Dr Seamus O'Brien

Liverpool Business School

I head the BA Business Management programme as well as the MSc Entrepreneurship. Along with my management role, I teach and have taught on modules at both undergraduate and masters levels and actively supervise both PhDs and DBAs.

My academic background is in the field of Economics and Business Development, subjects which I have taught at a number of Scottish and English Universities.

I am also External Validator for a number of UK Universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I hold the following memberships:
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Institute of Directors
Fellow of the Institute of Leadership Management
Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
Academic Fellow Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

Research

My research interests and current doctoral supervisions are in the areas of the enterprise, research into SME growth and success, business development and innovation.

Highlighted publications

Duarte Alonso A, Bressan A, Kiat Kok S, O'Brien S. 2021. Filling up the sustainability glass: wineries’ initiatives towards sustainable wine tourism Tourism Recreation Research, :1-15 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2020. Brexit, the wine sector and organisational resilience: an exploratory study of Spanish Wineries Review of International Business and Strategy, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S, Geneste L. 2020. Understanding entrepreneurial deviance through social learning and entrepreneurial action theory: an empirical study European Business Review, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2020. Sustainable wine tourism development through the lens of dynamic capabilities and entrepreneurial action: an exploratory four-region perspective Tourism Recreation Research, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O’Brien S. 2020. Understanding the Impact of Family Firms Through Social Capital Theory: A South American Perspective Journal of Family and Economic Issues, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok SK, O'Brien S, O'Shea M. 2020. The significance of grassroots and inclusive innovation in harnessing social entrepreneurship and urban regeneration European Business Review, DOI Public Url

Lawless A, Panya F, O’Brien S, Kok S. 2019. Talk-about Talent: Underlying Philosophies on Talent in Thai SMEs Human Resource Development International, 22 :553-572 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, Sakellarios N, O'Brien S. 2019. Micro enterprises, self-efficacy and knowledge acquisition: evidence from Greece and Spain Journal of Knowledge Management, 23 :419-438 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok SK, O'Brien S. 2019. “Profit is not a dirty word”: Social entrepreneurship and community development” Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, DOI Public Url

O'Brien S, Kok S, Duarte Alonso A. 2019. Rawhide Custom - Carving a niche market through customisation, personalised detail, and social media Author Url Publisher Url

O'Brien S, Kok S, Duarte Alonso A. 2019. Will we still be saying “Cheers” after Brexit? Author Url Publisher Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2018. Understanding approaches to innovation through the dynamic capabilities lens: A multi-country study of the wine industry International Journal of Innovation Management, DOI Public Url

O'Brien S, Kok S, Duarte Alonso A. 2018. Tasting success with gin: adapting to changing trends Author Url Publisher Url

Alonso AD, O'Brien S, Kok S. 2018. Innovation, dynamic capabilities and family firms operating in an emerging economy Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 11 :221-242 DOI Public Url

Alonso AD, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. Collaboration and the Emerging Craft Brewing Industry: An Exploratory Study Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, :1-22 DOI Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O Brien S. 2018. ‘We are only scratching the surface’ – a resource-based and dynamic capabilities approach in the context of culinary tourism development Tourism Recreation Research, :1-16 DOI Public Url

Alonso AD, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2018. Sustainable culinary tourism and Cevicherías: a stakeholder and social practice approach Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26 :812-831 DOI Author Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Sakellarios N, Alexander N, O'Brien S. 2018. Strengths, innovation, and opportunities in a burgeoning industry: an exploratory study Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 30 :276-296 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Alexander N, O'Brien S. 2018. Networking, collaboration, and home brewing: An exploratory study Loisir et Societe, 41 :130-153 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. ‘Every brew is a challenge and every glass of a good beer is an achievement’: home brewing and serious leisure Leisure/ Loisir, 42 :93-113 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Alonso AD, Sakellarios N, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. Corporate social responsibility in a burgeoning industry: a stakeholder analysis Journal of Strategy and Management, 11 :112-130 DOI Public Url

Ojei I, Frost A, O'Brien S, Gallagher E. 2017. An Investigation of Internal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices of Companies within the Oil sector in Nigeria BAM 2017

Duarte Alonso A, O'Brien S. 2017. Family firms’ management decision to export/not to export: A resource-based view Journal of Advances in Management Research, 14 :270-287 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kok SK, O'Brien S. 2016. Student Development - Examining Critical Understanding from the student’s point-of-view. http://www.sbc-usst.edu.cn/10years/en/papers.html, SBC 10th Anniversary Conference and Inaugural Annual Conference Public Url

O'Brien S. 2015. Innovation and its Drivers in SMEs Change Management: An International Journal, DOI Author Url Public Url

Groves CJ, Lawless A, O'Brien S. 2014. Contributing to a revival and a research agenda: the psychology of entrepreneurship British Academy of Management Conference Publisher Url Public Url

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. What makes a successful Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) in a rural location University of Liverpool Doctoral Conference.

