ECDN Spring Event 2023
“Let’s Talk about Research”

The IAM Early Career Development Network (ECDN) aims to provide IAM members with a range of professional and career development activities across the key strands of academic posts. FASTIR careers combine different foci of Funding-Academic-Service-Teaching-Impact-Research.


Our 3rd IAM ECDN Spring event will focus on Research challenges and opportunities facing early career scholars. Combining plenary talks from leading Irish scholars with informal networking, attendees will have an opportunity to take time out to reflect on the role of Research in their own career goals and plans.  The event offers an opportunity to engage in discussion about Research with peers and senior colleagues in a supportive and developmental context.

ECDN Spring Event Schedule

This is an online event on Wednesday March 22nd 2023 from 09:30am – 12pm. Attendance is free for IAM members and all staff and students of an institutional member.

The event starts at 9.30am

  • Welcome Address
  • Introducing FASTIR Careers
  • Back to basics in publishing: From ABS to FWCI and everything in between
  • Think – Team – Share Discussion
  • Publishing and Your PhD
  • Plenary talk “My Research Journey” Dr Lisa van der Werff
  • Audience Q&A
  • Lunch and informal networking

Speaker’s Bio

Dr Lisa van der Werff is an Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology, Director of Doctoral Studies and Co-Director of the Irish Institute of Digital Business at DCU Business School. As well as organisational psychology, her teaching includes a focus on research methods and critical thinking skills and she is currently developing a module for PhD students on writing for academic publication. Her research focuses on trust and investigates the processes underlying relationships between colleagues, people and organisations and people and technology. Lisa has published her work in a range of academic journals (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Computers in Human Behavior) and practitioner oriented outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review). Lisa is currently President of FINT (, Deputy Editor in Chief of the Journal of Trust Research and sits on the Editorial Board of Human Relations. She received her PhD from DCU in 2014 and prior to that worked as a human resources professional in the professional services industry.

Steering Group Members

Anne is Chair of the ECDN Steering Group. She is Full Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) at University College Dublin, College of Business (Ireland). She previously worked at Rotterdam School of Management, Eramsus University Rotterdam and Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam. Her primary research interests are HRM in online labor platforms, gig work and project-based organizations and her recent work draws on paradox theory and institutional theory. Her work is published in Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, and International Journal of Project Management where she is former Associate Editor for HRM and OB and currently sits on the Strategic Advisory Board. She has contributed to scholarly handbooks including Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox, Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management, and the Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations.

Grace is a Lecturer in Marketing at Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests are in the fields of market research, marketing strategy and capabilities, and SME marketing. Grace holds a PhD in Management from Queen’s University Belfast and was funded by Invest NI. Her thesis explores the role of market intelligence in the development and integration of small business marketing capabilities, with a focus on Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry. Grace also holds an MSc in Marketing and a BA(Hons) in History and is graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling. 

James is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organisational Behaviour at the School of Business, Maynooth University, Ireland. With a background in new media and technology, James’ research examines the automation of management practice, digitalisation at work, and the role of human resource management in the future workplace. Prior to joining Maynooth University, James completed his doctoral studies at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Ireland, where his thesis explored the role of algorithmic management in shaping the experiences of app-based gig workers. A previous Irish Research Council scholarship awardee, James’ research has been published in outlets such as Human Resource Management Journal and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Claire is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM. She is the Director of the DCU Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership programme for Teagasc.  Previously Claire was a Fulbright Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and visiting Professor in Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh. She is published in Human Resource Management (US), Organization Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Review and Journal of European Industrial Training and she is co-author of two books. Claire’s research interests centre around the domain of learning and development. She has over 20 years experience consulting with industry nationally and internationally. She serves on the council of the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) and the Irish Academy of Management (IAM) and is a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Based Management (CEBMa).

Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Work and Employment Studies, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He is a former IRCHSS Post-doctoral fellow, IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar and Marie Curie Scholar and has previously held the University of Limerick Alumni Scholarship and the Kemmy Business School Registrar’s Scholarship. His main research interests are in international and comparative employment relations, with a particular interest in issues such as trade union recognition and avoidance, employee voice and precarious employment. He has published articles in leading international journals including the Journal of International Business, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of World Business and Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Dónal is a lecturer and researcher in Strategic Management and Global Strategy in Technological University Dublin. His research focuses on strategic management in international firms and specifically on the strategic activities of individual managers. He has been published in both the Global Strategy Journal and the Journal of World Business along with numerous book chapters and conference papers. He has received awards at both national and international conferences including the Hood and Young Prize for most original PhD work at the Academy of International Business UK & Ireland conference. Prior to assuming his current role Dr. O’Brien held the position of Assistant Professor in Management in Dublin City University where he received the President’s Award for Innovation in Teaching. In his current role he places a major emphasis on bringing the findings of his research into the classroom and engaging in innovative teaching approaches through simulations and case study teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels. This pedagogical approach challenges the students to engage both inside and outside the classroom and to evaluate the latest developments in theory with a strong focus on their practical implications.