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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, especially change that is enabled by the deployment of modern ICT systems and platforms.

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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 Strategic HR Advisory Group which directs the development and implementation of Civil Service People Strategies.

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, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Organisation Development Journal, Public Administration Quarterly, and Strategic Change.

Working within a collaborative research paradigm, and embracing the scholar-in-residence as a model of such inquiry, his research encourages the adoption of research- and evidence-based approaches to development and change in civil and public service organisations.

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

  • Engaging leadership teams and networks in leading large-scale change;
  • Aligning and integrating organizational strategy, change, and ICT; and
  • Collaborative approaches to inquiry and change.


Hughes, J. & McDonagh, J., SISP as practice: De-isolating SISP activity across multiple levels, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 30(2), 2021.

Saxena, D. & McDonagh, J., Exploring Enterprise Information Systems Procurement in Public Service Organisations, Electronic Journal of eGovernment, 18, (1), 2020, 54 – 68.

Saxena, D. & McDonagh, J., The Evolving Nature of Information Systems Controls in Health Service Organisations: The Case of a Blood Banking System from Western Europe, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 24, 2020, 1-30.

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Conducting Processual Research on Organization Change in, Edward Elgar Handbook of Research Methods in Organizational Change, United Kingdom, Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming, [Saxena, D. & McDonagh, J.]

Aligning Strategy and Digital Technology in Government Organizations: A Call to Action in, editor(s)Shani, A.B. & Noumair, D.B., Research in Organizational Change and Development, United Kingdom, Emerald Publishing, forthcoming, [McDonagh, J.]

Co-Inquiring in a Digital Age: Enhancing the Practice of Strategy Work in Government Organisations through Action Research in, The Cambridge Handbook of Qualitative Digital Research, Cambridge University Press, 2021, [McDonagh, J., Coghlan, D. & Coughlan, P.]Book Chapter, 2021

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  • BU1552: Foundations in Digital Transformation.
  • BU7597: Leading Digital Transformation.