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Prof. Helena Lenihan

Biography

Helena Lenihan is Professor of Economics at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. She is an applied economist whose research interests include the economics of innovation, innovation and innovation policy, drivers of firm performance and growth, innovation, science and industrial policy evaluation, innovation and human capital, and industrial/enterprise development and policy.

Helena was an invited Visiting Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK (2008). She was also a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (2008), where she is now a lifetime member. She is a Research Associate at the UK's Enterprise Research Centre. From 2009-2014, she was Assistant Dean, Research at the Kemmy Business School.

Professor Lenihan regularly publishes articles in highly ranked international journals. These include: Research Policy; Small Business Economics; Regional Studies, Environment and Planning C-Government and Policy; Applied Economics; Evaluation and Program Planning and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. She has also been invited to deliver many keynote addresses both nationally and internationally

Helena is currently Principal Investigator on a four year (2018-2022) project funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under its Science Policy Research programme. This research project evaluates the impact of innovation and science policy instruments on firm performance from national and international perspectives. To deliver on this current project, she leads a team of Postdoctoral Researchers, PhD students and Research Assistants based at the University of Limerick. For over 20 years, she has generated significant research funding from both academic (e.g. EU-FP7, IRCHSS/IRC, RIA) and policy-making (e.g. Enterprise Ireland and SFI) sources.

Professor Lenihan is particularly interested in demonstrating the impact of her research on the economy and society more broadly. As a researcher, the chance to make an impact on society through research is a prospect that Helena is very passionate about. She champions the university of Limerick's Research Impact initiative and chairs, UL's Research Impact Committee (www.ul.ie/researchimpact).

Helena was awarded one of the first National Excellence in Teaching Awards by the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL). She has also been twice awarded the UL Excellence in Teaching Award.

Research Interests

Economics of innovation, innovation and innovation policy, drivers of firm performance and growth, innovation, science and industrial policy evaluation, innovation and human capital, and industrial/enterprise development and policy.

Publications

Book Chapter

2015

Takeovers and Takeover Policy
Singh, A., Singh, G., Bailey, D. and Lenihan, H.
New Perspectives on Industrial Policy for a Modern Britain

2014

Keeping everyone engaged: The challenges and opportunities of large group teaching
Lenihan H.;Moore S.
Innovative Business School Teaching: Engaging The Millennial Generation DOI: 10.4324/9780203113684

2013

Keeping Everyone Engaged: The Challenges and Opportunities of Large Group Teaching
Lenihan, H. and Moore, S.
Innovative Business School Teaching: Engaging the Millennial Generation

2012

Responding to the crisis: are policies aimed at a strong indigenous industrial base a necessary condition for sustainable economic growth?
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H.
Industrial Policy Beyond the Crisis: Regional, National and International Perspectives (Regions and Cities series)

2012

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright? Industrial Policy Lessons from Ireland for Small African Economies
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H. and Singh, A.
Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies. The Initiative for Policy Dialogue Series

2012

Response to a chapter by Noonan and O'Neill on 'Student and Engagement and Assessment: the first year Experience'
Lenihan, H
The Dynamic Curriculum, Shared Experiences of Ongoing Curricular change in Higher Education

2012

Industrial policy after the crisis
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H. and Arauzo-Carod, J. M.
Industrial Policy Beyond the Crisis: Regional, National and International Perspectives (Regions and Cities series)

2012

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright?: Industrial Policy "Lessons" from Ireland for Small African Economies
Bailey D.;Lenihan H.;Singh A.
Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698561.003.0014

2010

SMEs in a Globalised World: Conceptual Issues
Lenihan, H., Andreosso-O'Callaghan, D. and Hart, M.
SMEs in a Globalised World: Survival and Growth Strategies on Europe's Geographical Periphery

2010

Dynamics of the SME sector in Ireland: A driver of growth in the Irish economy since 1994?
Lenihan H.;Hynes B.;Hart M.
Smes In A Globalised World: Survival And Growth Strategies On Europe'S Geographical Periphery DOI: 10.4337/9781849805353.00020

2010

Dynamics of the SME Sector in Ireland: A Driver of Growth in the Irish Economy Since 1994?
Lenihan, H., Hynes, B. and Hart, M.
SMEs In A Globalised World Survival and Growth Strategies on Europe's Geographical Periphery

