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Professor Paul Coughlan

Professor in Operations Mgmt (Business & Administrative Studies)

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.
 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
 Co-Improve: Collaborative Improvement for the Extended Manufacturing Enterprise

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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
Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , Micro-Hydropower Energy Recovery at Waste Water Treatment Plants: Turbine Selection and Optimisation, Journal of Energy Engineering, 143, (1), 2017, p1-7 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Denise O'Leary, Paul Coughlan, Clare Rigg, and David Coghlan, Turning to case studies as a mechanism for learning in action learning, Action Learning: Research And Practice, 14, (1), 2017, p3 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Coughlan, P., Predicting and quantifying the effect of variations in long-term water demand on micro-hydropower energy recovery in water supply networks, Urban Water, 14, (7), 2017, p676 - 684, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Action Research in, editor(s)Christer Karlsson , Research Methods for Operations Management, Abingdon OXON, Routledge, 2016, pp233 - 267, [Paul Coughlan, David Coghlan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Supporting sustainability through developing a learning network among traditional food producers: applications of action learning in, editor(s)Raffaella Cagliano, Federico F.A. Caniato, Christopher G. Worley , Organizing Supply Chain Processes for Sustainable Innovation in the Agri-Food Industry, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group, 2016, pp59 - 81, [Paul Coughlan, David Coghlan, Denise O'Leary, Clare Rigg and Doireann Barrett], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Power, C., Coughlan, P., McNabola, A. , A Parametric Experimental Investigation of the Operating Conditions of Gravitational Vortex Hydropower, Journal of Clean Energy Technologies, 4, (2), 2016, p112 - 119, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brady, J., Gallagher, J., Corcoran, L., Coughlan P., McNabola, A., Effects of Long-term Flow Variation on Micro-Hydropower Energy Production in Pressure Reducing Valves in Water Distribution Networks., Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, 2016, p1-9 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Paul Coughlan, Domien Draaijer, Janet Godsell and Harry Boer, Operations and supply chain management - the role of academics and practitioners in the development of research and practice, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 36, (12), 2016, p1673 - 1695, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 35 , 9, (2015), 1231 - 1362p, Brian Fynes , Paul Coughlan, [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED
Corcoran, L., McNabola, A., Coughlan P., The optimization of water distribution networks for combined hydropower energy recovery and leakage reduction, Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, 2015, p1-8 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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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
Research Interests include: . Continuous improvement of manufacturing and product development practices . Inter-organisational collaboration . Action learning . Action research . Service innovation . Commercialisation of university research