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Niamh O Riordan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Business

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Email: niamh.oriordan@ucd.ie

Biography

I was appointed Lecturer in Information Systems & Organisation in the College of Business at University College Dublin (UCD) in 2014 and director of the MSc in Digital Innovation at Smurfit Business School in 2015. I hold a PhD in Information Systems, MA in Academic Practice, MBS in eCommerce, HDip in Computer Science and a BA in Arts (Music). My research is concerned with the relationship between Being and Technology and seeks to leverage the generative capacity of emerging technologies in order to realise our creative and imaginative potential. More specifically, my work lies at the intersection of research on the nature of technology (conceived as both the purposeful and practical application of scientific or epistemic knowledge and also the process of designing and making tools and systems in order to achieve practical results and to add value), the temporality of Being (where human temporality is seen as a gradual unfolding, as an ongoing process of becoming that is inherently associated with historicity, futurity, innovation, imagination, transformation and renewal) and the metaphysics of cyberspace (e.g. virtureality, materiality, relationality, agency and intentionality, embodiment and consciousness, transhumanism). The practical applications motivating my research are in the areas of design thinking, digital innovation, simulation, decision support systems, and process management. I have extensive experience in terms of designing and delivering courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level that span the full spectrum of the IS curriculum, including IS Management and Project Management, IS Innovation, Current Issues in IS Research, IS Technologies, Web Design and Analytics, Application Development (with C#, VB, Java), Database Development (SQL).

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Association of Information Systems, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Group for Organization Studies, Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : College of Business Teaching and Learning Committee
Committee : The Academic Council Committee on Quality
 

Education

Year 2016 Institution: NUI Galway, IRL
Qualification: MA Subject: Masters in Academic Practice
Year 2014 Institution: NUI Galway, IRL
Qualification: PG DIP Subject:
Year 2011 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: MBS Subject:
Year 2002 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: H Dip Computer Science Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: BA Subject:
   

Outreach Activities

Promotional activity: featured in a new promotional video for the MSc Digital Innovation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzAKj8IJmkU)

Press Coverage: Quoted in ¿The Irish Times Innovation Profile¿ by Barry McCall, The Irish Times Innovation Magazine, October, 2015

   

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

O Riordan, Niamh; O'Reilly, Philip (2011) 'Virtual Worlds: S(t)imulating Creativity in Decision Making'. Journal of Decision Systems, 20 . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N.; Lohan, G.; Conboy, K. (2015) 'Mind the Gaps: increasing the impact of IS research on ISD performance improvement'. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19 . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
 

Conference Publications

O Riordan, Niamh (2015) Designing the Future Perfect: Developing a temporal understanding of the intentionality and generativity of organisational practices . In: D. Yohanna J. Robinson eds. Quadrangular conference: organisational practices within contemporary landscapes Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, Niamh (2016) DESIGNING THE FUTURE PERFECT: REORGANISING IS RESEARCH AROUND THE AXIS OF INTENTION European Conference on Information Systems Available Online [Details]
O Riordan, N., Adam, F. & O¿Reilly, P. (2009) Innovation In Virtual Worlds: Social Structure And Diffusion European Conference On Information Systems Available Online [Details]
O Riordan, N., Adam, F. & O¿Reilly, P. (2010) Enablers And Inhibitors Of Innovation And Creativity In Virtual Worlds Education Projects Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education Conference Available Online [Details]
O Riordan, N., Action, T., Conboy, K., Golden, W. 2012 (2012) Decision-Making In Agile Software Development Teams: Solving The Optimal Timing Problem InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., Action, T., Conboy, K., Golden, W. (2012) It's About Time: Investigating The Temporal Parameters Of Decision-Making In Agile Teams International Conference On Information Systems Development Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., Adam, F. & O¿Reilly, P. (2012) Innovation Co-Creation In A Virtual World European Conference On Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., Adam, F. & O¿Reilly, P. (2012) The Road Less Travelled: A New Perspective On Sustained Competitive Advantage Through Knowledge Creation European Conference On Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., Acton, T., Conboy, K., Golden, W. (2012) A Clockwork Organisation: Proposing a New Theory of Organisational Temporality The JAIS-Sponsored Theory Development Workshop with ICIS Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., Conboy, K., Acton, T. (2013) How soon is now? Theorising temporality in Information Systems research International Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N (2013) Knowledge Creation: Hidden Driver of Innovation in the Digital Era International Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N (2013) Harnessing the innovative potential of knowledge in the digital enterprise European Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N. (2014) Autoethnography: Proposing a new method for Information Systems research European Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., O Reilly, P., Duane, A., and Andreev, P. (2014) Business model innovation: a temporal perspective Australasian Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N., Lohan, G., Conboy, K. (2014) Mind the gaps: increasing the impact of IS research on ISD performance improvement Australasian Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan, N (2014) In search of lost time: investigating the temporality of student engagement, the role of learning technologies, and implications for student performance Australasian Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
O Riordan (2014) Where The Streets Have No Name: Exploration and exploitation in novel digital settings European Conference on Information Systems Available Online Link to full text [Details]
         