2010

SMEs in a globalised world: Conceptual issues
Lenihan H.;Andreosso-O’Callaghan B.;Hart M.
Smes In A Globalised World: Survival And Growth Strategies On Europe'S Geographical Periphery DOI: 10.4337/9781849805353.00009

2008

Policy on business networking in Ireland: a review, and prospects for evaluation
Lenihan, H. and Sugden, R.
Networks, Governance and Economic Development: Bridging Disciplinary Frontiers

2008

An empirical analysis of the OCA criteria: the case of the Asia Pacific Countries
Kan, D., Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H.
Asia and Europe: Contrasts and Connections

2008

The Governance of Networks in the Shannon Region of Ireland
Lenihan, H.; Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B.
Networks, Governance and Economic Development: Bridging Disciplinary Frontiers

2008

The governance of networks in the shannon region of ireland
Lenihan H.;Andreosso-O'Callaghan B.
Networks, Governance and Economic Development: Bridging Disciplinary Frontiers

2008

Policy on business networking in ireland: A review and prospects for evaluation
Lenihan H.;Sugden R.
Networks, Governance and Economic Development: Bridging Disciplinary Frontiers

Conference Contribution

Conference Publication

2019

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Doran, J. and Lenihan, H.

2019

Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 42nd Annual Conference
Mulligan, K., Lenihan, H., Doran, J. and Roper, S.

2018

58th European Regional Science Association (ERSA) Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Doran, J. and Lenihan, H.

2018

Innovation & Product Development Management Conference
Wang, Z., McNally, R. and Lenihan, H.

2017
2017

Regional Studies Association Irish Section Annual Conference
Ipinnaiye, O.; Doran, J.; Lenihan, H.

2017
2017

Regional Studies Association Irish Branch Annual Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Doran, J. and Lenihan, H.

2017

Policy Forum on Rethinking Irish Economic Development
Murphy, K.; Lenihan, H.; McGuirk, H.

2017

Irish Economic Association (IEA) 31st Annual Conference
Mulligan, K.; Lenihan, H.; Doran, J.

2017

Regional Studies Association International Conference
Ippinaiye, O.; Doran, D.; Lenihan, H.

2017

Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Doran, J. and Lenihan, H.

2017
2017

Regional Studies Association International Conference
Mulligan, K.; Lenihan, H.; Doran, J.

2016

DRUID Academy conference,
Mulligan, K., Lenihan, H. and Doran, J.

2016

EU-SPRI International Conference
Lenihan, H. and McGuirk, H.

2016

DRUID International Conference
Lenihan, H. and McGuirk, H.

2016

Innovation & Product Development Management Conference
Wang, Z.; McNally, R.; Lenihan, H.

2015

Research Policy
McGuirk H.;Lenihan H.;Hart M.
Research Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.11.008

2015

Regional Studies Association - European Conference
Doran, J., Lenihan, H., McGuirk, H. and Ryan, G.

2015

29th Irish Economic Association Annual Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Dineen, D. and Lenihan, H.

2015

Irish Economic Association Annual Conference
Ipinnaiye O., Dineen, D. J. and Lenihan, H.

2015

29th IEA Annual Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Dineen, D. and Lenihan, H.

2014

Irish Economic Association Annual Conference
Lenihan, H. and McGuirk, H.

2014

37th ISBE Annual International Conference
Ipinnaiye, O., Dineen, D. and Lenihan, H.

2013

Finnish Economic Association 45th Annual meeting,
Haapanen, M., Lenihan, H. and Tokila, A.

2012
2011

Irish Economic Association, 25th Annual Conference,
Martinez-Covarrubias, J.L. and Lenihan H.

2011

FP7 Workshop, Freie Universitat, Berlin
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B and Lenihan, H.

2010

Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference.
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H

2010

Innovation behaviour of Spanish fashion manufacturing SMEs
Calvo, JL,de Mesa, ALC,Lenihan, H,AndreossoOCallaghan, B,Hart, M

2010

FP7 Workshop, Freie Universität, Berlin. [Invited workshop]
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H

2009

FP7 workshop, Kings College London, UK. [Invited workshop]
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H

2008

Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Andreosso-O'Callaghan B.;Lenihan H.
Entrepreneurship And Regional Development DOI: 10.1080/08985620802462173

2008
2008

11th European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP) International Conference. Spain
Bailey, D., De Ruyter, A., Lenihan H. and Kavanagh, N.

2008

11th EUNIP Conference
Martinez-Covarrubias J.L., Lenihan, H.

