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Professor James Cunningham

Professor of Strategic Management

Department: Newcastle Business School

James Cunningham is Professor of Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University.

James -Cunningham ,-Northumbria -University -webPrior to joining Newcastle Business School, he held academic positions at University College Dublin and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway). At NUI Galway he held a range of leadership positions including Head of Strategic Management group, Executive MBA Programme Director, Director of the Centre of Innovation and Structural Change and founding Director of the Whitaker Institute.

His research intersects the fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. His research focuses on strategy issues with respect to scientists as principal investigators, university technology transfer commercialization, academic, public sector and technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial universities and business failure. His has papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Long Range Planning, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship and the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. Awards for his research include six best paper conference awards and two case study international competition awards. He has published several book and research monographs on the themes of strategy, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and technology entrepreneurship with leading publishers such as Oxford University Press, Palgrave MacMillian, Springer and World Scientific Publishing. He has been an editor of special issues for Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Irish Journal of Management and Small Enterprise Research and previously was editor of the Irish Journal of Management. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer and a co-editor of a Springer Book Series on Academic Entrepreneurship, Scientists and Scientific Careers.

He has successfully secured research funding and is an experienced principal investigator leading large scale multi partner publicly funded research programmes for funded agencies such Northern Peripheries Programme (EU), the Higher Education Authority, Ireland, Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland and he is regularly invited to participate in external research funding peer review panels for public funding bodies and university research programmes. He is the author of numerous commissioned research reports for organisations such as the Australian Skills Council, the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland, Galway City and County Councils, Galway Chamber of Commerce and the Creative Edge and has contributed to policy development processes on technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship in Ireland. In 2015 he was invited by the Joint  Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation of the Irish Parliament to provide expert evidence on how to grow and develop the Irish creative economy and industries (see http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/media/committees/jobsenterpriseandinnovation/Final-Report.pdf)

He has delivered keynote talks and presentations nationally and internationally to business, policy and academic audiences, as well as delivering executive master classes on strategy development, innovation and technology entrepreneurship. He also have developed and delivered Positioning Your Research for Impact workshops for post doctoral and early career researchers.  Over the last two decades he has provided strategic consultancy and advice to start-up firms, SMEs, voluntary organisations and public sector organisations.

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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research intersects the fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. My research focuses on strategy issues with respect:

  • University technology transfer and commercialisation
  • Scientists as principal investigators
  • Entrepreneurial universities
  • Academic, public sector and technology entrepreneurship
  • Creative industries
  • Business failure

Professional Activity

Special Issue Journal Editorship

  • James Cunningham and Paul O’Reilly (Forthcoming), Micro, Institutional and Practice Perspectives of Technology Transfer, Journal of Technology Transfer
  • Paul O’Reilly and James Cunningham (Forthcoming) Commercialisation, Small Enterprise Research
  • Henry Etzkowitz, James Cunningham, Conor O’Kane and Vincent Mangematin, (Forthcoming) The DNA of Triple Helix Practice, Technovation
  • Natasha Evers, James Cunningham and Thomas Hoholm (2016) International Interactions and Activities of University-based Technology Entrepreneurship, Journal of International Entrepreneurship.
  • David Collings, James Cunningham and Geoffrey Wood (2015) Reflections on Irish Management Research: Past, Present and Future, Irish Journal of Management.
  • Vincent Mangematin, Paul O’Reilly and James Cunningham (2014) The Growing Role of PIs as Science, Technology, and Market Shapers, Journal of Technology Transfer.

Invited Keynote Presentations, Lectures, Seminars & Workshops (Selected)

