Colm McLaughlin

Associate Professor

School of Business
Smurfit Graduate Business School
Carysfort Avenue
Co. Dublin

Tel: +353 1 7168020


Colm McLaughlin is Associate Professor in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at the UCD School of Business. His research is in comparative and institutional employment relations, with a particular focus on the effectiveness of different systems of regulation in protecting employment standards. His research has examined gender equality outcomes, training systems and low paid work. He also has an interest in case studies for teaching and has published articles on the case method.

He is a graduate of the University of Auckland (BA and MComm) and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School and Darwin College). Prior to joining UCD Colm was a research fellow at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and a lecturer in Management and Employment Relations at the University of Auckland, and has held management positions in local government and the hospitality sector. He is the PRME Coordinator for the College of Business and the Co-Director of the UCD School of Business Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS), and a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He was the Conference Chair for the 2016 Irish Academy of Management Conference held at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: 2016 AMLE Best Article Winner
Year: 2015.
Title: Best Learning and Education Paper Award (with Todd Bridgman and Stephen Cummings)
Year: 2014.
Title: Teresa Brannick Award
Year: 2013.
Title: Winner, Academy of Management Dark Side Case Competition (with Todd Bridgman)
Year: 2011.
Title: Finalist, Academy of Management Dark Side Case Competition (with Todd Bridgman)
Year: 2006.
Title: ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Year: 1999.
Title: Winner of the New Zealand Foundation for Industrial Relations Research and Education Annual Research Paper Competition
Year: 1999.
Title: Department of Management and Employment Relations Top Masters Thesis Award, University of Auckland


Association: Irish Academy of Management, Function/Role: Member, 2016 IAM Conference Chair
Association: Academy of Management, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Function/Role:

Conference Contributions

McLaughlin, C. (2016) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 2016 Irish Academy of Management Conference - Ireland 2016: Re-imagining business and the role of ethics, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business , 30-AUG-17 - 01-SEP-17.


Year 2007 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: PhD Subject: PhD in Employment Relations
Year 1999 Institution: University of Auckland, NZ
Qualification: MComm Subject: Master of Commerce
Year 1997 Institution: University of Auckland, NZ
Qualification: BA Subject: Bachelor of Arts
Year 1987 Institution:
Qualification: Dip Management Subject: Diploma in Hospitality Management



Book Chapters

McLaughlin, C. and Bridgman, T. (2017) 'Apple and the True Costs of Production' In: Fernanda Sauerbronn, Pauline Fatien Diochon, Albert J. Mills, Emmanuel Raufflet (eds). The Dark Side 3: Critical Cases on the Downside of Business. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Prothero, A. (2014) 'Embedding a societal view of business among first year undergraduates' In: Alan Murray, Denise Baden, Paul Cashian, Alec Wersun, and Kathryn Haynes (eds). Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
McLaughlin, C (2013) 'Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Management' In: Carbery, R. and Cross, C (eds). Human Resource Management: A Concise Introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.224-239 [Details]
Bridgman, T. and McLaughlin, C. (2013) 'The battle for Middle Earth: New Zealand's bid to save The Hobbit' In: Fatien Diochon, P., Raufflet, E. and Mills A.J (eds). The Dark Side 2: Critical Cases on the Downside of Business. Leeds: Greenleaf. [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Deakin, S. (2012) 'Equality law and the limits of the 'business case' for addressing gender inequalities' In: Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke C. Plagnol (eds). Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Details]
Deakin, S., McLaughlin, C. and Chai, D. (2012) 'Gender inequality and reflexive law: The potential of different regulatory mechanisms' In: Linda Dickens (eds). Making Employment Rights Effective: Issues of Enforcement and Compliance. Oxford: Hart. [Details]
McLaughlin, C. (2010) 'Building a `high road' economy? The Employment Relations Act in an International Comparative Perspective' In: Rasmussen, E (eds). Employment Relationships: Workers, Unions and Employers in New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University Press. , pp.185-207 [Details]
Deakin, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2008) 'The Regulation of Women's Pay: From Individual Rights to Reflexive Law?' In: J. Scott, S. Dex and H. Joshi (eds). Women and Employment: Changing Lives and New Challenges. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Details]
Rasmussen, E. and McLaughlin, C. (2000) 'Employee protections in the new millennium: New Zealand issues in a Danish perspective' In: Lind, J. and Mortimer, D (eds). Worlds of Employment. Aalborg: LEO-Gruppen. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

