UCD Faculty

Dr. Roland Erne

Education: Dipl. Pol. (FU Berlin/Sciences Po Paris), PhD (European University Institute)

Dr. Erne’s research interests include globalisation and the European integration process, the sociology of work, social justice and transnational democracy, trade union strategies, international and comparative labour relations, and labour migration.  His work centers on European governance and the social and political implications of transnational movements of goods, capital, services, and people.  He is interested in how interest associations and social movements - particularly unions- respond to processes of regional integration and globalization.

In his most important book, "European Unions:  Labor's Quest for a Transnational Democracy", Erne describes the emergence of a European trade union movement that crosses national boundaries and challenges the assertion that no realistic prospect exists for remedying the EU's democratic deficit.

His publications include:

  • Erne, R. (2011) 'Interest Associations' In: Caramani, D (eds). Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Erne, R. (2011) 'European Unions after the Global Crisis' In: Burroni, L., M. Keune and G. Meardi (eds). Economy and Society in Europe: A Relationship in Crisis. Cheltenham: E. Elgar
  • Erne, R. (2008) European unions. Labor's quest for transnational democracy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 
  • Léonard, E., R. Erne, S. Smismans and P. Marginson (2007) New structures, forms and processes of governance in European industrial relations. Luxembourg: Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities
  • Erne R., 2006 'European trade-union strategies: Between technocratic efficiency and democratic legitimacy' in: S. Smismans. Ed. Civil Society and Legitimate European Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (forthcoming).
  • 2006. ‘A contentious consensus: The establishment of the National Minimum Wage in Ireland’ in: T. Schulten, R. Bispinck and C. Schäfer. Eds. Minimum Wages in Europe, Brussels: ETUI (forthcoming).
  • 2006. ‘Gesetzliche Mindestlöhne in Irland’ in: T. Schulten, R. Bispinck and C. Schäfer. Eds. Mindestlöhne in Europa, Hamburg, VSA, 56-70.
  • 2005. (Member of the editing and review group) European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Ed. European industrial relations dictionary. Luxembourg: Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities.
  • 2004. Organised labour - an actor of Euro-democratisation, Euro-technocracy or (re-) nationalisation? Trade-union strategies concerning the European integration process. Ph.D. thesis. Florence: EUI.
  • 2004 'Italy' in: B. Kaufmann and M. D. Walters. Eds. Direct Democracy in Europe, Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 73-77.
  • 2004 'Organised labour: an actor of Euro-democratisation, Euro-technocracy or re-nationalisation', in: A. Moschonas and S.M. Koniordos. Eds. European Integration and Industrial Relations, Athens: Gutenberg, 301-322 (in Greek).

Dr. Majella Fahy

Education: BBS (Dubl), MBS, PhD., Area Coordinator, Master of Business Studies in Human Resource Management

Professor Fahy’s research interests include: strategic human resource management, service excellence and quality management, and corporate community involvement.  Her publications include:

  • 'The High Commitment Model of HRM: An exploration of the divergence between theory and practice', Paper Presented to the Irish Academy of Management, 3rd September, 2003.
  • 'Competitive Strategies and Employee Relations in the Irish Retail Sector', Occasional Paper No. 1, Labour Relations Commission, Dublin, 1997.

Professor John Geary

Education: BA, MA, D.Phil. (Oxon), Director of Doctoral Studies 

Professor Geary worked at Warwick Business School prior to coming to UCD.  He was the Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence in 2001-2002, and has been a visiting professor at the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia (2008) and at the Research Centre for Equality, Social Organisation and Performance, Department of Economics, University of Oslo (2010).  As well as teaching and researching industrial relations and human resource management.  Professor Geary is the director of the Doctoral Research Programme at UCD's School of Business. 

