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Professor Paul Coughlan
Professor in Operations Mgmt, Trinity Business School

Biography

Paul Coughlan is Professor in Operations Management and Director of Accreditation & Quality Assurance at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. Following an early career in engineering management he became a university lecturer and then a full-time doctoral student at the Business School of the University of Western Ontario (now the Ivey School). On graduation, he joined the faculty of the London Business School. From LBS he moved to join Trinity's (then) School of Business and has developed his research and teaching in operations management and new product development. At Trinity, in addition to his research and teaching he has held senior School and College administrative positions, including MBA Director, Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning, Director of Research and Course Co-Director at the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy. Outside of Trinity College, he was President of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) from 2003-09. His research in product development and continuous improvement has encompassed an innovative action research dimension involving companies engaged in action learning. This work has led to continuing methodology development and to specialised doctoral training in action research and learning through the EIASM doctoral network.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Cristina Garcia-Palao, Maria J. Oltra-Mestre & Paul Coughlan, Improving teamworking competence through action learning. Experiences in operations management education, Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

David Coghlan, Paul Coughlan, Abraham B. (Rami) Shani , Exploring Doctorateness in Insider Action Research, International Journal of Action Research, 15, (1), 2019, p47 - 61 Journal Article, 2019

Ana de Almeida Kumlien, Paul Coughlan, Aonghus McNabola, Prysor Williams, Demonstrating learning in action in the water and energy sector, Continuous Innovation Network Conference 2018, Dublin, Ireland, September 09-11 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Clare Rigg, David Coghlan, Paul Coughlan, Denise O'Leary, Action Learning in Networks, Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities 2018, Liverpool, UK, April 26-27 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

David Coghlan and Paul Coughlan, Yes We Can: Towards Assurance of Learning by Scholarly Academics through a Praxeology of the Scholarship of Teaching, Action Learning: Research And Practice, 15, (3), 2018, p210 - 223 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Mehmet Donmez Paul Coughlan, Marie Koulikoff-Souviron, Mirroring hypothesis in black-box governance: the interface between product and inter-organizational integration, Innovation & Product Development Management Conference 2018, Porto, Portugal, June 10-13 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Aida Idris, Denise See and Paul Coughlan, Employee empowerment and job satisfaction in urban Malaysia: connecting the dots with context and organizational change management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 31, (3), 2018, p697 - 711 Journal Article, 2018

Paul Coughlan, Vincent Hargaden, David Coghlan, Aida Idris and Pär Åhlström, The role of OM EDEN in building the EurOMA community, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 38, (8), 2018, p1664 - 1682 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Gallagher J, Coughlan P, Williams AP, McNabola A., Innovating for low‐carbon energy through hydropower: Enabling a conservation charity's transition to a low‐carbon community, Creativity & Innovation Management, 27, 2018, p375 - 386 Journal Article, 2018

Vincent Hargaden, Paul Coughlan, Olga Murdoch, Developing Lean and Agile Service Operations Processes in a University Environment, European Operations Management Association Conference 2018, Budapest, Hungary, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Vanajah Siva, Paul Coughlan, Aonghus McNabola, Knowledge integration strategies within a smart specialization cluster: enabling sustainability in the water-energy nexus, European Operations Management Association Conference 2018, Budapest, Hungary, June 24-26 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Clare Rigg, Paul Coughlan, Denise O'Leary, David Coghlan, Organising for innovation - learning to collaborate across knowledge boundaries, EGOS 2018 , Tallinn, Estonia, July 5-7, 2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Daryl Powell, Paul Coughlan, Network Action Learning for Lean Supply Chain Development - Revisiting the Phenomenon of Kyoryokukai, European Operations Management Association Conference 2018, Budapest, Hungary, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Coughlan, P., Gallagher, J., Siva, V., Coghlan, D., McNabola, A., Developing integrated low-carbon and smart energy innovations in water and energy: creating a smart specialisation cluster, 24th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, Reykjavic Iceland, 11-13 June, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Coughlan, P., Predicting and quantifying the effect of variations in long-term water demand on micro-hydropower energy recovery in water supply networks, Urban Water, 14, (7), 2017, p676 - 684 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Vincent Hargaden, Olga Murdoch, Paul Coughlan, , Implementing lean in higher education service operations through action learning research. , 24th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Edinburgh, 02-05 July 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Siva, V., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A., Building collaboration within a smart specialisation cluster through action learning, 4th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, Milan, Italy, 27-28 February, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , Micro-Hydropower Energy Recovery at Waste Water Treatment Plants: Turbine Selection and Optimisation, Journal of Energy Engineering, 143, (1), 2017, p1-7 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Denise O'Leary, Paul Coughlan, Clare Rigg, and David Coghlan, Turning to case studies as a mechanism for learning in action learning, Action Learning: Research And Practice, 14, (1), 2017, p3 - 17 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Paul Coughlan, John Gallagher, David Styles, Aonghus McNabola,, Eco-Design For Energy Recovery Through Hydropower: Achieving A "Double Low-Carbon" Outcome In A Circular Economy., 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, June 12-14, , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

PaulCoughlan, Brian Fynes, Richard Keegan, Ann Ledwith, Improving lean capabilities: awareness and achievement, European Operations Management Association 23rd Annual Conference,, Trondheim, Norway, June 17- 22 , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Brady, J., Gallagher, J., Corcoran, L., Coughlan P., McNabola, A., Effects of Long-term Flow Variation on Micro-Hydropower Energy Production in Pressure Reducing Valves in Water Distribution Networks., Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, 2016, p1-9 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , A Parametric Experimental Investigation of the Operating Conditions of Gravitational Vortex Hydropower, Journal of Clean Energy Technologies, 4, (2), 2016, p112 - 119 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Action Research in, editor(s)Christer Karlsson , Research Methods for Operations Management, Abingdon OXON, Routledge, 2016, pp233 - 267, [Paul Coughlan, David Coghlan] Book Chapter, 2016

