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Prof. Sheila O'Donohoe BComm, MBS, PhD

Title:

Professor of Finance

School/ Department:

Business - Accountancy And Economics

Telephone:

+353 0 51302422

Room Name/ Num:

AT119 AT Building

Campus:

Applied Technology Building

OrcID Number:

0000-0002-3241-7631

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My Biography

Sheila is a Professor of Finance in the School of Business with extensive teaching experience on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She has also taught in Malaysia and has spent time undertaking research at universities in the UK and in Australia. An experienced supervisor Sheila is Co-ordinator of the AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research. Sheila has a track record in securing research funding. She presently has a number of research collaborators both within the School, in UCD, In Maynooth University, IT Carlow, in the UK, Italy and in Germany. Sheila has also significant administration experience and is a former Programme Leader of the MBS (Economics and Finance) and Postgraduate Certificate in Economics and Finance. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervision Excellence Award in WIT. She also recived a National Teaching Hero Award in 2016 presented by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In 2018 she was appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Risk Finance and in 2021 she was appointed co-editor of The Accounting, Finance and Governance Review. 

Research

Research Centre: AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research

 https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/research_groups/business/aib_centre_for_finance_and_business_research

Research Interests:

Small Firm Finance

One of the key themes in the AIB Centre much of Sheila’s past and present PhD supervision relates to the financing of SMEs, She has also worked on this topic with a number of PhD and Masters by Research students and has a number of collaborators nationally as well as in Germany and Italy. Output from this work to date has been published in Irish Accounting Review, Journal of Corporate Finance and The European Journal of Finance. 

Climate finance:

Encompassing an increasingly important topic in both finance teaching and research, two of  Sheila’s current PhDs she is co-supervising on are focusing on this area. More specifically, these include an exploration of low carbon investing by institutional investors and risk disclosure in green bond prospectuses.

Financial Regulation

In fitting with her teaching Sheila is undertaking research on financial and market regulation, a relatively hot topic in light of the 2007-8 financial crisis and has collaborators both within the School of Business in WIT, in the UK and in Germany. Output from this has been published in the Journal of Risk Finance in 2015 and has been awarded as a Highly Commended Paper in Emeralds Literati Network 2016 Awards for Excellence.

International Mergers and Acquisitions

The subject of her PhD, Sheila has published with a UK collaborator in the International Review of Financial Analysis and has supervised a Masters by Research on this topic also.

Performance Management in Healthcare

Sheila has co-supervised a PhD on this topic in conjunction with a colleague in the School of Business at UCD having secured a European research grant (Technology Sector Research Programme Strand 3) with colleagues in WIT. The first paper from this dissertation has been published in Financial Accountability & Management.

Current Postgraduates Students:

Lisa Spencer: ‘Exploring the antecedents of SME Internationalisation: the significance of financial resources and government agency supports', (PhD)

Norah Storey- 'An Exploration of Low Carbon Investing by Institutional Investors: the case of Germany, Ireland and the UK'. (PhD co-supervisor)

Paraic Mc Gee: ‘Risk disclosure in green bond prospectuses and its impact on pricing: An EU exploratory study’ (PhD co-supervisor)

Theresa Mulcahy - 'Professionalisation and Financing Family Firms' (PhD co-supervisor)

Georgina Parker- ‘An Exploratory study of the Leadership of Apprenticeship Programmes in Scotland using a Distributed Leadership lens’ (DBA co-supervisor)

Postgraduate students graduated to date:

Denis Walsh- 'Financing European SMEs- the case of family owned firms' (PhD)

Dave Pasley -‘An investigation of additionality and inefficiencies in enterprise supports: A study of the Irish enterprise support system’, (PhD co-supervisor)

Andrea Mac Namara- 'The Landscape of Bank Credit Availability and Firm Leverage for European SMEs: An Evaluation of Country Characteristics', (PhD)

