Prof Anja Weiss meeting with Maynooth University Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster

Prof Anja Weiss (https://www.uni-due.de/soziologie/weiss.php) is visiting Maynooth University (as part of the ‘New Deals’ research project) on Tuesday 24th February and will meet with the Migration, Transnationalism & Diaspora Research Cluster (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/research/research-themes/people-place-and-environment) from 10:30-11:30 (venue: NIRSA seminar room, 2nd floor, Iontas Building). 
Her work is wide-ranging, but key areas of interest include skilled migration, (transnational) approaches to social inequalities, and the glocalisation of medical knowledge.

Publishing Pressures & the Job Demands-Resources Model… Demands Overload/Resources Shortfall in Academia

Some musings while I am working on a paper involving the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model... Discussions in academic institutions, at least among peers at the lower-to-mid hierarchical levels, centre on the increasing academic workloads - growing class sizes, burgeoning administrative duties - facing academics. Meanwhile, pressure (self-imposed and/or institutionally required) to consistently publish quality research in good quality journals is mounting higher and higher. Indeed, when it comes to promotion panels, generally more kudos is given to your publication record than to any other task performed. What is generally meant by 'good quality journals' are those that are ranked 3 or 4 star in the ABS peer journal ranking (for Business academics at least). For the non-academic readers, Continue reading here [...]

Study Abroad

As a student, I personally studied for one academic year at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. It was an opportunity which was presented to me when I was an undergraduate following a 4-year Business Studies & German programme. And what an experience! Everything was new and exciting - from the huge number of university students at FU Berlin (over 60,000), to integrating and socialising with other international students and locals, to enjoying all 4 seasons (under -10 in the winter to over 30 degrees Celsius in the summer). The cultural opportunities of visiting the theatre, opera, museums, palaces, castles - all at reduced student rates - were amazing. Berlin is a fascinating city. And I got to travel by train throughout Eastern Europe with my band of international & German friends. Continue reading here [...]

Maynooth University Open Days 28 & 29 November 2014

Calling all potential future Maynooth University students! The university opens its doors to welcome the curious and enquiring potential future students and their families to look around the campus, to meet representatives from different departments to ask any burning or specific questions, and/or to listen to presentations on the different programmes on offer for the 2015-16 academic year. It's a busy day, and best to come prepared in terms of an idea which areas of further study (in terms of subject) you may be interested in. In that way, you can structure your visit to ensure you visit the stands displaying collateral and information on particular subjects and programmes, and to attend the presentations on those subjects/programmes. Representatives from academic department will be on the Continue reading here [...]

Talent Management of Millennials

Talent management is gaining recognition as an organisational concern which has been under-explored in academic research and literature. Perhaps the difficulty in conceptualising talent management academically is because talent management potentially encompasses several different organisational behaviour and human resource management concepts and practices, which render an unpacking of talent management complex. Does talent management focus on all HRM practices or just on performance management/employee development? Is talent management for all employees or just for the 'A' players? These are just some questions which set the foundations for a current piece of research I am working on in collaboration with Dr Mary Collins ( Senior Executive Development Specialist, Royal College 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 [...]

Academy of International Business 2014

The past days I have been attending the Academy of International Business (AIB) conference in Vancouver. It is my first time at this international conference and my first time in Vancouver. A large international conference, it is dwarfed by the Academy of Management (AOM) annual conference, with participant numbers of 1,000 or thereabouts rather than 10,000 at AOM, making it quite an accessible conference in comparison. The disciplines represented span across strategy, economics, entrepreneurship, human resource management, cross cultural studies, all with the common emphasis on the international context. Indeed, one of the most prevailing themes of the conference is the focus on context - time and space. Geoffrey Jones (Harvard University), in the opening plenary session, highlighted the Continue reading here [...]

Personality clash is involuntary push factor for early career turnover

Personality attributes including your social ability to build, sustain and manage relationships at work really matter! Not getting on with your direct line manager and/or colleagues was found by UK recruiter, Spring Personnel, to be one reason that new employees on probationary periods do not have their employment continued past that probationary period. This adds to the stress felt by new recruits who experience job insecurity during the probationary period (knowing that their employment may not continue), who work hard to impress their employer in order to get the potential permanent position (recall the German intern who died after working 72 hours straight last year http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/german-banking-intern-died-natural-coroner-article-1.1526142) and who now, it 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 [...]

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s Postgraduate Scholarships

Note the upcoming deadlines for National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) postgraduate scholarships. The John & Pat Hume scholarship closes on 6th May 2014. The Taught Masters Bursaries deadline is 2nd June 2014. Application forms and terms and conditions for both schemes will be available for download from the Graduate Studies website. Click on the website link for the respective application form and further information: http://www.nuim.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships