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Prof. David Collings

Expert in Talent Management & Future of Work, Named in HR Most Influential Thinker List 5 times

why book david?

  • Ranked in the top 2% globally in business and management, his work has been cited over 15,000 times, emphasising his significant impact in academia
  • Named one of the most influential HR thinkers 5 times by HR Magazine, highlighting his thought leadership in the field of human resources
  • With 2 decades of experience, David’s research and consulting focus on sustainable work, talent management, global mobility, and the future of work
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David Collings (PhD) holds the Chair of Sustainable Business at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. He is also a Fellow at the Centre for International Human Resource Studies at Penn State University. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Sheffield, Dublin City University and, the University of Galway and visiting appointments at King’s College London, Nanyang Business School, Singapore, Simon Fraser University and Cornell University as a Fulbright Research Scholar. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

For two decades he has researched and consulted in the areas of sustainable work, talent management and global mobility. A particular focus of his recent work is the future of work and sustainable performance.

He is ranked in the top 2% of scholars in business and management globally based on citations and his work has been cited over 15,000 times (h-index 53). He has been named as one of the most influential thinkers in the field of HR by HR Magazine on five occasions, most recently in 2021.

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David’s consulting and speaking engagements include Abbott, Airinc, AWS, Bank of Ireland, Danish Confederation of Industry, EADS Airbus, Enterprise Ireland, GE, KPMG, Invest Northern Ireland, Medtronic, Mercer, Novartis, Stryker, and Zurich Insurances

He has published numerous papers in leading international outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. He has also published in leading applied outlets such as Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He has edited 12 books, including The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management with Wayne Cascio and Kamel Mellahi.


Towards Sustainable HRM

Despite the obvious potential role which HR could play in delivering on organisations’ sustainability journey, the evidence suggest that most HR functions fall short in this regard. I highlight the risk of short term priorities in detracting from the sustainability agenda and the importance of purpose and values in aligning leader and employee behaviours and decisions with organisations sustainability. 


In this session we will explore

  • Why short term priorities often dominate HR decisions
  • How these short term priorities can be detrimental to long term sustainability
  • The role of purpose and values in delivering more sustainable HRM

The Future of Employee Wellbeing

Ensuring employee wellbeing is an ongoing challenge for organisations. I argue a key challenge is that organisations are overly focused on managing the symptoms rather than the causes of employee ill health. To truly address wellbeing issues organisations need to transform their culture and ensure senior leadership buy in and support. In this session I provide insights into how organisations can create such a climate and the KPIs that could be used to track progress.


In this session we will explore

  • How to define employee health and wellbeing
  • Consider the limitations of current approaches to managing wellbeing
  • Highlight the leadership and cultural changes required to shift the focus from managing symptoms to addressing causes of employee ill health
  • Identify the KPIs that can measure and track progress

Enabling the Workforce of the Future

Despite considerable hype around the changing nature of work, there is little evidence on how organisations can effectively plan for the changing nature of work. Based on extensive research and consulting this session will provide actionable insights into how you can enable your workforce for the future.


This session will provide you with the tools to understand

  • What roles are critical to the ongoing success of your organisation
  • The role of scenario planning in understanding what your future talent requirements are likely to be
  • How to create talent pipeline to meet future talent needs
  • How to ensure your HR practices support building, borrowing and buying this talent

Towards Skills-first HR

Given the pace of change of skills which characterise the current business environment, there is increasing recognition that traditional approaches to HR may no longer be fit for purpose. Based on extensive research evidence this session will introduce the area of skills-first HR and help you understand how you could introduce a skills-first approach to your organisation.


This session will provide you with

  • An understanding of what skills-first approach to HR is
  • The building blocks of skills-first HR
  • The key enabling factors require to implement skills-first HR
  • Concrete examples of skills-first in practice

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