2008

11th EUNIP International Conference
Lenihan H., and S. Roper

2007

10th European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP)
Andreosso B., Lenihan H. and Kan D.

2007

KBS Research Centre Conference, University of Limerick
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. Lenihan, H. and Kan, D

2007

Irish Economic Association Annual Conference,
Kan, D., Andreosso, B. and Lenihan, H.

2007

Irish Economic Association Annual Conference
Kan, D; Andreosso, B. and Lenihan, H.

2006

9th European Network on Industrial Policy (EUNIP) International Conference,
Hart, M., Anyadike-Danes, M., Dineen, D. A. and Lenihan, H.

2006

Environ 2006
Knaus, M., O'Regan, B., Moles, R., Lenihan, H.

2005

Irish Accounting & Finance Association, 18th Annual Conference,
Stapleton, M., Lenihan, H. and Killian, S.

2005

4th International Conference on Social Responsibility
Stapleton, M., Lenihan, H., Killian, S. and O'Sullivan, B

2005

proceedings of the 45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association,
Hewitt-Dundas, N., Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H.

2004
2003
1995

Irish Economics Association, 9th Annual Conference,
Lenihan, H., Noonan, C. and Walsh, M.

Edited Book

Other Journal

2018

The role of policy mix in driving business innovation
Lenihan, H. and Mulligan.
State of the Art (SOTA) Review for the Enterprise Research Centre

2011

Enterprise policy evaluation: is there a ‘new' way of doing it?
Lenihan, H.
InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme - Community of Researchers (September, Research Briefing)

2010

Dealing with Dell: Lessons to cope with redundancies and plant closures in Ireland
Lenihan, H. and Bailey, D.
Regions (Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association, No 277, Spring) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13673882.2010.948524

2005

Good-Practice Evaluation Approaches to SME Buisness Support: Moving Beyond the Audit Trail
Hart, M., Roper, S. and Lenihan, H.
UK Evaluation Society Newsletter

Other Publication

2017

Policies for Supporting Innovative Human Capital in Irish Business
Murphy, K.; Lenihan, H.; McGuirk, H.
Policy Forum on Rethinking Irish Economic Development

2017

Driving Firm-Level Innovation: The role of Policy and Human Resource Practices to Enhance the 'Soft Side' of Human Capital
Lenihan, H.; McGuirk, H.; Murphy, K.
Catalysing SME Growth Through Research-Inaugural Skillsnet SME Research Stakeholder Conference

2017

Firm Growth: how important is the regional dimension for industrial strategy?
Ipinnaiye, O.; Doran, J.; Lenihan, H.
Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (URESG) Workshop

2016

Is more always better? An International Evaluation of the Policy Instrument Mix for Innovation
Mulligan, K., Lenihan, H. and Doran, J.
Public Policy, Enterprise, Governance and Sustainability (PPEGS) Research Theme Seminar

2016

Research writing and Publication Strategy (Member of an invited panel)
Lenihan, H
Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship

2016

Employee, firm and national level drivers of firm-level innovation
Lenihan, H. and McGuirk, H.
Regional Quantitative Analysis Group (ARQ)

2015

An empirical analysis of the innovative drivers of firm-level innovation
McGuirk, H.; Lenihan, H.
Innovation, Knowledge and Economics Dynamics (IKE) research group

2014

Promoting Innovative Human Capital: the role and challenges for policy
Lenihan, H. and McGuirk, H.
3rd Lundvall Symposium Denmark: Innovation policy-can it make a difference?

2014

Innovative Human Capital as a driver of firm level innovation: the role and challenges for policy
Lenihan, H. and McGuirk, H.
Forfas Evaluations Steering Committee

2013

Keeping everyone engaged: cracking the large group teaching conundrum
Lenihan, H; Moore, S
Shannon Region consortium

2013

Keeping everyone engaged: cracking the large group teaching conundrum
Lenihan, H and Moore, S
Invited seminar as part of the Shannon region consortium

2013

Tips for large group teaching
Lenihan, H
Five Minute Teaching Tips Forum

2012

Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment: How Do They Relate in Various European Countries?
Benácek, V., Lenihan, H., Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B., Michalíková, E. and Kan, D.

