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Evidence-Based Human Resource Management – where are we now?

Venue: Online

Change and uncertainty are now a pervasive feature of our working lives and this brings unique challenges to Human Resource Management (HRM).

Evidence-based HR is a purposeful approach to decision-making that equips HR leaders to navigate their uncertain environment. It involves adopting a decision-making process that critically evaluates multiple sources of data, experience and expert opinions to ensure the decision’s most successful outcome. 

This event offers an opportunity to reflect on evidence-based practice in HRM: where are we now? How far have we come? How can practitioners embed evidence-based practice in their work? 

Chaired by Professor Julie Gore, Programme Director of Birkbeck’s new Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based HRM, the webinar will begin with reflections from David D’Souza, Membership Director of the CIPD and Professor Claire Gubbins, Professor in Organisational Behaviour and HRM at DCU Business School, Dublin City University before opening the floor for discussion. 

The event is open to all who have an interest in HR and evidence-based practice.

Please note: This event is free to attend but booking is essential. You will be sent joining instructions by email at least 24 hours before the event.

Event format

1 - 1.25pm: Welcome and presentations (Professor Julie Gore, Professor Claire Gubbins, David D'Souza)

1.25 - 1.35pm: Discussion (Professor Rob Briner, Professor Almuth McDowall)

1.35 - 2pm: Audience Q&A

2pm: Event close

2pm - 2.15pm: Optional drop-in for questions about the Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based Human Resource Management


Claire Gubbins is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM at Dublin City University (DCU) Business School and is Director of the Teagasc Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership Programme. Claire was previously a Fulbright scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Director of DCU's Executive MBA Programme, Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly (an SSCI listed journal), Deputy Director of LINK Research Institute (Knowledge & Learning) and a Senior Research Fellow on the ICMR project on tacit knowledge circulation- a university-industry collaborative research project with 10 multi-national organisations.

She is published in such journals as Organization Studies, Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Management Inquiry, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Knowledge Management and Journal of European Industrial Training, among others. She has also published 2 co-authored books: Learning and Development in Organisations: Strategy, Evidence & Practice with OakTree Press Publishing and Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An Integrated Systems-Informed Model of Effectiveness with Palgrave Macmillan.

She is a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Based Management, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), the Academy of Management and the Academy of Human Resource Development. She is on the Council of the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) and the Irish Academy of Management (IAM).

David D'Souza is the Director of Membership at the CIPD. He is responsible for the growing our membership and ensuring the CIPD connects effectively with the profession to understand how to continually improve its support to our members. Prior to joining the CIPD in 2014, David worked as an independent consultant, having held previous roles across a range of financial services and retail organisations.  

Described as “one of the UK’s most influential HR and workplace commentators”, David is a respected and in demand speaker and writer on progressive HR and business practice. David has expertise in a wide range of areas, including organisational development and culture, learning and development, corporate ethics, employee engagement and the future of work.

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