Research Profile

Ciara Fitzgerald

Biography

Dr Ciara Fitzgerald is a faculty member at the Cork University Business School. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of technology innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy. Her research investigates (1) strategies used by universities and firms to manage intellectual property and the commercialisation process, (2) strategies to engage citizens and policymakers in technology assessment, and (3) exploratory and applied research of innovative health information systems. Ciara has published widely in leading journals and influential volumes such as Research Policy, Journal of Technology Transfer, Edward Elgar, Routledge and Cambridge University Press. 

Prior to joining UCC as a faculty member, Ciara completed a senior postdoctoral fellowship at UCC with Prof Frederic Adam and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smurfit School of Business, UCD with Dr Rory O Shea. She was awarded her PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Ciara’s industry experience includes consulting experience at Accenture. During her time there she gained valuable experience working on a multitude of projects for clients in the financial services sector. She is Co Director of the Health Information Systems Research Centre in the Department of Business Information Systems in UCC. 

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)''A review of the development of the Irish Technology Transfer System'''
Fitzgerald, C; O Shea, R.P. (2015) ''A review of the development of the Irish Technology Transfer System''' In: University Technology Transfer- The Globalization of Academic Innovation. UK: Routledge. [Details]
(2015)'‘Ireland’s Innovation Policy: A Triple Helix perspective'
Fitzgerald, C.; Adam, F. (2015) '‘Ireland’s Innovation Policy: A Triple Helix perspective' In: Joining Complexitiy Science and Social Simulation for Research and Innovation Policy. UK: Cambridge Scholars. [Details]
(2015)'Making Technology Assessment Accessible to New Players'
Delvenne, P; Rosskamp, B.; Fitzgerald, C. Adam, F. (2015) 'Making Technology Assessment Accessible to New Players' In: Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe. Expanding Capacities. London: Palgrave Pivot. [Details]
(2015)'Ageing and Technology Decision-making: A framework for assessing uncertainty'
Fitzgerald, C.; Adam, F. (2015) 'Ageing and Technology Decision-making: A framework for assessing uncertainty' In: Ageing and Technology: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. New York: Columbia University Press. [Details]
(2014)'The Role of the Technology Transfer Office in Promoting University-Industry Collaboration'
Fitzgerald, C.; Ledwith, M.; O'Shea, R.P. (2014) 'The Role of the Technology Transfer Office in Promoting University-Industry Collaboration' In: Handbook of Research on Techno-Entrepreneurship. UK: Edward Elgar. [Details]
(2014)'University-based Entrepreneurship: A Review of the Literature'
O Shea, R.P.; Fitzgerald, C; Chugh, H.; Allen, T (2014) 'University-based Entrepreneurship: A Review of the Literature' In: Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities: An Entrepreneurial Approach. UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2012)'Teaching Case Study: UK Grocery Retailing Industry'
Fitzgerald, C (2012) 'Teaching Case Study: UK Grocery Retailing Industry' In: Strategy and Strategists: Legacies, Dilemmas and Trajectories. UK: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: Can One Make A Difference?'
Fitzgerald, C., McCarthy, S., Carton, F., O Connor, Y., Lynch, L ., Adam, F. (2016) 'Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: Can One Make A Difference?'. Journal of Decision Systems, [Details]
(2016)'Inside the university technology transfer office: mission statement analysis'
Fitzgerald, C,Cunningham, JA (2016) 'Inside the university technology transfer office: mission statement analysis'. Journal of Technology Transfer, 41 :1235-1246 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'University technology transfer offices: The search for identity to build legitimacy'
O'Kane, C,Mangematin, V,Geoghegan, W,Fitzgerald, C (2015) 'University technology transfer offices: The search for identity to build legitimacy'. Research Policy, 44 :421-437 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'University technology transfer offices: The search for identity to build legitimacy'
