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Dr Seamus O'Brien

Dr Seamus O'Brien

Telephone: 0151 231 3831

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Biography

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.

Publications

Highlighted publications

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

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, Sakellarios N, O'Brien S. 2018. Micro enterprises, self-efficacy and knowledge acquisition: evidence from Greece and Spain Journal of Knowledge Management, >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

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

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 >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 >Public Url

O'Brien S. 2015. Innovation and its Drivers in SMEs Change Management: An International Journal, >Link >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, >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.

Journal article

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

Duarte Alonso A, Kok S, Sakellarios N, O'Brien S. 2018. Micro enterprises, self-efficacy and knowledge acquisition: evidence from Greece and Spain Journal of Knowledge Management, >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

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

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 >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 >Public Url

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

Lawless A, Panya F, O' Brien S, Kok S. Talk-about Talent: Underlying Philosophies on Talent in Thai SMEs - implications for talent development. Human Resource Development International, >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, >Public 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 >Public Url

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

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) >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. >Public Url

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 >Public Url

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Fellowships:

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

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/

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/

Professional activities

Fellowships:

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

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/

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

Teaching qualification:

PGCE