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Dr Elaine O'Brien

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Biography

Elaine O’Brien is a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) and lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at University College Cork (UCC).  She is Co-Academic Director of the MSc in HRM and Higher Diploma in HRM. Elaine holds a BSc (Hons) Occupational Psychology (University of Ulster), MSc in Organisational Psychology (UMIST) and PhD (UCC).   Prior to joining UCC Elaine gained considerable industrial experience in both public and private sector organisations working as a HR professional and Senior OD Consultant. Her current research interests lie in the area of Emotional Labour, Employee Resilience and Employee Engagement. Recent engagement with industry includes an examination of diversity, inclusion and engagement practices in a leading multi-national company.  Elaine's work is published in high ranking Journals including Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics and International Journal of Human Resource Management.

 

Research Interests

Current research interests lie in area of Occupational & Organisational Psychology.  Specifically I am interested in the interrelated areas of Emotion at work; Emotional Labour; Employee well-being and Engagement and Psychological Capital.  With employment becoming increasingly precarious and demanding, I am interested in exploring employee experiences of work and how organisation and HRM practices can be arranged to promote work that diverse individuals experience as meaningful, expressive and dignified.  

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Affiliations

  • Chartered Member, British Psychological Society (/)
  • Member, University Forum for Human Resource Development (/)
  • Associate Member, Chartered Insitute of Personnel and Development (/)
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Modules

  • Contemporary Issues in HRM
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Journal Activities

  • Referee, International Journal Of Human Resource Management (-)
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Education

  • University College Cork , PHD, Commerce (2011)
  • UMIST , MSc, Organisational Psychology (1992)
  • Univerisity of Ulster , BSC (HONS), Occupational Psychology (1987)
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Employment

  • Senior Management Consultant, SX3, Viridian Group PLC (/)
  • HR Consultant, Parity Solutions Plc (/)
  • HR Manager, Craigavon Area Hospital Group Trust (/)
  • Consultant, Mentor Economic Development Consultants (/)
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Consultancy

  • Simon Community : Training Needs Analysis of Northern Ireland's Homeless Young People
  • NI Business Development Agency : Review of Community Business Programme
  • Training & Employment Agency and FAS : Feasibility Study - International Youth Development Centre
  • NI Equal Opportunities Commission : Review of Equality of Access to Training Provision in Northern Ireland
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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2017 From tell-tale signs to irreconcilable struggles: The value of emotion in exploring the ethical dilemmas of human resource professionals
Linehan, C. and O'Brien, E (2017) From tell-tale signs to irreconcilable struggles: The value of emotion in exploring the ethical dilemmas of human resource professionals. : Journal of Business Ethics [Details]
2018 The Last Taboo?: surfacing and supporting Emotional Labour in HR work
O'Brien, E. & Linehan, C (2018) The Last Taboo?: surfacing and supporting Emotional Labour in HR work. : International Journal of Human Resource Management [Details]
2014 A balancing act: Emotional challenges in the HR role
O'Brien, E. and Linehan, C (2014) A balancing act: Emotional challenges in the HR role. : Journal of Management Studies [Details]

Conference Contributions

Year Publication
2016 Faking it to make it? Challenging the need to bring the authentic self to work via a study of emotional dissonance. [Oral Presentation]
Linehan, C. and O'Brien, E (2016) Faking it to make it? Challenging the need to bring the authentic self to work via a study of emotional dissonance. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2008 The emotional labour of HR managers to build social capital. [Oral Presentation]
Gubbins, C., Linehan, C. & O'Brien, E (2008) The emotional labour of HR managers to build social capital. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2008 The Insincerity of Trying to be Sincere: Learning the Emotion Display Rules to be a HR Manager. [N/A]
Linehan, C. & O'Brien, E (2008) The Insincerity of Trying to be Sincere: Learning the Emotion Display Rules to be a HR Manager. [N/A]. [Details]
2008 Emotional Labour in the Human Resource Profession – Management Prescribed or Employee Driven?. [N/A]
O'Brien, E (2008) Emotional Labour in the Human Resource Profession – Management Prescribed or Employee Driven?. [N/A]. [Details]
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