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Dr. Sarah Kieran

Biography

Dr Sarah Kieran is a Lecturer in the Department of Work and Employment Studies. She lectures in HRM, Strategic HRM and International HRM at the Kemmy Business School. Prior to joining UL she worked as a Management Consultant in Strategic and Organisational Development for a number of multinational organisations. This followed ten years in the Telecoms Sector where she held senior management roles in Strategy, CRM and HRM. This experience has led to a wide range of research, consultancy and teaching interests covering areas such as strategy-as-practice, sensemaking and other discourse-related perspectives of strategy and strategic change. She is also interested in research in the role of the middle manager, HR Analytics, the future of work, the HR Profession and other such areas which underpin HRM's contribution to organisational performance.

Research Interests

Strategic Change
Strategy-as-Practice
Strategic HRM
Digital Transformation of Work
New World of Work
People Analytics
Leaders & Middle Managers in MNCs



Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie in the management perspective of Work and Employment and include Strategic HRM, International HRM, HRM and HRD.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2020 - H202 Marie Curie Rise
  • 2020 - KBS Seed Funding
  • 2020 - Digital Transformation in a Post-Covid World of Work.
  • 2019 - ICBE HC Analytics Funding
  • 2018 - Skillnet Future of Work Funding
  • 2017 - Kemmy Business School Seed Funding
  • 2011 - PhD Scholarship
  • 2010 - Research Bursary

Employment

  • 2018 University of Limerick Kemmy Business School -
  • 2016 University of Limerick Kemmy Business School -
  • 2011 Atlantic Way, Regional Development Network -
  • 2005 OMT Organisational Development Consultants -
  • 2005 OMT Global - Senior Management Consultant
  • 2002 Vodafone - Head of Commercial Strategy and Operations
  • 1999 Vodafone - Head of CRM
  • 1996 Eircell - Head of Organisational Development and Resource Planning
  • 1996 Vodafone Group Plc -

Consultancy

  • 2018 Greensource - Review, Recommendations and Leadership Team Planning of HRM Strategy.

Committee

  • 2018 AMBA: Association of MBAs Accreditation,
  • 2010 Irish Executives International Network, Management Team member of a not-for-profit, international, Irish network for a two period (2010-2012). Instrumental in developing the Irish Executives Annual Conference and Irish Executive Start-Up Awards.

Education

  • 2016 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2015 University of Limerick - Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice
  • 2010 University of Limerick - MSc (Honours)
  • 1996 University of Limerick - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 1993 University of Limerick - BA European Studies

Other

  • https://www.ul.ie/business/kbs-work-futures-lab The KBS Work Futures Lab is a place for business people who want to shape the workplace of the future. We understand the forces at play in globalisation, technology and the economy but believe such forces should not wholly determine how we lead organisations, manage people and design workplaces. We share insights, advance our knowledge, experiment with different work strategies and build business cases to capitalise on the opportunities these forces present. At the Work Futures Lab we break new ground in organisational leadership so that organisational success drives sustainable growth; supporting leaders, growing talent, creating new, valued work opportunities and positively impacting the world around us.
  • www.hranalyticsireland.com Founded with Dr. Maria Belizon, UCD. HR Analytics Ireland is a community for knowledge-sharing and education. Our community is for people and companies just starting on their HR Analytics journey and those already involved: HR Analytics Leads, HR data analysts/Scientists, HR professionals, HR Data content creators and HR Data Analytics educators and vendors. This platform is the first HR Analytics forum of HR Analytics in Ireland where professionals can share their ideas, concerns and best practice.

Association

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Outreach

  • Set up in 1992, Our Lady of Lourdes CSG Ltd is committed to identifying and supporting the needs of people living in the local community, through the provision of people centred services which are open, accessible and professionally delivered. Over the past 25 years the company has grown from strength and currently has an annual turnover in excess of 1.5 million euro PA we are a registered company, fully tax compliant and have charitable status.

Publications

Book Chapters

2019

THE MIDDLE MANAGER AS SENSEMAKER: THE ROLE OF HRM IN DEVELOPING SENSEMAKING CAPABILITY.
Sarah Kieran, Juliet MacMahon and Sarah MacCurtain
(2019) THE MIDDLE MANAGER AS SENSEMAKER: THE ROLE OF HRM IN DEVELOPING SENSEMAKING CAPABILITY.
In Human Resource Management at the Crossroads: Challenges and Future Directions; Alvaro Lopez-Cabrales Ramon Valle-Cabrera(Ed.) United Kingdom : Cambridge Scholars Press
DOI: 10.1108/BJM-11-2018-0395

