Dr. Rory O'Shea is an Associate Professor and Academic Director of the Cantillon Research Centre for Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation at University College Dublin. His research investigates (1) the strategies used by universities and firms to manage intellectual property and the technology transfer process, (2) the resource assembly, customer experience and product development processes that are involved in the scale-up of innovation-based 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 management such as Research Policy, R&D Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Organization Studies. He has also recently co-edited a book volume entitled, Building Technology Transfer within Research Universities, An Entrepreneurial Approach (Cambridge University Press). Rory has also contributed to a number of influential policy-related articles on technology policy and startups in Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur Inc, NBC News, Financial Times, Forbes, Sunday Independent and The Irish Times.
Prior to joining UCD as a faculty member, Rory completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He obtained his PhD from the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business. From 2012-14, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan. As an undergraduate student at UCD, Rory served as Auditor (President) of the Commerce and Economics Society and during his tenure the society grew to become the largest student society in Ireland whilst also being awarded the 'UCD Society of the Year' award. He is a recipient of the UCD President's Award and he has played tennis for Leinster and UCD. He is also a former club champion of the UCD staff tennis club. Outside of work much of Rory's time revolves around enjoying a variety of family activities with his wife and three young children.