O'Kane, C;Mangematin, V;Geoghegan, W;Fitzgerald, C (2015) 'University technology transfer offices: The search for identity to build legitimacy'. Research Policy, 44 :421-437 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Technology transfer offices as a nexus within the triple helix: the progression of the university's role'
Geoghegan, W,O'Kane, C,Fitzgerald, C (2015) 'Technology transfer offices as a nexus within the triple helix: the progression of the university's role'. International Journal of Technology management, 68 :255-277 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Parliamentary Technology Assessment – Mapping The Irish Landscape Of Technology Related Policy Making'
Csaki, C. Adam, F, O’Raghallaigh , P. and Fitzgerald, C. (2014) 'Parliamentary Technology Assessment – Mapping The Irish Landscape Of Technology Related Policy Making'. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, 8 (3):1-17 [Details]
(2014)'Towards the institutionalisation of parliamentary technology assessment: the case for Ireland'
Csaki,C; Fitzgerald, C; O Reilly, P; Adam, F (2014) 'Towards the institutionalisation of parliamentary technology assessment: the case for Ireland'. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, 8 (3):315-334 [Details]
(2011)'Science for Sale: The Perils, Rewards, and Delusions of Campus Capitalism: Book Review and Commentary'
Fitzgerald, C (2011) 'Science for Sale: The Perils, Rewards, and Delusions of Campus Capitalism: Book Review and Commentary'. Irish Journal of Management, 30 (2):129-132 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'Sustaining Technology Transfer Office Legitimacy: The Role of Mission Statement'
Fitzgerald, C.; Cunningham, J. (2011) 'Sustaining Technology Transfer Office Legitimacy: The Role of Mission Statement' Technology Transfer Tactics, 5 (9) :129-144. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2016)R&D Management Conference
Fitzgerald, C., McCarthy, S., Carton, F., O Connor, Y., Lynch, L ., Adam, F. (2016) Responsible Research and Innovation: Exploring A New Approach To Engaging The Citizen In Innovation Policy? R&D Management Conference [Details]
(2016)IFIP WG 8.3 DSS 2016 Conference
Fitzgerald, C., McCarthy, S., Carton, F., O Connor, Y., Lynch, L., Adam, F. (2016) Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Can one make a difference? IFIP WG 8.3 DSS 2016 Conference [Details]
(2015)2nd European TA conference: The next Horizon of Technology Assessment
Rosskamp, B.; Fitzgerald, C. (2015) PACITA User Summer Schools in Liège 2012 and Cork 2014 2nd European TA conference: The next Horizon of Technology Assessment Berlin, Germany, [Details]
(2015)Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference
O Shea, R; Fitzgerald, C; Roche, M (2015) Managing the University Venturing Process: A Study of Academic Entrepreneurship Policies in Ireland Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2014)Electronic Government, 13th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference
Fitzgerald, C and Adam, F (2014) Assessing Policy Making for ICT Innovation: A Decision Support Research Agenda . In: Marijn Janssen, Hans Jochen Scholl, Maria A. Wimmer, Frank Bannister eds. Electronic Government, 13th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference Dublin, Ireland, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J. (2013) Strategic Choice in Technology Transfer Offices: Strategy Makers or Strategy Takers Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference [Details]
(2013)University-Industry Interaction Conference
O Kane, C.; Fitzgerald, C., Geoghegan, W. (2013) Legitimacy of Technology Transfer Offices University-Industry Interaction Conference Amsterdam, [Details]
(2013)British Academy of Management
O'Kane, C., Geoghegan, W., Fitzgerald, C. (2013) The Legitimacy of International TTOs British Academy of Management Liverpool, UK, [Details]
(2013)European Operations Management Association (EUROMA) Annual Conference
Fitzgerald, C.; o Shea, R.P. (2013) Managing the University Venturing Process: A Contingency Perspective European Operations Management Association (EUROMA) Annual Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2013)Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference
