2023 Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference
University of Galway

Sustainable Leadership and Management: Making a Global Impact for the Public Good

Hosted by J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, University of Galway

As businesses and organisations move to place the planet, people as well as profit at the centre of what they do, we need to better understand what this requires from leaders, managers and organisations. Sustainable leadership includes being authentic and committed, having a long-term perspective, as well as instilling and driving a meaningful organisational purpose for the public and private good. Business Schools and academics can play a key role in leading for a public good purpose and in doing so, educating around sustainable leadership and management. While it can be argued that conventional management and leadership theories fall short of what is needed, this conference will address questions around how organisations (including businesses and business schools) can lead with public good purpose, what sustainable leadership means and the challenges it will present as we move further into the 21st Century.

IAM 2023 Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Majella Giblin, J.E Cairns School of Business & Economics, University of Galway

Dr. Denise Holland, J.E Cairns School of Business & Economics, University of Galway

Keynote Speaker

Professor Martin Kitchener

We are delighted to announce Professor Martin Kitchener will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Martin is a professor of management at Cardiff Business School and chaired the Chartered Association of Business School’s Taskforce on Business School and Public Good. His research concentrates on issues of governance, change and performance in public services, and most recently in higher education. In the UK, he has led externally funded studies of hospital patient safety, line management in residential social work, and change in mental health. The outputs of his research are published widely and have had considerable impact on practice and policy. Martin’s insights on leadership with purpose and the public good missions of business schools will be invaluable to our conversations on understanding the meaning of sustainable leadership.

In addition to the keynote speeches and paper presentations, the conference features:

Led by Dr Rachel Hilliard and Dr Maeve O’Sullivan, University of Galway.

Schedule subject to change.

10am – 10:15am Registration & Coffee

10:15am – 11am Session 1 Welcome & preparation for presentations/feedback (Dr. Maeve O’Sullivan)

11am – 1pm Session 2 Small presentation & discussion session 

1pm – 2pm Lunch

2pm – 3pm Session 3 Writing strategies session (Dr Rachel Hilliard) 

3pm – 4pm Session 4 Personal Development session (Prof Catherine Welch, TCD)

4pm – 4:30pm Coffee & Networking

4:30pm – 5:30pm Session 5 IAM Early Career Development Network Session

Presenters: Dr. Andrew Pope (University College Cork) and Dr. Carolanne Mahoney (University College Cork)

Chair: Professor Anthony Mc Donnell

This session will see the inaugural awardees of the Irish Academy of Management Business Educator of the Year Award present on their innovative, high impact learning approach at Cork University Business School. We are seeing an increasing number of one year master’s programmes. Such programmes require new approaches to assessment that balance relevance with rigour. One such approach is a sprint-based approach to applied research projects that mirrors how agile teams work in industry. This session discusses novel approaches to applied student research projects and discusses the lessons learned from an innovative research and development approach implemented at Cork University Business School. The session will involve a presentation and discussion/Q&A.

Professor Catherine Welch, Trinity College Dublin – Presenter at Session, Presentation title: “The Templates Trap in Qualitative Research – and What to Do Instead” by Catherine Welch

Professor Ulf Andersson, Mälardalen University – Presenter at Session, Presentation title: “Opportunities and Challenges of Publishing Qualitative Research”, by Ulf R Andersson

In this Special Session you will hear from internationally leading scholars on qualitative research. The scholars will discuss contemporary debates and trends of conducting and publishing qualitative research; including the use of templates as well as the challenges often embedded in successfully publishing qualitative research.

This session titled, ‘Industry 4.0 and Work’ will be chaired by Dr. Michelle O’Sullivan and Dr. Jonathan Lavelle. Four speakers will present cutting edge research in this area as follows:

Dr Huw Thomas The institutional context of Industry 4.0: AI, automation and augmentation in food manufacturing.

Huw is Assistant Professor at the UCD College of Business and works in the Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Subject Area. Prior to coming to UCD, Huw was at the University of Bristol (2016-2022) and before this was a Technical Officer at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva (2013-2015). He obtained his doctorate from Cardiff University in 2018. Huw has conducted empirical research in a number of economic sectors including the maritime sector, food manufacturing/processing, agri-food sector, the higher education sector and civil aviation. Recently his research has looked at the digital transformation of work, transnational politics of the future of work (in particular in relation to global supply chains); activist-scholarship in the business school; and the impact of COVID-19 on social dialogue and collective bargaining. He is a Steward of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA). Huw has published in leading journals in the field of work and employment relations, including the British Journal of Industrial Relations; Human Relations, Work, Employment and Society; and the Journal of Business Ethics.

Dr Caroline Murphy and Dr Lorraine RyanChanging the game? The impact of digitalisation on job design. Dr. Caroline Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations, and Director of the MSc in HRM at the Department of Work and Employment Studies at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. Lorraine is a lecturer in Employment Relations & Human Resource Management in the Department of Work & Employment Studies.

Dr Conor McCabe – The regulation of algorithmic management in the workplace: legislative and trade union responses. Dr Conor McCabe is a Research Fellow at Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests relate to trade union organisation and the social wage. He is currently working on an ESRC-funded project into employment conditions in online retail warehouses based in the UK. He recently authored Smoke and Mirrors: The Facts about Retails Workers Incomes in Ireland for the Mandate trade union.

Led by Dr Deirdre Curran from the University of Galway, this symposium will bring together key perspectives on hospitality working conditions including employee, employer, union, government, and academic experts. 

Representing the Global Hospitality Research Alliance (GHRA) Dr Deirdre Curran will present emerging themes from comparative studies on hospitality work conducted in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. 

Dr Finian O Driscoll will present the findings from an in-depth case study of ‘good’ practice as an illustration of how the lived experience of hospitality workers can be improved, whilst balancing the interests of people, planet, and profit. 

The symposium is open to conference delegates, and to all interested stakeholders, and will provide a platform for audience engagement.

Full list of session speakers are:

  • Ged Nash, TD Labour Party’s spokesperson on Finance
  • Prof Tom Baum, University of Strathclyde
  • Prof Dennis Nickson, University of Strathclyde
  • Claire O Connor , Snr Organiser Hospitality, SIPTU
  • Mr John Burke, CEO Armada Hotel
  • Paul Giles, hospitality employee Mc Caffrey Group Donegal
  • Marie Tonra, former hospitality employee, now Life Coach | Addiction Coach | Mental Fitness Coach

At this Special Session, Editors of national and international academic journals will discuss the factors to consider when writing papers for successful publication.


Professor Esther Tippmann, Editor of Journal of World Business

Professor Dennis Nickson, Editor of the Employee Relations Journal

Professor Kristel Miller and Dr Marian Crowley-Henry, Editors of Irish Journal of Management

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission: 21 July 2023

Registration Deadline for paper presenters: 31 July 2023

Doctoral Colloquium: 22 August 2023

Conference: 23 – 24 August 2023


Conference Registration Fees

Registration is now open

General Rates

IAM Member
(includes conference, lunch and social event)


Non IAM Member Rate
(includes conference, lunch and social event)
+ IAM Membership Fee of €60


Student Rates

IAM Member Doctoral Students
(includes doctoral colloquium, conference,
lunch and social event)


IAM Non-Member Doctoral Students
(includes doctoral colloquium, conference, lunch and social event)
+ IAM Membership Fee of 30 Euro



There are limited rooms available, however, there are a selection of rooms available at Trinity College Summer Accommodation.  

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