Dr. David Keenan was the recipient of the JC Savage Fingal Business Person of the Year Excellence Award 2016.

Almost 500 people from throughout the Fingal Region celebrated business excellence and corporate social responsibility at the Fingal Business Excellence & CSR Gala Awards Presentation Evening held in November.

This is the fourteenth Annual Fingal Business Excellence Awards, a hallmark of excellence for all businesses in the Fingal area. The Chamber Awards recognise and congratulate the business leaders who drive innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success across all sectors.

Dr. David Keenan is Vice President of Global External Supply and Managing Director of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Ireland Ltd since 2014. A graduate of Maynooth University with a BSc and PhD in Chemistry, David attained his MBA from DCU.

Congratulations to Dr Steven Kilroy who has been awarded the Pearse Walsh Medal Award 2016.

Now in its second year, the Pearse Walsh Medal Award is presented to one outstanding graduate of the DCU Business School PhD Programme, whose research demonstrates an approach to innovation in industry in the fields of Organisation Development, Change Management, Cultural Change, Learning and Development, Management and Leadership Development.

Dr. Kilroy’s thesis ‘The Impact of Organisational Practices on Employee Burnout – What Organisations Should Do’ impressed the judging panel which included Professor David Collings of DCU Business School, Sinead Heneghan, CEO at Irish Institute of Training & Development, Mark Latuske, Organisational Effectiveness Consultant at Danske Bank and Frank Rock, Director at Harvest.

Dr. Kilroy will showcase his research to industry specialists at a Harvest lunch event in the Spencer Hotel, Dublin on Friday 16th December 2016.

The Pearse Walsh Medal Award is sponsored by Harvest to honour the late Pearse Walsh who founded Harvest over thirty years ago. In addition to the Pearse Walsh Medal, Dr. Kilroy receives a fund to assist with further study and research.


For more information about Harvest and the Pearse Walsh Award visit: www.harvest.ie

For more information about the DCU Business School PhD Programme visit: http://www.dcu.ie/dcubs/phd_research_opportunities.shtml

Picture L-R: Nicola O’Neill, Harvest MD; Dr. Steven Kilroy; and Frank Rock, Harvest Director

DCU Business School hosted its annual doctoral colloquium on November 25th 2016.

PhD students from the various groups within DCU Business School – HRM/Organisational Psychology, Management, Marketing, Economics, and Accounting and Finance –  participated in the exciting full-day event.

Following a welcome address by the Director of Doctoral Studies, Dr Janine Bosak, this year’s Doctoral Colloquium kicked off with an excellent key note presentation entitled ‘Finding your home as a scholar’ by Professor Anne Huff who recently joined DCU Business School and who is a former President of the Academy of Management. Anne provided invaluable advice to PhD students in terms of how to publish their research and establish themselves as writers and members of a scientific community.

The rest of the morning was filled with scholars showcasing their research with these sessions being facilitated by members of the DCU Business School faculty, Dr Eric Clinton, Dr John Connolly and Dr Janine Bosak.

After a networking lunch in 1838 Restaurant, our PhD students had the choice to attend one of two excellent workshops. Dr Teresa Hogan and Dr Steven Kilroy delivered a workshop entitled “From PGR4 top PGR8: Workshop on the final stages of the PhD” while Eoghan McConalogue gave a workshop on “Working with long documents”.

The event ended with a networking coffee, where students had the opportunity to exchange experiences related to their research and get insightful tips from fellow PhD students and staff members. In short, the 2016 doctoral colloquium was a wonderful event to which numerous colleagues and students kindly contributed to – in particular Margaret Galuszynska – and a sincere thanks goes out to all of them.

Congratulations to Kelly Farrell and Shane Ryan, final year Marketing, innovation and Technology students, who were part of the winning team at the recent DCU Ryan Academy New Ireland Hackathon.

Participants of the hackathon were tasked with the challenge of making pensions, investments and life insurance relevant to millennials. The winning team focused on life insurance and developed the concept of a proactive life insurance product which rewards millennials for practices around positive physical and mental health. They scooped the first place prize of €5,000 and the chance to co-create their winning concept with New Ireland.

Speaking about the achievement Kelly said, “We worked from dawn to dusk ideating, conducting market research, validation and prototyping which all accumulated in a pitch we delivered in front of a judging panel of industry experts. We were delighted to be awarded the first prize of €5000 and the chance to work with New Ireland to co-create our idea and potentially bring our idea to life in the market. Exciting times ahead!

The MSc in Human Resource Management, delivered by DCU Business School has been officially recognised by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

This is the first programme in Ireland and only the 8th in Europe to gain approval of alignment with SHRM’s global standards in Human Resource Management.


