibility end and consumer responsibility begin? How can we best use digital means to connect with diverse consumer populations?

People in this area include: Laurent Muzellec, Norah Campbell, Mairead Brady, Sarah Browne, Kristian Myrseth.

Recent publications include:

- Muzellec, L. and O'Raghallaigh, E. (2018) 'Mobile technology and its impact on the consumer decision-making journey: How brands can capture the mobile-driven 'ubiquitous' moment of truth', Journal of Advertising Research, 58(1), pp. 12-15

- Lamest, M. and Brady, M. (2018) 'Data-focused managerial challenges within the hotel sector', Tourism Review

- Claffey, E., Brady, M. (2017) 'Examining consumers’ motivations to engage in firm-hosted virtual communities', Psychology and Marketing, 34 (4), pp. 356-375

- Campbell, N., Deane, C., Murphy, P. (2017) 'The sounds of nanotechnology', Nature Nanotechnology, 12 (7), pp. 606-610

- Moran, G., Muzellec, L. (2017) 'eWOM credibility on social networking sites: A framework', Journal of Marketing Communications, 23 (2), pp. 149-161

Finance and Accounting

What is financial contagion and how does it spread? Does investing in multinational firms convey more advantages than investing across national indices? To what extent does financial integration represent a one-way process? What is the relationship between corporate statements and financial reality? What role do alternative investments have in financial planning?

People in this area include: Brian Lucey, Ranadeva Jayasekera, Neil Dunne, Elaine Laing, Aleksandar Sevic, Martha Luff and Jenny Berrill.

Recent publications include:

- Batten, J.A., Lucey, B.M., McGroarty, F., Peat, M. and Urquhart, A. (2018) 'Does intraday technical trading have predictive power in precious metal markets?', Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 52, pp. 102-113

- Berrill, J. and Sun, S. (2018) 'An investigation into the benefits of investing in Chinese multinational companies', Journal of Emerging Market Finance

- Brawn, D.A. and Sevic, A. (2018) 'Firm size matters: Industry sector, firm age and volatility do too in determining which publicly-listed US firms pay dividend', International Review of Financial Analysis, 58, pp. 132-152

- Berk, A.S., Cummins, M., Dowling, M., Lucey, B.M. (2017) 'Psychological price barriers in frontier equities', Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 49, pp. 1-14

- Batten, J., Lucey, B., McGroarty, F., Peat, M., Urquhart, A. (2017) 'Stylized facts of intraday precious metals', PLoS ONE, 12 (4), art. no. e0174232

- Mullen, C., Berrill, J. (2017) 'Mononationals: The diversification benefits of investing in companies with no foreign sales', Financial Analysts Journal, 73 (2), pp. 116-132

Work and People

How do we manage increasingly diverse workforces?  How will technology drive the world of work in the next century? What does a flexible workforce embody?

People in this area include: Martin Fellenz, Mary Keating, Sarah-Jane Cullinane, Amanda Shantz, Na Fu.

Recent publications include:

- Conway, E., Monks, K., Fu, N., Alfes, K. and Bailey, K. (2018) 'Reimagining alienation within a relational framework: Evidence from the public sector in Ireland and the UK', International Journal of Human Resource Management, pp. 1-22

- Hewett, R., Shantz, A., Mundy, J. and Alfes, K. (2018) 'Attribution theories in human resource management research: A review and research agenda', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29(1), pp. 87-126

- Soane, E., Booth, J.E., Alfes, K., Shantz, A. and Bailey, C. (2018) 'Deadly combinations: How leadership contexts undermine the activation and enactment of followers' high core self-evaluations in performance', European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27(3), pp. 297-309

- Alfes, K., Shantz, A. and Ritz, A. (2017) 'A multilevel examination of the relationship between role overload and employee subjective health: The buffering effect of support climates', Human Resource Management

- Kirrane, M., Lennon, M., O’Connor, C., Fu, N. (2017) 'Linking perceived management support with employees' readiness for change: the mediating role of psychological capital', Journal of Change Management, 17 (1), pp. 47-66

- Cullinane, S.J., Bosak, J., Flood, P.C., Demerouti, E. (2017) 'Job crafting for lean engagement: The interplay of day and job-level characteristics', European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26 (4), pp. 541-554

- Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K., Shantz, A., Soane, E. (2017) ' The mismanaged soul: Existential labor and the erosion of meaningful work', Human Resource Management Review, 27 (3), pp. 416-430

- Schöpf, A.C., Martin, G.S., Keating, M.A. (2017) 'Humor as a Communication Strategy in Provider-Patient Communication in a Chronic Care Setting', Qualitative Health Research, 27 (3), pp. 374-390

Strategy and Change

What is business strategy? How does it evolve under change and how does it drive change? To what extent can we see a linkage between organisational and strategic change pressures? Is there an optimal strategy or is it contingent? What is the role of supply chains in formulating and fostering business strategy?

