The Pearse Walsh Award was created to commemorate the memory of our Founder Pearse Walsh. It was originally designed to recognise innovation in the transfer of learning in organisations. This Award is in its eight year and is regarded as a highly sought after accolade in the Training and Development area. Its forms part of the IITD (Irish Institute of Training and Development) Training Awards and it is awarded annually at their Gala Dinner.
In 2013, Harvest decided to create an additional Pearse Walsh PHD Award to recognise innovation in research in the field of Human Resource Development and Organisational Behaviour. Harvest is delighted to be a position to offer this Award in partnership with the DCU Business School.
Overview of the Award
The Pearse Walsh Award to recognise innovation in research in the field of Human Resource Development and Organisational Behaviour is open to PhD students (fulltime or part-time) who have successfully completed PhD research in the fields of Organisation Psychology, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Development and People Management.
Presentation of Pearse Walsh Medal at DCU graduation ceremony on March 29th
Financial bursary of €2500 to be used at the student’s discretion.
Opportunity to showcase and present research findings at Harvest client breakfast briefing.
The primary award criteria:
Practical application of the research to industry.
Impact of the research on organisational innovation.
Clear process for implementing research to industry.
An independent judging panel consisting on Harvest director Frank Rock, Academic representative Professor David Collings, Professor of Human Resource Management and Industry representative Sinead Gaynor, Head of Human Resources Dublin Airport made up the Judging panel.
The winner was Dr. Rachel Kidney, and her research was entitled “The Relationship between Attachment Styles and Employee Creativity: Evidence from the Engineering Industry”
Other shortlisted candidates, who also presented their research to the judging panel were:
Dr. Lucy Fallon-Byrne – Developing the Microfoundations of Dynamic Capability for Innovation: A Human Resource Management Perspective
Dr. Deirdre O Shea – “Integrating cognitive, motivational and emotional self-regulation in early-stage entrepreneurs”
Harvest will host a breakfast seminar in late spring to showcase the winner and their research.
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