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Business and Economic History

What can we learn from the experience of enterprises and economies of the past that will guide us today? Does history rhyme or does it repeat? Are the present business conditions and environments inevitable outcomes of historical factors or are they breaks with the past – is this time truly different?

People who work in this area: 

      • Prof Frank Barry, Prof James Quinn, Prof Gerard McHugh

Some representative Publications:

      • Frank Barry, 2014 "Diversifying External Linkages: the Exercise of Irish Economic Sovereignty in Long-Term Perspective", Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 30, (2), , p208-222 
      • “Barry, F and M Ó Fathartaigh 2015   The Industrial Development Authority, 1949–58: establishment, evolution and expansion of influence”, Irish Historical Studies, 39 (155), 460 – 478,
      • Barry, F, Honohan, P and T McIndoe-Calder 2014  “Lost Decades: Postcolonial Ireland and Zimbabwe”, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 25, 239-257
      • Jim Quinn, 2015  Re-introducing evolutionary theory to business history: making sense of today's structure, Business History, 57, (7), 2015, p655-663

Entrepreneurship and Work

What is the future of work? Will the phenomenon of freelancing continue or is it a function of the recent crises? What sort of characteristics aid and what hinder start-ups? To what extent can profit and not-for-profit organizations learn from each other? What are the challenges of managing and leveraging international and specialist workers ?  How do we foster entrepreneurship at organizational, local, regional and national level?

People who work in this area:

      • Prof Andrew Burke, Prof Mary Keating, Prof Andre van Stel, Prof Denise Crossan, Prof Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Prof Majella Giblin

Some representative publications:

      • Burke, A.E., van Stel, A., Hartog, C. and Ichou, A., 2014  What determines the level of informal venture finance investment? Market clearing forces and gender effects, Small Business Economics, 42, , p467 - 484
      • Burke. A.E. and van Stel, A.J., 2014 Entry and Exit in Disequilibrium, Journal of Business Venturing, 29, (1), , p174 - 192,
      • Giblin, M  and P Ryan,  2012 Tight Clusters or Loose Networks? The Critical Role of Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Cluster Creation, Regional Studies, 46, (2), , p245 - 258,
      • McDermott, A., FitzGerald L., Van Gestell, N and Keating M.A., 2015 From Bipartite to Tripartite Devolved HRM in Professional Human Resource Management Service Contexts: Evidence from Hospitals in Three Countries, Human Resource Management,  forthcoming
      • Khadir-Poggi Y. & Keating M.A., 2016  Intellectual capital, knowledge management , knowledge economies and innovation: the case of small asset management firms in Ireland, International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, forthcoming
      • Crossan, D., Ibbotson, P., & Bell, JD. 2011 Social Entrepreneurs: the Hologram Effect, the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 18, (4), p655 - 672,
      • Rhodes, ML and G Donnelly-Cox, 2014 Hybridity and Social Entrepreneurship in Social Housing in Ireland, Voluntas, 2014, p1-18.

International Business

How does doing business differ when we look across borders? Can firms be “born global” or must they become global? How would we measure multinationality in corporations? How can firms take advantage, or even create new markets?

People who work in this area:

      • Prof Louis Brennan, Prof Jenny Berrill, Prof Laurent Muzellec, Prof Sinead Roden, Prof Frank Barry

Some representative publications:

      • Berrill, J. 2015 ‘Are the world’s largest firms regional or global?’, Thunderbird International Business Review, 57(2): 87-101.
      • Mullen, C and J Berrill 2015 Minority nationals: an empirical analysis of the concentration of geographic sales expansion in MNCs Multinational Business Review 23:4 
      • Lawson, B., D. Samson, and S. Roden. 2012. "Appropriating the Value from Innovation: Inimitability and the Effectiveness of Isolating Mechanisms." R and D Management 42 (5): 420-434. 
      • Brennan, L and P Murray, 2015 Drivers of Regionalism and Integration in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, UK, Routledge, 2015, 1 - 432pp,
      • Brennan, L., K. Fedrows, J. Godsell, R. Golini, R. Keegan, S. Kinkel, J. Srai and M. Talyor ,  2015 Manufacturing in the World - Where Next, International Journal of Operations and Production Management , 35, (9), , p1253 - 1274,
      • Barry, F and A Bergin  Inward Investment and Irish Exports over the Recession and Beyond," 2012 World Economy, 35, 10, 1291-1304, October,
      • Barry, F and R Healy-Rea 2010 “FDI Implications of Recent European Court of Justice Decisions on Corporation Tax Matters”, European Business Organization Law Review, 11, 1, 125-146. 

International Finance and Accounting

What is financial contagion and how does it spread? Does investing in multinational firms convey more advantages than investing across national indices? To what extent does financial integration represent a one-way process? What is the relationship between corporate statements and financial reality? What role do alternative investments have in financial planning?

