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Dr Stephen Mccarthy

Stephen Mccarthy


Business Information System
University College Cork
Cork University Business School
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Dr. Stephen McCarthy is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Business Information Systems, and is a co-director of the MSc Business Information and Analytics Systems postgraduate programme in University College Cork. He holds a Ph.D. and MBS (Information Systems) degree in the National University of Ireland.

Stephen's research centres on three areas: (i) knowledge sharing in diverse IT teams, (ii) technology adoption and use, and (iii) the societal implications of IT. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, JMIR, Journal of Decision Systems, and Health Systems. Stephen has also regularly presented at the European Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science, and International Conference on Information Systems.

In terms of collaborations, Stephen has previously worked with IBM, Laya Healthcare, the Health Service Executive, Danish Board of Technology, Missions Publiques, and Strategic Design Scenarios. He continues to be involved in IS projects funded by the European Commission, and has previously worked on Science Foundation Ireland, and Enterprise Ireland funded projects during his time in three leading innovation centres: the Health Information Systems Research Centre, Financial Services Innovation Centre, and the Institute for Business Development and Competitiveness. Stephen is also a visiting academic at University of Agder, Norway and a guest lecturer at University of Münster, Germany.

Grants and Honours

  • 01/01/2021 - Research Excellence Publication Award, Cork University Business School
  • 15/06/2020 - Guest Lecturer, University of Münster, Germany - EU-funded ERASMUS+ Master programme ‘Public Sector Innovation and EGovernance (PIONEER)’, University of Münster
  • 15/06/2020 - Best Paper Award Nomination - ECIS 2020, Association for Information Systems
  • 11/11/2019 - Visiting Scholar at University of Agder, Norway (Scholarship), Universitetet i Agder
  • 12/12/2018 - Best Paper Award Nomination - ICIS 2018, Association for Information Systems
  • 12/11/2018 - College of Business and Law (CBL) Development Award, University College Cork
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Other Activities

  • 01/01/2021 - Media - OECD Case Study "The Integrated Patient Journey Map"
  • 12/11/2020 - Media - RTÉ Brainstorm "Who controls the internet?"
  • 01/01/2020 - Co-Chair - BIS Athena SWAN Steering Committee
  • 02/09/2019 - Reviewer - IT & People
  • 03/12/2018 - Associate Editor - European Conference on Information Systems ITPM
  • 02/01/2017 - Reviewer - Journal of Decision Systems
  • 01/06/2015 - Organising Committee - 3rd European Technology Assessment Conference
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Research Domains

  • Information Systems (IS)  
  • IT project management
  • Technology adoption and use
  • Societal implications of IT
  • Citizen science
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Journal article

Year Publication
2014 DOYLE, E., MCGOVERN, D., MCCARTHY, S. (2014). Compliance–innovation: Integrating quality and compliance knowledge and practice. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence. Details
2017 LIM, Y. Y., GARCIA, M. S., CUNEEN, M., THOMPSON, G., ASSEM, H., KENNY, L., ... O'REILLY, P. (2017). OP 4 Learning to evaluate and manage antenatal blood pressure at home (LEANBH). Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women's Cardiovascular Health. Details
2018 WALSH, E., SAHM, L. J., KEARNEY, P., SMITHSON, H., KERINS, D., C., N., ... MCCARTHY, S. (2018). The PHARMS (Patient Held Active Record of Medication Status) feasibility study: A research proposal. BMC Research Notes. Details
2017 WALSH, E., SAHM, L. J., KEARNEY, P., SMITHSON, W. H., BYRNE, D., KERINS, D., ... MCCARTHY, S. (2017). The Patient Held Active Record of Medication Status (PHARMS) Feasibility Study. International Journal of Integrated Care. Details
2019 DOYLE, E., MCGOVERN, D., MCCARTHY, S., PEREZ-ALANIZ, M. (2019). Compliance-innovation: A quality-based route to sustainability. Journal of Cleaner Production. Details
2016 MCCARTHY, S., O'REILLY, P., WOODWORTH, S., LIM, Y., ADAM, F., KENNY, L. (2016). An integrated patient journey mapping tool for embedding quality in healthcare service reform. Journal of Decision Systems, 25 (10), 354-368. doi:10.1080/12460125.2016.1187394. Details
2020 MURPHY, A., BROSNAN, S., MCCARTHY, S., BRADLEY, C., O'REILLY, P., KIRBY, A. (2020). A World Café Approach - Exploring the Future Vision of Oral Anticoagulants for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Patients in Ireland. BMJ Open.
2019 MCCARTHY, S., O'RAGHALLAIGH, P., WOODWORTH, S., LIM, Y. Y., KENNY, L. C., ADAM, F. (2019). The ‘Integrated Patient Journey Map’: A Design Tool for Embedding the Pillars of Quality in Health Information Technology Solutions (Preprint). JMIR Human Factors. Details
2021 MCCARTHY, S. (2021). Antecedents and consequences of problematic smartphone use: A systematic literature review of an emerging research area. Computers in Human Behavior, 4, 106414. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2020.106414. Details
2020 MCCARTHY, S., ROWAN, W., LYNCH, L., FITZGERALD, C. (2020). Blended Stakeholder Participation for Responsible Information Systems Research. Communications of the Association for Information Systems. Details
2020 MCCARTHY, S., FITZGERALD, C., SAHM, L. J., BRADLEY, C., WALSH, E. K. (2020). Patient-held health IT adoption across the primary-secondary care interface: a Normalisation Process Theory perspective. Health Systems. doi:10.1080/20476965.2020.1822146. Details

