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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Human resource management and performance: Evidence from small and medium-sized firms

Journal Article
Sheehan, M. (2014)
Human resource management and performance: Evidence from small and medium-sized firms. International Small Business Journal, 32(5), 545-570. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242612465454
This article examines human resource management (HRM) practices in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In particular, by examining the issue of causal order, it address...

Strategic HRM Outside of Corporate HQ: Lost in Translation?

Journal Article
Sheehan, M. (2012)
Strategic HRM Outside of Corporate HQ: Lost in Translation?. Organization and Management, 4, 121-140
The paper evaluates the importance of successfully transferring knowledge about Human Resources role to subsidiaries within Multi-National Corporations. The author presents re...

Investing in management development in turbulent times and perceived organisational performance: a study of UK MNCs and their subsidiaries

Journal Article
Sheehan, M. (2012)
Investing in management development in turbulent times and perceived organisational performance: a study of UK MNCs and their subsidiaries. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(12), 2491-2513. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2012.668400
The recent global economic crisis has contributed to organisations carefully scrutinising all budgets. Resources allocated to investment in human capital, especially training ...

Introduction: Global human resource management and economic change: a multiple level of analysis research agenda

Journal Article
Sheehan, M., & Sparrow, P. (2012)
Introduction: Global human resource management and economic change: a multiple level of analysis research agenda. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(12), 2393-2403. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2012.668382
Abstract not available.

Devolvement of HRM and perceived performance within multinational corporations (MNCs)

Journal Article
Sheehan, M. (2012)
Devolvement of HRM and perceived performance within multinational corporations (MNCs). European Journal of International Management, 6(1), 101-127. https://doi.org/10.1504/ejim.2012.044760
This paper examines the process of delivery of HR practices within Multinational Companies (MNCs). Neo-institutional, resource-based and agency theories are used to explore wh...

On the Labour Market Progress of Polish Accession Workers in South-East England: Labour market progress of Polish accession workers

Journal Article
Bachan, R., & Sheehan, M. (2011)
On the Labour Market Progress of Polish Accession Workers in South-East England: Labour market progress of Polish accession workers. International Migration, 49(2), 104-134. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2435.2010.00637.x
The enlargement of the European Union (EU) in May 2004 produced a very significant wave of immigration to the United Kingdom that is likely to continue to impact its labour ma...

Business Strategy, Human Resource Management and Corporate Performance: Evidence from Small Firms in the UK and US

Book Chapter
Michie, J., & Sheehan, M. (2008)
Business Strategy, Human Resource Management and Corporate Performance: Evidence from Small Firms in the UK and US. In C. van Beers, A. Kleinknecht, R. Ortt, & R. Verburg (Eds.), Determinants of Innovative Behaviour: A Firm’s Internal Practices and its External EnvironmentLondon: Palgrave Macmillan
There is a large and growing literature on the relationship between the use of human resource management practices on the one hand, and corporate performance on the other (see...

Human resource management and corporate performance: Evidence from UK and US small firms

Book Chapter
Michie, J., & Sheehan, M. (2008)
Human resource management and corporate performance: Evidence from UK and US small firms. In R. Barrett, & S. Mayson (Eds.), International Handbook of Entrepreneurship and HRMEdward Elgar Publishing
Michie, J., & Sheehan, M. (2008). Human resource management and corporate performance: Evidence from UK and US small firms. In R. Barrett, & S. Mayson (Eds.), International Ha...

Euro Area Money Demand Stability

Journal Article
Cosgrove, M., Singh, C., & Sheehan, M. (2008)
Euro Area Money Demand Stability. Journal of Business and Economics Research, 6(2), 15-22
The European Central Bank (ECB) has price level stability as its primary target, and operates via an interest-rate measure to achieve its target over the short term. The ECB a...

Business strategy, human resources, labour market flexibility and competitive advantage

Journal Article
Michie, J., & Sheehan, M. (2005)
Business strategy, human resources, labour market flexibility and competitive advantage. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(3), 445-464. https://doi.org/10.1080/0958519042000339598
This paper contributes to the strategic human resource management literature by testing the three main approaches – the universalistic (‘best practice’), contingency and confi...

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