Maura Sheehan
Maura Sheehan

Prof Maura Sheehan

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Maura 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.  Maura recently completed an EU Marie Curie Fellowship (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 is currently involved in the collaborative research project STYLE – Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (http://www.style-research.eu/) - which is funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research. Maura co-heads the Work Package on youth self-employment.  Maura is an Associate Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly and Journal of Organization Effectiveness: People and Performance. Sample of Recent Publications:   Sheehan, M; Saunders, M; Wang, CL (2015) 'Maximising Telephone Survey Participation in International HRD Research' In: Saunders, M; Tosey, P (eds). Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (In Press). 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, TN; Carbery, R (2014) 'Innovation and human resource development (HRD)'. European Journal of Training and Development, 38 (1/2):2-14. McCarthy, A; Sheehan, M. (2014) 'Uncertainty and On-Going Economic Turbulence: Implications for HRD'. Advances In Developing Human Resources, 16 (1):3-12.  Recipient of the ADHR ‘Outstanding Issue Award 2014. Sheehan, M (2014) 'Investment in Training and Development in Times of Uncertainty'. Advances In Developing Human Resources, 16 (1):13-33. Sheehan, M; Raspigliosi, A; Greener, S; Bourner, T (2014) 'Human Capital or Signalling, Unpacking the Graduate Premium'. International Journal of Social Economics, 41 (5):420-432.

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The Microfoundations of Dynamic Capabilities for Incremental and Radical Innovation in Knowledge‐Intensive Businesses

Journal Article
Sheehan, M., Garavan, T. N., & Morley, M. J. (in press)
The Microfoundations of Dynamic Capabilities for Incremental and Radical Innovation in Knowledge‐Intensive Businesses. British Journal of Management, https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12582
We theorize and test the impact of two microfoundations of dynamic capabilities on incremental and radical innovation in knowledge-intensive businesses (KIBs). We argue that n...

High-Performance Work Practices and Labour Productivity: A Six Wave Longitudinal Study of UK Manufacturing and Service SMEs

Journal Article
Sheehan, M., & Garavan, T. (2022)
High-Performance Work Practices and Labour Productivity: A Six Wave Longitudinal Study of UK Manufacturing and Service SMEs. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 33(16), 3353-3386. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2021.2005658
This study utilises both evolutionary resource-based view (EBRV) and open systems theory to investigate the long term impact of high-performance work practices (HPWPs) on labo...

The ‘Great Reset’ to tackle Covid-19 and other crises

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Michie, J., & Sheehan, M. (2021)
The ‘Great Reset’ to tackle Covid-19 and other crises. International Review of Applied Economics, 35(6), 793-795. https://doi.org/10.1080/02692171.2021.1999690
The 2021 World Economic Forum pledged a ‘Great Reset’, recognising that the Covid-19 crisis would be compounded by several other crises, actual and threatened, including the c...

Putting the system back into training and firm performance research: A review and research agenda

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Garavan, T. N., McCarthy, A., Lai, Y., Clarke, N., Carbery, R., Gubbins, C., …Saunders, M. N. (2021)
Putting the system back into training and firm performance research: A review and research agenda. Human Resource Management Journal, 31(4), 870-903. https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12337
Research investigating training and firm performance is currently at an inflection point; capable of recognising previous achievements but also having a focus on the future. B...

Building back better?

Journal Article
Michie, J., & Sheehan, M. (2021)
Building back better?. International Review of Applied Economics, 35(2), 111-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/02692171.2021.1882035
A global health and economic crisis was created by the spread of Covid-19 across the world during the course of 2020 and into 2021. This Special Issue of the International Rev...

Definitions and the Evolution of Learning and Development Research and Practice

Book Chapter
Garavan, T., O'Brien, F., Duggan, J., Gubbins, C., Lai, Y., Carbery, R., …Grant, K. (2020)
Definitions and the Evolution of Learning and Development Research and Practice. In Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An integrated systems-informed model of effectiveness (7-22). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48900-7_2
The concepts of learning and development are used in different ways throughout the literature. This chapter considered the nature of learning and development and differentiate...

Theoretical Perspectives and Context of Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations

Book Chapter
Garavan, T., O'Brien, F., Duggan, J., Gubbins, C., Lai, Y., Carbery, R., …Grant, K. (2020)
Theoretical Perspectives and Context of Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations. In Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An integrated systems-informed model of effectiveness (23-48). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48900-7_3
There are numerous theoretical perspectives that researchers have used to study the effectiveness of training in organisations. We describe and evaluate four theoretical persp...

A Model of Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations

Book Chapter
Garavan, T., O'Brien, F., Duggan, J., Gubbins, C., Lai, Y., Carbery, R., …Grant, K. (2020)
A Model of Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations. In Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An integrated systems-informed model of effectiveness (49-98). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48900-7_4
This chapter presents an open system informed model of training effectiveness in organisations. The model is composed of inputs, process components and outputs. The inputs con...

Suggestions for Research and Practice

Book Chapter
Garavan, T., O'Brien, F., Duggan, J., Gubbins, C., Lai, Y., Carbery, R., …Grant, K. (2020)
Suggestions for Research and Practice. In Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An integrated systems-informed model of effectiveness (153-173). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48900-7_6
This chapter summarises the research on the effectiveness of learning and development in organisations. It makes research recommendations of the content of effectiveness resea...

The Current State of Research on Training Effectiveness

Book Chapter
Garavan, T., O'Brien, F., Duggan, J., Gubbins, C., Lai, Y., Carbery, R., …Grant, K. (2020)
The Current State of Research on Training Effectiveness. In Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An integrated systems-informed model of effectiveness (99-152). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48900-7_5
This chapter addresses the current state of research on training effectiveness in organisations. It summarises the key findings on what we know about training effectiveness, t...

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