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MauraSheehanV1.jpgProfessor Maura Sheehan
 
Professor, International Management
Programme Director for the MSc HRM degree with KPMG
Academic Advisor, Leadership in Board Governance Course (LiBG)
Member of the International Business Subject Group, The Business School
 
Contact Details
Room: 2/31, Craiglockhart Campus
Tel: +44 (0) 131 455 4536
 
Qualifications
BSc (Hons), PhD (Economics)
 
Areas of Expertise
  • Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Performance
  • Human capital and Human Resource Development (HRD) and Organisational Performance
  • HRM, labour markets and innovation 
  • Performance of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Unemployment, migration, workplace discrimination
  • Empirical methods of management research
 
Biography
Maura Sheehan is Professor of International Management, specialising in HRM, HRD and organizational performance. Maura’s work appears in journals such as British Journal of Industrial Relations; Cambridge Journal of Economics; Industrial and Corporate Change; International Journal of Human Resource Management; International Small Business Journal; Personnel Psychology. 
 
Before coming to Edinburgh Napier, Maura was Professor at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. Previous to this she was a Reader at the University of Brighton and an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Management, University of Dallas. From 1993-2000, Maura taught at the Queen's University of Belfast. She taught at St Catharine's College Cambridge, Birkbeck College, University of London, University of Graz, Austria (as an Erasmus exchange professor) and was a visiting research fellow at the ESRC Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge. Maura has a BSc in Economics from New York University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, USA.
 
In her role as an EU Marie Curie Skłodowska scholar (2009-2012), she investigated the determinants and performance of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the emerging economies of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. The project also compared how labour is managed and by whom in foreign and domestic subsidiaries of the same organisations. The relationships between strategy, HRM, devolvement of HR to line managers and subsidiary performance was examined. The importance of country and organisational culture in understanding differences in HRM and the delivery of HR was central to this investigation. This project represented a synthesis of Maura’s expertise in industrial and labour economics, human resource management and international management.
 
Maura has recently completed a large collaborative research project STYLE – Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe - which was funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research. Maura co-heads the Work Package on youth self-employment.
 
Maura is also Director of the International Centre for Management & Governance Research (ICMGR), is Programme Director for the flagship bespoke Masters HRM programme for KPMG, and is Academic Advisor, for the new Leadership in Board Governance (LiBG) course. She is a member of the International Business Subject Group.
 
