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Dr. Sean Byrne BA ACMA MBS PhD

Title:

Lecturer in Accounting and Research Methods

School/ Department:

Business - Accountancy And Economics

Telephone:

+353 0 51302464

Room Name/ Num:

AT131

Campus:

Applied Technology Building

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My Biography

I am a lecturer in the Department of Accounting & Economics in the School of Business and I am joint Programme Coordinator for the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). I really enjoy lecturing in the field of research methods and in my base discipline management accounting in which I worked for many years before entering higher education. I have spent some time managing and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation processes and projects. This has been very rewarding and it gives me great pleasure to see students' rigourous research work culminating in completed dissertations. I have a keen interest in researching management accounting practices, roles and education.

Research

Research Group : AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research ►

Funded activities:

• Competitively nominated and funded to attend the American Accounting Association (AAA) Doctoral Consortium in Lake Tahoe, California in June 2005.

• Awarded Sabbatical leave for one semester in academic year 2005/2006 in competitive process.

Examiner Roles:

• PhD Transfer Internal Examiner – Ailing O’Neill: ‘Understanding Entrepreneurs’ Motivations to Engage and Sustain Engagement with Learning Networks: a Longitudinal Study (2012).

• DBA Internal Examiner – Edwina Dunne: Creating a Community of Inquiry in a Healthcare Organisation (2014).

• PhD Internal Examiner – Leana Reinl: ‘Beyond facilitated learning network structures: An exploration of an evolving learning community in the micro-firm environment’ (2011).

• Masters by Research External Examiner – Clare O’Connor: ‘The Critical Issues of Human Interface Design as Web-Based Applications Grow in Prominence’ (2004).

Supervision:

▪ PhD Co-supervision – Ailing Tuite – ‘An organisational and social history of Irish banks: 1970-2000’ (Commenced 2012).

▪ Doctorate in Business Administration Co-supervision – Peggy Coady – ‘Graduate and Employer Attitudes on the Skill Set Requirements for Professional Accountants: Should Emotional Intelligence be Developed in University Accounting Programs?’ (Graduated 2015).

▪ Masters by Research Co-supervision – Ruth Hennebry – ‘An investigation of leaving certificate students’ perceptions of image identification and formation for two institutes of technology’ (Graduated 2012).

▪ Masters by Research Co-supervision – Zeta Dooly – ‘An exploratory investigation of knowledge management and management control in multinationals in Ireland’ (Graduated 2006).

Institute Committees:

▪ WIT Ethics Committee (2011-2014).

Teaching

My teaching is at undergraduate and postgraduate level but predominantly at post graduate level, including doctoral level programmes. Teaching areas include management accounting, management control systems, research methods, qualitative methods and data analysis, and information management.

Professional

My experience in industry commenced on an approved Chartered Institute of Management Accountant’s (CIMA) approved graduate training programme with a blue-chip UK-based multinational. Having qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant I gained experience in operating divisions, corporate head office and in some of the international subsidiaries. I worked in various management accounting roles before promotion to managerial level.

Other

• Delivered staff and postgraduate workshops on qualitative data analysis and NVivo (2009 to date).

• Revision and publication of dissertation guidelines for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Business School

• Reutlingen University, Germany, Research Methods Module Guest Lectureship, Oct 29th – Nov 2nd 2012

• Delivered one-day lecture in France Business School, Brest and simultaneously to WIT on Double Degree Programme (MBSI (WIT) and MIB (ESC Brest))

• Serve on external charitable committees

Publications

Journals

Byrne, S and Pierce, B. (2018) ‘Exploring management accountants' role conflicts and ambiguities and how they cope with them, Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp.410-436.

Kelliher, F. and Byrne, S. (2018) ‘The thinking behind the action (learning): Reflections on the design and delivery of an executive management program’, Journal of Work-Applied Management, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.35-49.

Jaiyawala, J., Maher, J., Burke, R. and Byrne, S. (2018) 'Holding on and letting go in Ireland: Examining the policy and fiscal environment for supplementing retirement Income from residential property', in M. Eckardt, J. Dötsch, and S. Okruch, (eds) Old-Age Provision and Homeownership – Fiscal Incentives and Other Public Policy Options, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 51-82.

Coady, P., Byrne, S. and Casey, J. (2018) ‘Positioning of emotional intelligence skills within the overall skillset of practice-based accountants: employer and graduate requirements’, Accounting Education, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 94-120.

Walsh, F. D. and Byrne, S. (2013) ‘Student placement service: an exploratory investigation of employer retention and a “Priority Partner” intervention’, Education + Training, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp.139–158.