Fitzgerald, C., O Shea, R (2013) Transferring Technology into Spinoff Companies: An Open Innovation Perspective Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference New York, [Details]
(2013)Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference
Geoghegan, W.,, Fitzgerald, C., O Kane, C. (2013) Institutional Variation Leading to University/Industry Technology Transfer: The Case of Ireland, New Zealand and the United States Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference New York, [Details]
(2013)Strategic Management Society
O'Kane, C., Geoghegan, W., Fitzgerald, C. (2013) The Legitimacy of Technology Transfer Offices Strategic Management Society Atlanta, GA, [Details]
(2012)American Academy of Management Conference
Fitzgerald, C., Cunningham, J. and O Kane, C. (2012) Setting Strategic Direction in Technology Transfer Offices American Academy of Management Conference Boston, [Details]
(2012)Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
O'Kane, C., Geoghegan, W., Fitzgerald, C (2012) The entrepreneurial university: An international analysis of university technology transfer offices and their stakeholders Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Perth, [Details]
(2011)American Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, (2011) Strategy Formulation in Technology Transfer Offices American Academy of Management Annual Meeting San Antonio, Texas, [Details]
(2010)Irish Social Sciences Platform Conference
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J. (2010) University Technology Transfer in Practice Irish Social Sciences Platform Conference [Details]
(2010)Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J. (2010) The Process of Strategy Formulation and Implementation within Technology Transfer Offices Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference Washington, DC, [Details]
(2009)Irish Academy of Management Conference
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J. (2009) The Strategic Role of Technology Transfer Offices: A Stakeholder Perspective Irish Academy of Management Conference GMIT, Galway, [Details]
(2009)Irish Social Sciences Platform
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J (2009) University Industry Technology Transfer Policy in Ireland Irish Social Sciences Platform NUI Galway, [Details]
(2009)The Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J (2009) Strategy Process within TTOs: A New Research Agenda The Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, [Details]
(2009)British Academy of Management Conference
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J. (2009) Strategy as Practice within TTOs British Academy of Management Conference Brighton, [Details]
(2008)Irish Academy of Management Conference
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham, J (2008) Technology Transfer Offices: The Challenge of Creating Value for Diverse Stakeholders Irish Academy of Management Conference Dublin City University, [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2014)European Policy Overview on Telecare.
Fitzgerald, C (2014) European Policy Overview on Telecare. PACITA, Norway. [Details]
(2013)Parliamentary technology assessment: Mapping the institutional landscape of Ireland.
Fitzgerald, C., Adam, F. O’Raghallaigh, P and Csáki, C (2013) Parliamentary technology assessment: Mapping the institutional landscape of Ireland. InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme, Community of Researchers Research Briefing, Belfast. [Details]
(2012)Technology Transfer Offices: Mission Statement Analysis as representation of Strategic Intent.
Fitzgerald, C. and Cunningham. J. (2012) Technology Transfer Offices: Mission Statement Analysis as representation of Strategic Intent. InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme, Community of Researchers Research Briefing, Belfast. [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011Best Graduate Student Literature Review Prize Association University Technology Managers Foundation
2011Awarded PRTLI Post Doctoral Fellowship to undertake post doctoral research PRTLI
2011Highly Commended Prize for Research Poster ISSP Doctorial Colloquium
2008Awarded PRTLI Doctoral Fellowship to undertake doctoral research PRTLI