2012

The Effect of Innovative Human Capital on Small Firm Innovation: Empirical Evidence and Implications for Policy
McGuirk, H.; Lenihan, H.; Hart, M.
Firm Growth and Innovation Workshop 2012

2011

Industrial policy after the crisis
Bailey D.;Lenihan H.;Arauzo-Carod J.
Policy Studies Journal DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2011.571848

2011

Rebuilding the Irish economy: Policy responses to stimulate regional recovery in the real economy
Dineen, D.; Lenihan, H.
UK Urban and Regional Economics (URESG) meeting

2011

Industrial Policy after the Crisis
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H. and Arauzo-Carod, J. M.
DOI: doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2011.571848

2011

Evaluating Enterprise/Innovation Policy Interventions: Setting a New Agenda
Lenihan, H.
FEPS/TASC Autumn Conference ‘From Debt to Recovery'

2010

Preface
Lenihan H.;Andreosso-O’Callaghan B.;Hart M.
Smes In A Globalised World: Survival And Growth Strategies On Europe'S Geographical Periphery DOI: 10.4337/9781849805353.00007

2009

Tiger, Tiger…What lessons are there from Irish Industrial Policy for Small African Economies?
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H. and Singh, A.
Coventry University Business School, Working Paper Series, (RP09-17)

2009

Evaluating industrial policy interventions: are there ‘new' challenges for the evaluation community?
Lenihan, H.
XXXIII Annual Conference of Industrial Economics and Policy (L'Industria)

2007

New Business Ventures and Entrepreneurship: Did they play a role in the growth of the Irish Economy
Lenihan, H., Anyadike-Danes, M. and Hart, M.
Matchpoints in Globalisation: The Knowledge-Based Economy, Identities and the Transformed State

2007

The Evaluation Challenge: Lessons from Industrial and Regional Development Policies
Lenihan, H., Hart, M. and Roper, S.
International Review of Applied Economics

2007

Business Formation and Survival Rates in a Rapidly Growing Economy: The Irish Experience
Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M. and Lenihan, H.
Joint Congress of the European Regional Science Association (47th Congress) and ASRDLF (Association de Science Regionale de Langue Française, 44th Congress)

2006

An assessment of the contribution of MNEs to the Irish Economy
Buckley, R., Leddin, A. and Lenihan, H.
Ill Foro de Economia Regional,FPRG Economico de la Rioja, Logrono, La Rioja, Spain Spain (a leading economic and political conference in Economic development in the Rioja region of Spain)

2006

Insights and advice for Large Group Teaching
Lenihan, H
Induction Day for New Staff

2005

The Governance of Networks in the Shannon Region of Ireland (prepared for ESF/SCSS)
Andreosso O'Callaghan, B.; Lenihan, H.
The Governance of Networks as Determinant of Local Economic Development

2005

Interactive Methods of Teaching Large Classes
Lenihan, H
Staff Development Programme, Mary Immaculate College

2004

Irish industrial policy: Lessons to be learned
Lenihan, H.
7th Jean Monnet Summer School

2004

Small open economy, Case study - Ireland
Lenihan, H.
Training the trainers seminars

2004

Large Group Teaching
Lenihan, H
Spring Teaching Series

2000

Experiences of Teaching Large Classes
Lenihan, H
Invitation to present seminar as the UUJ Faculty prepared for the Teaching Assessment exercise in the UK

2000

Teaching Large Classes
Lenihan, H
Faculty Seminar Series

1999

Teaching in Large Lecture Theatres
Lenihan, H
Autumn Teaching Week

1998

The large class experience and its implications for teaching methods
Lenihan, H
London Business School Special invitation to present a lecture / workshop as part of the faculty

1998

Teaching Large Classes
Lenihan, H.
Faculty Seminar Series

1998

The large class experience and its implications for teaching methods
Lenihan, H
International Teachers Programme

1997

The large class experience and its implications for teaching methods
Lenihan, H
International Teachers Programme

1997

The large class experience and its implications for teaching methods
Lenihan, H
International Teachers Programme

1997

Teaching Large Classes
Lenihan, H.
Faculty Seminar Series

1996

Teaching Large Classes
Lenihan, H.
Workshop to new faculty as part of the Faculty Seminar Series

1995

Prisoners Dilemma –A Study of Firms Behaviour in Oligopoly
Lenihan, H.
International Teachers Programme Follow-up session, Implementing Innovative Ideas in Management Education

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

Driving innovation: Public policy and human capital
Lenihan H.;McGuirk H.;Murphy K.
Research Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2019.04.015

