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Dr. Chris O'Riordan BA FCA MBA PhD

Title:

Lecturer in Accounting

School/ Department:

Business - Accountancy And Economics

Telephone:

+353 0 51845610

Room Name/ Num:

E12c 1977 - Business Building

Campus:

Main Campus

OrcID Number:

0000-0001-5673-8483

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My Biography

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant since 1996 and joined WIT in 2004, having worked in industry and practice prior to this. My previous roles have included working as an auditor, financial consultant, financial controller and general manager across a range of organisations (large and small) and sectors. In 2002, I completed my MBA in WIT. In 2014, I graduated with a PhD from Dublin City University (supervisor: Professor Patrick Flood).

Research

My research interests are quite diverse, but my more recent focus has been on leadership, healthcare management, role theory, business failure, qualitative methods and producing teaching cases for students. I completed my PhD in 2014, which examined the managerial role of the GP (General Practitioner) and the implications of this.

I have co-authored/co-edited three books, addressing leadership, management and corporate governance.

Along with my colleague, Dr Felicity Kelliher, I am a two-time winner (2008/2009) of the European Foundation for Management Development Case Writing Competition Award in the Public Sector Innovations Category. In 2010, we were also runners-up in the Irish National Management Case Study Competition. In 2008, I shared the Best Postgraduate Paper Award at the Irish Academy of Management Conference in Dublin City University.

Teaching

My teaching primarily focuses on accounting and accounting-related subjects, at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels. Subjects include:

  • Financial reporting
  • Management accounting
  • Finance
  • Financial analysis
  • Strategy in an accounting context
  • Knowledge management
  • Managing change

I am involved in the supervision of students theses at Level 10 (PhD and DBA). I have been an internal examiner at Level 9 and 10 in WIT.

Other

I am the head of the Centre for Management Research in Healthcare and Healthcare Economics in WIT.

I am a member of the Irish Academy of Management (IAM) and I am co-chair of the Irish Academy of Management Conference in August 2021 which is being hosted by WIT - see https://www.iamireland.ie/ for further information on the conference.

I am an editorial board member of the Irish Journal of Management. I have been a journal and conference reviewer for the Irish Journal of Management, the Journal of Health Organisation and Management, the Irish Business Journal, the Irish Academy of Management and the Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference. I was a track chair at the Irish Academy of Management Conference in 2013 and a session chair at the Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference in 2016.

I am currently an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate modules at Institute of Technology Tralee and Dublin Business School, and was previously an external examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am a former examiner for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (2002-2006).

Publications

Journal Articles

O’Riordan, C. (2018). Balancing altruism and self-interest: GP and patient implications, Irish Journal of Management, 37(1), 1-15. (ABS rank 1).

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2014). The other end of entrepreneurship: a narrative study of insolvency practice in Ireland, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 20(2), 173-192. (ABS rank 2).

O’Riordan, C. and McDermott, A. (2012). Clinical managers in the primary care sector: do the benefits stack up?, Journal of Health Organization and Management, 26(5), 621-640. (ABS rank 1).

Harrington, D., Cunningham, J. and O’Riordan, C. (2006). Knowledge management in a high-growth entrepreneurial context: Some evidence from O’Brien’s Sandwich Bars, Irish Business Journal, 2(1), 5-14.

 

Books 

O’Riordan, C., Kelliher, F., Flood, P.C. and Higgs, M. (2019) Outsider Leadership: Insights and Interviews from Business Leaders, Palgrave Macmillan.

Kirwan, C., McBride, H. and O’Riordan, C. (2018). Cases in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, Chartered Accountants Ireland.

O’Riordan, C. and Lynch, P. (Eds.) (2010). Managerial Challenges in Irish Organisations: A Case Study Collection, Blackhall Publishing.

 

Book Chapters and Case Studies

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2012). Towards a Typology of Policy Approaches to Entrepreneurship: An Exemplar of the Irish Policy Discourse. In Dossena, G. and Bettinelli, C. (Eds.) Entrepreneurial Issues: An International Perspective. Bergamo University Press, Bergamo.

O’Riordan, C. and Kelliher, F. (2011). ESBI – Internationalisation in Action. In: Gallagher, G. (Ed.) Corporate Strategy for Irish Companies, Text and Cases (2nd Ed.), Chartered Accountants Ireland.

O’Riordan, C. and Kelliher, F. (2010). F.L.I. Environmental – Innovating the Green Market. In O’Riordan, C. and Lynch, P. (Eds.) Managerial Challenges in Irish Organisations: A Case Study Collection, Blackhall Publishing.

Kelliher, F. and O’Riordan, C. (2010). The National Roads Authority – Connecting a Nation. In O’Riordan, C. and Lynch, P. (Eds.) Managerial Challenges in Irish Organisations: A Case Study Collection, Blackhall Publishing.

O’Riordan, C. and Kelliher, F. (2008). ESB International. In: Cunningham, J. and Harrington, D. (Eds.) Irish Management 2.0: New priorities for a changing economy, Blackhall Publishing.