The Society for Human Resource Management is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management.

The MSc in Human Resource Management is a 12 month full-time programme which satisfies the increasing demand for competent graduates who can undertake and advise on the management of human resources within organisations. It is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and ranked within the Top 50 in Europe by Eduniversal.

Our annual MSc in Human Resource Management Alumni Survey provides strong evidence that the programme is positioning graduates for a successful career in the HR profession. Of the 206 graduates tracked, 97% are in employment, with 86% of these in dedicated HR roles. Notably, graduates have moved to positions of elevated seniority and responsibility. 10% of alumni are HR Directors or have Business Partner roles, while 11% are employed as HR Managers. This career progression is significant considering this is an MSc in HRM providing entry into the profession. Other headline findings:

  • 92% would still pursue the programme knowing what they know today.
  • 88% said the programme has provided them with faster career advancement.
  • 94% would recommend the programme to others.

Speaking of the recent success Programme Director Dr Brian Harney noted: “We are delighted that the programme has achieved this recognition. It is a strong testament to the leading HR faculty we have at DCU Business School, the energy and enthusiasm of our students, and the success and engagement of our alumni”.

The MSc in Human Resource Management is now accepting applications for its next intake. Full information can be found here

Michael O’Leary was on the DCU Glasnevin campus on Friday 25th November to speak to staff and students of the Aviation Leadership Masters.

The Ryanair CEO gave a presentation on aviation, discussed a number of topics and welcomed many questions from the 150 attendees.

He warned that Brexit would be disruptive for the Irish economy, especially for aviation with weaker sterling, lower airfares and lower economic growth. He said that it would disrupt UK airlines more than Ryanair as the former would have to choose between being an EU or a British airline.

In response to student’s questions, O’Leary said he sees the airline industry in Europe becoming more competitive in the future, with Ryanair extending its cost advantage over its rivals. He argued that a low-cost transatlantic service would depend on availability of suitable and affordable aircraft, which are not available in current circumstances.

He also gave free Ryanair tickets to the students who asked the best and the worst question, and to the student who made the most complimentary remarks about his appearance.

This talk is one of a number of guest lectures being carried out as part of the Aviation master’s degree. The first presentation was given one month ago by the Chief Executive of the daa, Kevin Toland. Future speakers will include CEOs of international and Irish airlines, finance and leasing companies, as well as senior public servants and policy makers.

The Aviation Masters degree was launched in 2015 and is the only qualification of its kind in Ireland. There are currently 100 students undertaking the course.

The master’s degree aims to combine knowledge from the main sectors in aviation – including airlines, airports, and air traffic control – with an education in strategic management.

The degree is taught by the academic staff of DCU Business School along with experienced aviation managers, including from Dublin airport, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Emirates, the Air Corps, and the Irish Aviation Authority. The Programme Director is the former Commissioner for Aviation Regulation in Ireland.


The tenth annual Commercialisation of University Research Student Awards was recently held at DCU Business School.  The Award is for the best commercialisation plan based on a new technological product or service created by university researchers. Students identify the best route to market for the technologies and undertake extensive research on competitors, markets and customers.

Launched in 2006, the award recognises the contribution of student projects to the university’s knowledge transfer activities. The projects are undertaken as part of the Innovation and High Technology Entrepreneurship Module on the MSc in Electronic Commerce Programme.  The Award is coordinated by Teresa Hogan and Geraldine Lavin of DCU Business School, Regina Reulbach of DCU Insight Research Institute and Invent DCU.

The objective is to provide students with an understanding of the key issues involved in the successful commercialisation of new technology-based products or services. It also provides scientists with the opportunity to test the commercial potential of their research. Over 150 technologies have been investigated to date and several researchers have used the commercialisation plans to source funds for continuing research.

This year’s winning team are Levon Amirkhanyan and Damilare, Olowoniyi, Robert Kavanagh,  Peter McGee and Luke Zgaga who worked on ‘Title Redacting Personal Information on Videos’.

This project is a joint collaboration between DCU researcher, Cathal Gurrin from the Insight Research Institute and data information consultants Castlebridge Associates.  The students examined the commercial viability of starting a business to providing an automatic third party service to detect personal information, blur faces and redact video footage with evidentiary metadata logging changes.  The technology responds to the increasing demands on companies to comply with the Freedom of Information request for video footage by members of public.