Recent Publications
  • Ortlieb, R., Sheehan, M. & Masso, J. (2018, forthcoming), ‘Do Business Start-ups Create High-quality Jobs for Young People?’. In: O’Reilly, J., Leschke, J., Ortlieb, R., Seeleib Kaiser, M. & Villa, P. (eds.) Youth Labor in Transition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Jeske, D., Sheehan, M., Linehan, C., & Moran, M. (2017, forthcoming), ‘Employee engagement in discussion: Goals, perspectives and recommendations’. Journal of Human Resource Management, 17(2).
  • Sheehan, M. & Shanahan, V. (2017, forthcoming), ‘International Human Resource Development: investment in human capital and performance’. In: Garavan, T., McCarthy, A., & Carbery, R. eds.). International HRD: Context, Processes and People. Cheltenham, Gloucester: Edward Elgar.
  • Reilly, P. and Sheehan, M. (2017), ‘The role of HR in workforce innovation’. IES Perspectives on HR 2017. Member paper 135.
  • Reynolds, O., Sheehan, M., & Hilliard, R. (2017), ‘Exploring Strategic Agency in Sustainability-Oriented Entrepreneur Legitimation’. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-03-2016-0100.
  • Ortlieb, R., Sheehan, M. & Masso, J. (2017), ‘Is self-employment a solution to young  people’s employment problems?’. In: Reilly, J., Moyart, C., Nazio, T., & Smith, M. (eds.). Youth employment Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe. CROME: ISBN 978-1-910172-17-9.
  • Buchelt, B. & Sheehan, M. (2016), 'Human Resource Development in Central and Eastern Europe'. In: Garavan, T., McCarthy, A., & Morley, M. (eds.). Global Human Resource Development: Regional and Country Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  • Sheehan, M., Saunders, M. & Wang, C.L. (2015), 'Maximising Telephone Survey Participation in International HRD Research'. In: Saunders, M. & Tosey, P. (eds). Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development. Cheltenham, Gloucester: Edward Elgar.
  • Sheehan, M., & Anderson, V. (2015), ‘Talent management and organizational diversity: a call for research’. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 26(4), 349-358. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21247.
  • Sheehan, M., Garavan, T. & Carbery, R (2014), 'Innovation and human resource development (HRD)'. European Journal of Training and Development, 38 (1/2):2-14.
  • Sheehan, M. (2014), 'Investment in Training and Development in Times of Uncertainty',
    Advances In Developing Human Resources, 16 (1): 13-33.
  • McCarthy, A. & Sheehan, M. (2014), 'Uncertainty and On-Going Economic Turbulence: Implications for HRD'. Advances In Developing Human Resources, 16 (1): 3-12. Recipient ADHR Best Issue Award, 2014.
  • Raspigliosi, A., Greener, S., Bourner, T & Sheehan, M. (2014), 'Human Capital or Signalling, Unpacking the Graduate Premium'. International Journal of Social Economics, 41 (5): 420-432.
  • Sheehan, M., Garavan, T.N. & Carbery, R. (2014), ‘Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and HRD’. European Journal of Training and Development, 38(5):  370-386.
  • Sheehan, M. (2014), 'Human Resource Management and Performance: Evidence from Small and Medium-Sized Firms'. International Small Business Journal, 32 (5): 545-570.
  • Sheehan, M., Garavan, T.N. & Carbery, R. (2013), ‘Innovation and human resource development (HRD)’. European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 38(1/2): 2-14.
  • Sheehan, M. (2012), ‘Investing in Management Development in Turbulent Times and Perceived Organisational Performance: A Study of UK MNCs and their Subsidiaries’. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 23(12):  2491-2513.
  • Sheehan, M. & Sparrow, P. (2012), ‘Global Human Resource Management and Economic Change: A Multiple Level of Analysis Research Agenda’. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 23(12): 2393-2403.
  • Sheehan, M. (2012), ‘Developing Managerial Talent – Exploring the Link between Management Talent and Perceived Performance in Multinational Corporations’. European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 36(1): 66-85.
  • Sheehan, M. (2012), ’Exploring the Link between Management Development and Perceived Performance in Multinational Corporations (MNCs):  An analysis of Polish and UK subsidiaries’. Human Resource Management (Poland), Vol. 84(12): 117-134.  Institute of Labor Studies, University of Warsaw.
  • Sheehan, M. (2012), ‘Devolvement of HRM and Perceived Performance within Multinational Corporations (MNCs)’. European Journal of International Management, Vol. 6(1): 101-127.
  • O’Reilly, J., Lain, D., Sheehan, M., Smale, B. & Stuart, M. (2011), ‘Managing Uncertainty: International Challenges and the Changing Face of Work’. Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 25(4): 581-595.
  • Bachan, R. & Sheehan, M. (2011), ‘On the Labour Market Progress of Polish Accession Workers in South-East England’. International Migration, Vol. 49(2): 104-134.
Recent Working Papers
  • Masso, J., Tverdostup, M., Sheehan, M., Mc Namara, A., Ortlieb, R., Weiss, S., Pocztowski, A., Buchelt, B., Pauli, U.,González Menéndez, M. Cueto, B., Hinks, R., Meager, N. & Fohrbeck, A. (2016), Mapping Patterns of Self-Employment: Secondary Analysis Synthesis Report. STYLE Working Paper WP7.2 Mapping Patterns for Self Employment.
  • Mc Namara, A., Sheehan, M., Ortlieb, R., Weiss, S., Maso, J., Paes, K., Kindsiko, E., Pocztowski, P., Buchelt, B., Pauli, U., González Menéndez, M., Cueto, B., Hinks, R., Meager, N., Swift, S. & Fohrbeck, A. (2016), Business Start-Ups & Youth Self-Employment: Case Study Findings Synthesis ReportSTYLE Working Paper WP7.3
  • Mc Namara, A., Sheehan, M., Ortlieb, R., Weiss, S., Maso, J., Paes, K., Tverdostup, M., Kindsiko, E., Pocztowski, P., Buchelt, B., Pauli, U., González Menéndez, M., Cueto, B., Hinks, R., Meager, N., Fohrbeck, A., & Swift, S. (2016), Policy Synthesis and Integrative Report on Youth Self-Employment in Europe. STYLE Working Paper WP7.4.
  • Sheehan, M. & Mc Namara, A. (2015), Business Start-Ups and Youth Self-Employment: A Policy Literature Overview. STYLE Working Paper WP7.1 Business Start-Ups Youth Self-Employment Policy Literature Review.
  • Sheehan, M. & Mc Namara, A. (2015), Business Start-Ups and Youth Self-Employment in Ireland. STYLE Working Paper WP7.1 Ireland.

