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Biography

Professor Denis Harrington is Head of Graduate Business at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He has responsibility for leading and directing the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) as well as postgraduate business programs within the School. Denis has extensive research and consultancy experience having worked in the UK, France, China and within the Russian Federation. He has worked as an EU Technical Expert and project manager working with projects within the Russian Federation. He has also acted as an EU Technical Evaluator for the INNOSUP (Workplace Innovation Programme) and subsequently participated as part of an EU Monitoring and Evaluation for the INNOSUP programme in 2022.

As well as teaching responsibilities for Leadership and Professional Development on the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and Executive MBA programmes at WIT Business School, Denis is also a visiting Professor at Shanghai University, China. He has been a visiting professor at NEOMA Business School, France, St Petersburg State University, Russia and is a DBA programme external examiner with the University of Liverpool, UK. Denis is a recent recipient of a High End Foreign Expert Award Scholarship from the Chinese government and is a past recipient of an International Talent Programme Scholarship at Shanghai University, China.

Teaching

His main teaching interests encompass the areas of leadership and professional development. He has taught and examined management and strategy courses for over 20 years within the School of Business. This includes core courses for final year undergraduates and both postgraduate MBS and MBA students, as well as more specialised advanced executive programmes such as the DBA for post-experience groups. 

His general objectives in teaching are as follows:  first, to convey knowledge; second, to stimulate critical thinking and conceptual reflection; and third, to contribute to better management practice. Current teaching responsibilities include professional development modules for the DBA and Executive MBA as well a visiting professorship at Shanghai University, China. He also helped co-ordinate the International Management Study programme for the MBA group with Boston University, USA. 

Consultancy

He has studied, lived and worked in different countries and has taught graduate and executive courses in Ireland, UK, France, China, the Middle East and within the Russian Federation. Consequently, he is well used to working with and teaching people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and at varying stages of career development. 

He also has responsibility for their CEO and Executive in Residence (ExIR) programmes within the School which seeks to further integrate senior business leader perspectives into their learning environment on a more sustained basis. It also provides an important advisory role supporting the valuable work of the School and informing their research and programme development activities.

He has significant consultancy and executive teaching experience, e.g. pharmaceuticals, banking, IT, consumer goods, tourism and several government bodies. In this area, most of his work has involved facilitation of senior management workshops and executive programs on corporate strategy, leadership and innovation at universities, corporations and government agencies in Ireland, China, France, Middle East and within the Russian Federation.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD Scholarship, London South Bank University

01 Oct 199301 Dec 1997

Award Date: 01 Dec 1997

MBA, Masters in Business Administration (with distinction), University of Hull

01 Sep 199231 Aug 1993

Award Date: 01 Sep 1993

Bachelors Degree, B. Commerce (Hons), University College Cork

01 Sep 198731 Jul 1991

Award Date: 01 Jul 1991

External positions

Visiting Professor, Shanghai University

01 Aug 2013 → …

EU TACIS Programme, Transtec, Brussels

01 Aug 199601 Sep 1998

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