Project Leader

BA(Hons), MSc, MCIPD, PhD (Cambridge)

Dublin City University

DCU Business School

Brian Harney


Brian Harney BA (Hons), MBS, PhD (Cambridge), MCIPD is Associate Professor in Strategic HRM at DCU Business School and Programme Director of the MSc in HRM (gradIreland Best Postgraduate Business Course, 2016). Brian is a previous recipient of the DCU President’s award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. His research exploring the intersection of strategy and HRM in SMEs is widely published earning 15 Best Paper awards. Brian has served as a facilitator on the PLATO network and teaches into DCU executive programmes for clients such as Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Stock Exchange. Brian has held visiting positions in China, Malta, Slovenia and was a visiting Research Fellow at Boston University during 2016. Brian is a Council Member of the Irish Academy of Management, Board member of the European Academy of Management and HR Division ambassador (Ireland).

Fields of interests

Strategic HRM with a particular focus on SME, high growth and knowledge intensive sectors.

Proposition of common research in GETM3

Brian is lead of WP 3 examining innovations in teaching curriculum. He is currently supervising 4 PhD researchers in the areas of HR and innovation in SMEs, aligning with the WP on employer expectations coupled with the GETM3 focus on SMEs

Important Publications

  • See:
  • Cafferkey, K., Heffernan, M., Harney,. B., Dundon., T. and Townsend, K. (2018) ‘Perceptions of HRM system strength and affective commitment: The mediating role of human relations climate’ International Journal of Human Resource Management,
  • Harney, B., Fu, N., and Freeney, Y. (2018) ‘Balancing Tensions: Buffering the Impact of Organisational Restructuring and Downsizing on Employee Well-being’, Human Resource Management Journal,
  • Harney, B., O’Gorman, C., and Kidney, R. (2017) ‘Growing to build or building to grow’, Irish Journal of Management, 36(2), pp. 65-77
  • Cafferkey, K., Harney, B., Edgar, F., and Dundon, T. (2017) ‘Unravelling the foci of employee commitment’, Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, 4(1), pp: 2-17,
  • Heffernan, M., Harney., B. Cafferkey, K. Dundon, T. (2016) ‘Exploring the HRM-performance relationship: the role of creativity climate and strategy’, Employee Relations, Vol. 38 Iss: 3, pp.438-462,
  • Fallon-Byrne, L. and Harney, B. (2016) ‘Microfoundations of Dynamic Capabilities for Innovation: A Review and Research Agenda’, Irish Journal of Management, Vol 35(3), pp. 21-34,
  • Book chapter
  • Harney, B. (2017) ‘Creativity Co: Prospects and challenges in managing creativity to realise Ireland’s knowledge-based aspirations’, in Christiansen, L.,
  • Kuvaas, B., Biron, M. and Farndale, E. (eds) Global Human Resource Management Casebook, Routledge: London
  • Harney, B., Dundon, T., and Wilkinson, A., (2017) ‘Employment Relations and HRM’ in Colvin , A., Donaghey, J., and Dundon, T, eds. The Routledge companion to employment relations. Routledge. ISBN 9781138911178
  • Harney, B. (2015) ‘HRM and SMEs: Contextualizing significance, neglect and meaning in an international context’ Chapter 7 in Machado, C (eds),
    International Human Resource Management, New York: Springer, pp. 105-121