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Dr. John Organ is currently an Assistant Lecturer in Business Information Systems with the Department of Accountancy and Economics, School of Business at South East Technological University. Previously, he was a Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Information Systems and Techno-culture (INSYTE) at Waterford Institute of Technology.

He earned his PhD in Waterford Institute of Technology in 2019 under the supervision of INSYTE’s Dr. Larry Stapleton, Examiners: Prof. Dietrich Brandt - RWTH Aachen University and Dr. Jim Lawlor - Waterford Institute of Technology. The title of his thesis was ‘Systemic Risk in Information Systems through a Socio-Technical Lens: A case study of banking failure in Ireland’. The aim of the research was to broaden the basic of risk assumptions, rationality and knowledge reframing risk as a socio-technical issue using the Irish banking crisis as a case study. The socio-technical framework developed synthesises important dimensions which can better inform systemic risk management and thinking from the perspective of systems engineering. He also received a BSc (Hons) in Commercial Software Development and a MSc in Computing (Information Systems Processes) both from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Research Activities:

I am involved in an Erasmus + (DIFUCH) project and am working with colleagues in IPB Portugal and Hanze, Netherlands. The project is running from 2022 - 2024.

In 2020-2021 I worked on a New Foundations Scheme – Irish Research Council (IRC) Funded Project

  • Project Title: Using Interactive Mapping to explore the architecture of containment in Waterford’s Magdalene Laundry.
  • Principal Researcher: Dr. Jennifer O’Mahoney, School of Humanities - Applied Arts, WIT.

External Academic Experience:

External Examiner

The Institute of Banking, University College of Dublin (UCD)

Modules include Banking in the Digital Age, Digital Financial Services, Digital Risk Management.

Conference Peer Review Activities:

21st IFAC World Congress, Berlin.
19th IFAC Conference on Technology, Culture and International Stability, Sozopol.
18th IFAC Conference on Technology, Culture and International Stability, Baku.

Conference and Professional Organisation Activities:

Session Chair - Control and Automation to Improve Stability III - IFAC TECIS Conference 2018.
Member of the National Organising Committee EUTIC 2013 (European Information Technology Conference in Waterford).
Member of the National Organising Committee SWIIS 2012 (IFAC Conference on International Stability and Systems Engineering in Waterford).
Member of the National Organising Committee SESEM 2011 (International Systems Engineering and Systems Management Workshop in Waterford).

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 08 Oct 2019

Masters Degree

Award Date: 01 Sep 2010

Bachelors Degree

Award Date: 01 Sep 2009

External positions

External Examiner, The Institute of Bankers in Ireland

01 Sep 2021 → …

Vice-Chair (Social Media) for Technical Committee (TC9.5) (TECIS), IFAC TC 9.5 International Stability


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