Rory O'Shea

Associate Professor

School of Business
UCD College of Business
Dublin 4

Tel: 01-7164715


Dr Rory O'Shea is an Associate Professor of Management at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. He holds the position of Academic Director of the UCD Cantillon Research Centre for Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation and is an affiliate member of the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life.

Rory's research investigates (1) the strategies used by universities and firms to manage intellectual property and the technology transfer process, (2) the resource assembly processes that are involved in the scale-up of innovation-based enterprises, and (3) the institutional dynamics that create vibrant regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He has published in many of the leading international academic journals in the field of innovation management such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Organization Studies. He has also co-edited a book volume entitled, Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities, An Entrepreneurial Approach (Cambridge University Press)Rory has also contributed to a number of influential policy-related articles on technology policy and startups in Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur Inc, NBC News, Financial Times, Forbes, Sunday Independent and The Irish Times.

Prior to joining UCD as a faculty member, Rory completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sloan School of Management, MIT and served as a committee member on the MIT Postdoctoral Association.  From 2012-14, he worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIT. As an undergraduate student at UCD, Rory was elected Auditor (President) of the Commerce and Economics Society and during his tenure the society was awarded the 'UCD Society of the Year' award. He is a recipient of the UCD President's Award and he has played tennis for Leinster and UCD. He currently serves as a council member of the Leinster Branch of Tennis Ireland. Outside of work much of Rory's time revolves around enjoying a variety of family activities and supporting the Kilkenny hurling team.



Book Chapters

Fitzgerald C. & O'Shea R.P. (2015) 'A Review of the Development of the Technology Transfer System in Ireland' In: Breznitz, S; Etzkowitz H (eds). The Globalization of Academic Innovation. UK: Routledge. [Details]
Allen T.J. & O'Shea R.P. (2014) 'Introduction to Academic Entrepreneurship' In: T.J. Allen & O'Shea R.P (eds). Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
O'Shea R.P., Chugh. H., Allen T.J. & Fitzgerald C (2014) 'University-­based Entrepreneurship: A Synthesis of the Literature' In: T.J Allen & O'Shea R.P (eds). Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Fishman E., O'Shea R.P. & Allen T.J. (2014) 'Creating the MIT Entrepreneurial Ecosystem' In: T.J. Allen & O'Shea R.P (eds). Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
O'Shea R.P. & Allen T.J. (2014) 'Conclusion: Strategies for the Enhancement of University­‐based Entrepreneurship' In: T.J Allen & O'Shea R.P (eds). Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Fitzgerald C. Ledwith M. O'Shea RP (2014) 'The Role of the Technology Transfer Office in Promoting University-Industry Collaboration' In: François Thérin (eds). Technology Entrepreneurship. UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
Bowe P. & O'Shea R.P. (2012) 'Critical Development Paths of University Spinoff Ventures' In: Dr. Thierry Burger-Helmchen; University of Strasbourg (eds). Entrepreneurship: Born, Made and Educated. US: Open Access Press. [Details]
Allen W. and O'Shea, R.P. (2010) 'Promoting Effective University Commercialisation' In: Petra Ahrweiler (eds). Innovation Systems. UK: Routledge. [Details]
Roche, F., O'Shea R.P., Allen T.J. & Breznitz D. (2008) 'The Dynamics of an Emerging Entrepreneurial Region in Ireland' In: Phillip H. Phan, Sankaran Venkataraman, Rama Velamuri (eds). Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies: Theory, Evidence and Implications. London: Edward Elgar. [Details]
O'Shea, R ; (2007) 'Determinants of University Start-Up Activity' In: F. Therin (eds). Handbook of Research on Technoentrepreneurship. London: Edward Elgar. [Details]

Edited Books

Allen T.J. & O'Shea R.P (Ed.). (2014) Building Technology Transfer in Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lockett, A., O'Shea R.P. & Wright, M. (2008) 'Development of the Resource-Based View: Reflections from Birger Wernerfelt'. Organizational Studies, 29 (1):1117-1124. [Details]
Breznitz, S., O'Shea R.P. & T.J. Allen (2008) 'University Commercialization Strategies in the Development of Regional Bioclusters'. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 25 (2):129-142. [Details]
O'Shea, R.P., Chugh H. & Allen T.J. (2008) 'Determinants and Consequences of University Spinoff Activity: A Conceptual Framework'. Journal of Technology Transfer, 33 (6):653-666. [Details]
O'Shea, R.P., Allen. T.J., O'Gorman, C. & Roche F. (2007) 'Delineating the Anatomy of an Entrepreneurial University: The MIT Experience'. R and D Management, 37 (1):1-16. [Details]
O'Shea, R.P., Allen, T.J., Chevalier, A. & Roche F. (2005) 'Entrepreneurial Orientation, Technology Transfer and Spinoff Performance of U.S. Universities'. Research Policy, 34 (7):994-1009. [Details]

Other Journals

O'Shea, RP; Allen JT; O'Gorman C; Roche F (2004) 'Universities and Technology Transfer: A Review of the Academic Entrepreneurship Literature' Irish Journal of Management . [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Irish Times (2009) Ready for the breakthrough - Evaluation of university spinoff performance in Ireland and the role of business schools in the promotion of university-based entrepreneurship. The Irish Times. Newspaper Articles [Details]
O'Shea RP Allen TJ (2014) The roadblock to commercialisation: University technology transfer offices (can) act as bottlenecks and focus on short-term financial returns. Financial Times. Newspaper Articles [Details]
O'Shea RP (2014) What MIT can teach colleges about becoming an economic powerhouse. Bloomberg Businessweek. Newspaper Articles [Details]
Clifford Coonan (2011) Build it and they will come - The role of technology centres in attracting R&D investment. The Irish Times. Newspaper Articles [Details]
O'Shea RP (2009) Government must support innovation - building the foundations for a knowledge-based society. Sunday Independent. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Policy Contribution

Barry McCall (2014) Turning university innovation into commercial reality - The importance of frontier, discovery driven research in the success of university technology transfer. The Irish Times. Policy Contribution [Details]
O'Shea RP Allen TJ (2014) Bridging the gap between university research and industry, Author Perspectives blog, Cambridge University Press. Policy Contribution [Details]
Lillington K (2012) Irish universities have a lot to learn about start-ups. The Irish Times. Policy Contribution [Details]
John Ihle (2010) Assessing the implications of new venture capital initiatives in Ireland. The Sunday Tribune. Policy Contribution [Details]
Ian Campbell (2009) Why shaking up third-level R&D would pay economic dividends. The Irish Times. Policy Contribution [Details]


O'Shea RP (2014) Business schools should be transformed to drive entrepreneurism. Entrepreneur Inc. Articles [Details]
O'Shea (2013) How to build a fast growth start-up. Forbes. Articles [Details]



Recent Postgraduates

Ciara Fitzgerald (PostDoctoral Fellow, 2012)  
Brian Massey (MPhil, 2010)  
Philip Bowe (MiM, 2010) 
Margaret Lindo (MSc, 2009)  
Will Allen (MSc, 2008)   


Current Postgraduate Students

Kevin Walsh, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor



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201700   BMGT30340     Business Management: New Venture Creation & Develop

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