Dr Niall Connolly

School of Business

Assistant Professor

(01) 474 7501


Niall is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Niall is a Funded Investigator  with CONNECT, the SCF Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications and an Associate Investigator with CONFIRM, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing.

Niall's research interests are in technology adoption, with a focus on enabling sustainable technology adoption in both private and public settings. The work covers strategic alignment of digital strategies with organisational goals, governance structures, business models, business model innovation, corporate venturing and climate for creativity.

Niall's is currently studying:

  • How neutral host networks can be optimised for economics, access and carbon footprint;
  • How "place based" manufacturing can be supported through technology - using garment manufacturing as a use case.;
  • Developing digital capability within the manufacturing sector;
  • Measurement and performance of innovation ecosystems.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Walsh G.S.; Cunningham J.A.; Mordue T.; McLeay F.; O’Kane C.; Connolly N. (2021) 'What business schools do to support academic entrepreneurship: a systematic literature review and future research agenda'. Studies in Higher Education, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 Maccani G.; Connolly N.; McLoughlin S.; Puvvala A.; Karimikia H.; Donnellan B. (2020) 'An emerging typology of IT governance structural mechanisms in smart cities'. Government Information Quarterly, 37 (4). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Gross, Nicole, Connolly, Niall, McNamara, Peter (2016) 'Scaling Up a Small Technology Firm: Business Model Innovation at HaylioMed'. Business Case Journal, 23 (2):33-50. [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2023 T McLoughlin, S.; Puvvala, A.; Connolly. N.; Maccani, G. & Donnellan. B (2023) International Conference for Information Systems Embedding service Logic into Business Model Design: The Case of predictive Maintenance for Industry 4.0
2021 Walsh, G., Connolly, N., Guerrero, M., and Keane, L. (2021) R&D Management Conference Entrepreneurial Ambidexterity and Disruptive Innovation in a Large Incumbent Fortune 100 Firm Glasgow, UK,
2020 Maccani G.; Connolly N.; Donnellan B. (2020) 27th European Conference on Information Systems - Information Systems for a Sharing Society, ECIS 2019 IT governance in smart cities: An exploratory case study of an European city authority [Full-Text]
2019 Maccani,G., Connolly, N.& Donnellan, B (2019) Academy of Management Annual Conference Smart City IT Governance: A Dynamic Capability Perspective
2017 Connolly, N., Maccani, G., Donnellan, B. (2017) International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) IT Governance in Smart Cities: a Conceptual Framework
2017 Thornley, C; Carcary, M; Connolly, N; O' Duffy, M; Pierce, J (2017) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 18TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (ECKM 2017), VOLS 1 AND 2 Getting Better at Knowledge Management: Integrating Individual Skills and Organisational Capability [Full-Text]
2016 Thornley C.; Carcary M.; Connolly N.; O'Duffy M.; Pierce J. (2016) Proceedings of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM Developing a maturity model for knowledge management (KM) in the digital age [Full-Text]
2016 Gross, N., Ryazanova, Connolly, N., and McNamara, P. (2016) R&D Management Conference Why can I not scale? – How cognitive frames influence/impair business model innovation Cambridge, UK,
2016 Pétercsák R.; MaCcani G.; Donnellan B.; Helfert M.; Connolly N. (2016) 2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 Enabling factors for smart cities: A case study [Full-Text]
2015 Connolly, N; Gross, N. & McNamara (2015) Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver Tracing the business model: a bibliometric study on intellectual roots

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 Walsh, G., Connolly, N., Guerrero, M. & Keane, L (2021) Striking a Balance: Disruptive Innovation in an Fortune 100 Firm R&D Management London, .
2016 Ryazanova, O., Pétercsák, R., Heaphy, L., Connolly, N., & Donnellan, B. (2016) AIS pre-ICIS workshop on “IoT and Smart City Challenges and Applications” - ISCA Value creation and value capture in public-private ecosystems Dublin, Ireland, .
2016 Connolly, N. (2016) Smart Cities: A Value Generation Research Agenda Pre-Workshop Presentation, International Conference on Information Systems Dublin, .
2016 Connolly, N. & O'Higgins, E. (2016) Cognitive Style: A Network Antecedent European Group for Organizational Studies Annual Conference (EGIS) Napels, .
2011 Connolly., N. & O'Higgins, E. (2011) Cognitive Clusters British Academy of Management Annual Conference Birmingham, .
2008 Connolly, N. & O'Higgins, E. (2008) A Product Life Cycle Effects on Team dynamics Academy of Management Annual Conference Los Angeles, .
2007 Connolly, N. & O'Higgins, E. (2007) The Effect of Cognitive Style on Intra Group Collaboration Academy of Management Annual Conference Philadelphia, .
2006 Connolly, N. & O'Higgins, E. (2006) The Impact of Cognitive Style on Group Performance Academy of Management Annual Conference Atlanta, .

Published Report

Year Publication
2023 Creamer, C., Connolly, N. & Donnellan, B. (2023) Towards a Smart Southern Region - Report 1: Smart Region Consultation. Southern Regional Assembly, .
2023 Creamer, C., Connolly, N. & Donnellan, B. (2023) Towards a Smart Southern Region - Report 2: International Approaches to, and Good Practice in, the development of Smart Regions. Southern Regional Assembly, .
2023 Connolly, N., Creamer, C. & Donnellan, B. (2023) Towards a Smart Southern Region - Report 3: Smart Region Maturity Framework for the Southern Region. Southern Regional Assembly, .
2021 Creamer, C., Connolly, N and Rivera Fernandez , Z. (2021) Long-term Resilient and Sustainable Cities: A Scoping Paper. National Economic and Social Council (NESC), . [Link]
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