Denise O'Leary, PaulCoughlan, Clare Rigg, David Coghlan, Turning to case studies as a mechanism for learning and evaluation in action learning. , 5th International Conference-Action Learning: Research and Practice, , Ashridge Business School, UK,, 21 - 23 March , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Paul Coughlan, Vincent Hargaden, David Coghlan, Pär Åhlström, Aida Idris. , Tracking the Academic Gene: Impacting the development of doctoral researchers in OM, European Operations Management Association 23rd Annual Conference,, Trondheim, Norway, , June 17- 22, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Paul Coughlan, Domien Draaijer, Janet Godsell and Harry Boer, Operations and supply chain management - the role of academics and practitioners in the development of research and practice, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 36, (12), 2016, p1673 - 1695 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Supporting sustainability through developing a learning network among traditional food producers: applications of action learning in, editor(s)Raffaella Cagliano, Federico F.A. Caniato, Christopher G. Worley , Organizing Supply Chain Processes for Sustainable Innovation in the Agri-Food Industry, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group, 2016, pp59 - 81, [Paul Coughlan, David Coghlan, Denise O'Leary, Clare Rigg and Doireann Barrett] Book Chapter, 2016 DOI

Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Coughlan P., The optimization of water distribution networks for combined hydropower energy recovery and leakage reduction, Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, 2015, p1-8 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

PaulCoughlan, Brian Fynes, Richard Keegan, Ann Ledwith, Implementing lean through a tiered response: the Lean Business Offer, European Operations Management Association 22nd Annual Conference, Neuchâtel, Switzerland,, June 26- July 01, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 35 , 9, (2015), 1231 - 1362p, Brian Fynes , Paul Coughlan, [eds.] Journal, 2015

Corcoran, L., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A., Innovation and the Water Industry: Case studies of innovation, education and collaboration, TCD Journal of Postgraduate Research, 12, 2014, p8 - 23 Journal Article, 2014 URL

McNabola, A., Coughlan, P., Williams. A.P., Energy Recovery in the Water Industry: An Assessment of the Potential of Micro Hydropower, Water and Environment Journal, 28, 2014, p294 - 304 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

McNabola, A & Coughlan, P., Exploiting the Thesis Research: Educating Engineering PhD Students to Think and to Act Entrepreneurially, SEFI: 42nd Annual European Engineering Education Conference, Birmingham, UK, 15th-19th September, 2014, pp1-8 Conference Paper, 2014

Paul Coughlan, David Coghlan, Denise O'Leary, Clare Rigg, , Facilitating collaborative process improvement through network action learning. , European Operations Management Association 21st Annual Conference,, Palermo, Sicily,, June 20-25 , 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , Development of an evaluation method for hydropower energy recovery in wastewater treatment plants: Case studies in Ireland and the UK, Sustainable Energy Technologies & Assessments, 7, 2014, p166 - 177 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Katrin Dreyer- Gibney, PaulCoughlan, Changing emphases in serial New Service Development - the role of learning mechanisms., European Operations Management Association 21st Annual Conference,, Palermo, Sicily, June 20-25 , 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

McNabola, A., Coughlan, P., Corcoran, L., Power, C., Williams. A.P., Harris, I., Gallagher, J., Styles D., Energy Recovery in the Water Industry using Micro-hydropower: An Opportunity to Improve Sustainability, Water Policy, 16, 2014, p168 - 183 Journal Article, 2014

McNabola, A., Coughlan, P.,, Educating Engineering PhDs to be Innovative and Entrepreneurial: A Cross-disciplinary initiative. , SEFI 42nd Annual Conference,, University of Birmingham, UK, 15-20 September , 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Operations Management in, editor(s)D Coghlan & M. Brydon-Miller , The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research, London, Sage, 2014, pp572 - 573, [Paul Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2014 DOI

La collaborative research tra limiti e confini. Intuizioni sull'action research da un progetto di CO-IMPROVE in, editor(s)[A.B. (Rami) Shani, M. Guerci & S. Cirella] , Collaborative Management Research: Teoria, Metodi, Esperienze , Milan, Rafaello Cortina, 2014, pp213 - 234, [D. Coghlan & P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2014

New Product Development in, editor(s)D Coghlan & M. Brydon-Miller , The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research, London, Sage, 2014, pp552 - 554, [Paul Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2014 DOI

McNabola, A., Brady, J., Williams, A.P., Coughlan, P., Improving Energy Efficiency in Water Infrastructure using Micro-hydropower Energy Recovery: Opportunities & Challenges, 2nd International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics, Aberdeen, UK, 19-21st August, edited by H, Tan , 2014, pp1-8 Conference Paper, 2014 URL

Patricia Maher & Paul Coughlan, , Affordance and total product design., 21st International Product Development Management Conference, , University of Limerick, Ireland, June 15-17, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Daniel Rogers & Paul Coughlan, Digital video as a pedagogical resource in doctoral education , International Journal of Research and Method in Education , 36, (3), 2013, p295 - 308 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Coughlan P, Styles D, Gallagher J, Williams A.P, McNabola A., Operations improvement through energy recovery in water supply and treatment: assessing the potential for improved environmental sustainability, 20th EurOMA Conference, Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery, Dublin, Ireland, 7th-12th June, edited by B. Fynes & P. Coughlan , 2013, pp121 - 121 Conference Paper, 2013

