Eleanor O'Higgins

School of Business
UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School
Carysfort Avenue
Co. Dublin

Tel: 017164386


Eleanor O'Higgins (BA, MSc, MBA, PhD) is Adjunct Associate Professor at the College of Business at UCD and is an Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She specialises in teaching, research and publications on business ethics, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and strategic and public management.

She is the author of numerous papers in academic and professional journals, newspaper articles, book chapters and case studies. She has received a number of international awards for peer reviewed articles on business ethics and governance. Her case studies and research work on the airline industry and on Ryanair have also received prestigious international awards.

Dr O'Higgins serves on the editorial boards of several international management, ethics and corporate governance journals. Dr O'Higgins carries out a range of national and international teaching and speaking assignments. She is a member of the Business Ethics and of the Public Management & Governance interfaculty groups of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). She has held a range of leadership positions in the US Academy of Management, including chairing the Ethics Committee and the International Theme Committee. 

Dr O'Higgins is on the board of St. James¿s Hospital and she is a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board and of the Dental Council. Previously she served on the Press Council of Ireland; and a member of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) Sustainable Enterprise Group. She has served on the board of directors of IDA Ireland and as a member of its Audit and of its Management Development & Remuneration Committees, and on the board of The Marine Institute, where she also served on the Audit Committee. She has also served as a director of Transparency International Ireland and of the Well Woman Group of health clinics.

In addition to her membership and chairmanship of various boards and working committees, her practical experience includes her earlier managerial career and her consulting work on strategy, board effectiveness, corporate governance, ethics and corporate social responsibilities. Previously, she worked as staff development manager at RTE, and prior to that, as a clinical psychologist in the Irish health services and as a research psychologist at Harvard University Medical School.



