Business School


Primary Department
Business School
Senior Lecturer in HRM
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
HR Management Group
Phone number:
01 700
Room Number

Academic biography

Claire is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM at DCU, LINK Lab Lead at the Irish Institute of Digital Business, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership, Chair of the Irish Academy of Management Early Career Development Network and an Invited Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Based Management. Claire is a past Fulbright scholar, Director of DCU's Executive MBA Programme and Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly (an SSCI listed journal).

She is published in such journals as Organization Studies, Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Management Inquiry, Human Resource Management (HRMJ), Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Knowledge Management and Journal of European Industrial Training, among others. She has also published 2 co-authored books: Learning and Development in Organisations: Strategy, Evidence & Practice with OakTree Press Publishing and Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An Integrated Systems-Informed Model of Effectiveness with Palgrave Macmillan. 

Awards for her work include: a Fulbright Award, a Career Enhancement Award, US Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) finalist award for her dissertation; BEST paper runner-up for the Alan Moon Memorial prize at the International Conference on HRD Research & Practice; and Best paper in track at the Irish Academy of Management.

She was awarded the Advance HE Senior Teaching Fellowship award in 2021 for teaching excellence. She received the DCU Presidents award for Excellence in Teaching (Assessment & feedback) in 2013 and was a nominee in 2011/2012/2015 and in 2018 in the Team Category for her role as MBA Director as nominated by the MBA participants. 
She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), the US Academy of Management, the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and the University Forum for HRD (UFHRD).

She is on the Council of the Learning and Development Institute (L&DI) and the Irish Academy of Management (IAM). She is on the editorial board for the Journal of European Industrial Training. 

Previously, Claire was a Fulbright Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University USA, a Senior Research Fellow on the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) project on Tacit Knowledge Management, Learning and Systems, a Senior Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre with the University of Limerick working in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin on the ICMR project on Training and Training Information Support. She was a Lecturer in Management and HRM at University College Cork and a Lecturer of HRM and Organisational Behaviour with the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Limerick; her research was at the interface of organisational behaviour and human resource development and focused on the influence of social networks on career, professional development and work outcomes. She is a former Government of Ireland Scholar, awarded the Government of Ireland Research Scholarship (IRCHSS) and the University of Limerick Registrars scholarship to conduct her PhD.

She has over 20 years experience as an Invited Speaker, Consultant and Facilitator to a range of industries and engagements with the media in such areas as knowledge management through people, social networks and relationships, decision making, evidence based management and learning and development. She is a facilitator on a number of Executive Education offerings include the Enterprise Ireland Management4Growth programme for SME's at DCU and on the INVEST NI Leadership Development programme for SME's. 

Research interests

Research interests are in the area of informal learning, knowledge sharing, tacit knowledge, social networks, social networks and trust, evidence based decision making, learning and development, learning and development in new world of work (remote, online, working from home), social networks and relationships in new world of work (remote, online, working from home). Anyone interested in pursuing a PhD in this area should get in touch.