Corcoran, Lucy, Coughlan, Paul, McNabola, Aonghus, Energy recovery potential using micro hydropower in water supply networks in the UK and Ireland, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply , 13, (2), 2013, p552 - 560 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

McNabola, A., Coughlan P., Educating Engineering PhDs to be Innovative and Entrepreneurial: A Cross-disciplinary initiative, SEFI Annual Conference: Engineering Education Fast Forward , Leuven, Belgium, September 16-20, edited by Froyen, L. & Van Petegem, W. , 2013, pp174 - 174 Conference Paper, 2013

Maria J. Oltra, M. Luisa Flor & Paul Coughlan, Design Of An Information E-Service From An Operations Management Perspective, 20th EurOMA Conference, Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery, Dublin, Ireland, June 07-12, edited by B. Fynes & P. Coughlan , 2013, pp112 - 112 Conference Paper, 2013

Playschool for postgrads: faciliting creativity and innovation in doctoral education using digital resources in, The Digital Learning Revolution in Ireland: Case studies in practice from NDLR, Cambridge Scholars Press , 2013, pp165 - 179, [Daniel Rogers, Paul Coughlan, Ruth Kearney] Book Chapter, 2013

Dreyer-Gibney, Katrin & Coughlan, Paul, New Service Development As A Complex Adaptive System: Extending the Concept to the Publicly Funded University, 20th EurOMA Conference, Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery, Dublin, Ireland, June 07 -12 , edited by B. Fynes & P. Coughlan , 2013, pp90 - 90 Conference Paper, 2013

Brian Fynes & Paul Coughlan(ed.), 20th EurOMA Conference: Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery, TCD and UCD, Dublin, June 07-12 2013, UCD & TCD Schools of Business, 2013, 179 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2013

Patricia Maher & Paul Coughlan, Design for integrity: a relational design challenge, 20th International Product Development Management Conference, Paris, France, June 24-25, edited by Albert David & Pascal Le Masson , EIASM, 2013, pp173 - 174 Conference Paper, 2013

Power, C., McNabola, A. & Coughlan, P., The applicability of hydropower technology in wastewater treatment plants, International Water Association: World Congress on Water, Climate & Energy, Dublin, Ireland, May 13-18 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McNabola, A., Coughlan, P., Corcoran, L., Power C., Williams, A.P., Harris, I.M., Taylor R., Packwood, A., Energy Recovery in the Water & Waste Water Industry using Micro-Hydropower: A Review, IASTED International Conference on Power and Energy Systems, Naples, Italy, June 25-27 2012, edited by J.P.S Catalao , 2012, pp40 - 46 Conference Paper, 2012

Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., & Coughlan P., Energy Recovery Potential of the Dublin Region Water Supply Network, International Water Association: World Congress on Water, Dublin, Ireland, May 13-18, 2012, pp1 - 8 Conference Paper, 2012

Paul Coughlan, Case Teaching and Learning in Action, 4th World P&OM annex 19th International EurOMA Annual, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 01-05 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Patricia Maher, Paul Coughlan, Product integrity: transformational design for aesthetics , 19th International Product Development Management Conference, Manchester, UK, June 18-19 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Mehmet Donmez, Paul Coughlan, Marie Koulikoff-Souviron, Supplier integration and NPD in different development contexts: into the abyss, 19th International Product Development Management Conference, Manchester, U.K., June 19-19 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Dreyer-Gibney, Katrin & Coughlan, Paul, New service development in the university sector:, 4th World P&OM annex 19th International EurOMA Annual, Amsterdam, July 01-05 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Corcoran, L., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A., Energy Recovery Potential within Water Supply Networks of Ireland using Micro-Hydropower Turbines: Analysis of Case Studies, The 9th International Symposium on Water Supply Technology, Yokohama, Japan, November 20-22 2012, 2012, pp1 - 7 Conference Paper, 2012

Gespardi's dilemma: Building collaborative relationships in the extended manufacturing enterprise in, editor(s)D.D. Warrick & J. Mueller , Lessons in Leading Change, Oxford, UK, RossiSmith, 2012, pp203 - 209, [D. Coghlan & P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2012

Mehmet Donmez, Marie Koulikoff-Souviron, Paul Coughlan , The influence of supplier integration on the performance of new product development: a critical review, 4th World P&OM annex 19th International EurOMA Annual, Amsterdam, July 01-05 2102, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Mark Whelan, Paul Coughlan, Role of the principal investigator in the process of commercialising applied research from Irish universities , 18th International Product Development Management Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, June 5-7, 2011, edited by Erik Jan Hultink , 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Monica's mandate: Going for lead plant status in, editor(s)D.D. Warrick & J. Mueller , Lessons in Leadership: Learning from Real World Cases, Oxford, UK, RossiSmith, 2011, pp181 - 187, [P. Coughlan & D. Coghlan] Book Chapter, 2011

Paul Coughlan & David Coghlan, Collaborative Strategic Improvement through Network Action Learning: The Path to Sustainability, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2011, 201pp Book, 2011

Paul Coughlan, Brian Fynes, Frank Wiengarten, Bastian Fränken , Process Capability - towards an empirical basis for support of lean operations, 18th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Cambridge, UK, July 04-05 2011, edited by Dr Jag Srai & Dr Matthias Holweg , 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

David Coghlan & Paul Coughlan, Transforming networks through network action learning, OD Practitioner, 43, (2), 2011, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2011