People in this area include: Paul Ryan,  Jim Quinn Joe McDonagh, , Padraic Regan, Louis Brennan, Sinead Roden , Stephen Onggo, Sheila Cannon.

Recent publications include:

- Idris, A., See, D. and Coughlan, P. (2018) 'Employee empowerment and job satisfaction in urban Malaysia: Connecting the dots with context and organization change management', Journal of Organizational Change Management, 31(3), pp. 697-711

- O'Brien, D., Sharkey Scott, P., Andersson, U., Ambos, T. and Fu, N. (2018) 'The microfoundations of subsidiary initiatives: How subsidiary manager activities unlock entrepreneurship', Global Strategy Journal

- Roden, S., Nucciarelli, A., Li, F., Graham, G. (2017) ' Big data and the transformation of operations models: A framework and a new research agenda', Production Planning and Control, 28 (11-12), pp. 929-944 

CSR, Governance and Business Ethics

Do companies have a duty beyond the profit motive? If so to whom? Does corporate social responsibility add value to companies? Can we imbue an ethical culture in business? Does it matter and to whom how companies are governed? What are the ethical responsibilities of business?  People in this area include: Sheila Cannon, Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Tanusree Jain, Daniel Malan, Mary-Lee Rhodes, Maximilian Schormair and Kenneth Silver.

Recent publications include:

- Cannon, S. (2019). Legitimacy as Property and Process: The Case of an Irish LGBT Organization, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

- Cannon, S., & Donnelly-Cox, G. (2015). Surviving the Peace: Organizational Responses to Deinstitutionalization of Irish Peacebuilding. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44(2), 360 – 378.

- Huber, Kristin, & Schormair, Maximilian J. L. (2021). Progressive and Conservative Firms in Multistakeholder Initiatives: Tracing the Construction of Political CSR Identities Within the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Business & Society, 60(2), 454-495.

- Jain, T., & Jamali, D. (2016). Looking Inside the Black box: The Effect of Corporate Governance on Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate Governance: An International Review. 24(3), 253-273.

- Jain, T., Aguilera, R. V., & Jamali, D. (2016). Corporate Stakeholder Orientation in an Emerging Country Context: A Longitudinal Cross Industry Analysis. Journal of Business Ethics: 1-19.

- Laskowski, N. G., Silver, K. (forthcoming). Wronging by Requesting. In M. C. Timmons (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics (Vol.11).

- Malan, D. & Ungerer, M. (2018). Communicating Progress on Meeting the United Nations Global Compact Goals – An Analysis of the South African Experience. African Journal of Business Ethics, 11(2), 1 – 18.

- Murphy, Joanne, Rhodes, ML, Meek, Jack, Denyer, David (2016). Managing the Entanglement: Complexity Leadership in Public Sector Systems. Public Administration Review.

- Pronk, N., Yach, D., Christie, G. Malan, D. & Hajat, C. (2018). Health and Well-Being Metrics in Business: The Value of Integrated Reporting. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 60(1), 19 – 22.

- Rhodes, M.L. and Donnelly-Cox, G. (2014). Hybridity and Social Entrepreneurship in Social Housing in Ireland. Voluntas (January) 

- Schormair, Maximilian J. L,. & Gerlach, L. M. (2020). Corporate Remediation of Human Rights Violations - A Restorative Justice Framework. Journal of Business Ethics, 167, 475–493.

- Schormair, Maximilian J. L., & Gilbert, D. U. (2021). Creating Value by Sharing Values: Managing Stakeholder Value Conflict in the Face of Pluralism through Discursive Justification. Business Ethics Quarterly, 31(1), 1-36.

- Silver, K. (forthcoming). Group Action Without Group Minds. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

- Silver, K. (forthcoming). Causal Exclusion and Ontic Vagueness. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

- Silver, K. (2021). Strategy (Part I): Conceptual Foundations. Philosophy Compass, 16(1), e12717.

- Silver, K. (2019). Habitual Weakness. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 8(4), 270-277.

