Professor David Collings recognised as one of the 30 HR Most Influential Thinkers 2021.
HR Magazine has recognised Professor David Collings, Professor of Human Resource Management at Dublin City University Business School, as one of the 30 Most Influential Thinkers in human resource management globally at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral London tonight. This is Professor Collings’ fifth time being recognised on the list.
HR Most Influential is an annual list that celebrates the most influential players in the field of people strategy. These are the people whose ideas and actions shape HR practices, both in the UK and globally. First published in 2006, HR magazine’s editorial team compiles the HR Most Influential list in conjunction with expert panels of HR head-hunters, academics, NEDs and former HR directors, plus readers of HR Magazine.
On behalf of the faculty, Professor O’Gorman, Executive Dean noted:
“On behalf of DCU Business School staff, I would like to congratulate Dave on being recognised as one of the 30 most Most Influential HR Thinkers for 2021. The thought leadership provided by our professors, as well as their excellence in research and teaching, underpins what we do here at DCU Business School. This award recognises the important research that Dave has led , in collaboration with colleagues, which helped inform the covid crisis response of professionals in the CHRO Role and that is part of an ongoing stream of research that is helping shape the future of workplaces.“
Reflecting on his recognition Professor Collings noted:
“It is a tremendous honour to be named amongst the most influential thinkers in HRM again this year. The pandemic has highlighted the vital role that HR professionals play in organisations, and HR leaders have been core to the response in many organisations. It has been a privilege to work with so many inspiring HR leaders as they navigated the challenges of the pandemic. I am particularly proud of our research on the CHRO role in leading the crisis response, in collaboration with colleagues here in DCU and at the University of South Carolina, which was funded by the DCU COVID-19 Research and Innovation Hub. Our research on enabling the workforce of the future funded by Skillnet Ireland and the Irish Institute of Training and Development also proved very timely in the context of the pandemic. There are so many lessons which we can all learn from the current pandemic, which I hope will improve HR practices and peoples’ experience of work for many years to come.”
He also reflected on the important role that DCU Business School has played in HR Management nationally and internationally.
“DCU Business School has played a pivotal role in my development as a researcher, teacher and consultant. Our industry engagement means that we are close to industry as a faculty, ensuring we are engaging with the most critical challenges they are facing. We regularly engage with these organisations across every industry through our executive education, research and consulting. In the area of human resource management and organisational psychology, we have one of the largest groups of scholars working in this area nationally, which compares to some of the leading groups in Europe. Our suite of masters programmes in HRM and organisational psychology also ensure that we interact with some of the top practitioners nationally on a weekly basis. All in all, I am privileged to learn from my colleagues, industry collaborators and students every day, which informs my research approach, teaching and consulting.”
David Collings is Professor of HRM at Dublin City University Business School, where he is Director of the Leadership and Talent Institute and Associate Dean for Research. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and National University of Ireland, Galway. A former Fulbright Scholar, he has held visiting positions at Cornell University, King’s College London and Nanyang Business School in Singapore. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is the current Chair of the HR Division of the Academy of Management, the leading global academic association of HR scholars.
He is a leading international expert on talent management, global mobility and the future of work. He is currently co-directing a major international project on the CHRO role in leading through the Covid crisis with colleagues at DCU and the University of South Carolina. He is a regular speaker at corporate and other events. He has been named as one of the most influential thinkers in the field of HR on five occasions by HR Magazine. He has published numerous papers in leading international outlets, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review and twelve books. His work is regularly cited in media and other outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the BBC.
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