Through the Garden of EDEN in, editor(s)Pär Åhlström , Executives and Technology: Essays in Honour of Christer Karlsson, Brussels, EIASM, 2011, pp127 - 141, [Paul Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2011

McNabola, A., Williams. A.P., Coughlan, P., The technical & economic feasibility of energy recovery in water supply networks, International Conference on Renewable Energy and Power Quality, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 13th - 15th April, edited by Perez-Donsion, M. , 2011, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2011 URL

David Coghlan & Paul Coughlan, Notes toward a philosophy of action learning research , Action Learning: Research & Practice, 7, (2), 2010, p193 - 203 Journal Article, 2010

Paul Coughlan & David Coghlan, Reconciling market requirements and operations resources: an opportunity for action learning, Action Learning: Research and Practice, 6, (2), 2009, p109 - 119 Journal Article, 2009

Action Research in, editor(s)Christer Karlsson , Researching Operations Management, New York / Abingdon, Routledge, 2009, pp236 - 264, [Paul Coughlan & David Coghlan] Book Chapter, 2009

Paul Coughlan & Mary Ann Fergus , Defining the Path to Value Innovation, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 16, (3), 2009, p234 - 249 Journal Article, 2009

Paul Coughlan & Anne Graham, Embedding a Threshold Concept in Teaching and Learning of Product Development Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, 18, (3), 2009, p190 - 198 Journal Article, 2009

David Coghlan & Paul Coughlan, Action Learning and Action Research (ALAR): A Methodological Integration in an Inter-Organizational Setting, Systemic Practice and Action Research , 21, (2), 2008, p97 - 104 Journal Article, 2008

Paul Coughlan & Anne Graham, Embedding Threshold Concepts in the Management of Product Development: From Theory to Teaching Principles to Learning Activities, 15th EIASM International Product Development Management Conference, Hamburg, Germany , June 29-July 01 2008, edited by Prof. Dr. Cornelius Herstatt , Prof. Dr. Hans Koller & Prof. Dr. Thorsten Teichert , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Louis Brennan & Paul Coughlan, Site Role Trajectories and Ownership Change, 15th EUROMA Annual Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands, June 15-18 2008, edited by Dirk Pieter Van Donk , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Paul Coughlan, John Murray, Mary Lee Rhodes & Philip Keers, Straight-Through-Processing via Outsourcing: A Value Innovation In Financial Services, 15th EUROMA Annual Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands, June 15-18 2008, edited by Dirk Pieter Van Donk , 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Paul Coughlan & David Coghlan, Codifying Implementation Guidelines for a Collaborative Improvement Initiative, Action Learning: Research and Practice , 5, (1), 2008, p39 - 54 Journal Article, 2008

Collaborative Research in and by an Interorganizational Network in, editor(s)A.B. (Rami Shani, S.A. Mohrman, W.A. Pasmore, B. Stymne & N. Adler , Handbook of Collaborative Management Research, Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage, 2008, pp443 - 460, [David Coghlan & Paul Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2008

David Coghlan & Paul Coughlan, Exploiting the Reach to Explore the Richness in Inter-organizational Action Research , International Journal of Action Research, 4, (3), 2008, p291 - 313 Journal Article, 2008

Mark Whelan & Paul Coughlan, Licensing, spin-off behaviour and the university policy environment, 14th International Product Development Management Conference, Porto, Portugal, June 11-12 2007, edited by Antonio Fernandes , EIASM, 2007, pp1585 - 1596 Conference Paper, 2007

Fergus Lyons, Ann Ledwith & Paul Coughlan, Before and after the Celtic Tiger - a longitudinal panel study of NPD success factors in Irish high-technology SMEs, 14th International Product Development Management Conference, Porto, Portugal, June 11-12 2007, edited by Antonio Fernandes , EIASM, 2007, pp741 - 752 Conference Paper, 2007

Action Learning in inter-organizational sets in, editor(s)C. Rigg and S. Richards , Action Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development in Public Services, Abingdon, OXON, Routledge, 2006, pp181 - 191, [Coghlan D. and Coughlan, P.] Book Chapter, 2006

Ann Ledwith, Paul Coughlan & John Bessant, Research Design Choices In Product Development Research: Replicating and Extending INTERPROD, 13th International Product Development Management Conference, Milan, Italy, June 12-13, 2006, edited by Roberto Verganti & Tommaso Buganza , 2, EIASM, 2006, pp775 - 788 Conference Paper, 2006

Made In Ireland II - Benchmarking Irish SME Practice and Performance in, editor(s)Kepa Mendibil & Alina Shamsuddin , Moving Up the Value Chain, Vol. II, Glasgow, UK, University of Strathclyde, 2006, pp139 - 146, [Paul Coughlan, Louis Brennan, Sean O'Riordain, Jim Stewart, Alessandra Vecchi, Brian Fynes, Ann Ledwith, Richard Keegan, Evelyn Roche ] Book Chapter, 2006

Coghlan, D., Coughlan, P. , Designing and Implementing Collaborative Improvement in the Extended Manufacturing Enterprise: Action Learning and Action Research (ALAR) in CO-IMPROVE, The Learning Organization, 13 , (2), 2006, p152 - 165 Journal Article, 2006

R. Middel, D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan, L. Brennan, T. McNichols, Action research in collaborative improvement, International Journal of Technology Management, 33, (1), 2006, p67 - 91 Journal Article, 2006

P. Coughlan, M.A. Fergus, Value innovation and company performance, EurOMA International Conference on Operations and Global Competitiveness, Budapest, Hungary, June 19-22 2005, edited by K. Demeter , 2, EurOMA, 2005, pp1035 - 1043 Conference Paper, 2005