Rosemarie Kelly -‘Performance Management of Acute-Care Hospitals in HSE South’, (PhD co-supervisor) (TSR Strand 3 funded)

Clare Lyons -‘An Assessment of Relationship Banking and its Presence in Irish SMEs’, (Masters by Research)

Damian Rossiter – ‘An Assessment of the Value Added by Venture Capital Firms in Ireland’, (Masters by Research) (TSR Strand 1 funded)

Aidan Mahon-‘Irish Occupational Pensions: An Overview and Analysis of Scale Economies’, (Masters by Research)

Keith Butler- ‘Patterns of Funding in SMEs in the South East of Ireland’, (Masters by Research) (TSR Strand 1 funded)

Fiona Mac Namara -‘Mode of Integration and Financial Performance: Irish and UK Acquiring Plcs’, (Masters by Research co-supervisor) (TSR Strand 1 funded)

Steven Mc Illhenny -'The Relationship between Organisational Investment in Social and Organisational Commitments in a Basic Captive Offshoring Model: Does in Payoff?' (DBA co-supervisor)

Cormac Mac Mahon - 'The Embeddedness of Professionalisation in Executive MBA Programmes; An Exploratory Story of Educator and Learber Perceptions'  (DBA co-supervisor)

Postgraduate Examiner:

PhD External Examiner: John Nolan (DCU), 'Financial Literacy in Farming Enterprises' (2021)

PhD External Examiner: Ravshan Rakhmonovich Khaydarov (TU Dublin),  ‘Assessing the Financial Mechanisms for Innovation Support in the Republic of Uzbekistan: A comparative analysis of two industries’ (2019)

Transfer Panel Internal Examiner: Ruth Vance,(Munster TU) 'Measuring Performance Within an Irish Institute of Technology: Engagement Management' (2016)

DBA Internal Examiner: Peggy Coady – ‘Student perceptions and employer expectations of emotional intelligence skills of Chartered Accounting students for career success: is there a perception-expectation gap?’ (2014)

Transfer Panel Internal Examiner: Padraig Mc Carthy: ‘A multi-perspective analysis of the organisation of business insolvency in Ireland’ (2012) 

Research funding:

2021 (with co-supervisor Dr Tom Egan) Irish Research Council Government Postgraduate Scholarship, funding of €52,000 title "Risk disclosure in green bond prospectuses and its impact on pricing: An EU exploratory study"

2019 (with colleague Dr Tom Egan) WIT Co-Fund PhD Scholarship Programme, funding of €74,000 title "Risk disclosure in green bond prospectuses and its impact on pricing: An EU exploratory study"

2019: (with colleague Dr Tom Egan) Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme with Norah Storey, €48,000 for PhD research project title "Investing in low carbon agenda- perspectives from the UK, Germany and Ireland"

2017 (with colleague Dr Tom Egan) WIT Co-Fund PhD Scholarship Programme, funding of €16,500 per annum, project title "Investing in the low carbon agenda-perspectives from the UK, Germany and Ireland".

2014 (with colleague Dr Cormac O Keeffe) IOTI Postgraduate Research Scholarship PhD funding of €16,000 per annum, project title: "Analysts’ Conflicts of Interest Pre and Post Financial Crisis: The impact of European Union’s Market Abuse Directive (MAD)".  

2003 Team member who secured Technology Sector Research Programme Strand 3 funding of €317,400 which was used to fund postgraduate students in the Centre for Health Research

2003 Technology Sector Research Programme Strand 1 €32,000

2002 Technology Sector Research Programme Strand 1 €32,000

2002 BEHEST grant (WIT) €5,000

2001 Technology Sector Research Programme Strand 1 €23,000

Teaching and learning funding:

Co-devised the Strengthening and Protecting the Funds Industry in Ireland project in collaboration with John Casey of WIT, Munster Technological University and industry partners under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 (Department of Education Future Jobs Ireland) grant of € 2,048,180 awarded October 2020. The funding will permit the establishment of an Academy for Investment Fund Executive for a four year Level 9 Programme aimed at strengthening and protecting the Funds Industry in Ireland which has the capability of transforming the sector in the region

Teaching

Having taught on a range of programmes in the School primarily on Finance related modules my current teaching includes Financial Markets & Institutions and Investments to undergraduates. I am enthusiastic about my teaching and it is research led. I strive to get students excited about Finance and see myself as a facilitator of their learning and understanding. As Finance is a very dynamic discipline I frequently incorporate the Financial Times into my teaching and assessments.

