PhD Candidate, MSc in Strategic HRM

Dublin City University

Business School

Alison Sheridan


Having completed a BComm in NUIG, I completed my MSc in Shefflield Hallam University prior to commencing my PhD studies on a part-time basis in DCU. My work experience has included experience in HR roles in both public and private sector settings, prior to taking up a full-time lecturing role in Human Resource Management in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

My ongoing involvement with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has led me to take responsibility as Programme Leader for CIPD professional courses currently offered by AIT. I am Chairperson of the CIPD Midlands Region Committee and also a member of the National CIPD Ireland Committee since 2016. I am a member of the judging panel for the CIPD HR Awards in Ireland.

Fields of interests

PhD topic – HR Practices in service sector SMEs

Other interests – Talent Management, Teaching innovations in HEIs.

Proposition of common research in GETM3

I would be interested in potential research collaborations in areas relating to HR Practices in SMEs and in Talent Management. I have conducted interviews and explored the Ljubljana summer school as evidence of teaching innovations.

Important Publications

Conference papers/presentations

  • Sheridan, A. & Harney, B (2017) Are you being served? The how and the why of HR in practice in hospitality SMEs. The Irish Academy of Management Conference, Belfast, N. Ireland, 30 August – 1 September.
  • Sheridan, A. & Harney, B (2016) HR practices in Service Sector SMEs in Ireland: Exploring the terrain. The British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, UK, 6-8 September.
  • Sheridan, A. & Harney, B (2015) A comparative exploration of HR Practices in operation in smaller hotels with different levels of service quality. The Irish Academy of Management Conference, Doctoral Colloquium, Galway, Ireland, 2-4 September.