WIT PhD Student wins Best Student Paper Award at HRIC 2019

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From left: Triona Bartholin, PhD Degree by Research student, and Dr Aidan Duane, PhD Supervisor.

From left: Triona Bartholin, PhD Degree by Research student, and Dr Aidan Duane, PhD Supervisor.

Triona, a Human Resources Manager at Pinewood Healthcare, is undertaking a PhD by Research at WIT and is the first Irish student to win the award

In January 2019, Triona Bartholin, a PhD by Research student in the area of Human Resource Analytics at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), won the Best Student Paper Award at the Academy of Management (AOM) Human Resources Division International Conference (HRIC). The award was sponsored by the Wiley Business Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ), and Triona is the first Irish student to win the award.

Human Resource analytics

Triona, a Human Resources Manager at Pinewood Healthcare, is undertaking a PhD by Research at WIT under the supervision of Dr Aidan Duane, Lecturer and Research Supervisor in the field of Information Systems in the Graduate Business Department of the School of Business. Triona’s research focuses on the application of Human Resource analytics within the manufacturing industry in Ireland. Triona also recently graduated with a First Class Honours Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence at WIT led by Aidan Walsh and Darrin Taylor.

Link between research and industry

Dr. Duane is keen to emphasise the link between WIT, research and industry, and adds that "I am immensely proud of what Triona has achieved over the past few years which is exemplified by this award. It is a testimony to the excellence of her work and research". Triona reveals that she "is delighted to have won this prestigious award particularly given the high calibre of candidates and the standard of the research under consideration.

Professional association

The Academy of Management is the pre-eminent professional association for management and organization scholars. Members are professors and Ph.D. students in business schools at universities, academics in related social science and other fields, and practitioners who value knowledge creation and application. Founded in 1936, the AOM global community today is nearly 20,000 strong, spanning more than 120 countries. The Human Resources (HR) Division of the Academy of Management is one of the Academy of Management’s largest divisions with over 3200 members, serving as a gathering place for academics and practitioners dedicated to discovering and disseminating state-of-the-art HR knowledge.

The HRIC conferences are designed to better integrate the global community and disseminate human resources knowledge to management researchers and practitioners wherever they live and work. The aim of HRIC 2019 held at Dublin City University (DCU) was to advance our understanding of Human Resources Management (HRM) in the global context under the theme of Shifting Landscapes of HRM.

The role of data and technology

A central tenet to this theme is premised on the role of data and technology. We are seeing increasing use of data and analytics to make better-informed decisions around HRM. The shift towards more analytical approaches to HRM calls for a better understanding of the skills required for HR professionals and the tools, techniques and frames that offer the greatest potential for advancing the theory and practice of HRM in this domain. At the same time, the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the nature of work requires more in-depth consideration. For some AI represents a threat to work and employment particularly in low skilled or manual roles, while others may view it as a means of emancipating workers and improving work life balance. These trends present an opportunity for HRM researchers to develop strategic value through a better understanding of how the HR profession manages the technology interface and how analytics offer opportunities to extend and expand HR’s reach (e.g. gamification, sensors, 3-D technology or automation).


For further information on a PhD Degree by Research opportunities (part-time and full-time), please contact Professor Denis Harrington, Head of the Graduate Business Department at WIT ([email protected]).

For further information on the Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence, contact Aidan Walsh ([email protected]) or Darrin Taylor ([email protected])

For further information on Triona’s research, please contact her at [email protected].

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