Geary’s research interests include: wage setting, labour markets and the politics of industrial relations, trade union organization and strategy, employee voice, workplace partnership, industrial relations and human resource practices in multinational companies. His publications include:

  • John Geary and Anthony Murphy (2011) 'The Reform of Public Sector Pay in Ireland under Social Pacts' In: Mirella Baglioni and Bernd Brandl (eds). Changing Labour Relations: Between Path Dependency and Global Trends. Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.
  • Geary, J. and Trif, A. (2011) 'Workplace Partnership and the Balance of Advantage: A Critical Case Analysis'. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49 (S1):44-69.
  • Geary, J. (2009) 'Il Sindacato Trae Effettivamente Vantaggio dall’Adozione di un Modello Partecipativo alla Gestione dell'Impresa'. Diritto delle Relazioni Industriali, 19 (1):109-125.
  • Roche, W. & Geary, J. (2006) Partnership at Work: The Management of Radical Organizational Change. London: Routledge.
  • Geary, J. (2008) 'Do Unions Benefit from Working in Partnership with Employers? Evidence from Ireland'. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 47 (4):530-568.
  • Geary, J. (2006) ‘Employee voice in the Irish Workplace: Status and Prospect’ in: Employee Voice in the Anglo-American World. P. Boxall, P. Haynes and R. Freeman (eds.), Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Geary, J.F., and W. K. Roche. (2005). 'Anticipating the Likely Implications of the EU Employee Information and Consultation Directive in Ireland', in: Adding Value Through Information and Consultation, ed. J. Storey, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).
  • Edwards, P., Geary, J. and Sisson, K (2004) 'Les Nouvelles Formes d'Organisation du Travail: Moyens de Transformation, d'Exploitation, ou de Controle?' in L'Organisation de la Production et du Travail: Vers un Nouveau Modle? G. Murray J. Belanger, A. Giles and P.Lapointe (eds.), Quebec: Presses de l'Universite Laval.
  • Geary, J. (2003) 'New Forms of Work Organisation: Still Limited, Still Controlled, but Still Welcome?' in P. Edwards (ed.) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice in Britain, 2nd edition, Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Geary, J. and Roche, W.K. (2003) "Workplace Partnership and the Displaced Activist Thesis", Industrial Relations Journal, 34, 1: 32-51.

Mr. Colm McLaughlin

Education:  BA, MComm, University of Auckland, Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Prior to joining UCD, Colm was a research fellow at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and a lecturer in Management & Employment Relations at the University of Auckland, and has held management positions in local government and the hospitality sector.  He is currently a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and the director of the BComm (International) Programme at UCD Quinn School of Business.

Mr. McLaughlin’s research interests include:  comparative employment relations, particularly European & small economies, the relationship between economic performance and labour market institutions, corporate governance, employment relations and reflexive law, industry and enterprise-led training, institutional innovation and change, and labor market protections and low-paid work.  His publications include:

  • McLaughlin, C (2010) 'Building a `high road' economy? The Employment Relations Act in an International Comparative Perspective' In: Rasmussen, E (eds). Employment Relationships: Workers, Unions and Employers in New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
  • McLaughlin, C. (2009) 'The Productivity-Enhancing Impacts of the Minimum Wage: Lessons from Denmark and New Zealand'. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47 (2):327-348.
  • Deakin, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2008) 'The Regulation of Women's Pay: From Individual Rights to Reflexive Law?' In: J. Scott, S. Dex and H. Joshi (eds). Women and Employment: Changing Lives and New Challenges. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Rasmussen, E. and McLaughlin, C. (2001) 'The secondary labour market and employee protection: Employment relations in New Zealand and Denmark in the 1990s'. International Employment Relations Review, 7 (1):63-79.
  • Rasmussen, E. and McLaughlin, C. (2000) 'Employee protections in the new millennium: New Zealand issues in a Danish perspective' In: Lind, J. & Mortimer, D (eds). Worlds of Employment. Aalborg: LEO-Gruppen.
  • McLaughlin, C. (2000) 'Mutually beneficial agreements' in the retail sector? The Employment Contracts Act and low-paid workers'. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 25 (1):1-17.