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. Uncertainty and adaptation in the context of Brexit: An entrepreneurial action and dynamic capabilities approach European Business Review, DOI Public Url

Siriphan T, Kok S, O'Brien S. Exploring the Characteristics for Success of female-owned business venture in Southern Thailand The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Author Url

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. FDI in rural Unitary Authorities: the case of the North-West of England 40th AIB-UKI conference 2013 Publisher Url

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. Successful rural SMEs – which catalysts work? http://conference.bam.ac.uk/BAM2014/htdocs/conference_papers.php?track_name=Entrepreneurship, British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2014 Public Url

O'Brien S. Does SME size affect rural SME management? BAM Conference - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice

Kah S, O'Brien S, Kok S, Frost A. An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK. British Academy of Management

Kah S, O'Brien S, Frost A, Kok S. An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK. British Academy of Management 2015 Public Url

Nwachukwu , Akwei , O'Brien S. An investigation of the linkage of business strategy with human resource management practices in Nigerian medium-sized enterprises

O'Brien S, Kok SK. Student Development - Examining Critical Understanding from the student’s point-of-view. SBC 10th Anniversary Conference and Inaugural Annual Conference Author Url

Kah S, O'Brien S, Kok S, Gallagher E. Entrepreneurial Motivations, Opportunities, and Challenges: An International Perspective Journal of African Business, :1-20 DOI Public Url

Journal article

Duarte Alonso A, Bressan A, Kiat Kok S, O'Brien S. 2021. Filling up the sustainability glass: wineries’ initiatives towards sustainable wine tourism Tourism Recreation Research, :1-15 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2020. Brexit, the wine sector and organisational resilience: an exploratory study of Spanish Wineries Review of International Business and Strategy, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S, Geneste L. 2020. Understanding entrepreneurial deviance through social learning and entrepreneurial action theory: an empirical study European Business Review, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2020. Sustainable wine tourism development through the lens of dynamic capabilities and entrepreneurial action: an exploratory four-region perspective Tourism Recreation Research, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O’Brien S. 2020. Understanding the Impact of Family Firms Through Social Capital Theory: A South American Perspective Journal of Family and Economic Issues, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok SK, O'Brien S, O'Shea M. 2020. The significance of grassroots and inclusive innovation in harnessing social entrepreneurship and urban regeneration European Business Review, DOI Public Url

Lawless A, Panya F, O’Brien S, Kok S. 2019. Talk-about Talent: Underlying Philosophies on Talent in Thai SMEs Human Resource Development International, 22 :553-572 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, Sakellarios N, O'Brien S. 2019. Micro enterprises, self-efficacy and knowledge acquisition: evidence from Greece and Spain Journal of Knowledge Management, 23 :419-438 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok SK, O'Brien S. 2019. “Profit is not a dirty word”: Social entrepreneurship and community development” Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, DOI Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2018. Understanding approaches to innovation through the dynamic capabilities lens: A multi-country study of the wine industry International Journal of Innovation Management, DOI Public Url

Alonso AD, O'Brien S, Kok S. 2018. Innovation, dynamic capabilities and family firms operating in an emerging economy Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 11 :221-242 DOI Public Url

Alonso AD, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. Collaboration and the Emerging Craft Brewing Industry: An Exploratory Study Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, :1-22 DOI Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O Brien S. 2018. ‘We are only scratching the surface’ – a resource-based and dynamic capabilities approach in the context of culinary tourism development Tourism Recreation Research, :1-16 DOI Public Url

Alonso AD, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2018. Sustainable culinary tourism and Cevicherías: a stakeholder and social practice approach Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26 :812-831 DOI Author Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Sakellarios N, Alexander N, O'Brien S. 2018. Strengths, innovation, and opportunities in a burgeoning industry: an exploratory study Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 30 :276-296 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Alexander N, O'Brien S. 2018. Networking, collaboration, and home brewing: An exploratory study Loisir et Societe, 41 :130-153 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. ‘Every brew is a challenge and every glass of a good beer is an achievement’: home brewing and serious leisure Leisure/ Loisir, 42 :93-113 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Alonso AD, Sakellarios N, Alexander N, O Brien S. 2018. Corporate social responsibility in a burgeoning industry: a stakeholder analysis Journal of Strategy and Management, 11 :112-130 DOI Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, O'Brien S. 2017. Family firms’ management decision to export/not to export: A resource-based view Journal of Advances in Management Research, 14 :270-287 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