Byrne, S and Pierce, B. (2007) ‘Towards a more comprehensive understanding of the roles of management accountants’, European Accounting Review, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 469-498.

Byrne, S. and Maher, J. (2003) ‘The Metamorphosis of Irish Management Accounting: A Manufacturing Case Study’, Irish Accounting Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-21.

Books

Byrne, S. (2013) ‘Doing a dissertation in Business’ in Professional & Academic Skills, Harlow, Essex: Custom Publication, Pearson Education.

Professional Publications

Pierce, B. and Byrne, S (2010) ‘Accountants: playing the part in business partnership’, Accountancy Plus, No. 2, June, pp. 21-22.

Published Conference Proceedings

Kelliher, F. and Byrne, S. (2009) ‘Action and research: challenging teaching and learning assumptions in an executive development programme’, Proceedings of the National Academy for Integration of Research and Learning’s (NAIRTL), 2nd Annual  Conference (Waterford) pp. 197-207, Cork: NAIRTL [ISBN: 978-1-906642-15-0]

Dooly, Z., Byrne S. and Maher, J. (2007) A case study of Knowledge Management and Performance Management in a Subsidiary of a Multinational Corporation, Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Knowledge Management (Barcelona) pp. 255-261, Reading, UK: Academic Conferences Ltd. [ISBN: 9781905305520].

List of Conference Presentations

Byrne, S. and Pierce, B. (2012) ‘Management accountants assisting managers in their roles: a 3i framework’, 25th Annual Irish Accounting & Finance Association Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, May 24th -25th.

Byrne, S. and Pierce, B. (2011) ‘Perceptions of the role conflicts and ambiguities of management accountants in multinational subsidiaries’, 34th EAA Annual Congress, Rome-Siena, April 19th–21st.

Byrne, S. and Pierce, B. (2010) ‘Contingent variables and their implications for management control: Case study evidence’, International Management Control Research Conference, University of Greenwich, September 8th -10th.

Walsh, F. and Byrne, S. (2010) ‘Improving company retention on student placement programmes: an action research-based case study’, 23rd Annual Conference of the Irish Accounting & Finance Association, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, May  6th - 7th.

Walsh, S. and Byrne, S. (2008) ‘Exploratory investigation of the role of pension fund trustees and research trajectories', Paper presented at the Irish Accounting & Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference, Athlone Institute of Technology, May 8th-9th.

Byrne, S and Pierce, B. (2006) ‘An exploratory investigation of management accounting roles in Irish manufacturing firms’, Paper presented at the European Accounting Association Conference, University College Dublin, March 22nd – 24th.

Byrne, S and Pierce, B. (2005) ‘The Antecedents, Characteristics and Management Control Consequences of Management Accounting Roles in Medium to Large Manufacturing Organisations in Ireland’, Irish Accounting & Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference, University of Limerick, April 14th – 15th.

Dooley, Z., Byrne, S. and Maher, J. (2003) ‘The interface between Knowledge Management and Management Accounting: A preliminary Investigation’, Paper presented at the British Accounting Association Conference at University of Manchester, April.

Byrne, S. and Maher, J. (2002) ‘A Comparative Investigation of Strategic Dimensions of Management Accounting: Experience in a Manufacturing Firm and A Financial Services Firm’, Paper presented at the British Accounting Association Annual Conference, Jersey, April 3rd – 5th.

Byrne, S. and Maher, J. (2001) ‘Metamorphosis of Irish Management Accounting: Smaller Car Bigger Engine’, Paper presented at the Irish Accounting & Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, September 13th.

Byrne, S. and Maher, J. (2001) ‘Management Reporting: A Framework for Change’, Paper presented at the Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, University of Ulster, September 6th – 7th.

Byrne, S and Stapleton, L. (2001) ‘The Illusion of Knowledge: The Relationship Between Large Scale IS Integration, Head Office Decisions and Organisational Trauma’, 19th International Conference of the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, Dublin, June 30th – July 4th.

Byrne, S. (2001) ‘An Investigation into the Nature and Processes of Management Accounting Change: A PhD Proposal’, Proceedings of Doctoral Colloquium,  University College Cork, April 30th – May 1st.

Byrne, S., Ryan, A. and Stapleton, L., (2000) ‘Monsters and Mayhem! Requirements analysis in ERP systems deployment as the destabilisation of management control’, Paper presented at the Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Dublin, September 7th – 8th.

Byrne, S., Ryan, A. and Stapleton, L., (2000) ‘The Tail Wagging the Dog: ERP Deployment as the Destruction of Competitiveness and the Creation of Isomorphic Economies’, Paper presented at the Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Dublin, September 7th – 8th.