The application of action learning and action research in collaborative improvement within the extended manufacturing enterprise in, editor(s)H. Kotzab, S. Seuring, M.Muller, G. Reiner , Research Methodologies in Supply Chain Management, Heidelberg, Physica-Verlag, 2005, pp365 - 380, [R. Middel, L. Brennan, D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2005

Collaborative research across borders and boundaries: action research insights from the CO-IMPROVE project in, editor(s)R.W. Woodman & W.A. Pasmore , Research in Organizational Change and Development Vol. 15, New York, Elsevier, 2005, pp275 - 295, [D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2005

Coughlan, P, Brady,M and Brennan, L, The Art and Science Challenges within the Management of Product Development, Creativity and Innovation Management, 14, (4), 2005, p331 - 333 Journal Article, 2005

A. Ledwith, P. Coughlan, Splendid isolation: does networking really increase new product success?, Creativity and Innovation Management, 14, (4), 2005, p366 - 373 Journal Article, 2005

M. Whelan, P. Coughlan, Towards a model for successful commercialisation of applied research, 12th International Product Development Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 13-14, 2005, edited by J. Christiansen , EIASM, 2005, pp1733 - 1748 Conference Paper, 2005

A. Ledwith & P.Coughlan, Splendid isolation - does networking really increase new product?, 11th International Product Development Management Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 2004, edited by P. Coughlan, M. Brady & L. Brennan , European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, 2004, pp743 - 752 Conference Paper, 2004

IS development for supply networks: a comparison of traditional, web-based and collaborative approaches in, editor(s)L.N. Van Wassenhove, A De Meyer, E. Yucesan, E.D. Gunes & L. Muyldermans , Operations Management as a Change Agent Vol. I, Fontainebleau, France, Insead, 2004, pp1075 - 1086, [R. Nolan, P. Coughlan, L. Brennan] Book Chapter, 2004

P. Coughlan, M. Brady & L. Brennan(ed.), 11th International Product Development Management Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 2004, European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels, Belgium, 2004 Proceedings of a Conference, 2004

P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, Action learning: towards a framework in inter-organisational settings, Action Learning: Research and Practice, 1, (1), 2004, p43 - 61 Journal Article, 2004

D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan, L. Brennan, Organizing for research and action: implementing action researcher networks, Systemic Practice and Action Research, 17, (1), 2004, p37 - 49 Journal Article, 2004

P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, F. Lombard,, L. Brennan, T. McNichols, R. Nolan, Managing collaborative relationships in a period of discontinuity, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 23, (10), 2003, p1246 - 1259 Journal Article, 2003

Innovation and performance in Irish manufacturing in, editor(s)G. Spina, A. Vinelli, R. Cagliano, M. Kalchschmidt, P. Romano, F. Salvador , One world? One view of OM? Vol. III, Padova, Italy, SGE, 2003, pp303 - 312, [L. Brennan, D. Crowe, P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole] Book Chapter, 2003

D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan, Acquiring the capacity for operational improvement: an action research opportunity, Human Resource Planning, 26, (2), 2003, p30 - 38 Journal Article, 2003

P. Coughlan, D. Hurley & L. Brennan, Developing process equipment for a disruptive technology: the case of the magnetic annealing furnace', 10 th International Product Development Management Conference, Brussels, Belgium, June, edited by C. Karlsson & T. Hustad , European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, 2003, pp205 - 214 Conference Paper, 2003

Variations on a theme: advanced implementation of the NALP action learning approach in the extended manufacturing enterprise in, editor(s)G. Spina, A. Vinelli, R. Cagliano, M. Kalchschmidt, P. Romano, F. Salvador , One world? One view of OM? Vol. III, Padova, Italy, SGE, 2003, pp757 - 766, [P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, F. Lombard, L. Brennan, T. McNichols, R. Nolan] Book Chapter, 2003

Exploring the barriers to adoption of portals in collaborative improvement activities in, editor(s)G. Spina, A. Vinelli, R. Cagliano, M. Kalchschmidt, P. Romano & F. Salvador , One world? One view of OM? Vol. III, Padova, Italy, SGE, 2003, pp197 - 206, [R. Nolan, B. Sorensen, P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, L. Brennan, F. Lombard & T. McNichols] Book Chapter, 2003

P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, L. Brennan, F. Lombard, T. McNichols, R. Nolan, Collaboration in high technology companies in Ireland: three case studies, The Irish Journal of Management, 23, (2), 2002, p19 - 29 Journal Article, 2002

Managing design: an operations management perspective in, editor(s)M. Bruce, J. Bessant , Design in Business: Strategic Innovation through Design, Harlow, England, Pearson Education, 2002, pp112 - 138, [P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2002

Action learning in the extended manufacturing enterprise: towards an advanced implementation of the NALP approach' in, editor(s)R. Smeds , Continuous Innovation in Business Processes and Networks, Finland, Helsinki University of Technology, 2002, pp197 - 208, [P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, L. Brennan, F. Lombard, T. McNichols, R. Nolan] Book Chapter, 2002

Developing organizational learning capabilities through inter-organisational action learning' in, editor(s)M. Afzalur Rahim, Robert T. Golembiewski and Kenneth D. MacKenzie , Current Topics in Management, Volume 7, New Brunswick, USA, Transaction Publishers, 2002, pp33 - 46, [D. Coghlan, P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2002

P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, Action research for Operations Management, The International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 22, (2), 2002, p220 - 240 Journal Article, 2002 DOI

