Dr Jean Cushen

School of Business

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

School of Business Building
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(01) 474 7559

Biography

Jean is a Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning within the Business School of Maynooth University (MU) and the Programme Director of the MSc Business Management.  Jean is a member of the University ‘Political Economy of Work’ research cluster. Jean's research explores the contemporary employment experience focusing on financialization, the labour process and human resource management (HRM). Jean has published on these topics in top ranked international journals including ‘Accounting, Organizations and Society’ and ‘Work Employment and Society’. Jean has also contributed to HRM related publications including HRM encyclopedias and textbooks, CIPD and IBEC publications. Jean teaches in the areas of HRM, Careers,  Management, Employee Relations and Business and Society. Jean is an academic member of the CIPD, an external examiner for the National College of Ireland and is on the judging panel of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Before joining MU, Jean worked as a lecturer in Dublin City University (DCU) and Queens University Belfast. In her first year in DCU Jean was awarded the 'President's Award for Excellence in Teaching'. She completed her PhD in 2010 in Trinity College Dublin with a scholarship from the IRCHSS. Prior to entering academic life Jean worked for several years as a ‘Human Capital Consultant’ for the global professional services company Willis Towers Watson; then Watson Wyatt. During this time Jean worked both in Dublin and Toronto and advised organisations on the design and implementation of a range of HRM techniques.

Research Interests

Financialization
HRM and Sustainability
The Future of Work
Knowledge Work

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Financialization and value: why labour and the labour process still matter'
Cushen J.;Thompson P. (2016) 'Financialization and value: why labour and the labour process still matter'. Work, Employment and Society, 30 (2):352-365 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Financialization in the workplace: Hegemonic narratives, performative interventions and the angry knowledge worker'
Cushen, J (2013) 'Financialization in the workplace: Hegemonic narratives, performative interventions and the angry knowledge worker'. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 38 :314-331 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Doing the right thing? HRM and the angry knowledge worker'
Cushen, J;Thompson, P (2012) 'Doing the right thing? HRM and the angry knowledge worker'. New Technology, Work and Employment, 27 :79-92 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Branding Employees'
Cushen, J. (2009) 'Branding Employees'. Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, 6 (1/2):102-114 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Value logics and labour: collateral damage or central focus?'
Thompson, P. and Cushen, J. (2019) 'Value logics and labour: collateral damage or central focus?' In: Mader, P., Mertens, D. and van der Zwan, N (eds). The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization. London: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Applying Scientific Management to modern employment relations and HRM'
Cullinane, N. and Cushen, J. (2019) 'Applying Scientific Management to modern employment relations and HRM' In: Townsend, K., Cafferkey, K., McDermott, A.M. and Dundon, T (eds). Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations. London: Edward Elger. [Details]
2014 'Broken promises: Why Strategic HRM does not always work'
Cushen, J. and Harney, B. (2014) 'Broken promises: Why Strategic HRM does not always work' In: Harney, B. and Monks, K (eds). Strategic HRM: Irish research and practice. Dublin: OpenPress. [Details]
2011 'The Trouble with Employer Branding'
Cushen, J. (2011) 'The Trouble with Employer Branding' In: Brannan, M. J., Parsons, E., & Priola, V (eds). Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2015 Financialization and HRM.
Cushen, J. (2015) Financialization and HRM. Cheltenham: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
2015 The Knowledge Worker.
Cushen, J. (2015) The Knowledge Worker. Cheltenham: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2009 The Essential Guide to Reward and Recognition.
Empey, K., Cushen, J. and Byrne, L. (2009) The Essential Guide to Reward and Recognition. Dublin: Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2014 Financialization and The Core
Cushen, J. and Thompson, P. (2014) Financialization and The Core International Labour Process Conference Kings College, London, UK, [Details]
2011 What’s your contribution? An exploration of the knowledge labour process
Cushen, J. (2011) What’s your contribution? An exploration of the knowledge labour process International Labour Process Conference University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, [Details]
2010 Fear and cost cutting in a multi-national: Shareholders, budgets and the insecure knowledge worker
Cushen, J. (2010) Fear and cost cutting in a multi-national: Shareholders, budgets and the insecure knowledge worker International Labour Process Conference [Details]
2009 Structures of control
Cushen, J. (2009) Structures of control International Labour Process Conference [Details]
2008 An ethnography of shareholder capitalism, corporate culture and the employment experience
Cushen, J. (2008) An ethnography of shareholder capitalism, corporate culture and the employment experience International Labour Process Conference [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Confronting Disengagement.
Cushen, J. and Cullinane, N. (2018) Confronting Disengagement. [Oral Presentation], CIPD Applied Research Conference, Nottingham, U.K [Details]
2018 Framing HRM Value in Annual Reports.
Cushen, J. and Freeney, Y. (2018) Framing HRM Value in Annual Reports. [International Refereed Conference], Work, Employment and Society Conference, Belfast, U.K [Details]
2017 HRM Signals in Annual Reports.
Cushen, J. and Freeney, Y. (2017) HRM Signals in Annual Reports. [Oral Presentation], CIPD Applied Research Conference, Edinburgh [Details]
2014 Financialization and The Core: Why Labour and the Labour Process still Matters.
Cushen, J and Thompson, P. (2014) Financialization and The Core: Why Labour and the Labour Process still Matters. [Oral Presentation], 32nd Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2014 Financialization and Labour Process Theory: Using LPT to Engage with and Explain Financialization.
Cushen, J. and Thompson, P. (2014) Financialization and Labour Process Theory: Using LPT to Engage with and Explain Financialization. [Oral Presentation], 26th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Chigago, USA [Details]
2013 Financialization in the Workplace.
Cushen, J. (2013) Financialization in the Workplace. [Oral Presentation], International Working Party for Labour Market Segmentation, Trinity College, Dublin Ireland [Details]
2011 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association.
Cushen, J. and Thompson, P. (2011) 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association. [Oral Presentation], Financialization, HRM and the angry knowledge worker, Geneva, Switzerland [Details]
2011 Financialization and the weakening knowledge employment relationship.
Cushen, J. (2011) Financialization and the weakening knowledge employment relationship. [Oral Presentation], 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland [Details]
2011 Doing it by the textbook? financialization, HRM and the angry, insecure high performer.
Cushen, J., and Thompson P. (2011) Doing it by the textbook? financialization, HRM and the angry, insecure high performer. [Oral Presentation], Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Madrid [Details]
1999 The impact of the EU on Irish labour policies and the impact of NAFTA on Ontario labour policies.
Cushen, J. (1999) The impact of the EU on Irish labour policies and the impact of NAFTA on Ontario labour policies. [Oral Presentation], Globalization and Public Policy, University of Toronoto, Toronto, Canada [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2005 'The Irish National Report'
Cushen, J., O’ Cinneide, S and O’ Gabhan, F. (2005) 'The Irish National Report' International Journal of Social Quality, 5 (2) :151-175. [DOI] [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
2018 Working and Managing within Financialized Capitalism.
Cushen, J. (2018) Working and Managing within Financialized Capitalism. Invited Lectures [Details]
2017 Employer Branding.
Cushen, J. (2017) Employer Branding. Dublin, Ireland: Invited Lectures [Details]
2014 Organisation Effectiveness.
Cushen, J. (2014) Organisation Effectiveness. Invited Lectures [Details]
2014 Financialization and The Core: Why Labour and the Labour Process still matters.
Cushen, J., Thompson, P. (2014) Financialization and The Core: Why Labour and the Labour Process still matters. Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
2004 Rewarding the Rainmakers: Leveraging incentive design to foster sales force success.
Cushen, J. and Wright, L. (2004) Rewarding the Rainmakers: Leveraging incentive design to foster sales force success. Toronto: Invited papers [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
2018 Working in the Financialized Organisation.
Cushen, J. (2018) Working in the Financialized Organisation. Invited Seminars [Details]
2017 Organising and resisting work in the financialized workplace.
Cushen, J. (2017) Organising and resisting work in the financialized workplace. Invited Seminars [Details]
2013 Financialization and Labour Process Theory.
Cushen, J. (2013) Financialization and Labour Process Theory. Invited Seminars [Details]
2013 Financialization in the Workplace.
Cushen, J. (2013) Financialization in the Workplace. Invited Seminars [Details]
2011 Critical Realism, Financialization and the Knowledge Workplace.
Cushen, J. (2011) Critical Realism, Financialization and the Knowledge Workplace. Invited Seminars [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2008 Generation Why and the HR opportunity.
Cushen, J. (2008) Generation Why and the HR opportunity. Dublin: Magazine Article [Details]
2006 Driving the Business through Performance Differentiation.
Byrne, L. and Cushen, J. (2006) Driving the Business through Performance Differentiation. Dublin: Magazine Article [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2003 Maximising the value and motivational impact of your people cost.
Cushen, J. & Turriff, W. (2003) Maximising the value and motivational impact of your people cost. Dublin: Magazine Article [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Chartered Institution of Personnel and Development Academic Member 01-OCT-15 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Queens University Belfast Lecturer HRM 01-OCT-09 / 31-AUG-11
Willis Towers Watson Human Capital Consultant 01-JUN-01 / 31-AUG-09
Dublin City University Lecturer HRM 01-OCT-11 / 31-AUG-15

