The Management Discipline hosts a vibrant research community of PhD scholars. We research across a broad range of research topics. 

Meet our Current PhD Students

The successful commercialisation of MedTech - Blake Bowers

Topic: The successful commercialisation of MedTech 

Blake Bowers PhD

Overview: Blake's research investigates successful technology commercialisation of MedTech. In the last three years, there has a been a decline in the amount of venture capital attracted by spinouts in Ireland. However, this is not the case for MedTech in general. Blake's research aims to compare Ireland's MedTech sector to other leading hotspots around the world (Munich, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Israel, and Singapore), and further identify how Ireland can further advance its position as a MedTech hotspot.

Supervisors: Prof. Jonathan Levie & Dr. Majella Giblin

Scholarship: Blake is funded by Cúram research centre (SFI)

Email: B.BOWERS1@nuigalway.ie

A study of the human side of M&A integration - Patrick O'Brien

Title: A study of the human side of M&A integration - Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien

Overview: The study aims to investigate the 'human' side of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, specifically with regards to organisational culture and employee engagement during the post-acquisition integration phase, and what role these may play as antecedents to successful integration. As a part-time student working in industry as a HR professional, I can see the value of further exploring the people aspects of M&A, a crucial area which can often be overlooked when planning, executing and evaluating M&A activity. 

Supervisors: Prof Alma McCarthy, Dr Deirdre Curran

‌Email:  p.obrien17@nuigalway.ie

Finding the model describing how whistleblowing really works - Maria Batishcheva

Title: Finding the model describing how whistleblowing really works - Maria Batishcheva

Maria Batishcheva

Overview: My research spans the whistleblowing area. The key research question is to find the conditions under which the context – both intra-organisational and extra-organisational environment – around whistleblower would be the most conducive to blow the whistle.

Supervisor: Prof Kate Kenny 

Email: M.Batishcheva1@nuigalway.ie

Understanding Subsidiary Managers’ engagement in Strategic Activities - Deborah Mireles

Title: Understanding Subsidiary Managers’ engagement in Strategic Activities - Deborah Mireles

Deborah Mireles

Overview: Deborah is undertaking new research into the headquarters-subsidiary relationship in US-owned high technology multinationals. Her research aims to understand subsidiary managers’ behaviour by studying their engagement in strategic activities. The strategic activities are analysed in two ways. To study how subsidiary managers know what to do, the activities are analysed in response to strategic issues according to subsidiary managers’ interpretation of headquarters expectations. Preliminary findings reveal tentative subsidiary manager scripts guiding their engagement in strategic activities. To look at the why subsidiary managers do what they do, this research examines the strategic activities they engage in when managing headquarters impressions of their subsidiary. This work offers important theoretical contributions and practical implications to the field of International Business. 

Supervisors: Dr Josephine Igoe  & Prof Pamela Sharkey Scott (DCU)

Email: D.MIRELES1@nuigalway.ie

The Management of Scaling Firms & Serial Entrepreneurs - Sarah Bohan

Title: The Management of Scaling Firms & Serial Entrepreneurs - Sarah Bohan

Sarah Bohan

Overview: I have a passion for learning about the internationalisation of firms and entrepreneurship. The aim of this study is to gather the tacit knowledge of serial entrepreneurs, who have scaled successful ventures multiple times, and codify it. It is now more important than ever to build on the research in this field; to understand the bold ambitions of these entrepreneurs, how they pivot, anticipate or seize new opportunities, reflect on failures and enhance the scalability of their business models. I anticipate a wealth of knowledge will come from this research which will contribute to the literature of the processes and mechanisms associated with the management of successful scaling.

Supervisors: Prof Jonathan Levie & Dr Josephine Igoe

Email: S.BOHAN4@nuigalway.ie 

Enhancing Willingness to Whistleblow Internally: The Role of Leaders and Work Culture - Muhammad Irfan

Title: Enhancing Willingness to Whistleblow Internally: The Role of Leaders and Work Culture - Muhammad Irfan

Muhammad Irfan   

Overview: Internal whistleblowing is considered as an important medium to prevent and deter organisational wrongdoing. Can this ethical behaviour be encouraged to show employees that reporting of concerns is seen positively by the organisation? The purpose of this qualitative and in-depth case study is to investigate the role of leadership in enhancing the willingness to speak up internally.  

Supervisor: Professor Kate Kenny

Email: Muhammad Irfan 

Formal reward practices and employee outcomes in SMEs: An investigation using psychological contract theory - Neda SALAHISANANDAJ 

Title: Formal reward practices and employee outcomes in SMEs: An investigation using psychological contract theory - Neda Salahisanandaj

Neda SALAHISANANDAJ  

Overview: This study investigates the relationship between the level of formality of reward management practices (i.e. the level of documentation and regular application of reward policies and procedures), and employee outcomes through the mediating role of the psychological contract in an SME context. The results of this study suggests that SMEs may need to find ways to blend elements of informality and formality to generate structured informality in their reward management systems. An appropriate balance between formality and informality in SMEs can contribute to employees’ positive psychological contract, which in turn increases employees’ motivation and reduces their turnover intention. Thus, it is critical for SMEs to determine ways in which formal and informal systems can co-exist without losing their agility in responding to changing environmental and organisational context.

Supervisors: Prof Alma McCarthy & Prof Maura Sheehan, Edinburgh Napier University

Email: Neda SALAHISANANDAJ 

Assessment of civil service career attractiveness among the Gen Z and Millennial population - Noreen O'Connor

Title: Assessment of civil service career attractiveness among the Gen Z and Millennial population - Noreen O'Connor

Noreen O'Connor 

Overview: This PhD study aims to measure Millennial and Gen Z student’s perceptions of civil service attractiveness and aims to uncover what the key drivers of civil service attractiveness are. A key objective is to understand whether Public Service Motivation serves as a predictor of civil service attractiveness. This PhD study will investigate the importance Millennial and Gen Z students place on specific work valueslike compensation, job security, work-life balance, and a low stress job when making career decisions.

Supervisor: Prof Alma McCarthy

Email: Noreen O'Connor

Blake's research investigates successful technology commercialisation of MedTech. In the last three years, there has a been a decline in the amount of venture capital attracted by spinouts in Ireland. However, this is not the case for MedTech in general. Blake's research aims to compare Ireland's MedTech sector to other leading hotspots around the world (Munich, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Israel, and Singapore), and further identify how Ireland can further advance its position as a MedTech hotspot.

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