P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, T. Dromgoole, D. Duff, R. Caffrey, K. Lynch, I. Rose, P. Stack, A. McGill, P. Sheridan, Effecting operational improvement through inter-organisational action learning, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 13, (3), 2002, p131 - 140 Journal Article, 2002

P. Coughlan, D. Coghlan, L. Brennan, F. Lombard, T. McNichols, R. Nolan, Collaboration in high technology companies in Ireland: three case studies, The Irish Journal of Management, 23, (2), 2002, p19 - 29 Journal Article, 2002

P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole, D. Duff & A. Harbison, Continuous improvement through collaborative action learning, International Journal of Technology Management, 22, (4), 2001, p285 - 302 Journal Article, 2001

Competitive performance in Irish manufacturing: an empirical analysis in, editor(s)H. Boer, J. Christiansen , Operations Management and the New Economy, Denmark, Copenhagen Business School and Aalborg University, 2001, pp163 - 176, [L. Brennan, D. Crowe, P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole] Book Chapter, 2001

An action learning network of MNC subsidiaries in, editor(s)K. Blackmon, S. Brown, P. Cousins, A. Graves, C. Harland, R. Lamming, H. Maylor , What Really Matters in Operations Management, UK, University of Bath, 2001, pp241 - 247, [T. Dromgoole, L. Gorman, E. Delaney, P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2001

P. Coughlan & T. Dromgoole, Guest Editorial', Integrated Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 12, (2), 2001, p86 Journal Article, 2001

Integrated problem solving and sensemaking in product development in, editor(s)K. Blackmon, S. Brown, P. Cousins, A. Graves, C. Harland, R. Lamming, H. Maylor , What Really Matters in Operations Management, UK, University of Bath, 2001, pp685 - 694, [P. Coughlan, F. Lombard] Book Chapter, 2001

Managing collaborative relationships in a period of discontinuity: implications for high technology companies in Ireland in, editor(s)H. Boer, J. Christiansen , Operations Management and the New Economy, Copenhagen Business School and Aalborg University, Denmark, 2001, pp303 - 314, [P. Coughlan, L. Brennan, D. Coghlan, F. Lombard, T. McNichols, R. Nolan] Book Chapter, 2001

H. Boer, S. Caffyn, M. Corso, P. Coughlan, J. Gieskes, M. Magnusson, S. Pavesi & S. Ronchi, Knowledge and continuous innovation: the CIMA methodology, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 21, (4), 2001, p490 - 503 Journal Article, 2001

Multinational subsidiaries and manufacturing strategy - an interorganisational action learning network of subsidiaries in, editor(s)J.O. Riis, J. Johansen, A. Drejer , Strategic Manufacturing, Denmark, Aalborg University, Center for Industrial Production, 2001, pp137 - 144, [T. Dromgoole, D. Duff, L. Gorman, E. Delaney, P. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 2001

P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole, D. Duff, A. Harbison, Continuous improvement through collaborative action learning, International Journal of Technology Management, 22, (4/5), 2000 Journal Article, 2000

P. Coughlan & A. Harbison, Service in Ireland: a comparative study of practice and performance, Irish Business and Administrative Research, 19/20, (2), 1999, p37 - 54 Journal Article, 1999

Looking Beyond the Individual: The Role of Resource-based Training and Learning in Teams in, editor(s)Bruscogliani, M. et al. , The during-the-job training method: a structured approach to training and learning during work, MIP, Milan, 1998, pp79 - 96, [Fellenz, Martin R. and Keating, Mary A. and Coughlan, Paul] Book Chapter, 1998

Improving the utility of benchmarking data: the development of a report generation and feedback system in, editor(s)P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole & J. Peppard , Operations Management: Future Issues and Competitive Responses, Dublin, University of Dublin, 1998, pp142-147. , [P. Coughlan & A. Harbison] Book Chapter, 1998

P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole, D. Duff & A. Harbison, Continuous improvement through collaborative action learning in five Irish firms, paper presented to 2nd EurCINET Conference, Netherlands, Sep-98, University of Twente, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

P. Coughlan, M. Keating & M. Bergin, Towards an understanding of continuous improvement in manufacturing industry in Ireland, International Journal of Technology Management, (1), 1997, p139-145 Journal Article, 1997

The impact of world class manufacturing on industrial relations at company level in Ireland in, The Search for Competitiveness and Its Implications for Employment (Volume 4), Dublin, Oak Tree Press, 1997, pp135-158 , [M. Keating, P. Coughlan & F. Kilbride] Book Chapter, 1997

P.Coughlan, M.Keating, R.Vail, S.Kratsch and D.Quade, Evaluating the movement to world class manufacturing in SME's, Proceedings of the 3rd EurOMA conference, UK, London Business School, 1996, pp139 Conference Paper, 1996

P. Coughlan & E. Brady, Evolution towards integrated product development in subsidiaries of multi-national enterprises, International Journal of Technology Management, (8-Jul), 1996, p733-747 Journal Article, 1996

V. Chiesa, P. Coughlan & C.A. Voss, Development of a Technical Innovation Audit, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 13, (2), 1996, p105-136 Journal Article, 1996 DOI

P. Coughlan & E. Brady, Self-assessment and benchmarking product development in five Irish firms: a case study in action research, Journal of Managerial Psychology, 10, (6), 1995, p41-47 Journal Article, 1995

C.A. Voss, V. Chiesa & P. Coughlan, Developing and testing benchmarking and self-assessment frameworks in manufacturing, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 14, (3), 1994, p83-100 Journal Article, 1994

