Prof Robert Galavan

School of Business, Edward M Kennedy Institute

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Biography

Professor Robert Galavan holds the Chair in Strategic Management at the School of Business. He was the founding Head and Professor of Business at NUI Maynooth and is a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He directs the MSc in Strategy and Innovation and is an Academic Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

Robert is an internationally recognised expert in Strategic Management and has taught in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil. He has consulted and provided executive development programmes for organisations such as Google, United Drug, Kerry Group, Pfizer, Pepsi, Aer Arann, Coca-Cola, Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Office of the Attorney General, Sisk Healthcare, Glanbia, the Defence Forces, Enterprise Ireland, and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Robert’s research interests are focused on managerial discretion in the context of strategic decision making and firm performance. His work in the area is highly acclaimed and his doctoral thesis on the topic won the Cranfield University Director’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis, and the commendation in the European Foundation for Management Development – Emerald Publishing Prize for the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis.

Robert has published several books, the most recent of which is Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making (New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition series, emerald), and previously Strategy, Innovation and Change, published by Oxford University Press. His previous text books include Management Techniques in Context, and Management Techniques in Practice. In parallel with his disciplinary interests Robert is also an active member of the Irish Academy of Management. He is committed to supporting work that meets the dual hurdle of both rigour and relevance in management research and teaching. Roberts teaches strategic management, strategic leadership, and innovation. He uses a range of innovative and technology based approaches to teaching including the application of complex business simulation models. Prior to joining the National University of Ireland, Robert was Head of Executive Education and the Senior Specialist in Strategic Management & Leadership at the Irish Management Institute where he designed and delivered a range of senior executive programmes. He was also a director on the Trinity College-IMI Graduate School research board.

Prior to joining academia, Robert spent 17 years in industry working in both manufacturing and service organisations.  He worked in a variety of management roles including Engineering Design, Business Development, Quality Assurance, Operation Management, and General Management and was one of the pioneers in the introduction of quality assurance programmes for Irish industry. Robert holds an honours BA degree in Management from the IMI, an MA in Adult Education from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, a National Diploma in Business Strategy (ordinary degree) and an award winning Ph.D. from Cranfield University in the UK.  He is accredited by the British Psychological Society to use a wide range of psychometric instruments. In 2004 he was made a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. Robert has served on the Board of the Institute of Public Administration and the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Academy of Management and Chairs the IAM Strategy Significant Interest Group.

Personal Website: www.strategist.ie
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/robertgalavan
Twitter: @robertgalavan

Research Interests

Management and Organisation Cognition, Strategic Decision Making, Strategic Management, Strategic Leadership, Personality and Psychology

