Dr Paul Donovan

School of Business

Senior Lecturer

School of Business Building
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(01) 708 6627

Biography

Dr Paul Donovan has founded Trinsights, a learning transfer software specialist organisation which has developed STAR, a unique web based tool that maximises learning transfer from training programmes back into impact in the company.

Trinsights is supported by Enterprise Ireland and has been selected to participate in the Big Ideas Conference in the Convention Centre in Dublin on 2nd December last year. Following presentation of the STAR tool, investors will have an opportunity to question the founders and offer investment in the project.

Dr Paul Donovan was previously Principal Investigator, Acting Head of the School of Business at Maynooth University. During a 17 year spell at Irish Management Institute he acted as Registrar and Head of Management Development. At IMI he delivered hundreds of management development programmes to thousands of participants across the globe.

Before joining IMI he worked as a general operations manager with Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Development Authority. He was also Training and Development Manager of the Bord na Mona group.

Paul has delivered executive development programmes in over 15 countries. He is research active, and has written over 10 books in learning and development and general management. He has contributed a column to HRD magazine for 20 years.

His research interest is the transfer of training and he’s received €278,000 from Enterprise Ireland to construct a web based tool to maximise transfer of learning from training programmes back into the workplace.. Paul holds two masters degrees from Trinity College Dublin and a doctorate from Leicester University.

Research Interests

The transfer of learning from training and teaching interventions back into workplaces.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'A Threshold Concept in Managing: What Students in Introductory Management Courses Must Know'
Paul Donovan (2017) 'A Threshold Concept in Managing: What Students in Introductory Management Courses Must Know'. International Journal of Management Education, 1 (17) [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Actors and avatars: why learners prefer digital agents'
Donovan, P. (2015) 'Actors and avatars: why learners prefer digital agents'. European Journal of Training and Development, 39 (9):738-768 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'The Role of Debate in Moving Minds: Management Teaching Review'
Donovan, Paul Townsend, John (2015) 'The Role of Debate in Moving Minds: Management Teaching Review'. Vol. 1 :1-7 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Actors and Avatars: Why Learners Prefer Digital Agents: European Journal of Training and Development'
Donovan, Paul (2015) 'Actors and Avatars: Why Learners Prefer Digital Agents: European Journal of Training and Development'. 39 :1-31 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Student Response Systems and Learner Engagement in Large Classes’in Active Learning in Higher Education'
Donovan, P, Cullen, J, Heaslip, G. (2014) 'Student Response Systems and Learner Engagement in Large Classes’in Active Learning in Higher Education'. Vol. 15(1) 11– 24 [Details]
2014 'Student response systems and learner engagement in large classes'
Heaslip, G;Donovan, P;Cullen, JG (2014) 'Student response systems and learner engagement in large classes'. Active Learning in Higher Education, 15 :11-24 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Learning transfer: The views of practitioners in Ireland'
Donovan P.;Darcy D. (2011) 'Learning transfer: The views of practitioners in Ireland'. International Journal of Training and Development, 15 (2):121-139 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Learning Transfer:The Views of Practitioners in Ireland'
Donovan, Paul (2011) 'Learning Transfer:The Views of Practitioners in Ireland'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, 15 :121-139 [Details]
2011 'Learning transfer: The views of practitioners in Ireland'
Donovan, P., Darcy, D.P. (2011) 'Learning transfer: The views of practitioners in Ireland'. International Journal of Training and Development, 15 (2):121-139 [DOI] [Details]
2001 'The learning transfer system approach to estimating the benefits of training: empirical evidence'
Paul Donovan. Deirdre Crowe, Kevin Hannigan (2001) 'The learning transfer system approach to estimating the benefits of training: empirical evidence'. Journal of European Industrial Training, 25 :221-228 [DOI] [Details]
2001 'The learning transfer system approach to estimating the benefits of training: Empirical evidence'
Donovan, P., Hannigan, K., Crowe, D. (2001) 'The learning transfer system approach to estimating the benefits of training: Empirical evidence'. Journal of European Industrial Training, 25 :221-228 [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2011 Microsoft Award
2004 Fellowship of Irish Institute of Training and Development
2015 The Alan Moon Memorial Prize
2015 IITD Outstanding Achievement Award