In addition I co-deliver three innovative modules on our taught postgraduate progammmes, namely, Contemporary Issues in Business (formerly the Seminar Series) the International Study Tour and Research Paper 3: Governance and Ethics.

Contemporary Issues in Business involves hosting a number of guest speakers from industry, academia and the not-for profit sector on contemporary issues in their organisation/research domain and is assessed via reflective practice and theoretical piece.

The International Study Tour involves a one week trip to Belgium with seminars and workshops in conjunction with site visits to the EU institutions and local companies. It is assessed in a novel format.

The Research Paper 3: Governance and Ethics involves a week long series of lectures, presentations and interactive sessions covering the key aspects of business ethics along with comprehensive coverage of governance for profit and not for profit sectors.

Other

External Roles including Colloborations

Co-editor of the Accounting, Finance and Governance Review (2021- )

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Programme Validation Member. the national agency responsible for qualifications and quality assurance in higher education    (2015 to date)

Associate Editor for Journal of Risk Finance

Reviewer for International Review of Financial AnalysisEuropean Journal of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Managerial Finance, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy,Corporate Governance: An International Review and Emerging Markets Review.

External Examiner at Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (2018-to date)

External Examiner at the Irish Management Institute (2019-2022)

Member of the Professional Examinations Committee of Chartered Accountants Ireland (2014-2018)

External Examiner Dublin Institute of Technology (2014-2017).

External Examiner Athlone Institute of Technology (2010-2014).

Exam Moderator: Certified Public Accountants (2013-2017).

Secretary of Irish Accounting and Finance Association (2003-2006).

External Collaborators:

Professor Pierluigi Murro, Associate Professor in Department of Business and Management, LUISS -Guido Carli University, Italy.

Professor William Forbes, Professor of Accounting & Finance, Visiting Professor at University of Dundee, UK.

Dr Thomas O Connor, Assistant Professor of Finance, Maynooth University, Ireland

Professor Jörg Prokop, Professor of Finance and Banking, University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Professor Gerardine Doyle, College of Business University College Dublin.

Other:

Member of the Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee -committee of WIT’s Academic Council (2021-)

Board member of Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service (2020-)

Serve on internal and external sporting committees.

Publications

Journals:

Mc Namara, A., O'Donohoe, S., & Murro, P.  (2020) Lending infrastructure and credit rationing of European SMEs, The European Journal of Finance, Vol. 26:7-8, pp.728-745,

Mc Namara, A, Murro, P & O ‘Donohoe, S. (2017) “Countries lending infrastructure and capital structure determination: The case of European SMEs”, Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol.43, pp.122-138

Doyle, G, Kelly, R & O Donohoe, S. (2016) "Resource Dependence as a Mechanism for Survival: The Case of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital", VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary & Nonprofit Organsiations, Vol.27, No.4, pp.1871-1893 

Forbes, W., O' Donohoe, S., & Prokop, J. (2015) "Financial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK", Journal of Risk Finance, Vol.16, No. 3. (Highly Commended Paper- Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2016)

Kelly, R., Doyle, G., & O’ Donohoe, S. (2015) “Framing Performance Management of Acute-Care Hospitals by Interlacing NPM and Institutional Perspectives: A new theoretical framework”, Financial Accountability and Management, Vol. 31, No.1, pp.69-91

Gregory, A., & O’ Donohoe, S. (2014) “Do Cross Border and Domestic Acquisitions Differ? Evidence from the acquisition of UK Targets”, International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol. 31, No.1, pp.61-69.

