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Dr. Gillian Barrett

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Biography

I am an experienced management and IT professional with 15 years’ experience working in a variety of IT, innovation and project management roles.  I was a founding member of the innovation team at Musgrave Group, Ireland’s largest retailer. I returned to academia in 2011 and completed a Masters in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.  In January 2017, I completed a PhD in University College Cork in the field of innovation management. My primary research interests include open innovation, high-tech SME firms, entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial founder. 

 

Research Interests

My research interests lie in understanding the adoption of the open innovation practices within the SME sector and in particular within the global high-tech SME sector.  My research explores the nature of the adoption of open innovation practices within global high-tech SME firms across the ICT and medical device industries from a founder/CEO perspective.

I am interested in understanding the following: (1) the extent of adoption (the various forms and processes) of open innovation practices (2)  the motives, benefits and challenges of adopting such open innovation practices (3)  the partners with whom global high-tech SMEs collaborate with (4) the factors that influence the adoption (or not) of open innovation practices (5) how these open innovation practices are managed by global high-tech SME firms.

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Modules

  • Introduction to Management and Organisation
  • Operations Management
  • Entrepreneurial Business Start-Ups
  • Project Management
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Education

  • UCC , MSc, Innovation Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (2012)
  • UCC , PhD, Innovation Management (2017)
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Employment

  • Project Manager; IT Manager, Musgrave Group (/)
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Teaching Interests

  • I teach a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules across a number of different disciplines including management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and project management.
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Professional Achievements

Honours and Awards

  • Intel: Intel Challenge Europe (2012)
  • Enterprise Ireland: Emerging and Dynamic Company of the Year (2012)
  • Intertrade Ireland: Marion McAneney Graduate Research Award (2014)
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Publications

Published Reports

Year Publication
2015 Are the open innovation practices of born global SMEs leveraging their explorative and exploitative potential?
Barrett, G. & Dooley, L (2015) Are the open innovation practices of born global SMEs leveraging their explorative and exploitative potential?. [Details]

Conference Publications

Year Publication
2018 Open Innovation adoption in global high-tech SMEs: an exploration of the underlying particulars
Barrett G., Dooley L., Bogue J (2018) Open Innovation adoption in global high-tech SMEs: an exploration of the underlying particulars. [Details]
2017 Open Innovation adoption, ambidextrous practices and the role of the organisational life cycle on global high-tech SME firms
Barrett, G., Dooley, L. & Bogue, J (2017) Open Innovation adoption, ambidextrous practices and the role of the organisational life cycle on global high-tech SME firms. [Details]
2016 SME innovation practices across low and high-technology industries: is open innovation being adopted?
Dooley, L. Barrett, G. & O' Sullivan, D (2016) SME innovation practices across low and high-technology industries: is open innovation being adopted?. [Details]
2015 Understanding open innovation in the born global firm: the influencing factors
Barrett, G., Dooley, L. & Bogue, J (2015) Understanding open innovation in the born global firm: the influencing factors. [Details]
2015 Are the open innovation practices of born global SMEs leveraging their explorative and exploitative potential?
Barrett, G., Dooley, L. & Bogue, J (2015) Are the open innovation practices of born global SMEs leveraging their explorative and exploitative potential?. [Details]
2014 The evolving characteristics underpinning the development path of two born global firms
Barrett, G., Dooley, L. & Kenny, B. 2014 (2014) The evolving characteristics underpinning the development path of two born global firms. [Details]
2014 Contextual factors impacting on the adoption of Open Innovation: the case of three Irish born global firm
Barrett, G. & Dooley, L (2014) Contextual factors impacting on the adoption of Open Innovation: the case of three Irish born global firm. [Details]
2014 Open innovation as a start-up strategy: the case of two Irish born global firms
Barrett, G. & Dooley, L (2014) Open innovation as a start-up strategy: the case of two Irish born global firms. [Details]
2013 Stimulating Innovation While Dealing With Constraints: The Case of Ireland against the Backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis
Kenny, B., L Dooley and G Barrett (2013) Stimulating Innovation While Dealing With Constraints: The Case of Ireland against the Backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis. [Details]
2013 Organisational Innovation Practice: Assessing the impact of the global financial crisis
Dooley, L., Kenny, B., Barrett, G. & Lupton, G (2013) Organisational Innovation Practice: Assessing the impact of the global financial crisis. [Details]
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