Dr Lawrence Stapleton Ph.D., MA, B.Sc. (Hons), CPIM
Dr. Larry Stapleton is senior academic and international consultant in advanced information systems, organisational culture and business. Following 5 years as a manager in a large multinational, Dr. Stapleton has lectured at Waterford Institute of Technology for over 20 years. During this time he has worked as an advisor to business development agencies, Enterprise Ireland and FAS. He has advised the European Commission and INTAS, and national governments both inside and outside the EU. He holds international academic positions, regularly speaking at international conferences overseas and has over seventy academic publications.
Director of the INSYTE Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology
He is founder and director of the inter-disciplinary Centre for Information Systems & Techno-culture at Waterford Institute of Technology. The centre has graduated twenty-one postgraduate researchers at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level and participated in ten international projects. He has supervised and examined Ph.D. candidates and M.Sc. candidates in Ireland, Vienna, Australia and Kosova. Published research topics and advisory work include advanced systems analysis, the relationship between culture and IT, knowledge systems, engineering and technology management systems, advanced technology adoption in developing countries, ethics in the information society and higher IT education. He has published over sixty academic papers in journals, books and international conferences across the world, drawing on research involving hundreds of companies. He has participated in seven European funded projects under various programmes since 1995, and has lead national and international research projects involving dozens of partners in Europe, USA and Asia since 1992.
International Advisory Activity
As a senior academic, Dr. Stapleton works with EU agencies, national governments and Irish higher-education institutions and universities in a variety of academic activities including educational development, quality assurance and accreditation, and research. He has worked with governments, universities and academies of advanced studies in England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Austria, Denmark, Georgia, India, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Kosova. Dr. Stapleton is an evaluator for the European Commission on both the Framework Programme (ICT) and INTAS programme and regularly evaluates various research and development, and business innovation proposals for national governments including Enterprise Ireland. Dr. Stapleton advises the Higher Education and Training Awards Council of Ireland (HETAC) conducting Institutional reviews, external examiner duties and in other capacities. He advises national enterprise development agencies. Recent Irish clients have included FAS, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Innovation Relay Network and Chambers Ireland.
International Professional and Academic Bodies
He was recently elected chairperson of the International Federation of Automation and Control (IFAC) Engineering Technical Committee for International Stability and Technology (SWIIS TC9.5) on which he has served since 2002 and sits on two other international technical committees and a dozen international conference programme committees. He also sits on the editorial advisory board of a major quarterly journal.
As well as holding an academic post at Waterford Institute of Technology for twenty-one years, he is visiting professor at both the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Business and Technology in Kosova where he teaches on both undergraduate and MBA programmes, leads academic faculty and advises on academic structures, quality assurance and other matters. He was voted “best Professor” by students at both international Universities in 2007 and 2008. He is visiting lecturer in Management Information Systems with the Irish Institute of Bankers and has held visiting scholar positions with Dublin City University and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).