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Dr. Ted O'Keeffe

School/ Department:

Business - Management And Organisation

Telephone:

+353 0 51302854

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My Biography

Employment              Employer                   Position                       Duties

2009/Present               WIT                             Lecturer                       Lecture across departmentsof Science, Engineering, Business & Humanities

2005/2009                   Seconded National Expert to DG Research European Commission

Policy Duties          

Primary duties and responsibilities include the development of future research policy for SMEs on a European wide basis, including analysis and synthesising information on future research development and needs relevant to SMEs. Provide strategic orientations for future Community Research Policy. Press communiqués, analyses of twenty thousand FP7 R&D Projects, managed 30 multi-million Euro research projects for SME Associations as a separate file.

The first Seconded National Expert to be appointed to the dedicated five-person RTD Panel tasked with evaluating Research tender documents for multi-million Euro studies. Speech writing on SME relevant topics for Janez Potocnik Commissioner for Research.

Dedicated Files          

Responsibility for the SME Inter-service Task Force Group for FP7 Cooperation Programme worth in excess of €32 Billion over seven years. Analysing SME participation across the ten themes of the Cooperation, People and Capacities Programmes. Developed a series of FP7 Progress Report that were subsequently acknowledged as the most informative and critically acclaimed analysis of FP7 research actions ever to come out of the Commission.

Operational Duties    

Managed numerous Economical and Technological Initiatives projects, a key member of Collective and Cooperative research evaluation team from 2005-2009. Organised and carried out the mid-term reviews of research programmes in FP6. Reviewed IARs, CRs and evaluation summary reports for each evaluation since 2007 for content and clarity of purpose and quality of English contained therein in fields of endeavour such as Health, NANO, Construction, Environment, Materials, Energy, Agriculture, Fisheries and Bio-technology, Environment, Transport including Aeronautics, Health and Safety.

Proposed new research funding action for FP7 projects to enable high tech SME driven research to be funded closer to commercialisation, as too many excellent SME driven research projects were failing at the final hurtle. This involved detailed submissions on the value of the proposed initiative to management up to and including directorate level, identifying the necessary financial resources and developing the funding instrument.

Briefing documents for journalists from the 27 MS on FP7 research programmes. Organised the launch conference for FP7 with more than 100,000 experts attending from all over the world on very tight time lines and within budget. Developed the FP7 Progress Reports that have since become the bible on European Research throughout the 27 MS across the Capacities, Cooperation and People Programmes accounting for €42 Billion in research funding over seven years  

International Appeal

While working in Brussels received professorships from Boston University, University of Makerere, Kampala International University, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Universite Catholique de Louvain. In the latter stages of my Secondment to the European Commission, offered the position, of special advisor to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda based on my work at the Commission and a book published in 2006 entitled “Towards Zero Management Learning Organisations: developing tomorrow’s successful leaders today”.The expertise gained in Research funding and policy formulation at the hearth of European Research in Brussels has significant resonance for third level transformational change initiatives at WIT.

 

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • 1979 Member Association of the Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • 1984 Graduate Fellow Irish Management Institute

  • 1999 Member British Academy of Management

  • 2001 Technical Committee I.F.A.C. International Federation of Automation and Control

  • 2002 Member European Community of Science

  • 2002 Founding member of the Information Systems and Organisational Learning Research Group (ISOL) WIT

  • 2002 Member International Software Experts Networks

  • 2004 Committee Member European Innovation Relay Centre

  • 2005 EU RTD Research Programme Committee Member for European Software & Process Innovation

European Commission              

  • 2006 Chairman of the EU SME Inter-service Task Force Group for FP7

  • 2010-Present Vice-Chair European Evaluation Panel Physics and Maths ITN

  • 2011-Present Vice-Chair European Panel Economic and social sciences

  • 2012-Present Chair European Panel Industrial Academic Partnerships and Pathways  

  • 2012-Present Expert evaluator for the Marie Curie Research Programme

  • 2014-Present Expert evaluator for research projects on small farm holding

  • 2014-Present Expert evaluator for research projects on inner city development

Research

Book: 2012 Ultimate Weapon: Work of fiction centring on the accidental development of star wars technology sought after by the Reagan administration for the best part of a decade in the 1980’s, which up until the latest breakthrough was believed to be nothing more than a pipe dream of the Joint Chiefs. This 187,000 word manuscript is currently at proof reading stage and Eloquent Publishing, NY are keen to publish.

