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Dr. Briga Hynes

MA,

Research Interests

     
              Briga’s scholarly endeavours emphasise engaged and collaborative research, which has impact, relevance and practical benefits through policy transformation and changes at practitioner (social enterprises and community groups) levels.  This is particularly the case in social enterprise and entrepreneurship education arenas.

Within the social enterprise domain research which have yielded a large number of outputs, examine the processes of growth and scaling in social enterprises through investigating the interconnected and often complex relationships between the environmental determinants, firm dynamics (internal) and social forces (external), impacting on growth. The results of her social enterprise research has been adopted in National Social Enterprise Policy.

Within the established small firms research she also focuses on investigating the factors and challenges encountered in scaling, growing and internationalising the small enterprise.

 

Entrepreneurship Education line of inquiry investigates the different pedagogical approaches to teaching entrepreneurship across disciplines.  Through examining, the process of (embedded) entrepreneurial learning and evaluating new ways of teaching entrepreneurship that resonate with the lived experience of entrepreneur’s research informs entrepreneurship programme content and pedagogy. Entrepreneurship education scholarship also investigates more closely embedding entrepreneurial learning across the disciplines and the role of Business Schools.  Research outcomes have informed experiential entrepreneurship pedagogy design which support the Universities ethos of generating a more entrepreneurial aware student population. A linked line of investigation on entrepreneurship education is the delivery of entrepreneurial learning for second level schools (teachers and pupils) addressing a priority National and EU policy issue in entrepreneurship education.   Her research has led to the development of initiatives for the delivery of entrepreneurial learning in second level schools including the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity BootCamp; the provision of workshops on creativity and innovation for DEISS schools and the delivery of a teacher workshop on how to deliver entrepreneurial learning                                                                                                                                     





Teaching Interests

                       
Briga's teaching extends the area of entrepreneurship and small business development to include Enterprise Development, Business Consulting, Managing International Business Growth and Internationalising Small Firms. Her teaching experience spans undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience groups and includes the design and delivery of business development programmes for owner-managers. Core to my teaching philosophy is a commitment to developing, implementing and evaluating learning strategies that promote problem-based approaches of action and experiential learning which enables students to assimilate, process and use information in an entrepreneurial relevant context to embrace the multifaceted and ever changing roles they will adopt in business formation and development.  With an understanding of the dynamics and nuances of entrepreneurial learning, there is scope to more fully understand how to develop entrepreneurial competencies in students and prepare them not only for the tasks involved in establishing and growing a business but in developing the mind-set to learn in an entrepreneurial manner. Thus,  I strive to operationalize such a learning  which connects the ‘knowing’ to the ‘doing’ to create the  ideal setting for the delivery and assessment of practice based action learning in a realistic context of entrepreneurial world. It’s about introducing pedagogy that allow  students  to  construct the ambiguous, uncertain and individualised reality of the entrepreneur so that the students can perceive and construct that reality to give meaning to their learning, usually acquired in the classroom. Inbuilt in my philosophy is demonstrating to students that learning is not a once off activity and they need to be more observant to the fact that learning can be unstructured and occurs everywhere and from different sources and is not always tangible, therefore but a constant flux of learning, unlearning, and how to relearn. I am committed to creating an environment in which students can practice and extend their entrepreneurial skills, confidence and abilities in order to transform theirs, other people and communities lives. Research and scholarly activity underpins my teaching and ensures currency of curricula and pedagogy through an integration of theory and practice.  Drawing upon my strong professional working relationships with government development agencies and small and medium firms I can practically demonstrate how entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and how they source and apply resources to realise local and international market opportunities. Further this relationship provides me with a network of entrepreneurs and policy makers to draw guest speakers and live case studies from. As teaching is inextricably linked with research scholarship my active engagement in applied and theoretical research ensures that students drawing on a wide range of theories and international best practices that shape the field of entrepreneurship and small business development


                  

