The authors would like to acknowledge the support and assistance provided by a number of people towards the conduct of this study. Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive of the LRC, initiated and commissioned the study, and was unstinting in his support and encouragement throughout the research project. Freda Nolan, Director of Advisory Services at the LRC, was invaluable to our work through her involvement in the conduct of the focus groups, and her professionalism, support and guidance throughout the project. We owe her a great debt and we wish to acknowledge her contribution to the research. Members of the LRC Advisory Service, in particular Seamus Doherty and Leo Costello, played a valuable role in encouraging firms to participate in the employers’ survey. Wendy Sullivan at the CIPD also provided assistance with the survey. The Project Steering Group guided and assisted our work in various ways and we would like to thank, in particular, its external members: Michael McDonnell and Frank Kelly of the CIPD, Mary Connaughton of IBEC and Esther Lynch of the ICTU. Kieran Mulvey, Freda Nolan and Seamus Doherty also served as members of the Steering Group. The Board of the LRC gave helpful feedback on the preliminary results of the focus groups, as well as providing encouragement and support for the study as a whole. Colman Higgins and Roisin Farrelly of Industrial Relations News provided helpful advice with respect to possible case studies for inclusion in the research. None of the afore-mentioned bears any responsibility for the analysis or conclusions reported in the study.
At UCD, Lisa Madsen provided excellent support to the management of the project and handled the production of the report document with great skill. Professor Dorothy Watson, at the ESRI managed the construction of the sampling frame and the weighting of the sample data with great skill. Caoimhe McGuckin transcribed the focus group interviews with great speed and accuracy and Patricia O’Sullivan ably managed survey data entry and liaison with survey respondents. We would like to thank the HR managers and trade union officials who participated in the focus groups, and managers responsible for HR who completed survey questionnaires. We are also indebted to the companies who agreed to allow us to conduct case studies, as well as to the managers and union officials who were interviewed as part of the case study research but who are not named individually to preserve confidentiality. 1
William K. Roche Bill Roche is Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the School of Business, University College Dublin and Honorary Professor at the School of Management, Queen's University Belfast. He is a graduate of UCD and completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he was Heyworth Memorial Prize Research Fellow of Nuffield College. 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. His most recent books are Managing Workplace Conflict in Ireland, (with Deborah Hahn and Paul Teague), Dublin: Government Publications, 2009 and Partnership at Work: The Quest for Radical Organizational Change, (with John Geary), Oxford: Routledge, 2006.
Paul Teague Paul Teague is Professor of Management at the Management School, Queen’s University Belfast. Previously, he has held positions at the London School of Economics and Cranfield School of Management. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Massachusetts. He has...