Voss C.A., Chiesa V., and Coughlan P., Innovation, your move, self assessment guide and workbook, London, IDTI, 1993, 42pp Book, 1993

P.D. Coughlan, Seamless service: British Airways First Class chinaware, Design Management Journal, 3, (1), 1992 Journal Article, 1992

P.D. Coughlan & A.R. Wood, No more tangles: getting product designs right, Business Quarterly, 56, (4), 1992 Journal Article, 1992

Engineering change and manufacturing engineering deployment in new product development in, editor(s)Susman, Gerald I. , Managing design for manufacturability, Oxford University Press, 1992, pp157 - 177, [P.D, Coughlan] Book Chapter, 1992

T.A.J. Nicholson & P.D. Coughlan, Exploring reality: the place of video in teaching Operations Management, Operations Management Review, (3&4), 1992 Journal Article, 1992

P.D. Coughlan & A.R. Wood, Process positioning and manufacturing engineering deployment, International Journal of Technology Management, (4), 1991 Journal Article, 1991

P.D. Coughlan & A.R. Wood, Developing manufacturable new products, (1), 1991 Journal Article, 1991

Northern Telecom: The Gate Procedure in, editor(s)Ettlie, J.E., Stoll, H.W. , Managing the Design - Manufacturing Process, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1990, pp223-242 , [A.R. Wood & P.D. Coughlan] Book Chapter, 1990

Paul Coughlan, Vendor management: a focus on specifications, Purchasing Management, 1988, p33-41 Journal Article, 1988

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Paul Coughlan & David Coghlan (Case editors), 'The butcher, the baker & the cheesemaker: TRADEIT Case Study Book', IT Tralee, TRADEIT, 2016, - 10-11, 27-109 Fieldwork collection, 2016

Paul Coughlan, Improving organisations and operations through European research funding: developing and sustaining networks, 20th EARMA Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, June 30-July 02, 2014, EARMA, 58- Invited Talk, 2014

McNabola, A. & Coughlan, P., Energy recovery in the water industry using micro-hydropower, Water Ireland: implementing a national water utility, Ashbourne, Ireland, May 15, 2013, Water & Wastewater Treatment Invited Talk, 2013

Paul Coughlan, Creative confidence and Action Research, 3rd Annual Action Research Colloquium: Action Research - Real World Research, Tralee, Ireland, June 20-21, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Paul Coughlan, Interdisciplinarity in Management Research: Opportunities and Challenges , Irish Academy of Management: 2013 Research Colloquium, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, April 23, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

J. Gallagher, A. P. Williams, D. Styles, I. Harris, P. Coughlan, C. Power, L. Corcoran, A. McNabola., The Hydro-BPT Project: Realising the True Potential for Energy Recovery in the Water Industry in Ireland & Wales, ENVIRON 2013, Galway Ireland, 30th Jan - 1st Feb, 2013 Poster, 2013

Gallagher, J., Williams, A.P., Styles, D., Harris, I.M., Packwood, A.J., Coughlan, P., Power, C., Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Energy Recovery in the Water Industry: A Technical, Economic and Commercial Feasibility Study in Ireland and Wales, SPI Water Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 3rd & 4th December, 2012 Poster, 2012

Paul Coughlan, Interdisciplinarity and the Role of the Innovation Academy in Doctoral Education, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN JOURNAL OF POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH, 10, 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Paul Coughlan, Louis Brennan, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Jim Stewart, Alessandra Vecchi, Brian Fynes, Ann Ledwith, Richard Keegan, Made in Ireland II - Practice and Performance in Irish SMEs: Have things changed?, Dublin, Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, 2006 Report, 2006

P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole & J. Peppard, Operations Management: future issues and competitive responses, Dublin, School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 1998 Book, 1998

Mary A. Keating, A Strategic Analysis of the Irish Food Industry : Implications for Human Resource Practice, Labour Relations Commission, 1998, 66pp Book, 1998

Martin Fellenz, Mary Keating & Paul Coughlan, Investigating Training and Learning in Organisations: A New Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Ennis, Co. Clare, Nov-97, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Research Expertise

Description

Research Interests include: . Continuous improvement of manufacturing and product development practices . Inter-organisational collaboration . Action learning . Action research . Service innovation . Commercialisation of university research

