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Knowledge-Intensive Firms in the UK and Ireland: Influences, Strategies and Skills

This is a comparative research project into knowledge-intensive firms (KIFs) in Ireland and the UK that is co-funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) in Ireland and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. The study explores how Ireland and the UK differ in their approach to industrial policy and labour market planning for knowledge intensive firms (KIFs), and the impact these differences have on HRM policies and practices and outcomes at the level of the firm. In particular, the research focuses on outcomes such as innovation, knowledge sharing, skill levels and employee well-being.

To date, the research findings have been published in Work Employment and Society, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Personnel Review.

The project is involves a team of researchers from the LInK Research Centre, University of Kent, Kingston University, London School of Economics and University of Edinburgh.

Team members:

  • Professor Kathy Monks,  Link Research Institute, DCU
  • Dr Edel Conway, Link Research Institute, DCU
  • Professor Patrick Flood, Link Research Institute, DCU
  • Dr Grainne Kelly, Queens University Belfast
  • Professor Katie Truss, University of Sussex
  • Dr Enda Hannon, Kingston University
  • Dr Alessia D’Amato, London School of Economics