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Professor Bill O'Gorman is a Director of Research in the Centre Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE). 

Bill is a mentor to a number of new and developing indigenous organisations. Prior to joining academia in 1999, Bill was Managing Director of his own electronics sub-contract business for 9 years. Prior to that, Bill amassed over 20 years experience working in various multinational organisations at Senior Management and Executive levels. 

Bill has strong links with regional and national policy makers and implementers, and with indigenous and multinational organisations in Ireland. He is an advisor on several government programees and participates in forums that examine the development of policys for SME's, entrepreneurial regions, and entrepreneurship education. He is a director of a number of local and regional Enterprise Support Agencies, and a number of Micro-Enterprises. 

Bill also set up the National Family Business Centre at University College Cork (UCC), and had organised and managed several international conferences such as:

  • SME Policy Futures,
  • Developing an Entrepreneurial Society in Ireland,
  • Facilitated Networks - The Future for SME's,
  • Creating a High-Tech, High-Growth Economy,
  • Developing Knowledge-Based, Competitive Regional Economies,
  • A Practical Methodolgy for Regional Development: An Experiment in Creating a Collaborative Process,
  • Networks, Learning and Entrepreneurship.

Research Interests

The areas of research Bill is engaged with include:

  • Defining and developing entrepreneurial regions,
  • Analysing the direct impact of MNE's on the creation of new ventures in their host regions,
  • Creating a framework for the growth of entrepreneurship,
  • Examining the impact of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial activity.

Bill is the director of the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) ans was also the Project Leader for the successful EU Regions of Knowledge funded project CRIPREDE. One of the sustainable legacies from the CRIPREDE project was the creation and development of the Spirit of Enterprise Forum in South-East Ireland. This is a forum that involves all the region's key stakeholders in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Currently, Bill is the Project Coordinator for the EU funded eDIGIREGION project ~ funded by the Regions of Knowlegde Programme - RTD and Innovation Aspects of EU Digital Agenda.


As well as performing his own research and supervising others in the fields of entrepreneurial regions, regional development, and entrepreneurship research, Bill also lectures in Entrepreneurship, Organisational Development, and Change Management at undergraduate, post-graduate, and executive levels.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Masters Degree, MPhil (Honoris Causa), University of Limerick

… → 2012

NCGE Entrepreneurship Education Fellow, NCGE UK

… → 2008

PhD, Middlesex University

… → 2007

Business Development Programme, Irish Management Institute

… → 1997

Masters Degree, M. SC Management (Organisational Behaviour), Trinity College Dublin

… → 1993

National Certificate, Certificate in Supervisory Management, Irish Management Institute

… → 1978

National Certificate, Certificate in Quality Control, London City and Guilds

… → 1976

National Diploma, Dip. Industrial Electronics, University of Limerick

… → 1975

External positions

Visiting Fellow Centre for Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck University of London

Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Applied Social Studies


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