O’ Donohoe, S., Hanley, A., and Lyons, C. (2008) Relationship Banking within the Irish SME sector and its Implications”- The Irish Accounting Review, 15 (2), pp 59-85.

Book chapters:

Huyghebaert, N, O’ Donohoe, S. and Rossiter, D. (2006) “Does the Value of Venture Capital Vary Over Investees Life Cycle? Evidence from Irish Investees”, Chapter in Gregoriou, G.N., M. Kooli and R. Kraüssl. (eds), Venture Capital: A European Perspective, Elsevier December 2006.

Working Papers:

Forbes, W., O’ Donohoe, S., & Prokop, J. (2013) “Financial Regulation and Nation State Crisis Management: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the UK”, ZENTRA Working Papers in Transnational Studies. No. 18, University of Bremen and University of Oldenburg

Conference Papers:

Walsh, D and O 'Donohoe, S. (2021) “Financing and Credit Rationing in Family-owned SMEs- a Comparative Analysis”, EntFin Conference, Aix-Marseille University, France [25-26th June]

Connor, T, Mc Namara, A and O Donohoe, S (2021) “Building financial flexibility in preparation for Brexit: the case of Irish medium sized enterprises”, Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Munster Technological University [13-14th May]

Walsh, D and O 'Donohoe, S. (2021) “Financing European Family-owned SMEs: the case of the PIIGS, Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Munster Technological University [13-14th May]

Storey, N, Egan, T and O ‘Donohoe, S (2021) “Institutional Investing in low carbon assets: framing their decision making processes”, Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Munster Technological University [13-14thMay]

Walsh, D and O 'Donohoe, S. (2019) "Financing family-owned SMEs: Is there a place for alternatives?", EntFin Conference, Trier University, Germany, {2-3rd July}

Mc Namara, A, O ‘Donohoe, S, Murro, P (2018) "The Availability of Bank Credit for European SMEs and the Lending Infrastructure", Financial Engineering and Banking Society, University of Rome, Italy, [4-6th June]

Mc Namara, A, O ‘Donohoe, S, Murro, P (2017) "Countries Lending Infrastructure and SME Credit Availability: A European Perspective", CeRBE, Lumsa University, Rome.[16th June]

Pasley, D., O Donohoe, S,. & O Gorman, B (2017) "An Investigation of Deadweight in the Irish Enterprise Support System", BCERC, University of Oklahoma, USA,[7-10th June]

Gordon, N., O Keeffe, C., & O Donohoe, S. (2017) "Analysts' recommendations: gender matters- an Irish perspective", Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Athlone Instiute of Technology,[17-19th May]

Mc Namara, A, O ‘Donohoe, S, Murro, P. (2016) “An Evaluation of Country Characteristics in the Capital Structure of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises”, Entrepreneurial Finance Conference, University of Lyon Jean Moulin & emlyon Business School, Lyon, France, [8-9th July]

Spencer, L & O Donohoe, S. (2016) "SME Internationalisation and its Financing-case of Ireland and Scotland ", Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology [19-20th May]

Pasley, D., O Donohoe, S,. & O Gorman, B (2016) "Displacement of Private Finance by Government- An Examination of the Irish Government Financial Support for Indigenous SMEs", Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology [19-20th May]

Mc Namara, A, O ‘Donohoe, S, Murro, P (2016) "An Analysis of the Lending Infrastructure and SME Credit Availability: A European Perspective", Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology [19-20th May]

Pasley, D., O Donohoe, S,. & O Gorman, B (2016) "Bridging the Gap: The Role of the Irish Government Supports System in Financing Indigenous Enterprise", Finding entrepreneurial and governmental investors: Approaches to SME finance in Germany and the UK, ESRC, Freiberg, Germany, [21-22 January]

