Lecturer in Management
Business - Management And Organisation
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E12D 1977 - Business Building
I am a Lecturer in Management at WIT, primarily lecturing modules in Management and Leadership on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School of Business. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects on taught business programmes.
From 2011 to 2015 I was Programme Leader for the Higher Certificate in Business Studies, one of the longest running business programmes in the School. I am currently Programme Leader for Postgraduate Research in the School of Business, providing support for our Masters and PhD students in the course of their research here at the Institute.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Degree from DCU, a Master of Business Degree from UCD, and a PhD from the University of Southampton.
I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
I have a keen interest in research, and have authored the following conference papers and publications:
April 2005: Paper presented at Irish Academy of Management/UCC Doctoral Colloquium: ‘Managing Knowledge Workers’.
Sept. 2005: Paper presented at the IAM Conference in GMIT: ‘Managing The Knowledge Worker: A Study of Effective HR Strategies In Knowledge Intensive Firms in The South East Of Ireland’.
May 2007: Paper presented at the VI International Workshop on HRM, University of Cadiz, Spain: ‘An Analysis of People Management Practices in Irish Knowledge-Intensive Firms’.
Sept. 2014: IAM Conference, Managing in a Changing Climate: Leading to New Realities, UL. Paper presented in Leadership & OB track: 'Facilitators and Inhibitors of Distributed Leadership in the Workplace - A Literature Review'.
Mar. 2016: University of Southampton Business School PhD Conference: Paper presented in Relational Leadership and Change Track: 'Exploring Shared Leadership from a Social Exchange Theory Perspective'.
Sept. 2016: IAM Conference, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD. Paper presented in Leadership & Culture track: 'Developing a Framework for Understanding Shared Leadership: An Analysis of Antecedents, Moderators, Mediators and Outcomes'.
Sept. 2017: IAM Conference, Queens University Belfast, UCD. Paper presented: 'A Qualitative Analysis of Shared Leadership in Organisational Teams'. Recipient of award for best paper in OB & Change track.
Sweeney, A., Clarke, N. and Higgs, M. (2018). 'Shared Leadership in Commercial Organizations: A Systematic Review of Definitions, Theoretical Frameworks and Organizational Outcomes'. International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 21, pp. 115-126.
I currently lecture on the following programmes:
MBS: Managing Change
BBS (Hons) Year 1: Introduction to Management
BBS (Hons) Year 3: Leadership and Problem-Solving
BBS (Hons) Year 4: Developing Leadership Skills
BBus (Ord) Year 3: Leadership Skills for Managers
I believe that when individuals are engaged, they are more likely to achieve their potential and have seen students’ attendance and performance improve when they are positively engaged in the learning process. To this end, I am particularly interested in experiential teaching and learning methodologies and I have attended training courses to develop my understanding of both Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and blended learning approaches. I have delivered modules using these methodologies to both full-time and part-time students on our programmes here at WIT.
Based on my experience of teaching a leadership module using PBL, I published the following article:
I am also a member of the First Year Engagement Committee in WIT where our primary remit is improving the engagement of first year students in the School. To this end, I have recently been involved in the design and delivery of an innovative induction programme for first years.
I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD since 1995.
Prior to my current role at WIT, I worked in various positions in industry including Business Analyst, HR Consultant and Operations Manager, in a variety of organisations.
From this experience, I have developed a keen interest in the factors influencing individual behaviour in organisational settings.