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Joe McDonagh

Associate Professor of Business

Room 205
01 896 2330

Joe McDonagh is Associate Professor of Business at Trinity Business School. His research, teaching and advisory work focus on the process of leading large-scale strategic, organisational, and technological change programmes in civil and public service organisations.

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He has extensive experience working with government organisations in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the European Commission, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the United Nations.

He is currently a member of the External Review Panel for the Organisational Capability Reviews being rolled out across Government Departments, Offices, and Agencies under the aegis of the Civil Service Management Board. He is also a member of and External Advisor to the newly established Strategic HR Advisory Group which is advising on the implementation of the Civil Service People Strategy.

He is a regular conference speaker and contributor to the media whilst also publishing widely on the dynamics of large-scale change. Research output has appeared in a wide range of conference papers, book chapters, journal articles, and Government reports. Specific journals include Administration, Communications of the AIS, Irish Journal of Management, Organisation Development Journal, Public Administration Quarterly, and Strategic Change.

2017 – Member of External Expert Panel for Organisational Capability Reviews, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin, Ireland.

2017 – Member of and External Advisor to Strategic HR Advisory Group, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin, Ireland.

2016 – Member of and External Advisor to Management Board sub-group on Strategy & Technology, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin, Ireland.

Principle interest in the process of leading large-scale strategic, organisational, and technological change programmes in civil and public service organisations. Specific research themes include:

  • the diverse roles of managerial groups in leading large-scale change; 
  • integrating organizational strategy, change, and ICT; and  
  • collaborative approaches to inquiry and change.  


1. Saxena, D. & McDonagh, J., Dispositional or Relational? – Technology Affordances in Light of the Material Turn in Information Systems Research, Information & Organisation, 2018, (in review)

2. Holohan, J. & McDonagh, J., A practice-based methodology to enlighten strategic alignment research, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 299, 2017, p515-530

3. Hughes, J. & McDonagh, J., In defence of the case study methodology for research into strategy practice, The Irish Journal of Management, 36, (2), 2017

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    1. A Perspective on the Roles of Middle Managers in Aligning Strategy and Information Technology in Public Service Organisations
    Rusu, L. and Viscusi, G. (eds.) (2017) Information Technology Governance in Public Organisations: Theory and Practice, Springer International Publishing, Integrated Series in Information Systems 38, pp. 59-83 [Caffrey, E. and McDonagh, J.]

    2. Aligning Strategy and ICT in Public Organisations: A Critical Management Challenge
    Reddick, C.G. and Anthopoulos, L. (eds.) (2016) Information and Communication Technologies in Public Administration: Innovations from Developed Countries, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 139-160 [Caffrey, E. and McDonagh, J.]

    3. The Evolving Role of the Chief Information Officer
    Wadhwa, M. and Harper, A. (eds.) (2015) Technology, Innovation, and Enterprise Transformation, Hershey, PA, IGI Global, pp. 207-232 [Davis, B. and McDonagh, J.]

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  • BU 8510 Pursuing Excellence in Doctoral Research
  • BU 8520 Sustaining Excellence in Research Practice
  • BU 8580 Collaborative Approaches to Inquiry and Change