  • Creating a Strategic Research Journey and a Sustainable Research Environment: The Role of Research Institute Directors, British Academy of Management /Chartered Association of Business Schools Development Programme for Directors of Research, London 17th June 2016.
  • Academic Employment- Researchers Hitting the Market: Insights from Scientists in the Principal Investigator Role, Supporting the Transition of research Students and Research Staff, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services UK, University of Warwick, 21st April 2016.
  • How to use Strategy and Innovation to Effectively Grow and Sustain your Business, North East Chamber of Commerce, Quarterly Economic Survey Breakfast Briefing, Brewin Dolphin, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 15 April 2016.
  • The Role of Principal Investigators in Supporting Early Career Researchers, University College Dublin, 7th March 2016.
  • Publicly Funded Principal Investigators as Boundary Spanners, Scientific and Market Shapers, University of Ausburg, Germany, 29th February 2016.
  • Challenges in Commercialising Public Sector Research, Leveraging Public R&D for the Benefit of Industry: The Case of Food, The Round Room, Mansion House Dublin, 24th November 2015.
  • Scientific Careers.  Universitas 21, University College Dublin, 4th March 2015.
  • Positioning for Impact on your Scientific Journey, Research Office, NUI Galway, Induction Day, 24th February 2015.
  • Principal Investigators as Scientific Entrepreneurs, Boundary Spanners and Market Shapers, Research Seminar, College of Engineering, NUI Galway, 8th December 2014.
  • Skill Sets for Future Principal Investigators, Regional Innovation through Graduate Education Workshop on industry academic research partnerships & employability based on graduate education, NUI Galway 1st December 2014.
  • Principal Investigators: Inhibitors, Motivations and Managerial Challenges, LINK Research Seminar, Dublin City University, 25th November 2015.
  • Innovation between Academia and Industry, Horizon 2020 Research Officers and Managers Conference, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin, 24th November 2014 (Keynote Speaker).
  • Principal investigators and entrepreneurial universities: creating and using international datasets, 13th November 2014, Doctoral Research Seminar Series, College of Business, Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway
  • Planning your Research, Doctoral Nursing Practice Programme, NUI Galway, 11 November 2014.
  • At the frontiers of science: the factors that influence scientists to become or choose to become publicly funded principal investigator, International Conference on Technology Transfer, Universita, degli Studi de Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy, 30th October 2014 (Keynote Paper).
  • Taking a Strategic Perspective: Strategy and Leadership, Tulsa, Westwood Hotel, Galway, 22nd October 2014.
  • Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurial Universities, Western Development Commission Board Meeting, Galway Bay Hotel, 21st October 2014.

External Examinerships

  • UG Business Degree, Queen University Belfast Management School, September 2015 to date.
  • External examiner for PhDs and MPhil Degrees in UK, France, Australia and Ireland.  

Journal and Publisher Peer Review Activities

  • Journals: Research Policy; Entrepreneurshiship Theory and Practice; Journal of International Business; Journal of Industrial Change; Human Resources Management Journal; R&D Management; Journal of Technology Transfer; Small Business Economics; Long Range Planning; Technovation; International Journal of Technology Management; International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management Journal; Business and the Environment; Journal of Land Usage; Irish Journal of Management
  • Publishers; McGraw Hill; Prentice Hall Pearson; Oxford Unviersity Press; Sage; Wiley Higher Education.

Conference  and Workshop Organiser  (Selected)

  • Economic, Technological and Societal Impacts of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, 15th to 17th March 2017, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Technology Transfer Society Conference Annual Conference, 28th to 30th October 2015, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Doctoral Colloquium, 18th Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, 2nd September 2015, National University of Ireland Galway.
  • Positioning for Imact on your Scientific Journey, 11th December 2014, Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland Galway

Scientifc Board Member, University Industry Innovation Network

Board Member, Irish Academy of Management

Research Fellow, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway 

Affiliated Research Fellow, University College Dublin Cantillon Research Cenre for Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation, 

Sponsors and Collaborators

Professor Cunningham’s research has been funded from a variety of sources include publicly funded research programmes, public sector bodies and private sector organisations. These include

  • Northern Peripheries Programme
  • Higher Education Authority Ireland
  • Australian Skills Council
  • Irish Research Council
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • InterTradeIreland
  • Western Development Commission
  • Galway Chamber of Commerce and Galway City Council and Galway County Council.

Selected recent projects include

PGR Supervision

Current Student

Lead Supervisor

  • Peter Pease, DBA; Michael Fowle, DBA; Brendan Dolan, PhD; Heiner Heck, DBA

Member of Supervisory Team

  • Roy Stanley DBA; Huan Sun, PhD; Nick Gray PhD; Anna Ankowska, PhD; James Gawley, PhD

PhD Completions

  • Conor O’Kane; Clare Gately; Ciara Fitzgerald; Grace Walsh; Damien Organ.