Mc Namara, A, O ‘Donohoe, S, Murro, P. (2015) “An Evaluation of Country Characteristics in the Capital Structure of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises”, International Conference of the Financial Engineering & Banking Society, Audencia Nantes School of Management, Nantes, France, [11-13 June]

Doyle, G, Kelly, R & O'  ,S. (2015) "Transition from Independence through to Collaborative Partnership with the State, the case of one large Irish hospital", 10th Workshop on Challenges of Managing the Third Sector, Edinburgh, [11-12th June]

Pasley, D., O’ Gorman, B., & O’ Donohoe, S. (2015) “An Investigation of Deadweight in the Irish Enterprise Support System”, Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, NUIG, Galway [2-4th September]

Forbes, W, O ‘Donohoe, S & Prokop, J. (2014) "Financial Regulation & Nation State Crisis Management: Evidence from Germany, Ireland & the UK, Coping with Risk in Transnational Financial Markets" hosted by Zentra, University of Oldenburg, [3-4th July]

Mc Namara, A. & Donohoe, S. (2014) "The Availability of European SME Bank Credit: The Importance of Bank Characteristics", International Conference of the Financial Engineering & Banking Society, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, [21-23rd June]

Mc Namara, A. & O 'Donohoe, S. (2014) "The Availability of SME Bank Credit in Europe: The Role of Country Characteristics", Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast [29-30th May]

Doyle, G., Kelly, R.,& O'Donohoe, S (2014) "From religious origins to incorporation - Have the founders come full circle?, the case of one large Irish hospital", Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast [29-30th May]

Spencer, L., & O’ Donohoe, S. (2013) “A Study of the Internationalisation of SMEs: theories, entry modes and financial constraints”, Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Waterford, [2-4 September]

Spencer, L., & O’ Donohoe, S. (2013) “Patterns of SME Internationalisation and Sources of Finance-Empirical Evidence from Across the European Union, 12th Vaasa International Business Conference, [21-23 August]

Pasley, D., O”Gorman, B., & O’ Donohoe, S.(2013) “An investigation of inefficiencies and additionality in enterprise support: A framework for evaluating the Irish enterprise support system”, Triple Helix Association Conference XI,[ July 8]

Forbes, W., O’ Donohoe, S., & Prokop, J. (2013) “European Banking Regulation and Managing National Crises: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the UK”, 5th International Finance and Banking Society Conference, Nottingham,[ 26-28th June]

Mc Namara, A., O’ Donohoe, S., & Mesa Bautista ,R. (2013) “Bank Characteristics in the Availability of European SME finance: More than bricks and mortar?” Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, IT Tallaght, Dublin, [23-24 May]

Mc Namara, A., & O’ Donohoe, S, (2013) “The Role of Institutional Environments in Shaping SME Cedit Availability: A European Perspective”, British Accounting and Finance Annual Conference, Newcastle, [9-11 April]

Forbes, W, O’ Donohoe, S & Prokop, J. (2013) “European Banking Regulation and Nation State Crisis Management: Evidence from Germany, Ireland and the UK”, British Accounting and Finance Annual Conference, Newcastle, [9-11April]

Mc Namara., A & O’ Donohoe, S. (2013) “Influence of institutional environments in the availability of SME credit in Europe”, Workshop on SME Finance, LaRGE Research Centre, University of Strasburg, [4-5 April]

O Gorman, B., Pasley, D., & O’ Donohoe, S. (2012) “Synthesising Inefficiencies associated with Government Intervention: A Framework for Measuring Deadweight”, RENT XXVI, Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Lyon, France,[ 21-22 Novembe]r

Kelly, R., Doyle, G., and O’ Donohoe, S. (2012) “Exploring the development of performance management in Irish acute care hospitals”, Irish Accounting & Finance Annual Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland,[ 24-25th May]