 

Book Chapter 2011 “Preparing expatriate managers of multinational organisations for the cultural and learning imperatives of their job in dynamic knowledge-based environments" in "The Role of Expatriates in MNCs Knowledge Mobilization" published by Emerald Group Publishing BD16 1 WA, UK: ISBN 978-1-78052-112-1

 

Book Chapter 2010: A Different Perspective on the Celtic Tiger Economy: Chapter 11 in a book by Prof Fred Kiesner of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, entitled Creating Entrepreneurs: Making Miracles Happen published by World Scientific Publishing Company: ISBN: 13-978-981-4261-11-1

 

Software: 2007 Beyond Best Practice: A Training & Development Interactive Software for Organisations wishing to develop competitive advantage. This on line system will allow individuals, groups or organisations to identify leadership training and development deficiencies extremely cost effectively.

 

Book: 2006 Towards Zero Management Learning Organisations: Developing Tomorrows Successful leaders Today: This book is aimed at both academics and practicing managers, it identifies seven key attributes that need to be addressed by academic and industrial leaders per se but particularly those individuals operating in dynamic environments. This book was launched, October 5rd by the Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy in Brussels, Belgium. ISBN 1-59858-227-5

 

Book Chapter 2006: Handbook of Business Strategy showcasing the most successful business strategies of the year under Human resource Development section entitled Towards Zero Management Learning Organisations: Published by Emerald Publishing Group: ISSN 0894-4318

 

Research Papers Published since 2000

O’Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington, 2000. Learning to Learn: Analysis of a Quantitative Survey of Organisational Learning within Irish Multinationals. Paper presented at the British Academy of Management, Edinburgh University, Scotland, September.

 

O’Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington, 2000. Learning Organisations: A New Understanding. Paper Presented at the Irish Academy of Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, September

 

O’Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington, 2001. Learning to Learn: An Examination of Organisational Learning in Selected Irish Multinationals. Journal of European Industrial Training, MCB University Press, Vol. 25: Number 2/3/4

 

O'Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington. 2001, Facilitating Learning within Selected Irish and Foreign Based Multinational Companies. Paper Presented at the Human Resources Global Management Conference at the World Trade Centre: Barcelona, Spain June

 

O'Keeffe, T., 2001 Ph.D. Thesis: Towards Zero management Learning Organisations. An Examination of Organisational Learning in Selected Multinational Companies in Ireland, WIT: November 19th.

 

O'Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington 2001. Learning Characteristics in Multinational Environments: Paper Presentation to the Irish Academy of Management, Magee College, University of Ulster, Derry, Ireland, September 5th.

 

O'Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington 2001. Developing Dynamic Multinational Environments. Paper accepted for Presentation at the British Academy of Management, Cardiff University, September 7th.

 

O'Keeffe, T., & D. Harrington 2001 An Action Learning Model to Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in Stable and Dynamic Environments. Paper presented at the 8Th IFAC Conference on "Social Stability: The Challenge of Technology Development", University of Technology, Vienna, Austria: September 27th –29th.

 

O'Keeffe, T. & D. Harrington 2001. Positioning Total Quality Management on an Organisational Learning Framework: Paper presented to Excellence Ireland, National Quality Conference Dublin: November 8th.

