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Ciara Nolan

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Academic and Professional Qualifications: B.Sc. Management, University of Dublin, Trinity College
H.Dip. Hospitality Management, DIT
M.Phil., DIT

Member, Academy of HRD
Member, Irish Academy of Management
Member, CIPD

Ciara Nolan is a lecturer in HRM at Dublin City University and a member of LInK (Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre). Prior to joining DCU, she worked for several years in the hotel and retail industries and lectured in Management and HRM in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street. Ciara has also worked as a HR consultant and has undertaken research with many public and private sector bodies and local authorities throughout the country.

In 2005, Ciara was the recipient of a Ph.D. scholarship under the joint auspices of the Dublin Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick. Her research aims to review, reconceptualise and extend the notion of best practice HRD within the context of small organisations in the Irish hotel industry. As a member of LInK, Ciara is part of a team that was recently successful in obtaining funding from Fáilte Ireland to conduct research on management education and development within the hospitality and tourism industry.

Teaching Areas:
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Employee Development
  • Employee Resourcing
  • People Management and Development
Research Interests: Human resource development
Informal learning
Communities of practice
Training and learning in SMEs, hotel industry

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Selected Publications: Nolan C. (2002), ‘Human Resource Development in the Irish Hotel Industry: The Case of the Small Firm’, Journal Of European Industrial Training, 26, 2/3/4, pp88-99.

Rusk, M. and Nolan, C., Learning Waves: Exploring HRM practice in the Independent Radio Sector in Ireland, 11th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management, 03-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08, Dublin City University, Dublin

Nolan, C.; Garavan T.N.; Gorham, G. and Griffin, P., Human Resource Development in the Small Firm: The Value of Communities of Practice, 9th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice Across Europe, 21-MAY-08 - 23-MAY-08, IESEG School of Management, Catholic University of Lille

Nolan, C. and Garavan, T.N., Communities of Practice in the Small Firm: Unlocking the Door to HRD?, Irish Academy of Management Conference, 03-SEP-07 - 05-SEP-07, Queen's University, Belfast

Nolan, C. and Garavan, T.N., Exploring Best Practice HRD in the Small Firm: The Case of the Irish Hotel Sector , 8th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice in association with the University Forum for HRD and the Academy for Human Resource Development, 27-MAR-07 - 29-MAR-07, Oxford