For further information contact:

Dr. Teresa Hogan, teresa.hogan@dcu.ie

Dr. Cathal Gurrin, cathal.gurrin@computing.dcu.ie

On November, 15th 2016 the Leadership and Talent Institute (LTI) successfully hosted a workshop entitled “How to publish in international high-impact management journals: A theoretical, methodological and practical tool kit for doctoral students and early career researchers”. The event was organized by Dr. Janine Bosak and sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). The presenters were leading scholars in the field of HRM, Organisational Psychology, and Management.

More than 40 PhD students and early career researchers from Ireland, United Kingdom and Spain attended this exciting full-day event. After a brief welcome address by the LTI Director of Research, Dr Janine Bosak, the participants enjoyed the first key note presentation entitled “Achieving impact through publication: An Editor’s perspective’” by Professor David Collings, Co-Director LTI and Professor of HRM at DCU Business School. This presentation was followed by a talk on the topic “Dealing with reviewer comments and decision-letters: Some Experiences as an Author and a Reviewer” delivered by Professor Jonas Lang (University of Ghent, Belgium) who shared his knowledge and insights from work as editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Performance and Psychological Assessment. Last but not least, Professor Jeremy Dawson (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom) who is an excellent statistician by background concluded the morning session of the publication workshop with a presentation on “Current approaches in management research: Multilevel theory and multilevel modelling”.

Following lunch in the DCU restaurant 1838 the participants embarked on an interactive and stimulating workshop entitled “Theory Development and Theory Critiquing” with Professor Sim Sitkin (Duke University, USA), a leading scholar in Organisational Psychology and Elected Fellow of the Academy of Management.  The event closed with a wine reception during which participants followed up with speakers and expressed how much they enjoyed the day.

For decades now, we had a window to the west: we looked to the US and Silicon Valley for emerging trends in global business, innovation and business development. This year’s DCU Business School Executive MBA class took a different route; taking a path less travelled, embarking on a trip to Hong Kong to examine, first-hand, the nuances of global business developments through a very different lens.

A recent piece I read cites a relevant analogy, describing China not as an emerging market, but as a sleeping Dragon; awakening from a long slumber following a hiatus from its heydays under various dynasties. To prove such an analogy true, one has to look no further than Hong Kong to see that the dragon has already had her morning coffee.

Few global cities can rival the dynamism and resilience of a city like Hong Kong; with one step in China and the other firmly seeking to grow trade with the west. An established global finance hub, Hong Kong has cemented its place as a conduit for facilitating and doing business with China. Espousing an exciting ‘open for business’ mantra, the city, which is currently ‘under new management’ serves as the new silk road between east and west.

The Executive MBA class were exposed to a wide diversity of Multinational and indigenous firms including global consultancy organisations, insurance providers, local manufacturers, creative marketing firms, executive search agencies, hoteliers and social ventures. Insights were gained on the intricacies and opportunities of doing business within the region and more specifically on tapping into the global behemoth that is China.

Among the highlights, the Executive MBA class were invited to visit the Irish Consulate based in Hong Kong and to learn about the scale of cross-border trade currently being conducted within the region. In the evenings we sampled some of the finest cuisine Asia has to offer while taking in the bright lights of this vibrant city. Among the growing expat community we heard more than once an old adage that ‘a New York minute is a Hong Kong second’. One thing remains certain; I’d happily go back for seconds.

Dr Marty Reilly, Lecturer in Management

Learn more about the DCU Business School Executive MBA here

Congratulations to the following students and their supervisors who were awarded doctorate degrees at the November graduation ceremony:

Vanessa Diaz Moriana
Principal Supervisors: Dr Eric Clinton and Dr Teresa Hogan
Thesis Title: “Long-Term Orientation in Multi-Generational Family Firms: A Multiple Case Study Analysis

Stephen Fitzgerald
Principal Supervisor: Professor Finian Buckley
Thesis Title: “Self-Regulation and Retirement:How Regulatory Focus Affects Pre-retirement Anxiety and Affect

Louise Marie Gorman
Principal Supervisors: Professor Theo Lynn, Dr Mark Mulgrew
Thesis Title: “The Role of the Broadsheet Newspaper Media in Corporate Governance: An Exploration into the Market of Corporate Control

Grace Kenny
Principal Supervisor: Professor Regina Connolly
Thesis Title: “To Protect my Health, or to Protect my Health Data?’ Examining the Influence of Health Information Privacy Concerns on Citizens’ Health Technology Adoption”

Ashley O’Donoghue
Principal Supervisors: Professor Edel Conway,Dr Janine Bosak
Thesis Title: “How Constructive and Destructive Leaders Influence Follower Well-being Through the Pathways of Affect and Follower Self-conscious Emotions