Maura Sheehan

Maura Sheehan

Prof Maura Sheehan

Professor

Biography

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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Training and Organizational Performance: A Meta-Analysis of Temporal, Institutional and Organizational Context Moderators

Journal Article
Garavan, T., McCarthy, A., Lai, Y., Murphy, K., Sheehan, M., & Carbery, R. (in press)
Training and Organizational Performance: A Meta-Analysis of Temporal, Institutional and Organizational Context Moderators. Human Resource Management Journal, https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12284
Drawing on systems theory, we conducted a moderated meta-analysis of the training and organizational performance relationship using 119 primary studies. We examined the moder...

Transformational leadership and work unit innovation: A dyadic two-wave investigation

Journal Article
Sheehan, M., Garavan, T. N., & Morley, M. J. (2020)
Transformational leadership and work unit innovation: A dyadic two-wave investigation. Journal of Business Research, 109, 399-412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.10.072
Mobilising arguments from conservation of resources theory (COR) and employing time-lagged, multi-source data, we propose and test a model connecting unit level transformation...

L&D professionals in organisations: much ambition, unfilled promise

Journal Article
Garavan, T., Heneghan, S., O'Brien, F., Gubbins, C., Lai, Y., Carbery, R., …Grant, K. (2020)
L&D professionals in organisations: much ambition, unfilled promise. European Journal of Training and Development, 44(1), 1-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-09-2019-0166
This monograph reports a study investigating the roles of learning and development (L&D) professionals in Irish, UK European and US organisations. The study investigates the c...

Room for improvement? A briefing report on leadership and management in the public sector. Findings from the 2018 Workforce Development Survey

Report
Parry, J., Grant, K., & Sheehan, M. (2019)
Room for improvement? A briefing report on leadership and management in the public sector. Findings from the 2018 Workforce Development Survey. The Workforce Development Trust
The research which underpins this briefing report was driven by a primary, quantitative Workforce Survey which focused on understanding the views of employers across the publi...

Measuring the organizational impact of training: The need for greater methodological rigor

Journal Article
Garavan, T., McCarthy, A., Sheehan, M., Lai, Y., Saunders, M. N. K., Clarke, N., …Shanahan, V. (2019)
Measuring the organizational impact of training: The need for greater methodological rigor. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 30(3), 291-309. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21345
We review the methodological rigor of empirical quantitative studies that have investigated the training and organisational performance relationship. Through a content analys...

The Impact of Agricultural Knowledge Transfer Resources on Farm Level Profitability during the Economic Recession – A Quantitative Study

Journal Article
Cawley, A., O'Donoghue, C., Heanue, K., Hilliard, R., & Sheehan, M. (2019)
The Impact of Agricultural Knowledge Transfer Resources on Farm Level Profitability during the Economic Recession – A Quantitative Study. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 25(2), 161-177. https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2019.1583816
Purpose: The outcomes from agricultural knowledge transfer (KT) are dependent on the access to and the quality of services available, coupled with the motivation of prospectiv...

Do business start-ups create high-quality jobs for young people?

Book Chapter
Ortlieb, R., Sheehan, M., & Masso, J. (2019)
Do business start-ups create high-quality jobs for young people?. In J. O'Reilly, J. Leschke, R. Ortlieb, M. Seleib-Kaiser, & P. Villa (Eds.), Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility, and Policies in EuropeOxford, UK: Oxford University Press (OUP
Since the onset of the recent economic crisis, there has been a renewed interest among policymakers across Europe in measures to stimulate self-employment and entrepreneurship...

Do Business Start Ups Create High Quality Jobs for Young People?

Book Chapter
Ortlieb, R., Sheehan, M., & Masso, J. (2018)
Do Business Start Ups Create High Quality Jobs for Young People?. In J. O'Reilly, J. Leschke, R. Ortlieb, M. Seeleib-Kaiser, & P. Villa (Eds.), Youth Labor in Transition: Inequalities, Mobility, and Policies in EuropeOxford: Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190864798.001.0001
Since the onset of the recent economic crisis, there has been renewed interest among policymakers across Europe in measures to stimulate self-employment and entrepreneurship a...

The Impact of Extension Services on Farm‐level Income: An Instrumental Variable Approach to Combat Endogeneity Concerns

Journal Article
Cawley, A., O’Donoghue, C., Heanue, K., Hilliard, R., Sheehan, M., & Stefanou, S. (2018)
The Impact of Extension Services on Farm‐level Income: An Instrumental Variable Approach to Combat Endogeneity Concerns. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 40(4), 585-612. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppx062
Agricultural extension is an important policy instrument utilized to diffuse knowledge and increase profitability among farmers. However, analyses on impact are subject to end...

Strategic talent management: A macro and micro analysis of current issues in hospitality and tourism

Journal Article
Sheehan, M., Grant, K., & Garavan, T. (2018)
Strategic talent management: A macro and micro analysis of current issues in hospitality and tourism. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 10(1), 28-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-10-2017-0062
Purpose This article provides an academic viewpoint on contemporary factors associated with talent management (TM) in the hospitality and tourism sector. Design/Methodology A ...

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