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2010 Trinity College Dublin PhD Sociology
1999 Maynooth University MA MA European Social Policy Analysis / Public Policy and the Global Economy

Outreach Activities

  Description

I serve as a judge at the ‘BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’, ‘Social and Behavioural’ category. This annual prestigious competition involves working to interview students, assess student entries, provide written student feedback and shortlist finalists. Link

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal Of Management Studies Reviewer
Geoforum Reviewer
Environment And Planning A Reviewer
Social Forces Reviewer
Industrial Relations Journal Reviewer
Economic And Industrial Democracy Reviewer
Human Resource Management Journal (Uk) Reviewer
Accounting And Business Research Reviewer
British Journal Of Industrial Relations Reviewer
New Technology, Work And Employment Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

External examiner with the National College of Ireland for their MA in Human Resource Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Teaching Interests

My track record of delivering a formative, innovative and quality learning experience relates directly to Maynooth University’s strategic aim of offering outstanding, intercultural, societally engaged teaching.  I have several years’ experience teaching small and large classes at undergraduate and postgraduate level; including PhD students. I am the academic director of postgraduate teaching and learning and the programme director for the MSc Business and Management conversion masters.  I am co-supervising one PhD student, I have supervised the dissertations of approximately thirty masters students and I have served as a secondary supervisor to three PhD students. I have taught a range of modules including Career Planning and Development,  Management and Teams, Human Resource Management (HRM), Industrial Relations, Employee Relations Procedures, Business and Society and Research Methods.  My interdisciplinary background means I can teach students with diverse academic interests and create a cumulative, connected learning experience.  In 2012 I was awarded the DCU 'President's Award for Excellence in Teaching' and I was shortlisted for the same award in 2015. My personal teaching objective is to bring theory and ideas to life through use of ‘real world’ examples and activities that prompt student consideration of what they would do in a given scenario.  Where possible, I use reflective-formative assessments to provide students with the tools to engage with and assess their progress through the module.