Recent Publication

A chapter I co-wrote with my PhD student, Ciarán McFadden, currently on a Fulbright Irish Student Award in the Williams Institute, UCLA, USA, is now available online:  The full reference details are: McFadden, C., and Crowley-Henry, M. (2016). “A Systematic Literature Review on Trans* Careers and Workplace Experiences”.  In: Koellen, T. (Ed.) Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations. New York: Springer. Abstract This chapter presents a systematic review conducted on the academic literature related to the careers and workplace experiences of the trans* population (including but not limited to: transsexual, transgender, genderqueer). Primarily situated in the career theory, human resources, and general business management disciplines, Continue reading here [...]

16th International Conference on Human Resource Development and Practice Across Europe

The 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development and Practice across Europe takes place in University College Cork (Ireland) from 3rd-5th June 2015. With ca. 350 attendees from all over the world, blended from practitioners and academics in the area of human resource development, the conference is a huge success.  Professor Sandra Robinson (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) gave a keynote presentation on 3rd June looking at the role of trust in HRD, sharing very interesting research, including that, sometimes, too much trust can have negative outcomes (such as reduced performance in teams or reduced negotiated outcomes for individuals), which she calls 'the dark side' of trust. Professor Michael Morley (University of Limerick, Ireland) gave a keynote presentation Continue reading here [...]

1st International Conference on Self-Initiated Expatriation

Greetings from the prestigious Toulouse Business School (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA accredited), which is hosting the 1st international conference on self-initiated expatriation (28-29 May 2015). With ca. 50 participants representing institutions as far away as Massey University New Zealand and the key academics in this growing field, the inaugural conference is a huge success. Self-initiated expatriation is a phenomenon which has been receiving increasing academic attention in international management and international human resource management literature in the past decade. It highlights the fact that most international mobility is self initiated as opposed to sponsored by organizations, and that much research remains to be done in this area, unpacking the motivations, experiences and challenges Continue reading here [...]

Thinking of doing a PhD?

For some, doing a PhD is because it is a 'nice to have' qualification or is imposed on them through their work context, rather that being something they have always aspired to do. However, I have found that those that actually complete a PhD (which is a four-year full time process; much longer for part-timers!) do so because they really WANT it and make/find the time to finish it by incorporating it as part of their lives (living, breathing, working it). For myself, when I completed my MSc by research many moons ago, the 'bug' for academic reading, scrutiny, reflection, research and discussion was initiated. It was tough, it was isolating and lonely, but it was rewarding and invigorating: exploring a topic from a particular perspective (or perspectives) in order to further the existing knowledge Continue reading here [...]