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2002. Organisational Learning: A New Perspective. Journal of European Industrial Training: MCB University Press, Vol. 26: Number 2/3/4

 

O’Keeffe. T., 2002 A New Management Development Process: Paper presented to the Strategic Management Initiative Committee of the Irish Government March 26th on the development of innovative pathways to human resource development in government departments

 

O'Keeffe, T., 2002. A New Approach to Forecasting the Development Needs of Learning Organisations. Paper accepted for presentation to The 22nd International Symposium on Forecasting, Trinity College, Dublin, June 23rd-26th.

 

O'Keeffe, T., 2002. Understanding the Dynamics of Learning Organisations. Paper presented at the Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference at Waterford Institute of Technology, September 5th - 7th.

                  

O'Keeffe, T., 2002. Towards Zero Management Learning Organisations: A New Framework. Paper presented to the British Academy of Management Annual Conference "Fast-Tracking Performance through Partnerships" Middlesex University: September 9th - 11th.

 

O’Keeffe, T., 2002 Keynote Speaker at the Joint EuroSPI & Conquest Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology, Theme 2002 was Process Improvement, Methodologies, Technologies, Cultural Factors and Knowledge at the University of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg, Germany, September 18th - 20th.

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2003 Preparing Expatriate Managers of Multinational Organisations for the cultural and learning imperatives of their new environment. Journal of European Industrial Training: MCB University Press, Vol. 27: Number 5.

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2003 A Human Resource Development Framework capable of locating organisational deficiencies at every level of the organisation. Paper presented at the 7th Conference on International Human Resource Management, University of Limerick, June 4/6

 

O'Keeffe, T. M. Jancev 2003 The Knowledge Environment: Building bridges between theory and practice. Paper presented at the SWIIS International Conference on Social Stability, Institute of Technology: Waterford, July 3rd - 5th.

 

O'Keeffe, T., 2003 Human Resource development in Learning organisations: Paper presented at the SWIIS International Workshop on Ethics, Technology and Social Stability, Institute of Technology: Waterford, July 3rd - 5th.

 

O’Keeffe, T., 2003 The Key characteristics of effective Learning Organisations: Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Annual Conference in Harrogate, September 15th – 17th.

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2003 Towards Zero Management: An Action Learning Model. Paper accepted for presentation at the eChallenges International conference on Strategic Information Systems, Bologna, Italy, October 22nd - 24th.  

 

O'Keeffe, T. & M. Jancev 2003 Knowledge and Learning: A Quality Approach that can be applied to the Emerging Socialist Countries of Eastern Europe. Paper presented at the International Quality Conference, University of Sarajevo, November 13th – 14th

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2003 Keynote speaker at the 3rd International Quality Conference, Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Contrasting Ireland’s Celtic Tiger Economy and with that of the Emerging Economies of the Independent States of Former Yugoslavia. Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, November 14th.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2004 Learning Characteristics of Multinational Companies: Association of Management/ International Association of Management AoM/IAoM 21st Annual Conference; Norfolk, Virginia April 14th – 18th 2004. This paper has been selected for publication in one of three US Management Journals.

 

O’Keeffe T. 2004 Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice in Post-Socialist Countries of Eastern Europe. Paper presented to UFHRD/AHRD: 5th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research & Practice Across Europe: University of Limerick, May 27th – 28th.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2004 Web Based Action Learning Model Capable of Locating any Organization or Individual on its/his Unique Learning Curve Cost Effectively. Paper accepted for presentation at the SCI 2004: 8th World Multi-Conference on Systematics, Cybermatics and Informatics; Orlando, Florida, July 18th – 21st.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2004 Nature and Relevance of Learning Organizations. Paper accepted for presentation at the CITSA/ISAS 10th International Conference on Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Systems & Applications Orlando, Florida, July 21st – 25th.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2004 Initiating Transformational Change in Dynamic Environments

Paper accepted for presentation at the 14th Annual Conference on eChallenges supported by the EU Commission with 500 papers from commercial, government and research organization around the world, Vienna, October 27th –29th.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2004 Attributes of Effective Leaders. Paper accepted for presentation at the EuroSPI 11th European Software Process Improvement Conference, Trondheim, Norway, November 10th – 12th.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2005 Towards Zero Management Learning Organisations: A Honey Bee’s Perspective. Journal of European Industrial Training: MCB University Press, Vol. 29: Number 2/3/4.