McLaughlin, Colm and Wright, Chris. F. (2018) 'The Role of Ideas in Understanding Industrial Relations Policy Change in Liberal Market Economies'. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, . [DOI] [Details]
Bridgman, T., McLaughlin, C. and Cummings, S. (2018) 'Overcoming the problem with solving business problems: Using theory differently to rejuvenate the case method for turbulent times'. Journal of Management Education, . [DOI] [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Bridgman, T. (2017) 'The battle for 'Middle-earth': The constitution of interests and identities in The Hobbit dispute'. The Journal of Industrial Relations, 59 (5):571-592. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Bridgman, T., Cummings, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2016) 'Re-stating the case: How revisiting the development of the case method can help us think differently about the future of the business school'. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 15 (4):724-741. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Deakin, S., Fraser-Butlin, S., McLaughlin, C. and Polanska, A. (2015) 'Are Litigation and Collective Bargaining Complements or Substitutes for Achieving Gender Equality? A Study of the British Equal Pay Act'. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39 (2):381-403. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
McLaughlin, C. (2014) 'Equal pay, litigation and reflexive regulation: The case of the UK local authority sector'. Industrial Law Journal, 43 (1):1-28. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
McLaughlin,C (2013) 'The role of productivity coalitions in building a 'high road' competitive strategy: The case of Denmark and Ireland'. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 19 (2):127-143. [DOI] [Details]
McLaughlin, C. (2009) 'The Productivity-Enhancing Impacts of the Minimum Wage: Lessons from Denmark and New Zealand'. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47 (2):327-348. [Details]
Rasmussen, E. and McLaughlin, C.; (2001) 'The secondary labour market and employee protection: Employment relations in New Zealand and Denmark in the 1990s'. International Employment Relations Review, 7 (1):63-79. [Details]
McLaughlin, C.; (2000) 'Mutually beneficial agreements' in the retail sector? The Employment Contracts Act and low-paid workers'. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 25 (1):1-17. [Details]
Rasmussen, E., McLaughlin, C. and Boxall, P.; (2000) 'A survey of employees experiences and attitudes in the New Zealand workplace'. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 25 (1):49-67. [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Rasmussen, E. (1998) ''Freedom of choice' and 'flexibility' in the retail sector'. International Journal Of Manpower, 19 (4):281-295. [Details]

Conference Publications

Bridgman, T., Cummings, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2017) Rethinking the role of theory in critical case writing and teaching 10th International Critical Management Studies Conference [Details]
Wright, C. F. and McLaughlin, C. (2017) Skills, immigration and institutions: A comparative analysis of Australia and Denmark 29th Annual SASE Conference Lyon Lyon, France, [Details]
McLaughlin, C., Deakin, S. and Chai, D. (2017) The impact of stock market listing on gender equality 31st AIRAANZ Conference [Details]
Bridgman, T, Cummings, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2015) The case method as invented tradition: Revisiting Harvard's history to reorient management education Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management Vancouver, , 07-AUG-15 - 11-AUG-15 [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Wright, C. F. (2015) Is There Hope for Social Solidarity and Income Equality in Liberal Market Economies? an Analysis of Labour Market Divergence in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) London School of Economics, , 02-JUL-15 - 04-JUL-15 [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Wright, C. (2014) Politics, ideology and non-market coordination in liberal market economies Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) Dublin, , 10-SEP-14 - 12-SEP-14 [Details]
Chai, D., Deakin, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2014) Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility Irish Academy of Management Limerick, , 04-SEP-14 - 05-SEP-14 [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Bridgman, T. (2013) Apple and The Human Costs of Production Academy of Management Orlando, Florida, , 09-AUG-13 - 13-AUG-13 [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Bridgman, T. (2013) An industrial relations dispute through the lens of identity: The case of The Hobbit 27th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference Freemantle, , 06-FEB-13 - 08-FEB-13 [Details]
McLaughlin, C. and Deakin, S. (2013) Equal pay, litigation and reflexive regulation: The case of the UK local authority sector 10th European Conference of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) University of Amsterdam, , 20-JUN-13 - 22-JUN-13 [Details]
Bridgman T. and McLaughlin, C. (2012) The battle for 'middle-earth': A quest for national identity in an industrial dispute Academy of Management Boston, , 03-AUG-12 - 07-AUG-12 [Details]
Bridgman, T. and McLaughlin, C.; (2011) Case Study: 'The Battle for Middle Earth: New Zealand's Bid to Save The Hobbit' Academy of Management San Antonio Texas, , 11-AUG-11 - 15-AUG-11 [Details]

Book Reviews

Bridgman, T., Cummings, S. and McLaughlin, C. (2018) The Golden Passport: Harvard Business Sschool, The Limits of Capitalism and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite, by Duff MCDonald. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2017. Book Reviews Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Reflexive governance, CSR and Employment Relations
  • Comparative employment relations focusing on:
      - European and small economies
      - Industry and enterprise-led training and supportive institutional frameworks
      - Social pacts and varieties of capitalism
  •  Employment rights at work focusing on:
      - Gender inequality and equal pay
      - Labour market protections and low-paid work





External Collaborators

Colm McLaughlin is a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and collaborated with Professor Simon Deakin on the ESRC funded 'Addressing Gender Inequality through Corporate Governance' project.

He is currently working on case studies (writing cases and the history of the Harvard Case study method) in collaboration with Dr Todd Bridgman and Professor Stephen Cummings of the Victoria University School of Management in Wellington, New Zealand.
He also collaborates with Dr Chris F. Wright at the University of Sydney Business School on comparative industrial relations. Two current projects are: 'Industrial relations in liberal market economies' and 'Skills, immigration and institutions'.

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