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Exploring Methods in Managerial and Organizational Cognition: Advances, Controversies, and Contributions'
Hodgkinson, Gerard P.; Sund, Kristian J.; Galavan, Robert J. (2018) 'Exploring Methods in Managerial and Organizational Cognition: Advances, Controversies, and Contributions' In: Galavan, Robert J.; Sund, Kristian J.; Hodgkinson, Gerard P (eds). Methodological Challenges and Advances in Managerial and Organizational Cognition. United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing Limited. [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making'
Anderson, Karl S. J.; Galavan, Robert J. (2016) 'Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making' In: Sund, Kristian J.; Galavan, Robert J.; Huff, Anne S (eds). The how of Multiple Leader Sensegiving and Strategic Change. Bingley UK: Emerald. [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'A Conversation on Uncertainty in Managerial and Organizational Cognition'
Huff, Anne S.; Milliken, Frances J.; Hodgkinson, Gerard P; Galavan, Robert J; Sund, Kristian J. (2016) 'A Conversation on Uncertainty in Managerial and Organizational Cognition' In: Sund, Kristian J.; Galavan, Robert J.; Huff, Anne S (eds). Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making. Bingley UK: Emerald. [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Strategising from the Perspective of Global Elites'
Robert J Galavan (2012) 'Strategising from the Perspective of Global Elites' In: Global Elites: the Opaque Nature of Transnational Policy Determination. England: Palgrave Macmillan. [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'The Leader's Prison'
Galavan, R. and Cullen, J. (2008) 'The Leader's Prison' In: Strategy, Innovation & Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Introduction'
Galavan, R., Murray, J., Markides, C. (2008) 'Introduction' In: Strategy, Innovation & Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
2004 'Doing Business Strategy'
Galavan, R. (2004) 'Doing Business Strategy' In: IMI Handbook of Management. Cork: Oak Tree Press. [IR Link] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2016 Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making
Sund, Kristian J., Galavan, Robert J., Huff, Anne S (Ed.). (2016) Uncertainty and Strategic Decision Making Bingley UK: Emerald. [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
1998 Management Techniques, Operations in Practice.
Galavan, R. (1998) Management Techniques, Operations in Practice. : Irish Management Institute. [Details]
1998 Management Techniques: Operations in Practice.
Galavan, R. (1998) Management Techniques: Operations in Practice. : Irish Management Institute. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Reconsidering the rigour-relevance gap: the need for contextualised research in risk societies'
Galavan, Robert J.; Harrington, Denis; Kelliher, Felicity (2016) 'Reconsidering the rigour-relevance gap: the need for contextualised research in risk societies'. IRISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 35 (2):159-164 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Editorial: Special Issue on Transforming Management Research & Educaiton'
Heaslip, Graham, Galavan, Robert J., Huff, Anne S. (2016) 'Editorial: Special Issue on Transforming Management Research & Educaiton'. IRISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 35 (2):109-113 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Spreading Leader Knowledge: Investigating a participatory mode of knowledge dissemination among management undergraduates'
Kelliher, F., Harrington, D., Galavan, R. (2010) 'Spreading Leader Knowledge: Investigating a participatory mode of knowledge dissemination among management undergraduates'. IRISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 29 :103-121 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 The Role of Multiple Leader Sensebreaking During Strategic Change
Anderson, K.; Galavan, Robert J. (2016) The Role of Multiple Leader Sensebreaking During Strategic Change British Academy of Management [Details]
2016 Governance in Humanitarian Logistics
Grange, Ray; Heaslip, Graham; Galavan, Robert J. (2016) Governance in Humanitarian Logistics Irish Academy of Management [Details]
2016 Using Value Creation to Connect Coopetition and Strategic Entrepreneurship: A Capabilities Perspective
Ryan Charleton, Tadhg, Galavan, Robert J. (2016) Using Value Creation to Connect Coopetition and Strategic Entrepreneurship: A Capabilities Perspective Strategic Management Society [Details]
2015 Digging a Little Deeper in Sensegiving Research: Building the Case for a Critical Realist Research Philosophy
Anderson Karl; Galavan, Robert J (2015) Digging a Little Deeper in Sensegiving Research: Building the Case for a Critical Realist Research Philosophy Frontiers in Management and Organizational Cognition Conference [Details]
2015 Role of Evolving Web in the Discovery of Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Toward a Theoretical Model
Farooq, Arshad; Galavan, Robert J (2015) Role of Evolving Web in the Discovery of Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Toward a Theoretical Model Irish Academy of Management Conference [Details]
2015 Distinctive Characteristics of Horizontal Coopetition
Chrleton, Tadhg; Galavan, Robert J (2015) Distinctive Characteristics of Horizontal Coopetition Irish Academy of Management Conference [Details]
2015 Finding Value in Leaders’ Decisions: An Empirical Examination of Leaders Personal Values as Antecedents of Strategic Choices
Lacey, Liam; Galavan, Robert J (2015) Finding Value in Leaders’ Decisions: An Empirical Examination of Leaders Personal Values as Antecedents of Strategic Choices Personal Values and Leadership Challenges Symposium; British Academy of Management [Details]
2015 How do Leaders in a Multi-Leader Context, Give Sense to the Same Discontinuous Change
Anderson, Karl; Galavan Robert J (2015) How do Leaders in a Multi-Leader Context, Give Sense to the Same Discontinuous Change Irish Academy of Management Conference [Details]
2014 Public Management, Peace-building and Creating Change: Shifting the Lens from the Macro to the Micro
Murphy, Joanne; Galavan, Robert J.; Brown, Gary; Braniff, Maire (2014) Public Management, Peace-building and Creating Change: Shifting the Lens from the Macro to the Micro Paper presented at the British Academy of Management [Details]
2014 How do Leaders Give Sense to Discontinuous Change?
