Dr Kiera Dempsey-Brench

School of Business

Assistant Lecturer

(01) 474 7503


Kiera is an Assistant Professor in Management at Maynooth Business School. Her research interests are on how organisations and business schools can develop employees’ and students' professional and leadership skills, whilst simultaneously making a positive impact on the community. 

Research Interests

Employee volunteering, service-learning, learning and development, corporate sustainability, human resource management.

Kiera's research focuses on prosocial corporate sustainability and/or human resource management activities, such as, employee volunteering and service-learning programmes. She focuses on the social and human-side of business, and investigate activities and actions that help to facilitate learning and development, which also have positive spill over effects onto society.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Research project with the Government of Jersey: The implementation and evolution of employee volunteering programmes PI 20/03/2022 30/04/2023 9379

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Shantz, A., Sayer, M.J., Bryne, J., & Dempsey-Brench, K. (2023) 'Grand Challenges and the MBA'. Journal of Management Education, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Dempsey-Brench, K. & Shantz, A. (2021) 'When giveback turns to blowback: Employee responses to skills-based volunteering'. International Journal of Human Resource Management, . [Full-Text]
2022 Dempsey-Brench, K. & Shantz, A. (2022) 'Skills-based volunteering: A systematic literature review of the intersection of skills and employee volunteering'. Human Resource Management Review, . [Full-Text]
2021 Shantz, A., & Dempsey-Brench, K. (2021) 'How Volunteerism Enhances Workplace Skills'. MIT Sloan Management Review, . [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2021 Shantz, A., Sayer, M., Byrne, J., Dempsey-Brench, K., & Kavanagh, S. (2021) Academy of Management In the eye of the storm: Turbulent times and the MBA

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2023 Dempsey-Brench, K; Hewett, R; Shantz, A (2023) Academy of Management Issue Selling and Buying: A Social Identity Perspective Boston, .
2022 Dempsey-Brench, K., Hewett, R., & Shantz, A. (2022) Academy of Management Volunteers needed…but not you! Exploring employee volunteering tensions in a public service organization Seattle, United States, .
2021 Dempsey-Brench, K. & Shantz, A. (2021) Irish Academy of Management An investigation of MBA students' skill donation in service-learning projects and its influence on learning and skill outcomes Ireland, .
2020 Dempsey-Brench, K., Alfes, K., & Shantz, A. (2020) Academy of Management Does one size fit all? HR attributions of employee volunteering from a non-profit perspective Vancouver, Canada, .
2019 Dempsey-Brench, K. & Shantz, A. (2019) Human Resources International Conference Skills-based volunteering and learning Dublin, .
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2021 Best Paper Award Academy of Management MED Division