Dr. Thomas O’Toole, Head of the School of Business was made a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Management (IAM) at its annual conference in National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The award of Fellowship of the IAM (iamireland.ie) is intended to be for IAM members who have made a marked and noteworthy contribution to the discipline and/or practice of management in Ireland and to the IAM as an organisation.
The following is an abstract from the citation read for Dr. O’Toole when he was being presented with the award:
‘Fellowship is the highest award we can bestow to an IAM member and few are more worthy than Dr Tom O’Toole, Head of the School of Business in Waterford Institute of Technology.
He has extensive management and research experience working within the higher education sector in Ireland and overseas. He is a graduate of NUI Galway and of Strathclyde University where he gained his PhD. He is an active and a researcher who is generous with his time and advice in mentoring colleagues, student and members of the community.
In his own research he looks at market relationships and networks and more specifically, the governance of inter-organisational relationships. He also looks at social exchange theory to examine collaborative governance modes and the strength of inter-firm cooperation strategies. He has actively fostered research networks and linkages both in Ireland and internationally and he is the epitome of best research practice. Though he is very busy with his administrative and research work he has been an active member and leader within the Irish Academy of Management, as a member of the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Management, as the Chair of the Council of the IAM and in many other parts of the Academy.
His Chairmanship of the IAM was characterised by great clarity and by a desire to make the Academy all that it could be. He brought it to a new and even better developmental phase, building on what had been done before. An indication of the esteem in which he is held can be seen from his having been asked to work on a large number of government working groups and national research evaluation committees. Looking at his academic and community work I see a keen desire to improve the lot of his region, the South East, by sharing his expertise so as to nurture enterprise development and to help those who want to create employment in his area.’
Left to right: Dr. Alma McCarthy, Chair of the Irish Academy of Management, Mr. Kieran Mulvey, recipient of the T.K. Whitaker award, Dr. Graham Heaslip, Chair of IAM Conference 2012, Professor Peter McKiernan, Keynote speaker at the conference, Dr. Thomas O’Toole, 2012 Fellowship recipient.