UCD Innovation Research Unit

The mission of the Innovation Research Unit (IRU) is to investigate the interaction of science and society. IRU projects deal with research and innovation networks on the international, national, regional and sectoral level. IRU's emphasis is on applying new methods to Science and Technology Studies such as agent-based simulation and social network analysis complementing quantitative and qualitative research in the social sciences. Research results shall support policymakers and business managers in facing the economic, social, and political challenges presented by developments in science, technology and innovation.

At IRU, agent-based modelling (ABM) is used – a powerful and innovative methodology for policy modelling, which gains more and more prominence in the scientific community – to identify and understand the effects of certain innovation policy strategies and their associated knowledge dynamics. We can build on a highly-validated and widely-used simulation model, which has been used to model e.g. organisational learning in and between firms to explore spillover effects (Gilbert, Ahrweiler and Pyka, 2007; Pyka, Ahrweiler and Gilbert, 2009), the effects of partner choice and capital distribution on industry size and performance (Ahrweiler, et al., 2010), and the structural characteristics of innovation networks (Pyka, Ahrweiler and Gilbert, 2007). This model is constantly improved for different applications relying on a development history, which started in 1998 with the EU project “Simulating self-organising Innovation Networks”) (SEIN).

IRU are the lead partner in the IPSE project, which investigates different aspects of Irish innovation networks. In our Computational Policy Lab, we will develop and test optimising strategies for Irish innovation policy, and work on options for anticipating and analysing new developments to help the recovery of the economy

UCD Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation

The Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO) is home to a multi-disciplinary research community that is broadly concerned with understanding the role played by information, knowledge and information and communication technologies (ICT) in organisational processes, both within and between business corporations and broader social institutions. More specifically, a key focus of the Centre's research activities is on understanding the dynamics of ICT-enabled organisational change, and on developing approaches and implications for the management of IS innovation.

The research activities of CITO are focused on understanding the relationship between innovation, technology and organisation, and the associated policy and management implications. Our approach is guided by the assumption that a sophisticated understanding of information and technology, and their role in the constitution of social and organisational life, should be based on an appreciation of how such artefacts come to be embedded within broader institutional (organisational, cultural, economic, political) contexts. As such, our research work is concerned with in-depth empirical studies of information systems implementation and use that are especially attentive to the underlying social relations within which such systems are embedded. We are committed to developing appropriate theoretical perspectives for illuminating such processes by drawing from a variety of intellectual traditions, including philosophy, sociology, political science, psychology, economics and organisation theory. The emphasis is on the pragmatic use of theory to make tangible and insightful contributions to management practice.

UCD Geary Institute

The UCD Geary Institute is one of the leading social science research institutes in Ireland and is home to a number of research projects in areas of human development, behavioural and applied micro economics, computational social science, political science, public health and social statistics. The Dynamics Lab at the Geary Institute ( but also with research facilities at UCD CASL, focuses on dynamic and complex behaviour in social networks and group processes. It fosters an interdisciplinary approach and brings together researchers interested in computational social science, including dynamic social network analysis, agent based social simulation, group social processes, group decision modeling and dynamic game approaches.

The Geary Institute in collaboration with the Dynamics Lab hosts a very successful 4 year Thematic Doctoral Training programme in “Complex Systems and Computational Social Science” which forms part of the PRTLI 5 funded umbrella thematic PhD in Simulation Sciences .

The presentation of output by Geary researchers in leading international peer-reviewed journals including the top 4 ranked journals in economics, the top ranked journal in statistics, the top ranked journal in public health and the top field journals in major areas of economic and social sciences. The Institute is the most cited producer of economics research in Ireland as measured by the Social Science Research Network, and is the only Irish research institute in this discipline to make the global top 5% of research institutes

UCD School of Business Management

Management is the largest of the subject areas in the UCD School of Business at University College Dublin. Management provides both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching input for the degree programmes of the UCD School of Business.

The principal areas of academic specialty lie in the core business areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, international business, organisational behaviour, strategy, supply chain management, and technology management. The Subject Area makes an important contribution to the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including, the Masters of Science (Business), the MBA, the PhD programmes, and our overseas programmes. Research includes: Contingency effects of buyer-supplier relationships on JIT practices and performance. Innovation and product development in supply chains. The relationship between quality management, market orientation and business performance. The impact of telematics on supply chain competitiveness. Benchmarking supply chain practice and performance. Sense and respond: managerial implications
Recent reports from the Financial Times and the Economists Intelligence Unit (EUI) ranked the UCD School of Business as the top ranked Business School in Ireland and one of the leading schools in Europe. Reflecting the international focus of the School, a recent survey published in Long Range Planning ranked the UCD School of Business first of European schools in terms of percentage of collaborative articles with researchers from the US.

Journal article: Su, P. & McNamara, P. 2012. Exploration and exploitation within and across intra-organisational domains and their reactions to firm-level failure. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 24(2): 129-149.

Conference papers: Su, P. & Mc Namara, P., 2012. Performance implications of balancing exploration and exploitation within and across intra-organizational domains. International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, Limerick.
Su, P. & Mc Namara, P., 2012. The impact of failure experience in product development on knowledge usage and financial performance of the firm. International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, Limerick.

QUB School of Management

Queen’s University Management School has been in existence for over thirty years, and was one of the first schools in the United Kingdom to offer undergraduate management education and the MBA degree.

With eighty academic staff and supported by twenty-two support staff, Queen’s University Management School has benefited from targeted investment from the University in a series of new academic appointments and the result is a vibrant mix of high quality young and established researchers and lecturers.

Research interests include evaluation of government policy to promote innovation, technology transfer and economic development. She has also researched in the area of entrepreneurship and small business strategy and has acted as an international expert to the World Bank as well as Government departments in Ireland and the UK.

External Institutional Collaborator

The EA European Academy

The EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment GmbH deals with the relation of knowledge and society: Science, technology and innovation change our societies rapidly. They open new courses of action and create opportunities but also introduce unknown risks and consequences. As an interdisciplinary research institute, the EA European Academy analyses and reflects these developments. Furthermore, different future scenarios can be developed, and competing strategies can be experimentally tested in our EA Lab before they are implemented to provide guidance and policy advice to decisionmakers. At the EA Lab researchers combine interdisciplinary empirical research with computational methods such as network analysis, agent-based modelling and social simulation. Based on the results of their findings, the EA European Academy informs policymakers and business managers when facing the economic, social and political challenges presented by developments in science, technology and innovation. The EA European Academy was established as a non-profit corporation in 1996 by the Federal German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).