Researchers at UCD


Kathy O'Reilly


School Of Business
Graduate School of Business
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock
Co. Dublin

Tel: 879075579


Kathy is a Lecturer in the Management subject area at UCD, and teaches across a number of areas and programmes, including Management Consulting, International Business, Global Marketing, Service Learning and Project Management. In addition to teaching on a number of UCD¿s programmes in Ireland, Spain and Singapore, Kathy has also been the Programme Director for two successful Executive Education courses: the Garda Executive Leadership Programme, and Business Process Optimisation. Since 2002, she has managed the MSc in Management Consultancy programme as Academic Coordinator. 

Prior to joining UCD, Kathy worked for GE as a Six Sigma Black Belt, and delivered a number of quality projects within GE Capital. From GE, Kathy joined PA Consulting Group¿s Government and Public Sector practice, where she specialized in the delivery of HR and training related projects in Ireland and the UK. 

Kathy holds an MSc. in International Business from the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, and a BA in Philosophy & English Literature from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD), and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) in the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA). She is also an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), the global professional body of the management consulting industry. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Higher Education, looking at the role of experiential learning in management education.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Academic Fellow of the ICMCI
Year: 2010.
Title: Certified Management Consultant (CMC)


Association: IMCA, Function/Role: CMC
Association: ICMCI, Function/Role: Academic Fellow
Association: IITD, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

O'Reilly, K. (2008) Ireland's Business Analysts: Evolving Skills and Competencies. [Keynote Address], IBAC Annual Comference, Dublin, Ireland , 08-OCT-08 - 08-OCT-08.
K. O¿Reilly, C. Houlihan, C. Kearney (2006) Assessing Relationship Marketing in the Irish Management Consultancy Industry. [Invited Oral Presentation], Academy of Management Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA , 11-AUG-06 - 16-AUG-06.


Employer: GE Capital Services
Position: European Management Development Programme (EMDP)
Employer: GE Insurance Services
Position: Training & Education Manager
Employer: GE Financial Insurance
Position: Client Relationship Manager
Employer: PA Consulting Group
Position: Consultant, Government & Public Sector Practice
Employer: UCD School of Business
Position: Lecturer


Year 1994 Institution: UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
Qualification: MBS Subject: International Business
Year 1992 Institution: NUI Maynooth
Qualification: BA (Mod) Subject: Philosophy & English Literature
Year 1993 Institution: UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
Qualification: DBS Subject: HRM & IR
Year 1989 Institution: Boston Latin School
Qualification: Diploma Subject: Liberal Arts
Year 2014 Institution: Harvard Business School
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Case Method Teaching & Participant Centered Learning Parts 1 & 2




Client: Health Service Executive: Communications Division
Client: 3rd i IT & Business Service Ltd
Client: Various Not-for-Profit Clients
Client: Innovo Training & Development: Enterprise Evolution Programme

Outreach Activities

  • Faculty Adviser for UCD's ENACTUS team since 2011 

Other Activities

Founder of Alumnor Consulting Services, providing specialist education and management development services.

Alumnor Consulting Services Website 



Other Journals

Darby, F., McSweeney, D. and O'Reilly, K. (2017) 'The Dominant Educational Discourses Underlying the Cassells Report' DBS Business Review 1 (1) . Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

O'Connell, N., O'Reilly, K., Prendergast, H. (2016) An Investigation of the Training Skills Gap among Top Management Consulting Firms in Ireland and its Impact on Career Progression 19th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference 2016 [Details]


Research Interests

Kathy teaches across a number of areas including Management Consulting, Service Learning, Business Turnaround and Global Business. She is active in community engagement through her Service learning module and in student social entrepreneurship through her involvement in Enactus ( Kathy is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Education, focusing on the role of experiential learning in management education.


Teaching Philosophy

In all of my educational environments, with many different categories of learners, I see myself as guiding and facilitating their individual learning journeys. I do this with my teaching methods, which are very much reflective, discussion-based and rooted in real-world or experience-based examples.

