Date: 26th June 2014

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood,  Northwood Park, Dublin


The cost for attendance at this event is €100 per particpant – if you would like to book a place contact the ICBE office on 061 42622.


The event will take place on Thursday 26th June in Dublin from 10.00am to 12.30pm, followed by a networking lunch -  The session will be facilitated by Dr.Claire Gubbins


The topics / agenda for the event will be as follows:


  1. Introductions & Tea / Coffee – 10.00am to 10.15am
  2. Strategic HR Role into Recovery: Organisational Effectiveness & Talent Development through Tacit Knowledge Management  - 10.15am to 11.00am
  3. The Social Network Requirements for HR Professionals Career Success  - 11.00am to 11.45am
  4. Open Sharing from HR/L&D Professionals – focusing on/what you see as the importance of social networks to your role and what you see as their strategic role going forward beyond recession in the space of talent development - I would like to invite HR/L&D Professionals also who would like to speak about or respond to these topics from their perspective/their experience in their organisation within this session - 11.45am to 12.30pm
  5. Networking Lunch – 12.30pm to 1.30pm


Strategic HR Role into Recovery: Organisational Effectiveness & Talent Development through Tacit Knowledge Management


The role of the HR professional during the recessionary period has been elevated in status, importance and strategic influence as organisations implement a range of HR practices to cope with multiple human resource changes. However, as we progress in or towards recovery, important questions are "what is the role of HR now?" and "how can it maintain its elevated strategic status?". This seminar recognises talent development as one of the most important strategic business issues going forward to 2015 (Boston Consulting Group). It illuminates the importance of the 'tacit knowledge' or 'know-how', gained from years of experience, of key experts in organisations for organisational effectiveness. It discusses the concerns of non-HR management and non-management voices in MNC's in Ireland with respect to the challenges they perceive in developing talent effectively and efficiently for continued organisational effectiveness and productivity. It identifies how better management of tacit knowledge may address these concerns. It ultimately illuminates how HR can play a key role in enabling such intervention. It reports on studies of MNC's in Ireland to illuminate the enablers and inhibitors to effective tacit knowledge management such that shared learning is better enabled and tacit knowledge is retained within the organisations knowledge bank. It ultimately illustrates how such interventions develop more sustainable, adaptable teams and organisations with respect to coping with any future human resource redeployment, restructuring or losses.


The Social Network Requirements for HR Professionals Career Success


HR professional’s roles require them to be responsive to both employee needs and top management strategies. However, the need to respond to the often competing employee and strategic agenda’s makes relationship building efforts challenging. This study examines the social capital characteristics of HR professionals in Ireland and the impact on their receipt of network benefits and career outcomes. Results indicate that HR professionals benefit from relationships with other HR professionals for career sponsorship and role related benefits. However, it is non-HR contacts whom are in higher positions or in other organisations that transfer the most influential benefits, which in turn relate to objective career outcomes. Few benefits are obtained from contacts in non-HR functions, whom are in lower positions. The results illuminate relationship development opportunities for HR professionals and differences in the social capital requirements of HR professionals compared to general managers. The study also discusses the unique challenges faced by HR professionals in building effective social networks given their dual role.



Dr. Claire Gubbins is a Lecturer of HRM and Organisational Behaviour at Dublin City University, Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly, a Fulbright Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Deputy Director of LINK Research Institute (Knowledge and Learning).


Prior to this, Claire was a Senior Research Fellow on the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) project on Tacit Knowledge Management, Learning and Systems, a Senior Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre with the University of Limerick working in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin on the ICMR project on Training and Training Information Support. She was a Lecturer in Management and HRM at University College Cork and a Lecturer of HRM and Organisational Behaviour with the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. She is also an experienced Consultant, Coach and Trainer to a range of industries in such areas as knowledge management through people and organisational systems, leadership assessment and development centres, human resource management skills, auditing training, training programme design, delivery and development and evaluation. She is a facilitator on the Enterprise Ireland Management4Growth programme for SME's at DCU.


She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), the US Academy of Management, the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and the University Forum for HRD (UFHRD).


Dr. Gubbins received the DCU Presidents award for Excellence in Teaching (Assessment & feedback) in 2013 and was a nominee in 2011/2012. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Limerick; her research was at the interface of organisational behaviour and human resource development and focused on the influence of social networks on career, professional development and work outcomes. She was awarded the Government of Ireland Research Scholarship (IRCHSS) and the University of Limerick Registrars scholarship to conduct her PhD. She has presented at numerous academic and professional conferences and published book chapters and articles in such journals as Organization Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of European Industrial Training, among others. Awards for her work include: a Fulbright Award, a Career Enhancement Award, US Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) finalist award for her dissertation; BEST paper runner-up for the Alan Moon Memorial prize at the International Conference on HRD Research & Practice; and Best paper in track at the Irish Academy of Management. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of European Industrial Training.


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