- Silver, K. (2019). Can a Corporation Be Worthy of Moral Consideration? Journal of Business Ethics, 159(1), 253-265.

- Silver, K. (2019). Modern Portfolio Theory and Shareholder Primacy. Business Ethics Journal Review, 7(6), 34-39.

International Business

How does doing business differ when we look across borders? Can firms be “born global” or must they become global? How would we measure multinationality in corporations? How can firms take advantage, or even create new markets?

People in this area include: Louis Brennan, Jenny Berrill, Laurent Muzellec, Sinead Roden, Prof Frank Barry.

Recent publications include:

- Lazzarino, M., Berrill, J. and Sevic, A. (2018) 'What is Statistical Arbitrage?', Theoretical Economic Letters, 8(5), pp. 888

- Ryan, P., Giblin, M., Andersson, U. and Clancy, J. (2018) 'Subsidiary knowledge creation in co-evolving contexts', International Business Review

- Collison, P., Brennan, L., Rios-Morales, R. (2017) 'Attracting Chinese Foreign Direct Investment to Small, Developed Economies: The Case of Ireland', Thunderbird International Business Review, 59 (3), pp. 401-419

- Chadha, P., Berrill, J. (2016) 'An empirical investigation into the internationalization patterns of Japanese firms', Asia Pacific Business Review, 22 (4), pp. 595-611

Innovation, Manufacturing and Systems

How can we configure manufacturing and service systems to best serve complex societal needs? What is and what is not innovation and how can we foster a climate supportive of it? To what extend can we treat non-profit organizations as network systems? What are the boundaries of firms and organizations when we see them as networks?

People in this area include: Paul Coughlan, Louis Brennan, Sinead Roden, Andrew Burke, Guilio Buciuni, Sarah-Jane Cullinane, Mary Lee Rhodes.

Recent publications include:

- Utomo, D.S., Onggo, B.S.S. and Eldridge, S. (2018) 'Applications of agent-based simulation in the agri-food supply chains', European Journal of Operational Research, 269(3), pp. 794-805

- Coughlan, P., Hargaden, V., Coghlan, D., Idris, A. and Ahlstrom, P. (2018) 'The role of OM EDEN in building the EurOMA community', International Journal of Operations and Production Management

- Storey, C., Kocabasoglu-Hillmer, C., Roden, S. and de Ruyter, K. (2018) 'Governing embedded partner networks: Certification and partner communities in the IT sector', International Journal of Operations and Production Management

- Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. (2017) 'Microhydropower Energy Recovery at Wastewater-Treatment Plants: Turbine Selection and Optimization', Journal of Energy Engineering, 143 (1), art. no. 04016036

- Murphy, J., Rhodes, M., Meek, J.W. and Denyer, D. (2016) 'Managing the Entanglement: Complexity Leadership in Public Sector Systems', Public Administration Review, 77(5)

Organizational Studies

How do companies optimally configure themselves? What is the role of justice and learning within organizations?  How can organisations create and promote healthy and enjoyable working environments for employees? How can managers encourage proactive behaviour within their teams? How do stakeholders express 'who we are' as an organisation, and why does it matter? How do different organisational identities interact, clash, merge?

People in this area include: Sheila Cannon, Martin Fellenz, Mary Keating, Sarah-Jane Cullinane, Joe McDonagh, JongWoo Pak, Amanda Shantz, Na Fu.

Recent publications include:

- Campbell, N., McHugh, G. and Ennis, P.J. (2018) 'Climate Change is not a Problem: Speculative Realism at the end of Organization', Organization Studies

- Cannon S.M & Kreutzer K., (2018) 'Mission Accomplished? Organizational identity work in response to mission success', Human Relations, pp. 1-30

- Fu, N., Flood, P.C., Bosak, J., Rousseau, D.M., Morris, T., O'Regan, P. (2017) 'High-Performance Work Systems in Professional Service Firms: Examining the Practices-Resources-Uses-Performance Linkage', Human Resource Management, 56 (2), pp. 329-352

- Khadir-Poggi, Y., Keating, M., Chandler, S. (2017) 'Turning a low-performing organisation into a high-performing one through the implementation of a knowledge-based strategy', Global Business and Economics Review, 19 (4), pp. 485-504

- Alfes, K., Shantz, A., Alahakone, R. (2016) 'Testing additive versus interactive effects of person-organization fit and organizational trust on engagement and performance', Personnel Review, 45 (6), pp. 1323-1339