Major New Book Just Published on Irish Business and Society


Editors (left to right): Drs. John Hogan, Brendan K. O?Rourke and Paul F. Donnelly.

24th November 2010

Edited by DIT colleagues Drs. John Hogan, Paul F. Donnelly and Brendan K. O?Rourke (all School of Marketing), Irish Business & Society: Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century (Gill & Macmillan - ISBN: 9780717149902) has just been published. Providing acontemporary exploration of the wide-ranging debates surrounding the relationships between business and society in 21st century Ireland, this is the first book of its kind on the Irish market and it is being received very positively, both nationally and internationally.

Irish Business & Society examines how, over the past half century, the relationships between Irish business and society were governed, and how participation within business and society was exercised, tested, challenged and transformed. Although the business and societal structures that enabled Ireland achieve spectacular economic success over the past two decades are still in place, a series of questions now faces the country. Are these structures still fit for the purposes they were initially designed to address? Can they be adapted to the new reality of the changed world? Or, do they need to be revised, or even discarded in favour of something radically different? As such, the end of the first decade of the 21st century constitutes an ideal time to take stock of the state of business and society in Ireland.

The book?s 31 chapters come from 35 contributors, amongst whom are some of the leading and upcoming academics in a range of disciplines including sociology, economics, political science, business, and law. These academics, who provide both national and international perspectives on Irish business and society, variously hail from DIT, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Dublin City University, University of Stirling (UK), Columbia University (US), Eastern University (US), University of Wisconsin (US), National University of Singapore, James Cook University (Australia), and The Irish Times. From DIT, some ten colleagues contributed their work, including the editors.

While the book is primarily targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars in the areas of business, political science, sociology and economics, it will also appeal to anyone with an interest in Irish business and society.

In reviewing Irish Business & Society, Jon Van Til(Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA) commented that it ?presents the best of Irish social science, neatly packaged around themes of governance, participation, and transformation. Many of these original chapters are brilliantly crafted, and while they show an Ireland slipping off a time of rapid growth, themes of hope abound in enterprise, social and economic partnership, civil society, social inclusion, and Europeanization. Read it through for a clear view of what makes today?s Ireland click, and sometimes sputter.?

Peter Cassells (Chairman, National Centre for Partnership and Performance; Chairman, DHR Communications; former General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions) noted that Irish Business & Society is a ?very stimulating book of essays [that] brought me right back to this quote from Tom Stoppard?s Arcadia: ?It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing. It?s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.? There is a real sense from these essays that, once again, Ireland is at a turning point, in business, society and public governance.?

And, on reading Irish Business & Society, Jim Barry (Chief Executive, NTR plc; member of Council of Patrons, Special Olympics Ireland; board member, The Ireland Funds) commented that it ?succeeds in drawing an excellent, multi-dimensional perspective on Ireland from some of our most perceptive academic commentators as we seek to address the role of business in our society in the 21st Century. It comprehensively addresses the various themes relevant to Irish business and society in one coherent volume and should be required reading for all citizens seeking to improve their understanding of modern Ireland. Its economic and social analysis of the ?Celtic Tiger? is particularly insightful, reminding me of George Santayana?s quote: ?Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it?. This book successfully holds that mirror up to our societal structures and institutions in a way that should enable us to learn and develop as a society.?

This is the second edited book for Drs. Hogan and Donnelly, who, along with Dr. Paddy Dolan (also School of Marketing), published Approaches to Qualitative Research: Theory and Its Practical Application (Oak Tree Press - ISBN: 978-1-904887-31-7) in 2009.

Full details on Irish Business & Society: Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century, its contributors and chapters can be found at:

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