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2005 A Management Profile Study of Training and Development Deficiencies across Organizations from SMEs to Multinationals. Paper accepted to the eChallenges International Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 20-22

 

O’Keeffe, T. Mini Session Presentation on FP7 at the EIC Annual Conference, Networking for Growth and Jobs in Europe, Malta October 2005

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2005 Presentation on FP7 at the Euro Info Centre Update Training Day Brussels, November 29th

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2006 Beyond Lean Towards Zero Management Learning Organisations: Handbook of Business Strategy showcasing the most successful business strategies of the year, Published by emeraldinsight.com

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2006 Presentation to Irish politicians on the new Framework Programme for research and how Ireland Inc. might better avail of the opportunities for research projects for Irish SMEs, NASC Offices, Rond-point Schuman, Brussels, April 20th

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2006 Presentation on FP7 to the high level group from of NCPs from the 25 Member States of the European Union, European Commission, Brussels, October 26th

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2006 Presentation to Academics, state sponsored agencies and county managers on the potential for Irish research projects within FP7, Brussels, November 22nd

 

O'Keeffe, T. 2006 Presentation to European Info Centres on research funding opportunities for SMEs in FP7 European Commission, Brussels, November 23rd

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2007 Developed the first progress report in FP7 for presentation to the Commission, Parliament, advisory groups and Member States detailing the expenditure of FP7 funds by country, by industrial sector and by SME type, European Commission, Brussels November

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2008 Developed novel key elements for inclusion in the second progress report in FP7 for presentation to the Commission, European Parliament, European advisory groups and Member State bodies detailing the expenditure of FP7 funds by country, by industrial sector and by SME type, European Commission, Brussels May

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2008 Developed the position paper for FF MEPs on the need for a dedicated European grant application Team for FP7 forwarded to the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Caughlan, which led to Enterprise Ireland’s Conference on funding opportunities and Research for Innovative SMEs including high potential start up companies at the European Parliament, Brussels, December, 2008

 

O’Keeffe, T. 2009 Developed the third progress report in FP7 for presentation to the Commission, Parliament, advisory groups and Member States detailing the expenditure of FP7 funds by country, by industrial sector and by SME type to rave reviews from all sections of the European Commission, Brussels June. This series of FP7 research funding reports have become the reference documents of choice on all SME research funding questions and concerns. They not only identify the funding instruments but also the funding programmes, the percentage funding by country, Nuts code, industrial sector, academic institution and consortium partners, research activity and organisational size etc.

Professional

1978 Certified as an ASME Code 1 Nuclear Engineer by Nucleaire Energie Rapide S.A. France and achieved Nuclear Class 1 supplier Status for BS&B Safety Systems to design, build, certify and supply Safety systems for the world’s first Fast Breather Nuclear Reactor Superphenix located at Creys-Malville, France.

 

1985 Gained fluency in Swedish while undertaking the duties of Strategic Turnabout Consultant to a industry of national importance haemorrhaging tens of millions of Kroner yearly until the necessary change management strategies capable of delivering transformational performance could be developed and implemented.

 

2005 Acquired French while simultaneously embracing a multitude of time sensitive policy document formulation on research funding opportunities under the European RTD FP7 worth in excess of €53 Billion over the lifetime of the Programme.

 

Developed the first comprehensive European research funding progress reports on the €43 Billion budget allocated to more than 60,000 European Research Projects under the following FP7 programmes: Cooperation, Capacity and People.

 

Developing Innovative Research policy for SMEs across the EU 27 including the formulation of the EU wide SME definition.

 

Appointed to the dedicated five-person team, tasked with reviewing tender documents for research actions, commissioned by the Director General for Research.