Dublin offers the perfect vantage point to evaluate this shifting landscape of HRM. As a result of its status as an island and open economy, Ireland’s socio-economic development has been markedly uneven and punctuated. Ireland suffered some of the severest consequences of the global economic recession, but has recovered more quickly and strongly than its peers earning Ireland the title ‘Celtic Phoenix’ (Economist, 2015). Ireland is considered by many as the most globalised country in the world owing to the significance of foreign direct investment (FDI) there. Indeed, cumulative inflows of US FDI to Ireland in the first decade of the current century amounted to some US$121 billion. This was four times greater than US inflows to China, 7.5 times larger than to India and six time larger than to Brazil in the same period (Quinlan, 2011). Ireland has long placed talent at the forefront of its economic policy, serving as a catalyst to attract global MNCs. Yet this focus has also placed Ireland at the centre of legal and public policy debates around the taxation of MNEs and the use and transfer of personal and other data amongst other key contemporary issues. Hence, Ireland, and Dublin as home to many such firms, offers a unique vantage point to consider the changing landscape of HRM.
DCU St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra is conveniently located 15 minutes from Dublin’s City centre and on a number of public transport routes.
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