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Dr. Naomi Birdthistle

Research Interests

Family Business Management Issues - e.g. succession planning, learning and training, taxation planning,
Female Entrepreneurship and business growth and business decision making.
New Venture Creation - the use of the business plan, how to finance the start-up firm.
Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship - services for ethnic minority groupings, the decision to start-up; issues and concerns of ethnic entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship Education - primary, secondary and tertiary level education.
Funding of the firm - decision making of VC's, the use of banks on start-up; using investors; equity management

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2016 University of Limerick - Graduate Certificate
  • 2014 University of Limerick - Diploma
  • 2010 Babson College -
  • 2010 University of Limerick -
  • 2006 Harvard Business School - Certificate
  • 2005 Stockholm School of Ecnomics - Diploma - International Teachers Programme
  • 2005 University of Limerick - Certificate - Adviser Training
  • 2004 University of Limerick - Ph.D.
  • 1998 University of Limerick - M.B.S.
  • 1995 University of Stirling - Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Committee

  • 2014 Teaching and Learning Committee, Academic council member of the Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2013 Academic Council,
  • 2006 Enterprise Ireland Role Model Advisory Board,
  • 2004 Board Member,
  • 1999 Marketing Institute of Ireland,

Award

  • 2012 - Emerald Literati Award winner
  • 2010 - Emerald Literati Outstanding Reviewer's Award
  • 2010 - Nominated for the National Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2009 - Shannon Consortium Awards for Excellence in Higher Education
  • 2008 - IRCHSS research funding
  • 2008 - Nominated for the Small Group Teaching Award
  • 2008 - Emerald Literati Award
  • 2007 - Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Editors Choice
  • 2007 - INTRE Best Case Study Competition
  • 2007 - Highly Commended Award from Emerald Literati Network
  • 2006 - Emerald LiteratiNetwork
  • 2006 - Family Firm Institute Best Doctoral Dissertation
  • 2006 - UL Faculty Seed Funding

Employment

  • 2006 University of Limerick - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
  • 2001 Limerick Institute of Technology - Masters Supervisor
  • 2000 Limerick Institute of Technology - Lecturer
  • 2000 University of Limerick - Junior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
  • 1996 HSI College - Head of Business Studies
  • 1995 Mid West Business Institute - Lecturer
  • 1899 Helsinki School of Economics and Business - Guest Lecturer

Association

  • 2005 Associate Member, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy
  • 2004 Member, European Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2003 UL representative on the Board INTRE Newsleter Editor, Irelands Network of Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship (INTRE)
  • 2000 Member, Family Business Network
  • 2000 Member, Institute for Small Business Enterprise
  • 1999 Member, European Institue for Advanced Studies in Management
  • 1999 Member, Irish Academy of Management
  • 1998 Member, Family Firm Institute

Consultancy

  • - Consultant to Irish family businesses pertaining to management and successional issues
  • - Mentor to new business start-ups in association with West Cork Enterprise Board

Language

  • English
  • French

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

2013

Family firms as learning organisations
Birdthistle, N. and Garavan, T.
Handbook of Research on the Learning Organisation: Adaptation and Context DOI: 10.4337/9781781004906

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

2010

Entrepreneurship Education in Ireland: A Complex Interplay of Cultural, Economic, Policy, Institutional and Programme Characteristics
Garavan, T., Birdthistle, N. O'Cinnéide, B., and Collet, C.
Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education: Educating Entrepreneurs for the World

2008

Creating a learning organisation in the family businss
Birdthistle, N; Fleming P
Culturally-Sensitive Models of Family Business in Latin Europe � A Compendium Using the GLOBE Paradigm

2007

Data Display - Bright Lights, Big Ideas
Carroll, C; Birdthistle, N
Ernst & Young Cases in Irish Entrepreneurship

2007

Kevin Neville - Data Display
Birdthistle, N; Carroll, C
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Case Series

2006

Family Businesses and Consultation in Ireland
Spillane, M; O'Gorman W; Birdthistle, N
Family Business Consultation: A Global Perspective

2002

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

Conference Contribution

2014

ICSB World Conference
Birdthistle, N.

2013

ISBE 36th annual conference
Birdthistle, N.

2012

ISBE 35th annual conference
Birdthistle, N.

2010

RENT XXIV conference
Birdthistle, N.

2007

Irish Academy of Management
Birdthistle, N.

2007

Irish Academy of Management
Birdthistle, N.

Conference Publication

2014

21st EDiNEB Conference
Birdthistle, N.

2014

59th World ICSB Conference
Birdthistle, N.

2014

ISBE Conference,
Havlicek, J., Pelikan, M. and Birdthistle, N.

2012

Management Re-imagined: IFSAM conference
Birdthistle, N., O'Connor, S. and Lucey, S.

2012

35th ISBE Conference
Birdthistle, N., O'Connor, S. and Lucey, S.

2009

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

2009

IFERA Conference
Kansikas, J. Birdthistle, N., Karjalainen, K., Solankallio, T., and Niemelä, M.

2008

Irish Academy of Management Conference
Birdthistle, N., Rozell, E.J. and Scroggins, W.A.

2007

EFER/EECPCL Conference
Birdhtistle, N.

2007

Irish Academy of Management
Birdthistle, N.

2007

ISBE Conference
Birdthistle, N.

2007

ISBE conference
Birdthistle, N.

Other Journal

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

2008

Tom Walsh - SAP Holdings
Birdthistle, N; Carroll, C

2008

The Family Business
Birdthistle, N

2007
2007

Kevin Neville - Data Display
Carroll, C; Birdthistle, N

2005

Creating a learning organisation within the family business: An Irish perspective
Birdthistle N., Fleming P.
Journal Of European Industrial Training DOI: 10.1108/03090590510629858

Peer Reviewed Journal

2010

A study of collegiate entrepreneurship in Ireland
Birdthistle N.
International Journal Of Entrepreneurship And Small Business DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2010.030623

2008

An Examination of Succession and Taxation Planning for Family Business in Ireland
Doyle, E., Birdthistle, N., Godwin, A.
Irish Business Journal

2008
2008
2008

Examining Succession and Tax Planning in Family Businesses in Ireland
Doyle, E; Birdthistle, N; Godwin, A
Irish Tax Review

2007
2007

Family Business Education: A Myth of a Reality?
Birdthistle, N
Irish Business Journal

2007

Death and Taxes
Birdthistle, N; Doyle, E
Accountancy Plus

2007

Under the Microscope: A Profile of the Family Business in Ireland
Birdthistle, N; Fleming P
Irish Journal Of Management

2006

Training and learning strategies of family businesses: An Irish case
Birdthistle N.
Journal Of European Industrial Training DOI: 10.1108/03090590610704402

2005

Creating a learning organisation within the family business: an Irish perspective
Birdthistle, N; Fleming P
Journal Of European Industrial Training

Published Report