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Dr. Nuala Ryan


Dr Ryan is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Management and Marketing at the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. Her areas of focus include Strategic Management, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. She has been a lecturer at the University College Cork, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin, The National College of Ireland, NUI Galway and currently in University of Limerick. Prior to becoming a full time lecturer Nuala has worked in industry where her main responsibilities included HR Business Management, Organisational Development, Team Development and Learning Organisation Management. This experience has led to a wide range of teaching, research and publication interests in the broad area of leadership development, strategic management and general organisational behaviour.

Research Interests

Leadershipin Healthcare
BusinessPolicy in Healthcare
StrategicLeadership of Digital Transformation
StrategyDirection and Implementation
Womenin Leadership
Entrepreneurial leadership

Teaching Interests

Teaching through research to enhance Strategic Management and Leadership modules.

Course director for the Professional Diploma in Strategic Leadership UL@Work

Professional Activities


  • 2018 - Best Paper Award
  • 2017 - PhD Research Award
  • 2016 - PhD Research Award


  • Member, Health Research Institute
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Irish Academy of Management
  • Member, British Academy of Management


Peer Reviewed Journals


Overcoming risk for women in leader identity development
Ryan, N.F.;Hammond, M.;MacCurtain, S.;Cross, C.;
(2020) Overcoming risk for women in leader identity development
In Journal Of Managerial Psychology;
DOI: 10.1108/JMP-03-2019-0178

Conference Publications


British Academy of Management
Berkery, E and Ryan, N
(2021) British Academy of Management
Lancaster, UK (virtual)


Irish Academy of Management
Berkery, E and Ryan, N
(2021) Irish Academy of Management
Waterford Institute of Technology (virtual)


Academy of Management Proceedings
Hammond, M., Ryan, N.F. and MacCurtain
(2019) Academy of Management Proceedings
Michael Malgrande, Senior Managing Editor(Ed.) pp. 18472-18482 USA
DOI: doi/10.5465/AMBPP.2019.18472abstract