Professor Paul Donnelly
Professor of Management and Organisation Studies
College of Business
Dublin Institute of Technology
Aungier Street (3-062)
p: (+353-1) 4023182
Professor Donnelly joined Dublin Institute of Technology in 2004, following his move from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. Prior to moving to the US to study for his PhD, he worked in various roles (head of customer relations, head of internal communications, executive assistant to the commercial director, and business analyst) with Telecom Éireann (now eir).
As Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Paul teaches final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of strategy, organisational behaviour and organisational theory. In terms of teaching, Professor Donnellly takes the stance that he is not the ‘sage on the stage’ and that his students are not passive vessels to be filled with knowledge. Instead, he seeks to engage students as active accomplices in their own learning —including critically examining knowledge and embedded assumptions— through creating an interactive, participative and collaborative learning space. As such, his role is that of a facilitator guiding students in their learning and encouraging both peer-to-peer and self-directed learning, thereby serving to lessen their dependence on himself as the ‘all-knowing expert’ and placing more emphasis on their own abilities as learners.
With an affinity for exploring management and organisation through the lenses of critical management studies, and working with qualitative methodologies, my research seeks to understand the experiences and practices of people and groups at the margins of management and organisation research. Also, at the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, I am developing a growing interest in the future of work. I welcome expressions of interest from prospective MPhil and PhD students in these or related areas.
Professor Donnelly is a Fulbright Fellow, Taiwan Fellow, and College of Business Research Fellow. He is active in both service and engagement internally (e.g., member of School, College and Institute Committees, Fulbright Ambassador to DIT) and externally (e.g., Independent Member of the National Economic and Social Council, Expert Evaluator and Monitor with the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Co-Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management, international journal peer reviewing, panel chair/member for the Fulbright Commission Ireland Awards, and President Emeritus of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association).