DIT Entrepreneurship Lecturer Becomes President of World Body

21st June 2012: Professor Thomas Cooney, a lecturer in entrepreneurship in the College of Business, has recently become President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the first Irish person from Ireland to achieve this position in the global organisation.


Dr Katia Richomme-Huet of France's Euromed Management talks about her award winning paper on Prosocial Small Businesses with the President of the International Council for Small Business, Professor Thomas Cooney, of the Dublin Institute of Technology (pictured at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington)

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was founded in 1955 and was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization has over 2,500 members in more than 80 countries and it brings together educators, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. According to ICSB, the ability to interact and connect with one another through the organisation provides member groups with an opportunity to enrich and expand their contributions to the global business community. Combining the theoretical and conceptual skills of the research and university communities with the practical knowledge and real world expertise of business managers and policy makers allows for a higher level of understanding among all participants.

In addition to his role with ICSB, Thomas is also the Immediate Past President of the European Council for Small Business, a member of European Commission FP7 Advisory Group on SMEs, Visiting Professor at the University of Turku (Finland), a Board Member of the Irish Research Council, Chair of the ESOF 2012 Science-to-Business Programme, Chair of the ICSB 2014 World Conference and a Board Member of INTRE (Ireland’s Network of Teachers and Researchers in Entrepreneurship). Thomas has researched, presented, and published widely on the topic of entrepreneurship, including six books.

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