Projects

  • Title
    • Reducing Energy Dependency in Atlantic Area Water Networks (REDAWN)
  • Summary
    • REDAWN will develop an institutional, social and technological environment to foster greater resource efficiency in water networks, including: . Completion of an energy recovery resource assessment in water networks in the Atlantic Area . Completion of an economic/environmental impact assessment of this technology on the region . Development of design guidelines and support tools for hydropower energy recovery in drinking water, waste water, irrigation and process industry sectors. . Development of policy and institutional support tools to increase the implementation of energy recovery projects . Quantification of the societal impacts of hydropower energy recovery in water networks . Widespread dissemination and promotion of energy efficiency in Atlantic Area water networks.
  • Funding Agency
    • ERDF
  • Date From
    • September 01 2017
  • Date To
    • August 31 2020
  • Title
    • Distributing our Water Resources: Utilising Integrated, Smart and low-Carbon Energy (Dŵr Uisce)
  • Summary
    • There is significant scope to improve the energy efficiency of the distribution of water resources in Ireland and Wales. The Dŵr Uisce project aims to quantify and demonstrate this scope using integrated smart and low-carbon technology. Our demonstration will be of an integrated approach, as no one technology can solve the water-energy challenge. It will be smart in order to optimise potential savings, and will be low-carbon by developing and deploying technologies with a quick carbon payback. The project will deliver improved efficiency of the water-energy nexus, benefitting two key stakeholders groups: water companies (suppliers) and water consumers (end-users).
  • Funding Agency
    • ERDF
  • Date From
    • September 01 2016
  • Date To
    • August 31 2021
  • Title
    • TRADEIT: Traditional Food: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
  • Summary
    • The TRADEIT project is a multidisciplinary, multi-sectorial collaborative project supporting a Network of Traditional Food SMEs and Food Researchers in the areas of Collaboration, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge and Technology Transfer to increase the competitiveness and inter-regional advantage of Traditional Food Producing SMEs. This will be achieved through focused regional coordination and support activities and events facilitated by the establishment of nine Regional Traditional Food Knowledge and Technology Transfer Hubs. Each Hub will host a TRADEIT stakeholder sub-network (defined by region, language and/or food group), the members of which will benefit from a suite of knowledge and technology offerings over the course of the project. Food researchers from across Europe will be provided with the opportunity to attend the TRADEIT Entrepreneurial Summer School in which an entrepreneurial skillset will be developed to facilitate future R&D&I Enterprise and Commercialisation activities. The regional focus of the project will be further developed in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda which will promote regional R&D&I for pan-European benefit. The TRADEIT project aligns with, and contributes to, the goals and objective of a number of EU Initiatives, Strategies and Policies including Europe 2020 the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative, Horizon 2020, Cohesion Policy in particular Smart Specialisation Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bio-economy for Europe and Food Law Regulation
  • Funding Agency
    • European Community
  • Date From
    • November 01 2013
  • Date To
    • October 31 2016
  • Title
    • Towards a More Sustainable System of Water Supply in Ireland and Wales: Exploring Opportunities for Hydropower in Break Pressure Tanks (Hydro-BPT)
  • Summary
    • This project will advance the sustainability of the process of water supply in Ireland and Wales by exploiting the potential for energy recovery that exists at Break Pressure Tanks (BPTs). Water supply is a core service on which civilised society depends and it involves considerable energy consumption and CO2 emissions (water treatment, pumping and monitoring). Treated water is commonly supplied from a central storage reservoir by gravity throughout a catchment and this water must be supplied within satisfactory pressure bands. When the pressure in water flow becomes too high a BPT is commonly installed in the network, whereby the pressure, kinetic & potential energy within the flow is dissipated to the atmosphere. This common feature of water supply networks presents an opportunity to recover this energy wastage by using micro-hydropower technology to transform it into electricity without interfering in the water supply service. The key objectives of this project comprise: 1. Determining the technical/economic feasibility of applying Hydro-BPTs to water infrastructure: using experimental models the energy recoverable from BPTs will be assessed/demonstrated 2. Determining the environmental impact of this new technology: assessments will be made in terms of the CO2 emissions saving, environmental impacts, life cycle analysis 3. A feasibility study for the application of Hydro-BPTs in existing Irish/Welsh BPTs: information on the existing BPTs will be gathered in a GIS database which will be used to demonstrate the untapped energy potential in water supply networks in Ireland/Wales 4. An exploration of the forms of collaboration among the key stakeholders and development of a business model: this section of the project will develop guidelines for the widespread implementation of this technology by industry
  • Funding Agency
    • INTERREG 4A 2007-2013
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Made in Ireland II - Benchmarking Irish SME Practice and Performance
  • Summary
    • The competitiveness of manufacturing SMEs remains an important issue for companies, for support agencies and for the Irish economy as a whole. The 2005-6 Global Competitiveness Report ranked Ireland 26th, having moved up 4 places since 2004. But is this ranking indicative of the current state of the competitiveness of Irish SMEs and how has this state changed since 2001? These questions are addressed in this study. Over the period 2003-2005, data were collected from a total of 144 manufacturing companies assisted by Enterprise Ireland. The study compares these data with the data collected in the period 1997-2000 from the 151 similar companies which formed the basis of the first Made in Ireland report.
  • Funding Agency
    • Enterprise Ireland
  • Date From
    • August 2005
  • Date To
    • September 2006
  • Title
    • Co-Improve: Collaborative Improvement for the Extended Manufacturing Enterprise
  • Summary
    • - To enable and enhance the capturing, storage, retrieval, transfer and dissemination of knowledge generated as part of ongoing collaborative efforts to improve new product development and order fulfilment performance of EMEs, as well as - implementation guidelines supporting the situational design, implementation and ongoing development of collaborative, EME-level improvement, using the business model and software system.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • December 2000
  • Date To
    • December 2003
  • Title
    • Continuous Improvement and Innovation Management
  • Summary
    • - To explore how companies stimulate a process of continuous improvement of their product innovation capabilities by facilitating a diffuse and continuous flow of knowledge both within their organisations and with other organisations. - To explain this process in terms of barriers and enablers - To identify contingencies - To define effects on performance and capabilities - To suggest possible contingent actions by firms.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • October 1997
  • Date To
    • October 1999
  • Title
    • National Action Learning Programme
  • Summary
    • To assist firms, through their managers and workforce to change, upgrade and become learning organisations.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • June 1997
  • Date To
    • December 2001

Keywords

Operations Management

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Provost's Teaching Award 2010

Honorary Fellow, European Operations Management Association June 2016

Honorary Member, Continuous Innovation Network September 2018

Memberships

President: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) 2003 – 2009

Member: Organising Commitee of the International Product Development Management Conference 2002 – Date

Member: Board of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) 2001 – 2012

Member: EurOMA Board 1997 – 2006

Member: EurOMA

Chartered Member: Engineers Ireland