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2013 AMBA Accrediation Committee ,
  • 2008 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland foster and encourage social entrepreneurship in Ireland by providing a range of direct supports to early stage social entrepreneurs and by actively engaging with all key sectors in Irish society to promote social entrepreneurship
  • 2007 University of Limerick Access Campus Board, The University of Limerick Access Campus will challenge educational disadvantage in areas of economic deprivation with particular emphasis on Limerick City South. It will work in partnerhsip with Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) to support those in primary and secondary education to participate fully in the formal education system in order that they may have equality of opportunity to access third level education and will promote and support second chance learning through the provision of appropriate educational opportunities for the adult population.
  • 2007 Management Development Council of Ireland, The Management Development Council (MDC) was established by Forfas to advise Government on the adequacy and relevance of management development provision for the SME sector in Ireland and provide recommendations on how to upgrade leadership and management skills
  • 2003 Limerick City Enterprise Board, Limerick City Enterprise Board facilitates the creation of sustainable enterprises through the provision of financial assistance,business guidance and training supports.
  • 2002 Limerick City Development Boaard, The Limerick City Development Board is comprised of 27 people representing State Agencies, Local Government, Local Development & Social Partners List of Members On Governance the Boards agreed to: ¿X work towards an inclusive, holistic strategy ¿X seek to create the capacity in the City to address change in the economic, social and cultural dimension of the City ¿X work towards the creation of equality of opportunity in the City ¿X work towards a City which is self-confident and accessing of all resources in delivering the strategy.
  • Department of Management and Marketing Quality Review Committee ,
  • - KBS Joint Coordinator for the fourth goal of the University’s Strategic Plan, ‘Pioneering and Connected’ ,
  • KBS Student Status Committee ,
  • Enactus,
     

    Mentoring and advising UL Enactus team on the development and implementation of projects aimed at bringing together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.


     

Education

  • 2012 Kingston University, UK - PhD
  • 1992 University of Limerick - MBS
  • 1987 University of Limerick - BBS

Association

  • 1999 Professioanl organisaion for individuals working in area of marketing., Marketing Institute of Ireland
  • Member , Irelands Network of Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship (INTRE)
  • Member , Irish Academy of Management
  • Member , Institute of Small Business Enterprises (ISBE)
  • Member, The European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Member, The European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Employment

  • 1994 Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick - Lecturer

Consultancy

  • - Provision of advice and training for owner-managers at various stages of business growth and development. The completion of feasibility studies and business plans.

Publications

Book

1997

Entrepreneurship and Business Growth, Volume 2: Cases
Garavan, TN; O'Cinneide, B; Garavan, M; Hynes, B; Walsh, F

Book Chapter

2011

Case study 3: University of Limerick’
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B. and Coughlan, D.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the University Sector: Policies, case studies and issues arising

2009

`Entrepreneurship education - Meeting the skills needs of future graduates in Ireland
Hynes, B; O'Dwyer, M; Birdthistle, N
Handbook of University-wide Entrepreneurship Education,

2008

Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Getting the Process Right for Information and Communication Technology Students
Hynes, B; Richardson, I
Information Communication Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

2002

Managing the New Venture
Hynes, B; Birdthistle, N; Birdthistle, N
New Venture Creation in Ireland

1997

Four Entrepreneurial Stat-Up's
Hynes, B
Entrepreneurship and Business Start Ups in Ireland

1997

The Small Business Exporting Decision:Seven Case Situations
Hynes, B; Garavan, T
Entrepreneurship and Business Start Up's in Ireland

Conference Contribution

Conference Publication

2017
2017
2012

11th IFSAM World Congress,
Hynes, B. and Garavan, T, N.

2010

International Council for Small Business
Birdthistle, N., N., Hynes, B, Costin, Y. and Lucey, S

2009

Irish Academy of Management
Costin, Y., Hynes, B., and Birdthistle, N

2009

Irish Academy of Management
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B. Costin, Y and ODwyer, M.

2009

Irish Academy of Management
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B. Costin, Y and ODwyer, M.

2009

Irish Academy of Management,
Hynes, B., Costin, Y.and Birdthistle, N

2009

Irish Academy of Management 12th Annual Conference
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B. and Costin, Y

2009

Irish Academy of Management
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B. and Costin, Y

2009

Irish Academy of Management 12th Annual Conference
Costin, Y., Hynes, B., and Birdthistle, N

2009

Irish Academy of Management
Costin, Y., Hynes, B., and Birdthistle, N

2009

32nd ISBE Conference
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B and Costin, Y.

2009

32nd ISBE Conference
Hynes, B., and Birdthistle, N.