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Technology Transfer Society Member/
American Academy of Management Member/
Irish Academy of Management Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)Technology Transfer Conference,
Ciara Fitzgerald (2014) Invited Keynote Speaker: Strategy Process in Technology Transfer Offices. [Keynote Speaker], Technology Transfer Conference, Urbino , Italy , 20-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)Citizen Consultation Event on Sustainable Consumption,
Ciara Fitzgerald (2014) National Event whereby 100 citizens were sought to influence policy on sustainable consumption in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Citizen Consultation Event on Sustainable Consumption, UCC , 25-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)European Summer School on Technology Assessment,
Ciara Fitzgerald (2014) Lead organizer of summer school on technology assessment relating to Ageing and Technology. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], European Summer School on Technology Assessment, UCC, Cork, Ireland , 18-JUN-14 - 20-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)Consortium of National Policy Makers in the area of Innovation,
Fitzgerald,C (2013) Presented findings of research to policy makers at the 3rd Project workshop: Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Consortium of National Policy Makers in the area of Innovation, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin , 04-FEB-13 - 04-FEB-13. [Details]
(2013)Symposium on Entrepreneurial University,
Fitzgerald, C (2013) Workshop for national and international researchers in the area of academic entrepreneurship. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Symposium on Entrepreneurial University, NUI Galway , 30-AUG-13 - 30-AUG-13. [Details]
(2012)Academy of Management,
Fitzgerald, C. (2012) Technology and Innovation Management Division. [Referee], Academy of Management, Boston, MA , 01-AUG-12 - 04-AUG-12. [Details]
(2012)Innovation and Public Policy Summer School,
Fitzgerald, C (2012) Can TTOs be Strategic?: - Invited to present research. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Innovation and Public Policy Summer School, Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway , 07-MAY-12 - 07-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
Fitzgerald, C (2012) - Together with Dr. Rory O Shea, invited to present our research recommendations for the improvement of Ireland’s national innovation ecosystem. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Dublin , 12-JUN-12 - 12-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)1st Project Workshop: Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy,
Fitzgerald, C (2012) Transferring Intellectual Property into Start-up Companies; An Open Innovation Perspective: - Presented initial findings and progress report to the project partners. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], 1st Project Workshop: Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin , 04-JUN-12 - 05-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)2nd Project workshop: Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy,
Fitzgerald, C (2012) Exploring the Entrepreneurial University: Case of US and Ireland: Presented findings of research to project stakeholders. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], 2nd Project workshop: Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin , 16-OCT-12 - 17-OCT-12. [Details]
(2011)Doctoral Symposuim,
Fitzgerald, C (2011) PhD Journey: Swings and Roundabouts: - Invited to deliver interactive workshop to first year PhD students, in the capacity of mentor, to share insights of the PhD journey. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Doctoral Symposuim, Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway , 10-OCT-11 - 10-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011)Association for University Technology Managers Annual Meeting,
Fitzgerald, C (2011) - Invited to present prize winning paper, Legitimacy, Mission and Management: Key Challenges for Technology Transfer Offices, to leading international university technology transfer practitioners, opportunity to develop an international network of peers for future data collection and collaboration. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Association for University Technology Managers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada , 10-FEB-11 - 12-FEB-11. [Details]
(2011)American Academy of Management,
Fitzgerald, C (2011) Technology and Innovation Management Division. [Referee], American Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas , 03-AUG-11 - 06-AUG-11. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Dublin Postdoctoral Researcher/
Accenture Management Consultant/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2011NUI Galway PHDStrategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2006NUI Galway MBSMBS Corporate Strategy and People Management
2004University College Cork BScBusiness Information Systems

Outreach Activities

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Public invited to offer thoughts on the future of Ireland and Europe at UCC. Irish Examiner, Thursday, November 12, 2015 
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/public-invited-to-offer-thoughts-on-the-future-of-ireland-and-e...

"Summer school looked at technology in society", Evening Echo, 7th July 2014

'My Postgrad Life’, Irish Times, Postgraduate Special Supplement, March 5th, 2013

‘NUI Galway Student Awarded Prestigious International Prize’, Innovation Ireland Review, IDA Ireland, Issue 2, Spring Summer, 2011

‘NUI Galway Student Awarded Prestigious International Prize’, Galway Advertiser, April 21, 2011

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Technology Transfer Referee-
International Journal Of Technology Transfer And Commercialisation Referee-
Decision Support Systems Referee-

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