 Recent Funding

  • ESRC, UK in a Changing Europe, Dissemination Award (£10,000) with University of Cambridge. Funding to build a dataset to protect UK migrants in the EU from Brexit ‘misinformation’ (2017): http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/database-protecting-uk-migrants-in-eu-from-brexit-misinformation-to-be-built-by-cambridge.
  • EU FP7, Work Package Leader, ‘SMEs, Innovation and Youth Employment’ (across 6 EU countries) part of a €5 million EU Funded Large-scale integrated Collaborative Project entitled, ‘Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE)’, 2014-2017: http://www.style-research.eu/.
  • Irish Research Council (IRC), Research for Policy and Society Programme, ‘Talent Retention Strategies for MNCs in Ireland: Focus on the retention of highly-skilled and mobile Accession Country (A10) employees’, 2014-2016.
  • EU Marie Curie Skłodowska Reintegration Grant, ‘FDI, Labour Mobility and Organisational Performance: A Comparative analysis of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland’, 2009-2012. 
Recent Conference Presentations
  • ‘The changing nature of international HR and structuring global reward and mobility programmes’, October (2017). Panel Presenter at Employee Benefits Live Conference, London: http://www.employeebenefitslive.co.uk/.
  • ‘Labour Flexibility, Human Resource Development (HRD) Investments and Innovation’, June (2017). Presented at the 18th University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) Conference, Lisbon, Portugal: http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/18th-international-conference-on-human-resource-development-research-and-practice-across-europe/.
  • ‘Labour Market Flexibility, Human Capital Investments and Innovation:
    A Paradox’, May (2017). Presented at the 3rd Center of International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) Global Conference of IHRM, New York, New York:
    http://lser.la.psu.edu/cihrs/IHRMconference.
  • ‘Change in Flows of the EU’s Liquid Migrants?: An initial pre-Brexit analysis for Poland’, April (2017). Invited Presentation at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, London.
  • ‘Change in Flows of the EU’s Liquid Migrants?: An initial pre-Brexit analysis’, March (2017). Invited Presentation at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the National Bank Poland (NPB), Warsaw.
Editorial Boards
Current PhD Students
  • Cawley, Anthony (2018, expected completion), ‘Evaluating the Impact of Knowledge Transfer Activities’, Walsh Fellow, Teagasc, Co-supervision with Dr Rachel Hilliard and Prof C. O’Donoghue NUI Galway and Dr. K Heanue, Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc.
  • Reynold, Orlagh (2018, expected completion), ‘Sustainability-Oriented Entrepreneurship’, with Dr. R Hilliard, NUI Galway.
  • Salahisanandaj, Neda (2019, expected completion, ‘The role of reward formality in employee perceived psychological contract, motivation and turnover intentions in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with Dr Alma McCarthy, NUI Galway.
  • 13 PhD completions to date. Interested in supervising areas the following topics: HRM and organisational performance, including innovation; HRM and SMEs Labour Market Flexibility and organisational performance; Human Resource Development (HRD); HRD and organisational performance; Knowledge Transfer; Knowledge Transfer and innovation; Self-employment and Business Start-ups; labour market equalities/inequalities; unemployment, especially youth and long-term unemployment; HRM, HRD, Talent Management and labour markets in the context of Central and Eastern Europe.