O’Riordan, C. and Kelliher, F. (2008). ESB International: A ‘bright’ future?, ECCH Publications.

Harrington, D., Lawton, T. and O’Riordan, C. (2007). The Internationalisation of Allied Irish Banks. In Johnson, G., Scholes, K. and Whittington, R. (Eds.) Exploring Corporate Strategy, FT Prentice Hall.

O’Riordan, C., Cunningham, J. and Harrington, D. (2007). O’Briens Sandwich Bars. In Henry, C. and McGowan, P. (Eds.) Irish Cases in Entrepreneurship (Volume 2), Blackhall Publishing.

Harrington, D. and O’Riordan, C. (2005). Stable Diet – Growing within an expanding niche, ECCH Publications.

 

Conference Papers and Invited Presentations

McDonald, T.J., O’Byrne, D., O’Leary, P. and O’Riordan, C. (2020). Development of an Academic Risk Model to support Higher Education Quality Assurance, 6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’20), Universitat Politècnica de València.

Buckland, P., O’Riordan, C., Kelliher, F. and Flood, P. (2019). Characterising Informal Female Professorial Academic Leadership: An Emerging Concept, Irish Academy of Management, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

Buckland, P., O’Riordan, C., Kelliher, F. and Flood, P. (2018). The False Summit: An Exploration of the Challenges Faced by Women in Senior Leadership Roles, Irish Academy of Management, University College Cork.

O’Riordan, C., Kelliher, F., Flood, P. and Higgs, M. (2017). The “Outsider” Leader in Business: Towards a Greater Understanding, Irish Academy of Management, Queens University Belfast.

Griffin, R., McCarthy, P. and O’Riordan, C. (2016). The real and its performances in bankruptcy and insolvency, Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology.

O’Riordan, C. and Flood, P. (2015). The General Practitioner (GP) as manager through a role theory lens: Wearing three hats when two will do, Irish Academy of Management, NUI Galway.

O’Riordan, C. (2013). Balancing altruism and self-interest for the benefit of patients: The case of General Practitioners (GPs), Irish Academy of Management, Waterford Institute of Technology.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2012). Insolvency: Cui bono? 4th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, Kos, Greece. 

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2012). The Evolution, Practice, and Impact on Enterprise of Insolvency Law in Ireland: A Critical Junctures and Path Dependence Analysis, Entrepreneurial Strategies and Policies for Economic Growth Conference, Venice, Italy.

Daly, N., Kirwan, C. and O’Riordan, C. (2011). Comparability of Financial Statements Prepared under IFRS: A Study of UK and Irish Listed Companies, Irish Accounting and Finance Conference, University College Cork.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R (2011). The Medicalisation of insolvency practice and its manifestations in contemporary society, Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation Conference, University College Cork.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2011). Exploring the silences of entrepreneurial failure, Reassembling Organizations, 27th EGOS Colloquium, Gothenburg, Sweden.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2011). On the practice of bankruptcy, insolvency and receiverships in Ireland, 7th Critical Management Studies Conference, Naples, Italy.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2011). Insolvency in Ireland: the nature of the offense, 2nd IPA Workshop on Corruption and Forgery in Politics, Florence, Italy.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2010). Deconstructing Stories of Failure: A Multi-Perspective Study of Irish Business Insolvency, Workshop on In-Depth and Case Studies in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Brussels, Belgium.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2010). Towards a Typology of Government Enterprise Policy Approaches: A Thematic Analysis in Ireland, Entrepreneurship Today, Bergamo, Italy.

McCarthy, P., O’Riordan, C. and Griffin, R. (2010). The Evolution, Practice, and Impact on Enterprise of Insolvency Law in Ireland: A Critical Junctures and Path Dependence Analysis, Irish Academy of Management Conference Doctoral Colloquium, Cork Institute of Technology.

O’Riordan, C. and McDermott, A. (2010). Understanding Family Doctors’ Experience of Work: A Role Conflict Lens, American Academy of Management Conference, Montreal, Canada.

O’Riordan, C. (2008). What do managers actually do? The case of GPs, Irish Academy of Management Conference, Dublin City University.

O’Riordan, C. and Kelliher, F. (2007). A study of the international management practices of an Irish SME: The case of FLI Environmental, Irish Academy of Management Conference, Queens University Belfast.

O’Riordan, C., Harrington, D. and Cunningham, J. (2006). Knowledge management in a franchise-based business network: Evidence from O’Brien’s Sandwich Bars, Irish Academy of Management Conference, University College Cork .

 

Professional Publications

O’Riordan, C. and Rowe, M. (2008). The Impact of Information and Communication Technology on GP Practices, Healthcare IT Management, Vol. 3.

O’Riordan, C. (2006). IAS 23 – IASB’s Borrowing Costs revisions get interesting as rates climb!, Accountancy Ireland, September.

O’Riordan, C. (2006). Total Quality Management and it’s implications for Management Accountants, CPA Students eBulletin, June.

O’Riordan, C. (2006). Using the VRIO framework in practicing firms taking the resource-based view (RBV), Accountancy Ireland, June.