2018

Introducing Human Resource Management
Cross, C and Kieran, S.
(2018) Introducing Human Resource Management
In Human Resource Management, 2nd edition; Carbery, R. and Cross, C.(Ed.) UK : Macmillan International Higher Education

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Strategic change and sensemaking practice: enabling the role of the middle manager
Kieran S.;MacMahon J.;MacCurtain S.
(2020) Strategic change and sensemaking practice: enabling the role of the middle manager
In Baltic Journal Of Management;
DOI: 10.1108/BJM-11-2018-0395

2018

HR from the Outside In: Review of Competencies for the Future of HR
Sarah Kieran
(2018) HR from the Outside In: Review of Competencies for the Future of HR
In Irish Journal Of Management; Ireland : pp. 31-34
DOI: 10.2478/ijm-2018-0003
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Conference Publications

2020

Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2020
Sarah Kieran, Lorraine T. Ryan and Patrick Gunnigle
(2020) Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2020

2019

The Societal Impact of HRM, 14-15 November, Tilburg.
Kieran, S., Ryan, L., MacMahon, J. and MacCurtain, S.
(2019) The Societal Impact of HRM, 14-15 November, Tilburg.

Conference Contributions

2019

EURAM 2019
Sarah Kieran, Juliet MacMahon and Sarah MacCurtain
(2019) EURAM 2019
Lisbon

2019

Dutch HRM Network
Sarah Kieran, Lorraine Ryan, Juliet MacMahon and Sarah MacCurtain
(2019) Dutch HRM Network
University of Tilburg

2018

XI International HRM
Sarah Kieran, Juliet McMahon and Sarah MacCurtain
(2018) XI International HRM
Seville, Spain.

2018

EURAM 2018
Sarah Kieran, Juliet McMahon and Sarah MacCurtain
(2018) EURAM 2018
Iceland

2017

Irish Academy of Management
Dr. Sarah Kieran, Dr. Juliet McMahon & Dr. Sarah MacCurtain
(2017) Irish Academy of Management
Queen's College Belfast

2017

Irish Academy of Management
Dr. Sarah Kieran, Dr. Jean McCarthy & Dr. Caroline Murphy
(2017) Irish Academy of Management
Queen's College Belfast

2014

International Labour Process Conference
Sarah Kieran
(2014) International Labour Process Conference
Kings College London

2013

Irish Academy of Management
Sarah Kieran
(2013) Irish Academy of Management
Ireland

2009

Irish Academy of Management Conference
Monaghan, S., O'Shea, D, & Kieran, S. (2009)
(2009) Irish Academy of Management Conference
Galway, Ireland

Published Reports

2021

A New World of Work: Leader Reflections on the Impact of Covid 19.
Kieran, Sarah
(2021) A New World of Work: Leader Reflections on the Impact of Covid 19.
Ireland : Skillnet Ireland

2020

Beyond Covid 19: A New World of Work?
Claire Harnett and Sarah Kieran
(2020) Beyond Covid 19: A New World of Work?
Ireland : Kemmy Business School

2019

The Future of Work Now: The digital transformation of customer service and the emergence of Ireland's Cx professional
Kieran, S, Ryan, L, MacMahon J and MacCurtain, S.
(2019) The Future of Work Now: The digital transformation of customer service and the emergence of Ireland's Cx professional
Ireland : Skillnet Ireland

Other Publications

2021

Building homes for employees: what we can learn from an old idea.
Sarah Kieran
(2021) Building homes for employees: what we can learn from an old idea.
RTE Brainstorm(Ed.) Ireland : RTE

2020

Man & Machine: Where to from here with the Future of Work?
Sarah Kieran
(2020) Man & Machine: Where to from here with the Future of Work?
Ireland : Irish Centre for Business Excellence

2020

What can Leaders learn from the Greek Gods in times of uncertainty?
Sarah Kieran & Fiona Fennell
(2020) What can Leaders learn from the Greek Gods in times of uncertainty?
Ireland : RTE

2019

HR Analytics Insights
Sarah Kieran and Maria Jesuz Belize
(2019) HR Analytics Insights
Ireland :

2019

Will Returnships help women return to work?
Sarah Kieran and Lorraine Ryan
(2019) Will Returnships help women return to work?
Jim Carroll, RTE(Ed.) Ireland : RTE Brainstorm

2019

Mixing Office Romance and Christmas parties in the Age of #metoo.
Lorraine Ryan and Sarah Kieran
(2019) Mixing Office Romance and Christmas parties in the Age of #metoo.
Jim Carroll, RTE.(Ed.) RTE : RTE Brainstorm

2019

Getting People 'On Board' Strategic Change
Sarah Kieran
(2019) Getting People 'On Board' Strategic Change
Jim Carroll, RTE(Ed.) RTE Brainstorm : RTE