Research Impact on Enterprise
Our staff conduct research in collaboration with Irish and international organisations and sit on industry boards and committees of professional bodies.
Our Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) focuses on innovation and applied research that accelerates the development and adoption of cloud technology. IC4 is both multi-institutional and interdisciplinary including researchers from computing, business, and law based in DCU, University College Cork, and Athlone Institute of Technology, with support from collaborators in UWE, Pepperdine University, IIM Bangalore, Northeastern University, China, and others. IC4 has over 30 industry members, from both the multinational and indigenous sectors, including: IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Novartis, Bluemetrix, Inishtech, Egenera and Ostia Solutions.
In addition to its research activities, IC4 hosts a variety of knowledge dissemination events for the purpose of updating members on its research results but also to make industry, in general, aware of the benefits in using cloud computing. Over the past twelve months over 600 industry representatives attended a range of technical and business-focused seminars, workshops and conferences, varying in size from one-on-one consultative cloud clinics to large conferences. One such event is the annual National Conference on Cloud Computing and Commerce where, at the 2015 event, over 300 industry representatives attended to listen to leading experts on emerging trends in cloud computing. Invited speakers from Norway, the UK, Romania, Greece, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Ireland spoke on subjects such as cyber security, cloud-based analytics, self-organising cloud infrastructure, cloud performance monitoring, cloud service level agreements and EU research collaboration.
Our Modelling and Simulation Research Group, led by Prof PJ Byrne, performs applied research in the Simulation Modelling domain to aid Multinationals and SMEs (such as Boston Scientific and Steri Pack) to better understand and quantify the inherent variability in their real-world systems as a basis for process improvement and future state scenario evaluation. In this domain the group also provide applied research (such as with Flexiant) on generalised and extensible simulation solutions that enable seamless modelling, simulation, and experimentation of emerging cloud computing infrastructures and application services.
Leadership & Talent Management
A part of the DCU Leadership & Talent Institute, the HR Directors’ Talent Roundtable is a joint initiative of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and DCU Business School. The organisations involved include ESB International, the Central Bank of Ireland, Ericsson Ireland, McDonald’s, Semantic, Medtronic, Dell, Novartis, World Rugby and others. Academic contributors include DCU colleagues and academics from King’s College London and Boston University. A second roundtable, the Employee Engagement Roundtable, launched in Spring/Summer 2015. DCU researchers have worked with Great Place to Work® Ireland, on a study of the current and future challenges faced by HR Managers in Ireland, with 30 HR Directors /Managers drawn from diverse sectors and organisations attending a presentation of results in 2017.
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Family Businesses
Our Centre for Family Business (CFB), launched by the Irish Prime Minister in 2014, translates research into best practi ce for family businesses in Ireland. Funded by AIB and the professional service firms PwC and William Fry, the CFB runs an active programme of industry workshops, where family business practitioners share their experiences and learn from leading academics. Our expertise has created opportunities for developing executive education programmes in the areas of small and medium-sized enterprises. In the Managing for Growth (M4G) programme, funded by Enterprise Ireland, the state industrial development agency, we have worked with over 50 SMEs. Invest NI, the Northern Ireland development agency, are funding a similar programme for high-growth firms in Northern Ireland. In 2015, we partnered with the Irish Stock Exchange to deliver an IPO Ready programme for highgrowth firms. Our expertise was sought by Mazaars, the accounting firm, who commissioned Dr Teresa Hogan to undertake research into the financing of Irish SMEs. We work with SMEs through a number of specific research projects. We have completed over 150 funded projects with SMEs through the government’s Innovation Voucher Scheme, representing approximately €750,000 in revenue. Innovation Vouchers are a form of micro-grant which allows an SME to buy expertise from a knowledge provider. These vouchers have focused on support for e-business, digital marketing and other technology strategies. We are the leading business school in Ireland for Innovation Voucher grants.
The Health Sector
We work with the Health Sector on issues such as hospital effectiveness in the acute sector, the wellbeing of healthcare professionals (specifically in the Dublin maternity hospitals: the National Maternity Hospital and the Rotunda Maternity Hospital), and patient safety in Ireland. Reflecting the expertise of our staff, DCU Business School collaborated with Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI) and Beaumont between 2010 and 2013 and DCU Business School researchers are founding partners of the HRM and Health bi-annual conference which is organised by DCU Business School, Tilburg University, Erasmus University and Kings College, London. Our researchers have received funding from the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council. The Modelling and Simulation Research Group are conducting an industrial collaboration project with Beaumont Hospital where collectively the team have analysed patient flow in the hospital’s Emergency Department, through process mapping, statistical analysis and discrete event simulation. From April 2013 to December 2014, Dr Paul Davis from the Management Group was on part-time secondment to work as a procurement advisor with Ireland’s national health service, the Health Service Executive (HSE) ICT Strategy Unit to help develop procurement approaches to support ICT delivery across the National Health System. Two Management Group faculty members have also been successful in two Horizon 2020 bids in Healthcare Technologies/ ICT, one of which includes the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Professor Regina Connolly chaired the Medical Council of Ireland Fitness to Practice Inquiries.
The Dublin Aviation Institute (DAI), a new joint venture between Dublin City University and DAA International (part of DAA, the Dublin Airport Authority), is a new and internationally significant development for the aviation sector which grew out of the BSc in Aviation Management. It has both education and research objectives.
We are developing expertise in big data, with faculty across the School participating in research projects that explore aspects of big data. Over €200,000 in funding is allocated to big data research in DCU Business School, including a new relationship with Safefood worth over €100,000 over 3 years through a research fellowship. We have licensed access to social media and related data (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn) and developed the technical infrastructure to manage this data. We have a number of projects across the disciplines in the School and with collaborators both within DCU and elsewhere, e.g. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and University College Cork. Thematic areas include carbon trading, crowdfunding, effectiveness of public relations and dialogic communication on Twitter, cloud computing, data privacy and data privacy breaches, employee voice, crisis management response, influence on social media and others.