Why line managers often can’t manage

The devolution of HRM practices to line managers is an ongoing topic in human resource management; meaning, in brief, that many HRM practices now fall under the remit of line managers. Take, for instance, recruitment and selection: while a HR representative from the HR department may attend interviews for new recruits to the organisation, it is the line manager - the person whose team will be joined by the new recruit - that suffers the consequences of the hiring decision, and so also ultimately (in consultation with the rest of the interview panel) owns the selection decision. However, the issue with line managers now undertaking more and more HR-related tasks (including conducting performance appraisals, advising training and development needs of individual subordinates), is that most Continue reading here [...]

Gender equality in the workplace: The need to walk the talk

John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, the multinational networking organisation, has admitted that while he has always considered himself sensitive to gender issues in the workplace, he hasn't 'walked the talk' with regards to taking leadership in ensuring gender equality, development and promotion in the organisation. To improve this going forward, he has asked his top managers to develop and implement women-focused initiatives. Only one quarter of the organisation's employees and top executives are women, which has led Chambers to confess that Cisco's existing gender equality and development policies and practices haven't worked. He suggests that, subconsciously, without realising it, we go about our day to day work with gender stereotypes and biases, which we don't even realise are placing Continue reading here [...]

MSc Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals Continue reading here [...]

MSc Business Management

This programme, is primarily for non-business graduates of any discipline who wish to pursue a career in business and management. The programme assumes no prior knowledge of business and management topics, but does assume the capacity for study and development of an honours degree graduate. The programme is extensive and fast paced bringing the students on a high growth learning experience across the 12 months of the programme. The complexity of the modern economic environment requires successful business executives to have an in-depth knowledge of up to date relevant theory and concepts and to deploy an enormous array of analytical, conceptual, technical and social skills. This programme will introduce students to this broad range of business and management topics and develop their understanding Continue reading here [...]

Workplace Culture and Employee Engagement

How you feel in your work environment matters! To you and to your organisation! There are positive correlations between a positive work culture and good business results, and a 2012 Deloitte report supports this - http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/About/Leadership/1fe8be4ad25e7310VgnVCM1000001956f00aRCRD.htm. It makes sense: if you have a positive work culture, employees feel more comfortable, more creative, more valued. This results in a lower employee turnover rate which cuts the costs associated with recruitment, selection and onboarding. All this ultimately leads to organisations reporting stronger business results... However, there are discrepancies between the perception of company culture from senior management and those lower down the hierarchy, with more senior organisational Continue reading here [...]

Why study innovation?

If you've just joined the business school, you are embarking on the study of innovation at a wonderful time. In fact, there has never been a better time to study it.  Innovation has worked its way up to the very top of the corporate agenda and is now the number one priority for businesses all over the world.  But it is now also the central plank in the Irish government’s plans for economic recovery and prosperity.  In short, innovation is the only game on town.  Companies that succeed in innovation will create new and sustainable businesses and will dominate the commercial landscape of the future.  Companies who fail at it will find themselves irrelevant and will be brutally swept aside.  But innovation is, and always has been, an intractable problem for managers.  It is difficult; Continue reading here [...]

Funding for Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian aid is being stretched. Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with conflict and its legacy; natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan have the power to disrupt and sometimes even paralyse economic and social infrastructure; recovery and reconstruction remain uneven following large-scale conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; and political turmoil is escalating in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In many instances the people already affected by crises face additional threats, their livelihoods made more insecure by the effects of climate change and the vagaries of the global economy. The international humanitarian response to these needs reached US$16.7 billion in 2010. If this preliminary, partial estimate proves to be accurate Continue reading here [...]

The Humanitarian Urban Risk Divide

An earthquake can bring hospitals, schools and homes tumbling down with unspeakably tragic consequences. A volcano can throw city airports into chaos. Flood waters can turn well-kept streets into detritus-strewn canals. The drug trade can turn an inner city into a war zone.An epidemic can spread rapidly through a crowded slum. As the pendulum of human development swings increasingly away from the countryside to the city, we see that rapid urbanization and population growth are combining to create enormous new challenges for the humanitarian community and pushing us out of our comfort zone to deal with a strange new urban world. When it comes to the impact of natural disasters, well-run cities can be among the safest places on earth. They can also be the best places to raise a family, for schooling, Continue reading here [...]