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Mr Martin Dowling

Mr Martin Dowling

BSc (Hons), PgDip Ed Tech, MA, Chartered FCIPD, FHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

Director of Operations

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 1970

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN5481 Masterclasses in Human Resource Management


Martin Dowling joined the School of Management in January 2006 as Director of Postgraduate Programmes, a post he retained until in April 2011 when he was appointed to the position of Director of Operations for the School. His contribution to teaching in the School saw Martin appointed to the role of Senior Teaching Fellow in June 2009. Since 2010, he has been coordinating the School's Executive Education portfolio and from 2012 to 2017 he was Director of Teaching in the School.

Martin was formerly Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Dundee Business School, University of Abertay Dundee. He was also Programme Tutor for the Dundee Business School's postgraduate programmes and prior to this he was Division Leader for the academic subjects of HRM, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

His career in higher education has involved him in academic management and leadership, postgraduate course development and management, quality assurance systems, teaching, research and consultancy. He is a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). He is a member of the CIPD's Chairs' Group of the Educational Quality Management Panel. He has held the positions of Chair and Vice Chair of the Mid Scotland Branch of the CIPD and is currently a member of the Branch Committee. In July 2012 he was presented with the "Award of Distinction" by the CIPD in recognition of his voluntary work for the Institute over many years. He has been a Visiting Professor at a number of overseas institutions and has wide experience as an external examiner and as a member of programme approval panels within the UK higher education system.

His teaching interests include human resource management, industrial relations and management development. He has worked closely with colleagues in several universities on a number of HR-related research projects and published in both academic and professional journals. His current research interests are in the areas of organisational change and HR strategy, partnership working in organisations, and the concepts of skill and competence within management development initiatives. He has undertaken research projects for a number of local and national organisations. Recent projects have concerned: staff attitudes and perceptions in the health and local government sectors; future skill development and partnership working among European employers and trade unions; and, attitudes to leadership among public sector managers.

Research specialisms

Organisational change and HR strategy, partnership working in organisations and skill development.

Selected publications

Webb, S. and Dowling, M. (2015) "The Organising and Artistic Demands of Orchestral Performances" in Beech, N. and Gilmore, C. Organising Music: Theory, Practice, Performance, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Fearfull, A. and Dowling, M. (2011) "Skills in the 21st Century Organisation: The Career of a Notion" in Townsend, K. and Wilkinson, A., (2011) The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Future of Work and Employment Relations, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.

Hotho, S. and Dowling, M. (2010) "Revisiting leadership development: the participant perspective", Leadership and Organisation Development Journal Vol 31, No 7.

Dowling, M. and Henderson, I. (2009) "Managing Personal Competencies", MBA Module, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

Dowling, M., Beech, N., Donnelly, M. and Littler, C. (eds) (2007) Spanning Two Towers: The Interplay of Knowledge and Practice in HRM. University of St Andrews.

Dowling, M. and Hesketh, A. (2007) 'Developing Managerial Competencies Among Health Care Professionals' in Dowling, M. (et al) (eds) Spanning Two Towers: The Interplay of Knowledge and Practice in HRM. University of St Andrews Press.