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Professor Paul Coughlan

Professor in Operations Mgmt (Trinity Business School)

Paul Coughlan is Professor in Operations Management and Director of Accreditation & Quality Assurance at the Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin. Following an early career in engineering management he became a university lecturer and then a full-time doctoral student at the Business School of the University of Western Ontario (now the Ivey School). On graduation, he joined the faculty of the London Business School. From LBS he moved to join Trinity's (then) School of Business and has developed his research and teaching in operations management and new product development. At Trinity, in addition to his research and teaching he has held senior School and College administrative positions, including MBA Director, Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning, Director of Research and Course Co-Director at the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy. Outside of Trinity College, he was President of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) from 2003-09. His research in product development and continuous improvement has encompassed an innovative action research dimension involving companies engaged in action learning. This work has led to continuing methodology development and to specialised doctoral training in action research and learning through the EIASM doctoral network.
  Operations Management
 Reducing Energy Dependency in Atlantic Area Water Networks (REDAWN)
 Distributing our Water Resources: Utilising Integrated, Smart and low-Carbon Energy (Dŵr Uisce)
 TRADEIT: Traditional Food: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
 Towards a More Sustainable System of Water Supply in Ireland and Wales: Exploring Opportunities for Hydropower in Break Pressure Tanks (Hydro-BPT)
 Made in Ireland II - Benchmarking Irish SME Practice and Performance

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Details Date From Date To
President: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) 2003 2009
Member: Organising Commitee of the International Product Development Management Conference 2002 Date
Member: Board of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) 2001 2012
Member: EurOMA Board 1997 2006
Member: EurOMA
Chartered Member: Engineers Ireland
David Coghlan, Paul Coughlan, Abraham B. (Rami) Shani , Exploring Doctorateness in Insider Action Research, International Journal of Action Research, 15, (1), 2019, p47 - 61, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Cristina Garcia-Palao, Maria J. Oltra-Mestre & Paul Coughlan, Improving teamworking competence through action learning. Experiences in operations management education, Action Learning: Research and Practice, 2019, Notes: [DOI: 10.1080/14767333.2019.1655391], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Clare Rigg, David Coghlan, Paul Coughlan, Denise O'Leary, Action Learning in Networks, Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities 2018, Liverpool, UK, April 26-27 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Mehmet Donmez Paul Coughlan, Marie Koulikoff-Souviron, Mirroring hypothesis in black-box governance: the interface between product and inter-organizational integration, Innovation & Product Development Management Conference 2018, Porto, Portugal, June 10-13 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Vincent Hargaden, Paul Coughlan, Olga Murdoch, Developing Lean and Agile Service Operations Processes in a University Environment, European Operations Management Association Conference 2018, Budapest, Hungary, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Daryl Powell, Paul Coughlan, Network Action Learning for Lean Supply Chain Development - Revisiting the Phenomenon of Kyoryokukai, European Operations Management Association Conference 2018, Budapest, Hungary, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Vanajah Siva, Paul Coughlan, Aonghus McNabola, Knowledge integration strategies within a smart specialization cluster: enabling sustainability in the water-energy nexus, European Operations Management Association Conference 2018, Budapest, Hungary, June 24-26 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Clare Rigg, Paul Coughlan, Denise O'Leary, David Coghlan, Organising for innovation - learning to collaborate across knowledge boundaries, EGOS 2018 , Tallinn, Estonia, July 5-7, 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Ana de Almeida Kumlien, Paul Coughlan, Aonghus McNabola, Prysor Williams, Demonstrating learning in action in the water and energy sector, Continuous Innovation Network Conference 2018, Dublin, Ireland, September 09-11 2018, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
David Coghlan and Paul Coughlan, Yes We Can: Towards Assurance of Learning by Scholarly Academics through a Praxeology of the Scholarship of Teaching, Action Learning: Research And Practice, 15, (3), 2018, p210 - 223, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Paul Coughlan & David Coghlan (Case editors), 'The butcher, the baker & the cheesemaker: TRADEIT Case Study Book', IT Tralee, TRADEIT, 2016, - 10-11, 27-109, Notes: [TRADEIT is funded by the European Commission, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology Call FP7-KBBe-2013-7- Single-stage: Grant no 613776.], Fieldwork collection, PUBLISHED
Paul Coughlan, Improving organisations and operations through European research funding: developing and sustaining networks, 20th EARMA Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, June 30-July 02, 2014, EARMA, 58-, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
McNabola, A. & Coughlan, P., Energy recovery in the water industry using micro-hydropower, Water Ireland: implementing a national water utility, Ashbourne, Ireland, May 15, 2013, Water & Wastewater Treatment, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Paul Coughlan, Creative confidence and Action Research, 3rd Annual Action Research Colloquium: Action Research - Real World Research, Tralee, Ireland, June 20-21, 2013, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Paul Coughlan, Interdisciplinarity in Management Research: Opportunities and Challenges , Irish Academy of Management: 2013 Research Colloquium, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, April 23, 2013, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
J. Gallagher, A. P. Williams, D. Styles, I. Harris, P. Coughlan, C. Power, L. Corcoran, A. McNabola., The Hydro-BPT Project: Realising the True Potential for Energy Recovery in the Water Industry in Ireland & Wales, ENVIRON 2013, Galway Ireland, 30th Jan - 1st Feb, 2013, Poster, PUBLISHED
Gallagher, J., Williams, A.P., Styles, D., Harris, I.M., Packwood, A.J., Coughlan, P., Power, C., Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Energy Recovery in the Water Industry: A Technical, Economic and Commercial Feasibility Study in Ireland and Wales, SPI Water Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 3rd & 4th December, 2012, Poster, PUBLISHED
Paul Coughlan, Interdisciplinarity and the Role of the Innovation Academy in Doctoral Education, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN JOURNAL OF POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH, 10, 2011, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Paul Coughlan, Louis Brennan, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Jim Stewart, Alessandra Vecchi, Brian Fynes, Ann Ledwith, Richard Keegan, Made in Ireland II - Practice and Performance in Irish SMEs: Have things changed?, Dublin, Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, 2006, Report, APPROVED
P. Coughlan, T. Dromgoole & J. Peppard, Operations Management: future issues and competitive responses, Dublin, School of Business Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 1998, Notes: [on behalf of the European Operations Management Association], Book, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Provost's Teaching Award 2010
Honorary Fellow, European Operations Management Association June 2016
Honorary Member, Continuous Innovation Network September 2018
Research Interests include: . Continuous improvement of manufacturing and product development practices . Inter-organisational collaboration . Action learning . Action research . Service innovation . Commercialisation of university research