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Work, Knowledge and Employment Research Theme

Theme leaders: Professor Patrick Gunnigle and Dr Siobhan Tiernan

The core research challenge under this theme is to investigate how economies can strike a balance between economic and social performance in promoting ‘best practice’ that enhances competitiveness and productivity while concurrently embracing good employment standards and enhancing human capital and partnership at work. 

Building on a long-established record of achievement in workforce management research and teaching at UL, this research theme focuses on workplace learning, human resource development and intellectual capital; work design, workplace relations and employee wellbeing; embedding foreign direct investment; strategic human resource management and business performance; and the political economy of workplace relations and labour markets.