Book chapter

Year Publication
2016 FITZGERALD, C., MCCARTHY, S., CARTON, F., O'CONNOR, Y., LYNCH, L., ADAM, F. (2016). Citizen participation in decision-making and the shaping of new technologies: can one make a difference?. Journal of Decision systems. Journal of Decision Systems. Details

Conference paper

Year Publication
2018 MCCARTHY, S., O’RAGHALLAIGH, P., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2018). Exploring the Nuances of 'Wickedness' in Information Systems Development. HICSS. Details
2019 MCCARTHY, S., O’RAGHALLAIGH, P., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2019). Towards a Framework for Shared Understanding and Shared Commitment in Agile Distributed ISD Project Teams. Association of Information Systems.
2019 MCCARTHY, S., O’RAGHALLAIGH, P., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2019). Distributed ISD Team Leadership and the Paradox of Cohesion and Conflict.
2017 MCCARTHY, S., O'REILLY, P., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2017). A Typology for Organizational ICT Practice.
2017 O'REILLY, P., MCCARTHY, S., ADAM, F. (2017). Sociomateriality: An Object-Inspired Proposal for IS Scholars. Association of Information Systems.
2015 MCCARTHY, S., O'CONNOR, Y., THOMPSON, M., O'SULLIVAN, T., RYAN, D., O'CONNOR, S. (2015). Wearable Vital Sign Sensors and Their Potential within Low and Middle Income Countries.. Association of Information Systems.
2018 MCCARTHY, S., O'REILLY, P., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2018). Social complexity and team cohesion in multiparty information systems development projects. Journal of Decision Systems. Details
2016 FITZGERALD, C., MCCARTHY, S., CARTON, F., O'CONNOR, Y., LYNCH, L., ADAM, F. (2016). Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Can one make a difference?. Details
2016 O'RAGHALLAIGH, P., MCCARTHY, S., WOODWORTH, S., ADAM, F., LIM, Y., KENNY, L. (2016). IoT and the emerging role of fictional prototyping.
2017 MCCARTHY, S., O'RAGHALLAIGH, P., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2017). Impacts of openness on the success of information system development research projects. Details
2018 MCCARTHY, S., FITZGERALD, C., O'REILLY, P., ADAM, F. (2018). Theorising antecedents of cohesion and conflict in distributed ISD project teams.
2020 MCCARTHY, S., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2020). Building Bridges, Burning Bridges: The Use of Boundary Objects in Agile Distributed ISD Teams. Details
2020 O'RAGHALLAIGH, P., MCCARTHY, S., FITZGERALD, C., ADAM, F. (2020). Intergroup Participation in Distributed ISD: Reviving an Established Tradition for new Contexts.
2021 MCCARTHY, S. (2021). The Pragmatic School of Thought in Open Science Practice: A Case Study of Multi-stakeholder Participation in Shaping the Future of Internet Governance.
2021 MCCARTHY, S. (2021). The Rise and Fall of Collective Identity: Understanding Antecedents and Inhibitors of Social Identification in Distributed Teams.


Year Publication
2019 MCCARTHY, S. (2019). Exploring the factors which affect cohesion and conflict in distributed information systems development project teams., Ireland.

Magazine article

Year Publication
2016 O'REILLY, P., MCCARTHY, S., WOODWORTH, S., ADAM, F. (2016). Fictional Prototyping for Digital Transformation. Cutter IT Journal.
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