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:
Senior 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
My research interests and current doctoral supervisions are in the areas of enterprise, research into SME growth and success, business development and innovation.
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
Duarte Alonso A, Alexander N, O'Brien S. 2018. Networking, collaboration, and home brewing: An exploratory study Loisir et Societe, 41 :130-153 >DOI
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
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
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
Alonso AD, Kok S, O'Brien S. 2017. Sustainable culinary tourism and Cevicherías: a stakeholder and social practice approach Journal of Sustainable Tourism, :1-20 >DOI
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
O'Brien S. 2015. Innovation and its Drivers in SMEs Change Management: An International Journal, >Link
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 >Link
Nwachukwu , Akwei , O'Brien S. An investigation of the linkage of business strategy with human resource management practices in Nigerian medium-sized enterprises
Kah S, O'Brien S, Frost A, Kok S. An investigation into performance measurement in social enterprises in the UK.
O'Brien S, Giorgioni G. FDI in rural Unitary Authorities: the case of the North-West of England.
O'Brien S. Does SME size affect rural SME management? BAM Conference - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice
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 40th AIB-UKI conference 2013
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
Engagement & Impact
Academic Fellow, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, http://ioee.uk/about-the-ioee/
Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Institute of Directors, https://www.iod.com/full-membership
Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, Fellow of the Institute of leadership and Management, https://www.institutelm.com/membership.html
Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, CMI, http://www.managers.org.uk/
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy
Membership of professional bodies:
Academic Fellow, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), FCMI stands for Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), http://www.managers.org.uk/
Member of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Directors
Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Institute of Leadership and Management