Book Chapters

O'Higgins, E. (2016) 'Is the co-operative model a realistic alternative to joint stock companies?' In: Enderle, G., Murphy, P (eds). Ethical Innovation in Business and the Economy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
O'Higgins, E. (2016) 'Is the co-operative model a realistic alternative to traditional joint stock companies?' In: Enderle, G. & Murphy, P (eds). Ethical Innovation in Business and the Economy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
O'Higgins, E (2016) 'Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline: Whither Now?'' In: Krishna G. Palepu, Paul M. Healy and Erik Peek (eds). Business Analysis and Valuation IFRS edition, 4th edition. Andover, UK: Cengage Learning EMEA Ltd. [Details]
O'Higgins, E. (2015) 'The tortoise and the hare ¿ alternative approaches to capitalism' In: Ims, K.O.J & Pedersen, L.J (eds). Business and the Greater Good - Rethinking Business Ethics in an Age of Crísìs. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2014) 'Ryanair: the low fares airline ¿ Future directions?' In: Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Scholes, K, Angwin, D & Regner, P (eds). Exploring Strategy. Harlow, Essex: FT Prentice Hall. , pp.612-623 [Details]
O'Higgins, Eleanor (2014) 'Ryanair ¿ The low fares airline ¿ whither now?' In: Barney, J.B & Hesterly, W.S (eds). Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: Concepts and Cases. New York: Pearson. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2012) 'The wealth of oceans: Reconciling preservation and exploitation?' In: Ims, K.O.J. & Nystad, O (eds). Practice and Theory in Economy, Culture and Nature. Oslo, Norway: Universitetiet i Nordland. , pp.93-114 [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2012) 'Ryanair, The low fares airline: Whither now?' In: Wilson, A., Zeithaml, V.A., Bitner, M.J. & Gremler, D.D (eds). Services Marketing: Integrating Customer Focus Across the Firm. Maidemhead, Berkshire, UK: McGraw-Hill. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2011) 'Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline: Future Destinations?' In: Johnson, G., Whittington, R. & Scholes, K (eds). Exploring Strategy - Text and Cases (ninth edition). Harlow, Essex, UK: FT Prentice hall. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E; (2011) 'Bankers¿ bonuses and the ethics of the seven deadly sins' In: Jakobsen, O. & Pedersen, L.J.T (eds). Responsibility, Deep Ecology and the Self. Oslo, Norway: forlag1. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2011) 'The ethics of private equity buy-out deals: The impact on stakeholders and society' In: Perrini, F. & Tencati, A (eds). Business Ethics and Corporate Sustainability. UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. ; (2009) 'The chairman of the board of directors: Role and contribution' In: Kakabadse, A. & Kakabadse, N (eds). Global Boards: One Desire, Many Realities. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Boda, Z., O'Higgins, E.R.E. & Schedler, K.; (2009) 'Cooperating with social and political actors' In: Zsolnai, L (eds). The Future International Manager. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Kavanagh, M. & O'Higgins, E.R.E. ; (2009) 'The development of corporate governance in Ireland' In: Lopez-Iturriaga, F.J (eds). Codes of Good Governance Around the World. New York: Nova. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. & Pesqueux, Y. ; (2009) 'Management education - A path to business integrity?' In: O¿Higgins, E.R.E. & Pesqueux, Y. ; (eds). Ethical Prospects: Economy, Society and Environment. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
O'Higgins, E. ; (2008) 'Ryanair - The low fares airline' In: Johnson, G., Scholes, K. & Whittington, R (eds). Exploring Corporate Strategy (Eighth edition). Harlow, Essex, UK: FT Prentice Hall. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2008) 'Ryanair - European pioneer of budget airline travel' In: Thompson, A., Strickland, A & Gamble, J.E (eds). Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage ( 16th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2006) 'Ryanair - The No Fares Airline?' In: Fahy, J. & Jobber, D (eds). Foundations of Marketing (Second Edition). Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E; (2005) 'Bridging the Atlantic' In: Habisch, A., Jonker, J., Wegner, M. & Schmidtpeter, R (eds). Corporate Social Responsibility Across Europe. Berlin: Springer. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2005) 'Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline' In: Johnson, G., Scholes, K. & Whittington, R (eds). Exploring Corporate Strategy (Seventh Edition). Harlow, Essex, UK: Prentice hall. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2004) 'CEO compensation: Parameters, paradigms and paradoxes' In: Brenkert, G (eds). Corporate Integrity and Accountability. Thousand Oaks, California, USA: Sage. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2004) 'Do principles count?' In: Crainer, S. & Dearlove, D (eds). Financial Times Handbook of Management (Third edition). harlow, Essex, UK: Pearson Education. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2002) 'The stakeholder corporation' In: Zsolnai, L (eds). Ethics in the Economy: Handbook of Business Ethics. Bern & Oxford: Peter Lang European Academic Publishers. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2002) 'Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline' In: Johnson, G. & Scholes, K (eds). Exploring Corporate Strategy: Text and Cases. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Prentice-Hall. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2002) 'Ryanair - The No Fares Airline?' In: Fahy, J. & Jobber, D (eds). Foundations of Marketing. London, UK: McGraw Hill. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. & Harrigan, E.; (2002) 'Green business practices: Why should companies get involved?' In: Von Weltzien Hoivik, H (eds). Business Ethics and Leadership in Action. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA, US: Edward Elgar Publishing. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2001) 'Spotlight on pay-for-performance system. And Is the Celtic Tiger breeding fat cats?' In: Power, T., Walsh, S. & O¿Meara, P (eds). Financial Management: An Irish Text. Dublin, Ireland: Gill & Macmillan. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (1990) 'Small businesses face big challenges: Seeking success in the Single European Market' In: Garsombke, T.W. & Garsombke, D.J (eds). Shaping Entrepreneurial Thinking for the 1990s. USA: United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lam, C.S. & O¿Higgins, E. (2015) 'To examine the influence of emotional intelligence on team outcomes via the mediating mechanism of transformational leadership'. Management and Organization Review, . [Details]
Lam, C.S. & O¿Higgins, E.R.E. (2013) 'Emotional intelligence and leadership in China'. Asia Pacific Management Review, 18 (4):443-469. [Details]
Lam, C.S. & O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2012) 'Enhancing employee outcomes: The interrelated influences of managers' emotional intelligence and leadership style'. Leadership & Organisation Development, 33 (2):149-174. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2010) 'Corporations, civil society and stakeholders: An organizational conceptualisation'. Journal of Business Ethics, 95 (2):157-176. [Details]
Bonner, S,O'Higgins, E; (2010) 'Music piracy: ethical perspectives'. Management Decision, 48 :1341-1354. [DOI] [Details]
O'Higgins, ERE; (2010) 'Corporations, Civil Society, and Stakeholders: An Organizational Conceptualization'. Journal of Business Ethics, 94 :157-176. [DOI] [Details]
Claussen, J. & O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2010) 'Competing on value - perspectives on business class aviation'. Journal of Air Transport Management, 16 (4):202-208. [Details]
Bonner, S. & O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2010) 'Music piracy - ethical perspectives'. Management Decision, 48 (9):1341-1354. [Details]
Gyves, S & O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2008) 'Corporate social responsibility: An avenue for sustainable benefit for society and the firm?'. Society and Business Review, 3 (3):207-223. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2006) 'Corruption, underdevelopment and extractive resource industries: Addressing the vicious cycle'. Business Ethics Quarterly, 16 (2):235-254. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. & Morgan, J.; (2006) 'Stakeholder salience and engagement in political organisations: Who and what really counts?'. Society and Business Review, 1 (1):62-76. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. & Kelleher, B; (2005) 'Comparative perspectives on the ethical orientations of human resources, marketing and finance functional managers'. Journal of Business Ethics, 56 :275-288. [DOI] [Details]
Veiga, J.F., Thompson, J., Dino, R., Chow, I., O¿Higgins, E. & Al Khalifa, A. ; (2004) 'The ethics of cyberveillance in a global context'. Review of Business Information Systems, 8 (3):21-27. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2003) 'Global strategies: Contradictions and consequences'. Corporate Governance International Journal of Business in Society, 3 (3):52-66. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2002) 'Government and the creation of the Celtic Tiger: Can management maintain the momentum?'. Academy of Management Executive, 16 :104-120. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. & Weigel, J.; (2002) 'Wal-Mart's magic formula: Past its sell-by date?'. Business Strategy Review, 13 (3):52-61. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2002) 'Non-executive directors on boards in Ireland: Co-option, characteristics and contributions'. Corporate Governance; An International Review, 10 :19-28. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2001) 'What matters most: The importance of all stakeholders'. Strategic Investor Relations, 1 (1):81-87. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.; (2001) 'Book review of ¿Senior Female International Managers: Why so Few¿, by Margaret Linehan, Ashgate Press'. International Journal of Manpower Studies, 22 (5):475-477. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. & Weigel, J.; (1999) 'HOB: A new tool for tracking and increasing value added'. Long Range Planning, 32 :65-74. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.; (1999) 'Book review of Managing Like a Man ¿ Women and Men in Corporate Management, by Susan Wajcman, Polity Press'. New Technology Work and Employment, October :161-162. [Details]
MacCanna, Leo, Brennan, Niamh and O'Higgins, Eleanor R.E. (1998) 'National Networks of Corporate Power: An Irish Perspective'. Journal of Management and Governance, 2 (4):355-377. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
O'Higgins, E; (1988) 'Organising for re-adaptation: The reconciliation of innovation and efficiency'. Irish Journal of Business and Administrative Research, 9 :59-68. [Details]