2017

Public support for business innovation in Mexico: a cross-sectional analysis
Martinez-Covarrubias, JL.,Lenihan, H.,Hart, M.
Regional Studies DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1245414

2017

Drivers of SME performance: a holistic and multivariate approach
Ipinnaiye, O.,Dineen, D.,Lenihan, H.
Small Business Economics DOI: 10.1007/s11187-016-9819-5

2017

Innovation Expectations and Patenting in Private and Public R&D Projects
Haapanen, M.,Lenihan, H.,Tokila, A.
Growth And Change DOI: 10.1111/grow.12193

2016

The evolving model of capitalism in Ireland: An insight into enterprise development and policy
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B., Lenihan, H. and McDonough, T.
Economic And Industrial Democracy DOI: 10.1177/0143831X14547116

2016

Analysing the Drivers of Services Firm Performance: Evidence for Ireland
Ipinnaiye, O., Dineen, D. and Lenihan, H.
Economic And Social Review

2016

Analysing the drivers of services firm performance: Evidence for Ireland
Ipinnaiye O.;Dineen D.;Lenihan H.
Economic And Social Review

2015

A Critical Reflection on Irish Industrial Policy: A Strategic Choice Approach
Bailey, D. and Lenihan, H..
International Journal of the Economics of Business DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2014.993218

2015
2014

Political Risk, Institutions and Foreign Direct Investment: How Do They Relate in Various European Countries?
Benácek, V., Lenihan, H., Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B., Michalíková, E., and Kan, D.
World Economy DOI: 10.1111/twec.12112

2014
2011

Industrial policy after the crisis
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H. and Arauzo-Carod, J. M.
Policy Studies DOI: doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2011.571848

2011

Industrial policy after the crisis
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H. and Arauzo-Carod, J. M.
Policy Studies DOI: doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2011.571848

2011

New business formation in a rapidly growing economy: the Irish experience
Anyadike-Danes, M., Hart, M. and Lenihan, H.
Small Business Economics DOI: 10.1007/s11187-009-9251-1

2011

Assessing the Feasibility of Monetary Integration in the Former Soviet Republics
Kan D., Andreosso-O'Callaghan B., and Lenihan H.
International Economic Journal DOI: 10.1080/10168737.2010.487538

2010

Charges in the Industrial Water Sector: Comparison Between Ireland and Spain
Mejias, C.R., Lenihan, H. and O'Regan, B.
Environmental & Resource Economics DOI: 10.1007/s10640-009-9308-2

2009

Lessons for African economies from Irish and East Asian industrial policy
Bailey, D., Lenihan, H., and Singh, A.
Journal Of Industry, Competition And Trade DOI: 10.1007/s10842-009-0049-2

2008

Networking: a question of firm characteristics? The case of the Shannon region in Ireland
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H.
Entrepreneurship And Regional Development DOI: 10.1080/08985620802462173

2007

Industrial Policy Evaluation: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Innovations: New Wine in New Bottles
Lenihan, H., Hart, M. and Roper, S.
International Review Of Applied Economics

2006

The Irish Carbon Tax: A Lost Opportunity?
Stapleton, M., Lenihan, H., Killian, S. and O'Sullivan, B.
Social Responsibility Journal

2006

Is Ireland a Role Model for SME Development in the New EU Member States?
Andreosso-O'Callaghan, B. and Lenihan, H.
Journal Of European Integration

2006

Is Ireland a role model for SME development in the new EU member states?
Andreosso-O'Callaghan B.;Lenihan H.
Journal Of European Integration DOI: 10.1080/07036330600744498

2004

The use of counterfactual scenarios as a means to assess policy deadweight: an Irish case study
Lenihan, H. and Hart, M.
Environment And Planning C-Government And Policy DOI: 10.1068/c0413

1999
1998

International Competitiveness of the Irish Shellfish Processing Industry-An Adapted Porterian Analysis
Ryan, U., Pitts, E. and Lenihan, H.
Irish Business And Administrative Research

Published Report

2014

Irish Software Landscape Study. Interim Report
Fitzgerald, B., Lenihan, H., Lopez-Gomez, C. and O'Sullivan E.

2012

Credit Lending to SMEs
Heneghan, J. and Lenihan, H.

2002
1992

Characteristics of the Mid-West LEDA Area.
Dineen, DA; Lenihan, H; Noonan, CA