2008

Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education Conference
Birdthistle, Costin, Y. O’Dwyer; M. and Hynes, B.

2008

Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education Conference
Birdthistle, N., Costin, Y. O¿Dwyer; M. and Hynes, B

2008

8th IEEE Conf. on Nanotechnology
S.F. Gilmartin, K. Arshak, D. Collins, D. Bain, W.A. Lane, O. Korostynska, A. Arshak, E. Hynes, B. McCarthy, S.B Newcomb

2008

Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education Conference
Birdthistle, Costin, Y. O¿Dwyer; M. and Hynes, B

2008

Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education Conference
O¿Dwyer, M. with Birdthistle, N., Costin, Y., and Hynes, B.

2008

Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education Conference
Birdthistle N., Costin, Y. O¿Dwyer; M. and Hynes, B.

2006

Entrepreneusip Education -
Birdthistle, N., B. Hynes, and P. Fleming.

2005

Entrepreneurship Education
Hynes,B.Fleming,P. and Birdthistle,N

2005

Entrepreneurship Education In Europe
Birdthistle, N. Hynes, B. and Fleming, P.

2000

Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference,
Hynes, B. and O'Cinneide, B

Other Journal

2013

At the Heart or on the Periphery - Information Communications
Hynes, B
International Journal of Management Practice DOI: 10.1504/IJMP.2013.052320

2006

European Universities Research on the Promotion of Enterprise Education: Good Practices
Birdthistle, N; Fleming, P; Hynes, B
European Commission Directorate General Education and Culture Socrates Publication

2006

European Universities Research on the Promotion of Enterprise Education: National Reports
Birdthistle, N; Fleming, P; Hynes, B
European Commission Directorate General Education and Culture Socrates Publication

2005

Enterprise Education, General Activities of Observation, Analysis and Innovation
Hynes, B; Fleming, P; Birdthistle, N
European Commission Directorate-General Education and Culture Socrates Publication

Other Publication

2011

Marketing in the Equine Industry
Healy, B., O' Dwyer, M., Wixted, L.., Birdthistle, N., Costin, Y., and Hynes, B.

2011

Business Consultancy
Birdthistle, N., Costin, Y., Hynes, B., and O' Dwyer, M

2011

Enterprise Formation
Costin, Y., Birdthistle, N. O'Dwyer, M., and Hynes, B.

2009

Diagnostic Tool Design for SME's Owners
O' Shea, D, Costin, Y, Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B.

2009

"To be or not to be a.......HPSU"
Birdthistle, N., Costin, Y., and Hynes, B.

2006

Teaching Entrepreneurship at Second Level - THe challenges
Hynes, B
American Journal Of Physiology-Heart And Circulatory Ph

2006

Comparing and Contrasting Mentoring Styles - What is Best Practice?
Hynes, B
American Journal Of Pharmaceutical Education

2006

Training the Trainers - THe need for Mentor Training?
Hynes, B
American Journal Of Physiology-Heart And Circulatory Ph

Peer Reviewed Journal

2015
2013

From the zoo to the jungle- narrative pedogogies and enterprise education
Costin, Y., Drakopoulou Dodd, S. Hynes, B., and Lichrou, M.
Industry And Higher Education

2012

The impact of regional entrepreneurial contexts upon enterprise education
Dodd, SD,Hynes, BC
Entrepreneurship And Regional Development DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2011.566376

2011

Practice-based learning in entrepreneurship education: A means of connecting knowledge producers and users
Hynes, B., Costin, Y. and Birdthistle, N
Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning DOI: 10.1108/20423891111085366

2009

Entrepreneurship education: meeting the skills needs of graduates in Ireland
Hynes, B,O'Dwyer, M,Birdthistle, N,West, GP,Gatewood, EJ,Shaver, KG
Handbook Of University-Wide Entrepreneurship Education

2009

Growing the Social Enterprise - Issues and Challenges
Hynes, B
Social Enterprise Journal

2009

'Enterprising tertiary level students'
Birdthistle, N., Hynes, B., O' Dwyer, M. and Costin, Y.
Electronic Journal Of Family Business Studies

2009
2008

Education:towards an industry sector approach,
Hynes, B; Richardson, I
Education And Training

2007
2007

Published Report