Anderson, Karl; Galavan, Robert J. (2014) How do Leaders Give Sense to Discontinuous Change? Paper presented at the Irish Academy of Management [Details]
2013 Overcoming Methodological Challenges in Sensegiving Research
Anderson, Karl; Galavan Robert J. (2013) Overcoming Methodological Challenges in Sensegiving Research Proceedings of the Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference [Details]
2011 Beyond Demographic Proxies: How Psychometrics and Demographics Shape Perceived Discretion
Galavan, Robert J. (2011) Beyond Demographic Proxies: How Psychometrics and Demographics Shape Perceived Discretion British Academy of Management , pp.1-72 [IR Link] [Details]
2009 Managerial Discretion: Exploring the Black Box of Demographic Research
Galavan, Robert J., Kakabadse, Andrew and Kakabadse, Nada (2009) Managerial Discretion: Exploring the Black Box of Demographic Research British Academy of Management Conference, Brighton, UK , pp.--- [IR Link] [Details]
2009 Why, What, and How of Rigour and Relevance in Management Research
Galavan, Robert J., Harrington, Denis and Kelliher, Felicity (2009) Why, What, and How of Rigour and Relevance in Management Research Irish Academy of Management Conference, Galway , pp.--- [IR Link] [Details]
2008 The Road to Relevance 15 Years on: Are we there yet?
Galavan, Robert J., Harrington, Denis, Kelliher, Felicity. (2008) The Road to Relevance 15 Years on: Are we there yet? EDINEB Conference, Malaga , pp.--- [Details]
2007 Spreading Leader Knowledge: A Proposal for Practitioner-Academic Partnerships in Disseminating Leader Knowledge
Kelliher, Felicity., Harrington, Denis., Galavan, Robert J. (2007) Spreading Leader Knowledge: A Proposal for Practitioner-Academic Partnerships in Disseminating Leader Knowledge Irish Academy of Management Conference, Dublin , pp.--- [IR Link] [Details]
2005 Managerial Discretion: Exploring the Black-Box of Demographic Research
Galavan, Robert J. (2005) Managerial Discretion: Exploring the Black-Box of Demographic Research Managerial and Organisational Cognition Conference, Munich, Germany , pp.--- [IR Link] [Details]
2004 Exploring the Black-Box of Upper-Echelon Theory: Setting a Research Agenda
Galavan, Robert J., Kakabadse, Andrew & Kakabadse, Nada. (2004) Exploring the Black-Box of Upper-Echelon Theory: Setting a Research Agenda Irish Academcy of Management Conference, Dublin , pp.--- [Details]
2003 The Pivotal Role of Perceived Discretion in Top Teams: Setting a Research Agenda
Galavan, Robert J. (2003) The Pivotal Role of Perceived Discretion in Top Teams: Setting a Research Agenda British Academy of Management , pp.--- [Details]
2001 Towards a New Theory of Organisation: From the Perspective of Non-Linear Systems
Galavan, Robert J. (2001) Towards a New Theory of Organisation: From the Perspective of Non-Linear Systems Irish Academy of Management Conference, Dublin, 2001 , pp.--- [IR Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2008 'Four Words you Need to Hear: Boss, You're an Eejit'
Galavan, R. (2008) 'Four Words you Need to Hear: Boss, You're an Eejit' South East Business, :100-101. [Details]
2007 'The Leader's Prison'
Galavan, R. (2007) 'The Leader's Prison' Management Focus, 9 :9-11. [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Book Review: Governance, Strategy and Policy'
Galavan, R. (2006) 'Book Review: Governance, Strategy and Policy' Management Decision, 44 :830-831. [Details]
2006 'On Leaders'
Galavan, R. (2006) 'On Leaders' Irish Times, . [Details]
2006 'On Leaders'
Galavan, R. (2006) 'On Leaders' Irish Construction Industry Magazine, . [Details]
2005 'It takes four qualities to get to the top'
Galavan, R. (2005) 'It takes four qualities to get to the top' Irish Times Top 1000 Supplement, . [Details]
2003 'Value is Back in Fashion'
Galavan, R. (2003) 'Value is Back in Fashion' Running Your Business, . [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2015 Understanding Resources, Competences, and Capabilities in EU Common Security and Defence Policy.
Galavan, Robert J (2015) Understanding Resources, Competences, and Capabilities in EU Common Security and Defence Policy. Working Paper [IR Link] [Details]
2002 Exploring the belief systems of strategic leaders: Multi-level determinants of biases in cognitive structures. C.
Galavan, Robert J., Kakabadse, Andrew. and Kakabadse Nada. (2002) Exploring the belief systems of strategic leaders: Multi-level determinants of biases in cognitive structures. C. Working Paper [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2009 CIPD Annual HRD Conference.
(2009) CIPD Annual HRD Conference. [Oral Presentation], Developing your Strategic Leaders, London, England [Details]
2008 University of Concordia.
(2008) University of Concordia. [Oral Presentation], The Leader's Prison, Montreal, Canada [Details]
2008 CIPD Change Management Conference.
(2008) CIPD Change Management Conference. [Oral Presentation], Developing Leaders of Innovation and Change, London, England [Details]
2007 Waterford Institute of Technology.
(2007) Waterford Institute of Technology. [Oral Presentation], Why managers can't do strategy, Waterford, Ireland [Details]
2006 Oxford Psychologists Press.
(2006) Oxford Psychologists Press. [Oral Presentation], The Personality of Strategy, London, England [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2005 Exploring the Belief Systems of Senior Managers: Antecedents of Strategic Discretion.
Galavan, R. (2005) Exploring the Belief Systems of Senior Managers: Antecedents of Strategic Discretion. Cranfield University: Thesis [DOI] [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2012 New Frontiers in Managerial and Organizational Cognition.
Robert J. Galavan (2012) New Frontiers in Managerial and Organizational Cognition. Conference Hosted [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2006 Director's Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis
2006 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Thesis
2007 Best Paper Award - IAM Conference
2016 Best Development Paper - British Academy of Management British Academy of Management

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Strategic Management Society Member /
Irish Academy of Management Council Member /
Irish Academy of Management Strategy Significant Interest Group Chair /
British Psychological Society Qualified Test User /
Academy of Management MOC Outsreach Committee /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1998 National University of Ireland Maynooth MA
2006 Cranfield University PhD
1994 Iriah Management Institute BA
2001 Irish Management Institute Nat. Dip. Strategy