Dissertations/Theses

O Riordan, Niamh (2016) Cross rhythms of student engagement and attainment in higher education: a bioecological systems analysis. Dissertations/Theses [Details]
O Riordan, N. (2011) An investigation of innovation and knowledge creation in virtual worlds. Dissertations/Theses Available Online Link to full text [Details]

Guest Lectures

O Riordan, Niamh (2016) Knowledge acquisition in higher education: a bioecological systems theory perspective. Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, NUI Galway: Guest Lectures [Details]
                                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My research is concerned with the relationship between Being and Technology and seeks to leverage the generative capacity of emerging technologies in order to realise our creative and imaginative potential. More specifically, my work lies at the intersection of research on the nature of technology (conceived as both the purposeful and practical application of scientific or epistemic knowledge and also the process of designing and making tools and systems in order to achieve practical results and to add value), the temporality of Being (where human temporality is seen as a gradual unfolding, as an ongoing process of becoming that is inherently associated with historicity, futurity, innovation, imagination, transformation and renewal) and the metaphysics of cyberspace (e.g. virtureality, materiality, relationality, agency and intentionality, embodiment and consciousness, transhumanism). The practical applications motivating my research are in the areas of design thinking, digital innovation, simulation, decision support systems, and process management. My work has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals and I have presented at several prestigious Information Systems (IS) conferences including  ICIS and ECIS.


Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Bibliographic Analysis of Information Systems
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-16 / 21-DEC-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Exploration and exploitation in novel digital setttings
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-16 / 30-APR-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19

Recent Postgraduates

Scott, D. 2012 - 2014. Opinion Leadership Characteristics in Online Social Media: Evidence from Twitter. MSc (Research) dissertation.

 
 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on inspiring others with my own passion for knowledge because in the end, you can never really teach anyone anything - you can only show them the path and try to motivate them to follow it themselves.

Modules Coordinated

201600   MIS40920     Management Information Systems: BusInfo Systems Mgt ME/MEngSc
201600   MIS40680     Management Information Systems: Managing Strategy&Innovation

Enhancement of Teaching

For the past several years, I have been undertaking an MA in Academic Practice which is centrally concerned with developing my skills as an educator. In completing the course, I have studied the literature on higher education, applied its insights to my own module design and delivery. I have had my teaching observed by fellow educators and independent reviewers. I have conducted these observations myself. I have written and published papers in international conferences regarding my use of learning technologies in the classroom and I am currently preparing a thesis on students' engagement with learning technologies in the classroom. Just this year, I also enrolled in a Case Method Teaching Seminar at Harvard Business School to further develop my own competencies in the classroom.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

As Programme Director for the MSc in Digital Innovation I am currently working with our Director for the Assurance of Learning to complete both an Assurance of Learning and Curriculum Review Assessment for the MSc Digital Innovation

Developing as a Teacher

For the past several years, I have been undertaking an MA in Academic Practice which is centrally concerned with developing my skills as an educator. In completing the course, I have studied the literature on higher education, applied its insights to my own module design and delivery. I have had my teaching observed by fellow educators and independent reviewers. I have conducted these observations myself. I have written and published papers in international conferences regarding my use of learning technologies in the classroom and I am currently preparing a thesis on students' engagement with learning technologies in the classroom. Just this year, I also enrolled in a Case Method Teaching Seminar at Harvard Business School to further develop my own competencies in the classroom.

Innovation & Leadership

I am a former Programme Director for the MSc Digital Innovation, current coordinator of the Digital Innovation concentration in the BComm, and a member of the Teaching and Learning committee in the College of Business. I actively research the innovative use of technology to support learning and have published research at international conferences on this subject.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

I collaborate on research projects with members of the CITO group including Gianluca Miscione, Seamas Kelly and Allen Higgins and John McCallig

External Collaborators

I collaborate on research with a number of national and international academics,  including Prof. Frederic Adam, Prof. Kieran Conboy, Prof. Willie Golden, Dr. Philip O'Reilly, Dr. Thomas Acton, Dr. Garry Lohan