Modules Coordinated

201700   BMGT43430     Business Management: Diagnostic techniques in consu
201700   BMGT10160     Business Management: Global Marketplace
201700   SBUS40990     Business: Capstone Project
201700   BMGT20080     Business Management: Service Learning
201700   BMGT43760     Business Management: MC Research Project
201700   BMGT43560     Business Management: Management Consulting Principl
201700   SBUS41130     Business: Capstone Project

Enhancement of Teaching

With Service Learning and UCD Enactus, I have created a teaching and learning environment that focuses on 'melding cognitive learning and affective service' (Eyler & Giles, 1999) and 'educating students for a life as responsible citizens, rather than educating students solely for a career' (Bringle & Hatcher, 1996), Furthermore, my approach to fostering a positive educational experience has been influenced by Salzberger-Wittenberg & Osborne's work, The Emotional Experience of Teaching and Learning. Specifically, I relate to their ideas in relation to the aims or aspirations of teachers, namely to pass on knowledge and skills, enable students to succeed, foster personal development and befriend students. (Salzberger- Wittenberg et al, 2004). This to me is the most rewarding part of my role as educator: seeing the personal development and growth of my students over the academic year. Many of my students attain excellent positions in management consulting companies upon graduation, and I truly enjoy sharing their sense of achievement in doing so. I also see their success as evidence of the transformational educational environment that I endeavour to create in my classroom. Transformational Education aims to establish trusting relationships with partners (Ayers, 2006; Covey, 1989), link university and local knowledge (Peters, Jordan, Adamek, & Alter, 2005), and empower learners to act with the "creative implementation of a purpose" (Mezirow, 1991), hence having a significant impact on the quality of my students' educational experience. To sum up: "Transformative learning shapes people. They are different afterward, in ways both they and others can recognize" (Clark 1993, cited in Stephens-Long, Shapiro and McClintock 2012)

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

As Academic Director of the MSc in Management Consultancy, I have a vested interest in its future development. I also wish to hone my expertise in this area, so that I can further position myself as a leading industry expert. As such, I have found my 'own niche in the world of scholarship and research'. (Bentz & Shapiro p. xiv). I am committed to gathering my own feedback from students that I then use in conjunction with the formal online evaluations, etc. This feedback is gathered informally using in-class workshops, and is used to improve the course for future learners. For example, over 15 years, I have (1) introduced a very successful internship programme (which has since been adopted by other MSc Business streams) and (2) added or dropped modules and revised assessment strategies based on my learners' feedback. (Centra 1973). I also sought feedback from industry experts, which has led to introducing a core strategy module, additional guest speakers and case studies. In so doing, I have strived to create a learning environment in which learners can acquire the skills, knowledge and competencies that will enable them to secure employment in the consulting industry, and build successful future careers. To this end, the course is well-supported by some of the world's best consulting firms, including PWC, Deloitte, Accenture, EY, BearingPoint, Grant Thornton and RSM. PWC sponsors a prize for the top MSc in Management Consulting student each year, and all my students are automatically awarded Graduate Membership of the IMCA. As further evidence and external validation of my role in, and command of, the management consulting industry, in 2013 I was appointed as an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), the global professional body of the management consulting industry.

Developing as a Teacher

I am currently finishing up my first year of a Doctorate in Higher Education. Completing the Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education will help me to achieve a personal goal of taking my own education and development to the next level. I also feel that it will help me to gain the confidence I need to become more research-active, and to contribute to the field of teaching and learning by helping to bridge the gap between third level education and the workplace, and to create more informed and effective teaching practices. My research topic relates to how we assess the impact of our teaching: 'Do They Practice What We Teach? An Investigation of the Alignment between Education and Practice on the UCD MSc in Management Consultancy'. I am still refining my research proposal, but my idea is to interview my graduates 3 years after they leave Smurfit, to establish whether the MSc in Management Consultancy sufficiently prepared them for their role as practicing management consultants.

Innovation & Leadership

I have been a leader and a change agent both in the School of Business, with the aforementioned Service Learning and the MSc in Management Consulting, and at a University level, with my involvement in bringing Enactus, a global student entrepreneurship initiative, to UCD.