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Dr Gillian Barrett

Gillian Barrett


Programme Director

Management & Marketing
University College Cork
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Gillian Barrett (MSc, PhD) is a College Lecturer in Management and Entrepreneurship at Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork (UCC) since 2016.  She completed her PhD entitled  Open innovation adoption in global high-tech SME firms: a qualitative multiple case study” in 2017 and her core research interests lie at the intersection of open innovation, the global high-tech SME and the entrepreneurial founder.  Other research interests include entrepreneurial education and business model innovation. She is actively publishing and disseminating her research.

Prior to academia, she worked for fifteen years’ in industry in a variety of senior management and leadership roles primarily in innovation and technology management.  During this time, she worked with Ireland’s largest retailer and wholesaler and managed many strategically important projects in Ireland, UK and Spain. 


Grants and Honours

  • 25/10/2019 - President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Team), University College Cork
  • 01/01/2014 - Marion McAneney Graduate Research Award, Intertrade Ireland
  • 01/01/2012 - Emerging and Dynamic Company of the Year, Enterprise Ireland
  • 01/01/2012 - Intel Challenge Europe, Intel 
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Other Activities

  • 27/07/2020 - IAM
  • 09/03/2020 - EURAM EECC
  • 02/09/2019 - R&D Management
  • 12/04/2019 - Long Range Planning
  • 01/09/2018 - IAM
  • 01/06/2018 - EURAM
  • 01/09/2017 - BAM
  • 01/09/2015 - BAM
  • 24/06/2015 - R&D Management
  • 12/06/2014 - ICSB
  • 07/06/2014 - ISPIM
  • 06/06/2014 - R&D Management
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Research Domains

  • Innovation Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Open Innovation
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  • 2019 - LEADERSHIP PARTICIPATION, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2022 - Individual Antecedents of Participation in Leadership Development Activities: Toward a Model of Role Identity, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
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Journal article

Year Publication
2021 BARRETT, G., DOOLEY, L., BOGUE, J. (2021). Open innovation within high-tech SMEs: A study of the entrepreneurial founder's influence on open innovation practices. Technovation. Details


Year Publication
2017 BARRETT, G. (2017). Open Innovation adoption in global high-tech SME firms: a qualitative multiple case study.

Online resource

Year Publication
2015 BARRETT, G. (2015). “Are the open innovation practices of born global SMEs leveraging their explorative and exploitative potential?”.


Year Publication
2020 BARRETT, G., FITZGERALD, C. (2020). Frank and Honest: a future sustainable business model? The Case Centre.
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