Kelly, R., Doyle, G., and O’ Donohoe, S. (2012) “Framing Performance management of acute-care hospitals by interlacing NPM and institutional perspectives”, 7th International Conference on Accounting, Auditing and Management in Public Sector Reforms, EIASM, Milan, Italy, [4-6th September]

Mc Namara, A., and O’ Donohoe, S. (2012) “Shaping Small Firm Finance: The Role of Country Specific Characteristics – The Case of Ireland”, British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Brighton, UK, [17– 19 April]

O’ Donohoe, S., and Gregory, A. (2009) Returns to Domestic and International Acquirers from UK Acquisitions- Evidence from recent merger waves”, INFINITI Conference on International Finance, Trinity College Dublin, [8-9 June]

O’ Donohoe, S (2006)Shareholder Returns In Domestic and International Acquisitions: Evidence from the Fifth Merger Wave”, Research Seminar, University of New South Wales, Sydney and at University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia [27 July-4 Aug]

O’ Donohoe, S and Butler, K. (2006) “Patterns of Funding of SMEs in the South of East of Ireland, Research Seminar”, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK [10 Feb]

Mahon, A and O’ Donohoe, S. (2006) “Economies of Scale in Irish Occupational Pension Plans”, Presentation to the Irish Association of Pension Funds, National Gallery, Dublin, Ireland [5 April]

O’ Donohoe, S. (2006)Target Shareholder Returns: their Magnitude and Determinants following Takeover Announcements by Domestic and International Acquirers”, Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Murphy, C & O’ Donohoe, S. (2006) “Hospital Governance: An Insight from the South East of Ireland”, Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin Ireland

O’ Donohoe, S. (2005)Target Shareholder Returns from International and Domestic Takeover Announcements in the 1990s-Some UK Evidence”, 3rd Corporate Finance Day, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium,[ 20 September]

O’ Donohoe, S. (2005) “The Magnitude and Determinants of Target Shareholder Returns from International and Domestic Takeover Announcements in the 1990s-Some UK Evidence, Global Finance Conference, Dublin, [June 28-2 July]

Mac Namara, F. and O’ Donohoe, S. (2005) “The Impact of Acquisitions on Operating Performance; Some UK and Irish Evidence”, Annual Conference of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference, University of Limerick, [14-15 April]

Mac Namara, F. and O’ Donohoe, S. (2005) “Mode of Integration and Financial Performance; Some UK and Irish Evidence, Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management, NUIG, Galway, [7-9 September]

O’ Donohoe, S. (2004) “2004-the Year of the IPO, Finance Ireland, May edition.

O’ Donohoe, S. (2001) “An Analysis of the Determinants of Target Shareholder Gains vs those of Acquiring Firms”, Irish Accounting and Finance Annual Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, [ 9-10 September]

O’ Donohoe, S. (2000) “Synergy sources and the division of gains process in UK takeover bids in the 1990s”, Doctoral Colloquium of the European Finance Association, London Business School, [20 August]

O’ Donohoe, S. (2000) “The Synergistic Potential of UK Takeovers- a comparison of International vs Domestic Bids”, Doctoral Colloquium of the European meeting of the American Finance Association, University of Edinburgh, [ 10 May]

O’ Donohoe, S. (2000) “The Determinants of Synergy in UK takeovers, the British Accounting Association's Doctoral Colloquium”, Manchester Business School, [15 March].

Other:

Mc Namara, A., O Donohoe, S. (2012) Report co-author titled “The Tall Ships Races 2011-an Economic Impact Analysis on Waterford”.

O Gorman, B., Corsbie, N., & O Donohoe, S. (2011) “National Recovery Plan 2011-2014 & Budget 2011- Perspectives on Competitiveness”

Co-delivered a seminar for PhD candidates in conjunction with Professor Ciaran O hOgartaigh titled “Getting Going on you PhD” at Irish Accounting and Finance Association”s Doctoral Colloquium, IT Tralee, Kerry, Ireland