Other Journals

O'Higgins, E (2014) 'Ethics and dentistry' Journal of the Irish Dental Association . [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2013) 'Bridging the gulf - Trust and banking' Bamking Ireland 119 (Spring) :22-24. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2012) 'Executive remuneration - The myth of pay-for-performance' Accountancy Ireland 44 (4) :26-28. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. (2011) 'What is CSR ¿ and what is it not?' CEMS Magazine Spring :52. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. (2004) 'What is CSR and why does it matter?' PLC Global Counsel September :24. [Details]
Zsolnai, L., Dologowski, T, Ims, K., Lozano, J., O¿Higgins, E. & Tencati, A. (2004) 'Globalisation and the community' European Business Forum Autumn :22. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. (2003) 'Les enterprises seraient-elles des ¿fashion victims¿?' Tout L¿Emploi (Switzerland) 154 :34. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. (2003) 'Post-Enron ethics ¿ Do principles count?' Accountancy Ireland :7. [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E. (2002) 'Crisis management: Be prepared' European Business Forum 9 (Spring) :75. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. & Weigel, J. (2002) 'Will Wal-Mart stumble?' strategy+business (Third Quarter) :6. [Details]
O¿Higgins, E.R.E. (2000) 'Corporate governance' Irish Association of Pension Funds Journal (January) :10. [Details]
MacCanna, Leo, Brennan, Niamh and O'Higgins, Eleanor; (1998) 'The Old Boys Network and Irish Company Boards' Accountancy Ireland 30 (3) :6-8. Link to full text [Details]

Conference Publications

Brennan, Niamh, MacCanna, Leo, and O'Higgins, Eleanor; (1998) National Networks of Corporate Power: An Irish Perspective 11th Annual Conference of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference University of Ulster at Coleraine, , 08-APR-98 - 09-APR-98 [Details]
Brugha, C. and O'Higgins, E.; (1997) Creativity and Learning: Individuals in Organisations The Fifth European Congress of Psychology Dublin, [Details]

Book Reviews

O'Higgins, E (2001) Senior female international managers: Why so few?. Book Reviews [Details]
O'Higgins, E (1999) Managing like a man: Women and men in corporate management. Book Reviews [Details]

Research Papers

Brugha, C. and O'Higgins, E. and Weigel, J.; (1997) Three Approaches To Evaluating The Performance Of Companies. Research Papers [Details]

Published Case Studies

O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2011) Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline- Whither Now?. Published Case Studies [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (2005) Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline (B). Published Case Studies [Details]
Vercesi, M.P.; (2004) Jordan Formula One At Heartbeat Speed. Published Case Studies [Details]
Ravi Puranik; (2002) The Housing Development Finance Corporation (India). Published Case Studies [Details]
unknown; (2002) Spedpol Case Study: Ethical Principles: A Tool for Empowerment. Published Case Studies [Details]
Mokhethi Moshoeshoe; (2002) Nedbank. Published Case Studies [Details]
Duggan, S.; (2001) A Note on the Luxury Goods Industry. Published Case Studies [Details]
O'Higgins, E.R.E.; (1999) Ryanair - The Low Fares Airline. Published Case Studies [Details]


Research Interests

Business Ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Governance

Strategic Management


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