Mr. Tom Murphy

Position: Director of BBS program

Mr. Murphy’s research interests are in the area of negotiation and conflict management and his publications include:

  • Murphy, T.V. (2004) Alternative Dispute Resolution in Irish Industrial Relations. Dublin: UCD Dept. of Industrial Relations and Human Resources
  • Murphy, TV and Roche, WK (1997) editors, Irish Industrial Relations in Practice, Oak Tree Press.
  • Murphy, TV (1997) The Resolution of Industrial Conflict, in: Murphy, TV and Roche, WK (1997) editors, Irish Industrial Relations in Practice, Oak Tree Press, 325-361.

Professor Bill Roche

Education: Professor of Industrial Relations & Human Resources, B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc., D.Phil. (Oxford), CIPD

His research interests include: change in work and employment, workplace partnership, social partnership and the politics of industrial relations, union growth and decline.  He has held visiting professorships at the University of South Australia, Adelaide and at the University of Melbourne.  He was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.  He is a member of the editorial boards of leading journals, including the British Journal of Industrial Relations; Industrial Relations; Human Resource Management Journal and Labour and Industry.  He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  he was the first Dean of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, where he was also Director of Research and Head of the doctoral programme. He has published extensively in the world's leading international peer-reviewed journals in his field and is the author and editor of numerous books.

Professor Roche's publications include:

  • Roche, W.K., Teague, P., Coughlan, A. & Fahy, M. (2011) Human Resources in the Recession:  Managing & Representing People at Work in Ireland. Dublin:  Government Publications.
  • Hahn, D., Roche, W.K. and Teague, P. (2010) Managing Workplace Conflict in Ireland. Dublin: Government Publications.
  • Roche, W.K (2008) ''The Trend of Unionization in Ireland Since the Mid 1990s'' In: The State of the Unions. Dublin: Liffey Press
  • Roche, W.K. and Geary, J.f. (2006) Partnership at Work:  The Quest for Radical Organizational Change. London:  Routledge.
  • Geary, J.F., and W. K. Roche. (2005). 'Anticipating the Likely Implications of the EU Employee Information and Consultation Directive in Ireland', in: Adding Value Through Information and Consultation, ed. J. Storey, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Geary, J. & Roche, W.K. (2005) ''The Future of Employee Information and Consultation in Ireland'' In: Storey, J (eds). Adding Value Through Information and Consultation. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Roche, W.K. and Cradden, T.. (2003). 'Neo-Corporatism and Social Partnership', in M. Adshead and M. Millar (eds.), Public Policy in Ireland: Theory and Methods, London: Routledge, 2003.
  • Geary, J. and Roche, W.K. (2003) 'Workplace Partnership and the Displaced Activist Thesis', Industrial Relations Journal, 34(1): 32-51.
  • Roche, W.K. (2002) 'Whither Partnership in the Public Sector?' Administration, 50(3): 3-26.

Ms. Jacqueline Sinclair

Education: BA (Hons) Politics (Warwick), MA Industrial Relations (Warwick)

Ms. Sinclair’s research focuses on multi-union workplaces in Ireland and her publications include:

  • Sinclair, J. (2006) 'An Obstacle to Management Innovation? Some Myths Uncovered on Multi-Union Workplaces in Ireland'. IRISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, Special Issue 2005 :33-55
  • Sinclair, J. (2005) ‘Multi-Unionism in Ireland: Some Background Data, and Myths Uncovered.’ Paper for Presentation at the 8th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management, 7-9 September 2005, at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Sinclair, J. (1999 and 2003), 'Employee Representation: Trade Unions', in Employee Relations, G. Hollinshead, et al. (eds), London: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
  • Hannon, J. and Sinclair, J. (1999). 'The implications of the Employment Equality Act 1998' in European Industrial Relations Observatory, September.
  • Ironside, M., Seifert, R. and Sinclair, J. (1997). 'Teacher union responses to education reforms: job regulation and the enforced growth of informality', in Industrial Relations Journal, 28, 2: 120-35.