Rory O'Shea

Visiting Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Rory O'Shea

Rory O'Shea is a Research Affiliate in the Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

He is also a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Cantillon Research Centre for Entrepreneurship at University College Dublin. The mission of the interdisciplinary centre is to serve as a centre of research excellence in conducting evidence-based research in the fields of innovation-based entrepreneurship and design thinking. His research investigates: (1) the strategies used by universities and firms to manage intellectual property and the commercialization process; (2) the resource assembly junctures and processes in the scale up of innovation-based new enterprises; and (3) the institutional dynamics that create vibrant regional entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Rory has published in many of the leading international academic journals in the field of innovation such as Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, R&D Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, and Organization Studies.  His articles have been included in books published by Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar Publishing, Routledge, and World Scientific Press. His research has been cited over 1,000 times at Google Scholar by international scholars in the field of innovation. Rory has also authored a number of policy-focused articles in Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Times, Forbes, NBC News, Sunday Independent and The Irish Times. In 2014, Rory coedited a highly influential book titled, Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities, An Entrepreneurial Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Prior to joining UCD as a faculty member, Rory completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2012-14, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan where he taught a technology commercialisation course. As an undergraduate student at UCD, Rory served as Auditor of the Commerce and Economics Society and was awarded the UCD President's Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in university life.

Rory's industry experience includes consulting experience at Accenture. During his time there he worked on corporate strategy and organisational performance projects with international clients in the high tech sector. 


General Expertise: Economic development; Initial Public Offerings (IPOs); Intellectual property; Open innovation; Technology transfer


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