The Applied Research Conference (ARC) is an annual meeting place for academic researchers and practitioners working in people management, employment policy and related fields. It holds a unique place in bringing together these two communities to hear about cutting edge research in HR and discuss how it can be applied in practice.  

ARC is an interdisciplinary conference that covers a wide range of aspects of people management, employment, learning and development and organisational development. In all research papers presented, we set out to discuss the practical application of insights to organisational life and labour markets.

ARC 2020 was hosted by the Dublin City University Business School, 22-23 January. 

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The 2020 conference papers and submissions are available to download below. We hope you find them interesting.


Shaping Positive Work Experiences: workplace relationships in disruptive times


Dr Ann Parkinson, Henley Business School
Dr Andrew Hollowood, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Anne Frampton, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Managerial trust within employee information and consultation fora


Nadia Kougiannou, Nottingham Trent university

Adrian Wilkinson, Griffin University

Tonly Dundon, University of Limerick

Welcome to the 21st century: informing HR decision-making about workplace mediation


Dr Treasa Kenny, Maynooth University

‘Women in…’: Do internal and external women’s networks contribute to equality in engineering?


Dr Vanda Papafilippou
Senior Lecturer in HRM, UWE Bristol

Don’t shoot the messenger: The enigmatic impact of conveying bad news during redundancy situations and how to limit the impact


Dr. Madeleine Petzer
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Avoiding unintended consequences of diversity initiatives: the importance of dimensionality


Dr Zara Whysall
Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Recruitment and workforce development challenges in low-status sectors with high labour demand – childcare work


Dr Aleksandra Webb and Professor Ronald McQuaid,
University of Stirling

Conference submissions

This conference proceedings contains the accepted submissions for the ARC 2020 research posters and papers. The papers are grouped into 15 thematic streams and are presented in the order in which they appear in the programme.

2020 Conference submissions
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