O'Brien S. 2015. Innovation and its Drivers in SMEs Change Management: An International Journal, DOI Author Url Public Url

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, O'Brien S. Uncertainty and adaptation in the context of Brexit: An entrepreneurial action and dynamic capabilities approach European Business Review, DOI Public Url

Kah S, O'Brien S, Kok S, Gallagher E. Entrepreneurial Motivations, Opportunities, and Challenges: An International Perspective Journal of African Business, :1-20 DOI Public Url

Internet publication

O'Brien S, Kok S, Duarte Alonso A. 2019. Rawhide Custom - Carving a niche market through customisation, personalised detail, and social media Author Url Publisher Url

O'Brien S, Kok S, Duarte Alonso A. 2019. Will we still be saying “Cheers” after Brexit? Author Url Publisher Url

O'Brien S, Kok S, Duarte Alonso A. 2018. Tasting success with gin: adapting to changing trends Author Url Publisher Url

Conference publication

Ojei I, Frost A, O'Brien S, Gallagher E. 2017. An Investigation of Internal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices of Companies within the Oil sector in Nigeria BAM 2017

Kok SK, O'Brien S. 2016. Student Development - Examining Critical Understanding from the student’s point-of-view. http://www.sbc-usst.edu.cn/10years/en/papers.html, SBC 10th Anniversary Conference and Inaugural Annual Conference Public Url

Groves CJ, Lawless A, O'Brien S. 2014. Contributing to a revival and a research agenda: the psychology of entrepreneurship British Academy of Management Conference Publisher Url Public Url

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. What makes a successful Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) in a rural location University of Liverpool Doctoral Conference.

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. FDI in rural Unitary Authorities: the case of the North-West of England.

Siriphan T, Kok S, O'Brien S. Exploring the Characteristics for Success of female-owned business venture in Southern Thailand The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Author Url

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. FDI in rural Unitary Authorities: the case of the North-West of England 40th AIB-UKI conference 2013 Publisher Url

O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. Successful rural SMEs – which catalysts work? http://conference.bam.ac.uk/BAM2014/htdocs/conference_papers.php?track_name=Entrepreneurship, British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2014 Public Url

O'Brien S. Does SME size affect rural SME management? BAM Conference - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice

Kah S, O'Brien S, Kok S, Frost A. An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK. British Academy of Management

Kah S, O'Brien S, Frost A, Kok S. An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK. British Academy of Management 2015 Public Url

Nwachukwu , Akwei , O'Brien S. An investigation of the linkage of business strategy with human resource management practices in Nigerian medium-sized enterprises

O'Brien S, Kok SK. Student Development - Examining Critical Understanding from the student’s point-of-view. SBC 10th Anniversary Conference and Inaugural Annual Conference Author Url

Highlighted activities

Fellowships:

Principal Fellow of Advance HE, Advanced Higher Education Academy, http://www.advance-he.ac.uk/. 2018

Academic Fellow, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, http://ioee.uk/about-the-ioee/. 2018

Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, CMI, http://www.managers.org.uk/. 2016

Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Institute of Directors, https://www.iod.com/full-membership. 2015

Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, https://www.institutelm.com/membership.html. 2014

Membership of professional bodies:

Academic Fellow, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. 2018

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), FCMI stands for Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), http://www.managers.org.uk/. 2016

Professional activities

Other invited event:

Life beyond COVID-19: What are experts concerned about?, London, Invited expert - House of Lords COVID-19 Committee inquiry on Life beyond COVID https://post.parliament.uk/life-beyond-covid-19-what-are-experts-concerned-about/. 2020

Fellowships:

Principal Fellow of Advance HE, Advanced Higher Education Academy, http://www.advance-he.ac.uk/. 2018

Academic Fellow, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, http://ioee.uk/about-the-ioee/. 2018

Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, CMI, http://www.managers.org.uk/. 2016

Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Institute of Directors, https://www.iod.com/full-membership. 2015

Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, https://www.institutelm.com/membership.html. 2014

Membership of professional bodies:

Academic Fellow, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. 2018

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), FCMI stands for Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), http://www.managers.org.uk/. 2016

Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Institute of Leadership and Management.

Member of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Directors.

Media Coverage:

https://issuu.com/liverpool/docs/echobusiness_220611, Frontpage of the Echo Business. 2011

Teaching qualification:

PGCE. 2009

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