People who work in this area:

      • Prof Brian Lucey, Prof Ranadeva Jayaskera, Prof Aleksandr Sevic, Prof Martha Luff, Prof Jenny Berrill , Prof Neil Dunne

Some representative publications:

      • Dissanaike, G., J. Faasse, and R. Jayasekera. 2014. "What do Equity Issuances Signal? A Study of Equity Issuances in the UK before and during the Financial Crisis." Journal of International Money and Finance 49 (PB): 358-385.
      • O'Hagan-Luff, M and Berrill, J2015 , Why Stay-at-Home Investing Makes Sense, International Review of Financial Analysis, 38, , p1 - 14,
      • Hutson, E. and E. Laing. 2014. "Foreign Exchange Exposure and Multinationality." Journal of Banking and Finance 43 (1): 97-113
      • Šević, A. and D. Brawn. 2015. "Do Demographic Changes Matter? A Cross-Country Perspective." Journal of Multinational Financial Management 30: 36-61..
      • Goldstein, M, Goyal, A, Lucey, B and C Muckley 2015 “The global preference for dividends in declining markets”, The Financial Review, 2015 (in press)
      • O’Connor, F., Lucey,  and Baur., D 2016 “Do Gold Prices Cause Production Costs? Evidence from Country and Company Data” Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (forthcoming)


Manufacturing, Innovation and Systems

How can we configure manufacturing and service systems to best serve complex societal needs? What is and what is not innovation and how can we foster a climate supportive of it? To what extend can we treat non-profit organizations as network systems? What are the boundaries of firms and organizations when we see them as networks?

    • People:
      • Prof Paul Coughlan , Prof Louis Brennan, Prof Sinead Roden, Prof Andrew Burke, Prof Denise Crossan, Prof Gemma Donnelly Cox, Prof Sarah-Jane Cullinane, Prof Mary Lee Rhodes

Some representative publications:

      • Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Coughlan P., 2015  The optimization of water distribution networks for combined hydropower energy recovery and leakage reduction, Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, forthcoming
      • Corcoran, L, Coughlan, P, McNabola, A, 2013  Energy recovery potential using micro hydropower in water supply networks in the UK and Ireland, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply , 13, (2) , p552 - 560,
      • Meek, J. and Rhodes, ML,  2014 Decision making in complex public service systems: Features and dynamics, Emergence: Complexity & Organization , 16, (1), , p24 - 41
      • Bosak, J., Coetsee, W. J., & Cullinane, S. J. , 2013  Safety Climate Dimensions as Predictors for Risk Behavior, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 55, , p256 - 264, 
      • Burke, A.E. and Hussels, S., 2013 How Competition Strengthens Start-ups, Harvard Business Review, (March)

Marketing and Consumers

What do consumers want or do they know? Where does marketing management responsibility end and consumer responsibility begin? How can we best use digital means to connect with diverse consumer populations?

People who work in this area:

Prof Laurent Muzellec, Prof Norah Campbell, Prof Mairead Brady, Prof Sarah Browne

Some representative publications:

      • Campbell, Norah, Cormac Deane and Padraig Murphy "Advertising Nanotechnology: Imagining the Invisible" 2015  Science, Technology and Human Values. 40, 965-997
      • Moran, G. and L. Muzellec "EWOM Credibility on Social Networking Sites: A Framework." 2014 Journal of Marketing Communications. Forthcoming
      • Moran, G., L. Muzellec, and E. Nolan. 2014. "Consumer Moments of Truth in the Digital Context: How "Search" and "E-Word of Mouth" can Fuel Consumer Decision Making." Journal of Advertising Research 54 (2): 200-204.
      • Claffey E., and Brady, M., 2015. A Model of Consumer Engagement in a Virtual Customer Environment, , Journal of Consumer Behaviour , p1 - 25, 
      • Campbell, N 2013 Signs and Semiotics of Advertising in, Jonathan Schroeder, Sam Warren and Emma Bell , The Routledge Companion to Visual Organisation , London, Routledge, , pp258 - 279,
      • Campbell, N , O'Driscoll, A., and Saren, M. 2013 Reconceptualising Resources: A Critique of Service Dominant Logic, Journal of Macromarketing , 33, (4), p306 - 321


People and Organisations

How do companies optimally configure themselves? What is the role of justice and learning within organizations?  How can organisations create and promote healthy and enjoyable working environments for employees? How can managers encourage proactive behaviour within their teams?

People who work in this area:

Prof Martin Fellenz, Prof Mary Keating, Prof Sarah-Jane Cullinane, Prof Joe McDonagh

Some representative publications:

      • Freeney, Y.M., & Fellenz, M.R. 2013, Work engagement, job design and the role of the social context at work: Exploring antecedents from a relational perspective , Human Relations, 66, (11), p1427 - 1445,
      • Cullinane, S. J., Bosak, J. Flood, P. & Demerouti, E. , 2014 The Impact of Job Design under Lean Manufacturing on the Quality of Working-Life: a Job Demands and Resources Perspective. , International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25, (21), p2996-3015 
      • Freeney, Y., & Fellenz, M.R., 2013  Work engagement as a key driver of quality of care: A study with midwives, Journal of Health Organization and Management, 27, (3), p330 - 349, 
      • McDermott A and Keating M.A., 2013  Managing people to manage care: From patient to people centredness , Journal of Health Organisation Management, 27, (3),


Strategy and Change

What is business strategy? How does it evolve under change and how does it drive change? To what extent can we see a linkage between organisational and strategic change pressures? Is there an optimal strategy or is it contingent? What is the role of supply chains in formulating and fostering business strategy?

People who work in this area:

Prof Joe McDonagh, Prof Jim Quinn, Prof Padraic Regan, Prof Louis Brennan, Prof Sinead Roden

Some representative publications:

      • McDonagh, J 2015  The Evolving Role of the Chief Information Officer in, editor(s)Wadhwa, M. & Harper, A. Technology, Innovation, and Enterprise Transformation, Hershey, PA, IGI Global, 2015, pp207 - 232,
      • Regan, P 2012, Keeping your Fleet on the Ground: European Airports in Transition, Journal of Airport Management, 6, (3), 2012, p243 - 249, 
      • Yalabik, B., M. Howard, and S. Roden. 2012. "The Innovation Game: Lessons in Strategy and Managing Operations." International Journal of Operations and Production Management 32 (12): 1441-1459.