Interested in research? Thinking of undertaking a PhD? Thinking of a career in academia? Why not consider undertaking a PhD in Maynooth University’s School of Business.

Interested in research? Thinking of undertaking a PhD? Thinking of a career in academia? Why not consider undertaking a PhD in Maynooth University's School of Business. Not for the faint-hearted, a full-time PhD journey takes four years (six years part-time) and is a major intellectual undertaking, involving philosophy, theory and empirical research, focusing on a particular research question within a particular research discipline.  If it is something you are considering, why not consider undertaking a PhD in the School of Business at Maynooth University? The research interests of the School of Business faculty can be found here: My own research interests in the areas of qualitative research, HRM, careers, international mobility Continue reading here [...]

National University of Ireland Maynooth Spring Open Day

The National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) will host its Spring Open Day on Saturday 12th April 2014 from 10.30am-3pm. Prospective students, parents and visitors are welcome to attend. There will be exhibition stands represented by staff and students from the different NUIM academic departments and support services. These will mostly be located in the Iontas foyer which is situated on the north campus of the university. There will be students in different positions around the campus on the day, to direct visitors to different venues. There will also be a series of talks on different academic programme offerings. You are invited to ask as many questions as you need from current students and staff concerning programmes or programme choices you may be intererested in. We look forward Continue reading here [...]

Sabbatical Post – The Learning Needs Assessment Desert

About a month ago in this blog I brought the academic and practitioner communities to task for the schism that exists between practice and academia in many areas of human resources. The idea being put forward was that in many important aspects of HR, practitioners and academia were of little use to each other in their respective pursuits. At the time I cited the ADDIE model which is quite pervasive in multinational organisations as a method of designing and delivering training whereas in academic publishing is it absent. I also mentioned the ubiquitous (in practice) Kirkpatrick Model which is slated by academics who no longer engage with outcomes evaluation methods and concepts. I want to return to the subject through discussing how both communities address learning needs assessment (LNA). Continue reading here [...]

‘Good currency’ for business… Data

In 2000, Kinsey and Ashman stated that, “the ‘currency’ of the next millennium is information. Competitive advantage hinges on harnessing it and figuring out how to use it”. This statement resonates in business today, with a recent 2012 Global survey carried out by Australian Managed Services provider Avanade reporting that Companies are getting value from their big data investments, with enhanced decision making, increased revenue and new sources of revenue, i.e. expanding into related market segments. So the million dollar question is...  how does this happen? How can a business generate this value from data? Essentially literature would suggest that the way market intelligence (informal or formalised) is translated into action and gains ‘good currency’ (Van de Ven, Hudson Continue reading here [...]