2024 Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference
Munster Technological University
The Next Technological Wave: Preparing for Disruption
Hosted by Munster Technological University | Bishopstown Campus
Recent advances in technology – particularly Artificial Intelligence – point to a future that may see a remarkably transformed workforce and workplace. The advent of ChatGPT type technologies, the increasing applicability of virtual and augmented reality technology, and a populace that has been primed for greater technology adoption following the recent pandemic, are just simple examples that suggest the potentiality for major disruption in our ways of working. The challenge for various areas of business –management, marketing, accounting/finance and human resources – is to adopt and successfully embrace the new future rather than to fall foul of it. The resultant challenge for the research community is to assess the means by which we can better accept and exploit the coming wave of technological disruption, to communicate and lead the argument for change, while responding with the usual rigour in our research approaches. This conference will explore research from all business disciplines that reflects the changing technological world and its impact on the business environment.
Dr. Rose Leahy, Munster Technological University
Dr. Pio Fenton, Munster Technological University
Further conference details will be announced shortly
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
Sprinting Towards Success: The Opportunities and Challenges of sprint-based learning in business education, Wednesday 23rd Aug, 11am to 12.30pm
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.
Special Session: Conducting and Publishing Qualitative Research, Wednesday 23rd Aug, 1.45pm - 3pm. Presenters at session: Professor Catherine Welch, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Ulf Andersson: Mälardalen University and BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
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.
SIG Event on Technology and Work: Automation, Digitalisation and Regulation, Wednesday 23rd August 3.30pm – 5pm
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 Ryan – Changing 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.
Special Session: Researching Fair Work in the Hospitality Sector, Wednesday 23rd August, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Speakers Professor Dennis Nickson and Professor Tom Baum, University of Strathclyde
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
Full Paper Submission: 21 July 2023
Registration Deadline for paper presenters: 31 July 2023
Doctoral Colloquium: 22 August 2023
Conference: 23 – 24 August 2023
Submissions are invited from academic scholars, research students (Masters, PhD, DBA and other relevant doctorates) and practitioners in management areas.
The main conference tracks include:
- Work, employment and the organisation. Track Chair: Prof. Thomas Garavan
- Marketing and Services Management. Track Chairs: Dr Patricia McHugh and Dr Sinead Duane
- Strategy, International Business and Global Value Chains. Track Chairs: Dr Josephine Igoe & Dr Johannah Clancy
- Business Information Systems and Technology. Track Chair: Dr Pierre Angelo
- Public Policy and Grand Challenges. Track Chair: Prof. Alma McCarthy
- Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. Track Chair: Dr Fiona Sherdian
- Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Small Business Innovation. Track Chairs: Prof. Jonathan Levin and Dr Yixin Qiu
- Accounting, Finance and Corporate Governance. Track Chair: Dr Orla Lenihan
- CSR, Business Ethics and Society, Sustainability. Track Chair: Prof. Kate Kenny
- Teaching and Learning: Educating Future Leaders and Managers. Track Chair: Dr Noel Carroll
Conference Registration Fees
Registration is now open
There are limited rooms available, however, there are a selection of rooms available at Trinity College Summer Accommodation.