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Dr. Philip O'Regan


My principal area of interest is financial accounting and I have lectured in this and Financial Information Analysis for twenty-five years. My teaching excellence has been recognised at university level on a number of occasions. I am an accountant (FCCA) and worked for over a decade with public accounting firms including Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

I have a first-class honours undergraduate degree in archaeology and history (Cork). I also have postgraduate qualifications in Political History (NUI), Corporate Governance (ACCA), Financial Strategy (Oxford: St Hugh's) and Inter-Faith Studies (Cambridge: Magdalene).

I have written several books, including one in the area of Financial Information Analysis that is now in its third edition and is used in universities in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. I have published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the areas of Financial Reporting, Professional Service Firms, Intellectual Capital, Accounting History, Corporate Governance and Top Management Teams.

In 2011, I was appointed as Executive Dean of the Kemmy Business School. I have also acted as Director, MBA Programmes, Head of Department, Student Status Chairman and Evening BBS Programme Director.

Research Interests

My current research output can be classified under three headings:

1. Accounting and the accounting profession in modern society: My principal research interest focuses on the role of accounting information and the accounting profession in modern society. I view accounting as an essentially social activity, the potency of which can only be properly understood in its various societal contexts. I approach it from a multi-disciplinary perspective and, usually, as part of an interdisciplinary team. My publications include two publications in the premier elite journal in this area (Accounting Organizations and Society) as well as several articles dealing with the historical, professional and regulatory contexts within which accounting and accountants operate. The topics range from ‘accounting and genocide' to the implications of new governance requirements for the profession. As part of a large international team, I have recently focused on the interaction between accounting and HR systems in Professional Service Firms.

2. Intellectual Capital: I lead a small research group within UL that looks at operational, philosophical and accounting issues relating to intellectual capital and the emergence of a knowledge economy. To date, I have graduated four PhD students in this area. In a recent global survey, our group was ranked in the top 20 of over 100 university-based groups publishing in this area in terms of output and citations;

3. Other: this gathers a rather disparate and largely unconnected set of outputs in the areas of political history and religious studies

Professional Activities


  • 2014 University of Cambridge - Master of Studies
  • 2010 University of Oxford - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 1996 National University of Ireland - Ph.D.
  • 1985 University College Cork - B.A.


  • 2007 - University of Limerick Teaching Excellence Award (small groups)
  • 1996 - University of Limerick Students Union Best Lecturer Award
  • 1995 - University of Limerick Students Union Best Lecturer Award
  • 1992 - University of Limerick Teaching Excellence Award (large groups)


  • 1998 College of Business Student Status Committee,


  • 1989 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer
  • 1988 Coopers & Lybrand, Limerick - Tax Supervisor
  • 1986 Department of History, UCC - Senior Tutor
  • 1978 Grace, Lyons & Co., Waterford - Trainee Accountant - Manager


Book Chapter


Taking the Lead: An Investigation into the Process of Top Management Team Pioneering
Moore, S; Morley, M; Min Fong, C; Flood, P; Smith, K; O'Regan, P
Strategy and General Management: An Irish Reader

Conference Publication


IAFA Conference 2016
Killian, S.; O'Regan, P.


CSEAR Ireland Conference 2016
Killian, S.; O'Regan, P.


CSEAR Ecological Accounts Workshop
Killian, S.; O'Regan, P.

Other Journal


What makes tax professionals tick?
Lynch, R.; Laheen, M.; Killian, S.; O'Regan, P.;
CA Today


Community involvement lends legitimacy to firms' social accounting
Killian, S.; O'Regan, P.
London School of Economics Business review

Peer Reviewed Journal


Social accounting and the co-creation of corporate legitimacy
Killian, S,O'Regan, P
Accounting Organizations And Society DOI: 10.1016/j.aos.2016.02.004


Top management teams and pioneering: A resource-based view
Flood P.C., Fong C.-M., Smith K.G., O'Regan P., Moore S., Morley M.
International Journal Of Human Resource Management