Professor Cunningham has supervised M.Phil and regularly supervises minor dissertations on Post Graduate and Under Graduate Programmes.

Qualifications

BBS, MBS, PhD

Key Publications

Books and Research Monographs

  • James Cunningham and Conor O’Kane (2017) Nascent Technology Based Entrepreneurship, Palgrave Advances in the Economics of Innovation and Technology Series, Palgrave McMillian.
  • Patrick Collins and James Cunningham (2017) Creative Economies in Peripheral Regions, Palgrave McMillian.
  • James Cunningham, Maribel Guerrero and David Urbano (2017) Entrepreneurial University, Technology and Knowledge Transfer, World Scientific Publishing (Editor in Chief, Professor Don Siegel, University of Albany )
  • Natasha Evers, James Cunningham and Thomas Hoholm (2014) Technology Entrepreneurship: Bringing Innovation to the Marketplace. Palgrave Mac Millian, 394 pages.
  • James Cunningham and Brian Harney(2012) Strategy and Strategists, Oxford University Press.
  • James Cunningham and Denis Harrington (2008) Irish Management 2.0: New Managerial Priorities for a Changing Economy,Blackhall Publishers.
  • Colm O’Gorman and James Cunningham(2007) Enterprise in Action, Oak Tree Press, 3rd Edition.
  • James Cunningham and Brian Harney (2006) Strategic Management of Technology Transfer: The New Challenge on Campus, Oak Tree Press.
  • Colm O’Gorman and James Cunningham(2002) Enterprise in Action, Oak Tree Press. 2nd Edition.
  • Colm O’Gorman and James Cunningham (1997) Enterprise in Action, Oak Tree Press.

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals (Selected from 2013 onwards)

  • James A. Cunningham, Matthias Menter and Chris Young (forthcoming) A Review of Qualitative Case Methods Trends and Themes used in Technology Transfer Research, Journal of Technology Transfer. DOI 10.1007/s10961-016-9491-6
  • Maribel Guerreo, David Urbano, James A. Cunningham and Eduardo Gajón,   (Forthcoming) Determinants of graduates’ start-ups creation across a multi-campus Entrepreneurial University: The case of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Journal of Small Business Management
  • Kristel Millar, Alex Alexander, James A. Cunningham and Ekaterina Albats (forthcoming) Entrepreneurial Academics and Academic Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Literature Review, International Journal of Technology Management
  • Morteza Rezaei, Michael Hogan, John O’Reilly, James Cunningham and Eamonn Murphy, (Forthcoming) An Analysis of Core Entrepreneurial Competencies and their Interdependencies amongst Irish and Iranian Entrepreneurs, University Students and Academics, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. DOI 10.1007/s11365-016-0390-y
  • James A. Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly, Brendan Dolan, Conor O’Kane and Vincent Mangematin, (2016) Publicly Funded Principal Investigators Allocation of Time for Public Sector Entrepreneurship Activities, Economia e Politica Industriale (Journal of International Business & Economics), 43(4):383-408.
  • Grace Walsh and James A. Cunningham (2016) Business Failure: Its Emergence and Evolution Within the Entrepreneurship Field, Foundations and Trends ® in Entrepreneurship, 12(3),163-285.
  • Natasha Evers, James A. Cunningham and Thomas Hoholm (2016), International Entrepreneurship in Universities: Context, Emergence and Actors, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 14(3):285-295.
  • Ciara Fitzgerald and James A. Cunningham, (2016) Inside the university technology transfer office: Mission Statement Analysis, Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(5): 1235-1246.
  • James A. Cunningham and Al Link (2016) Exploring the Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Policies Among European Union Countries, Journal of International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 12(2): 415-425.
  • James A. Cunningham, Vincent Mangematin, Conor O’Kane and Paul O’Reilly (2016) At the Frontiers of Scientific Advancement: The Factors that Influence Scientists to Become or Choose to Become Publicly Funded Principal Investigators, Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(4), 778-797.
  • James A. Cunningham and Al Link (2015) Fostering University-Industry R&D Collaborations in European Union Countries, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. 11(4), 849-860.
  • Conor O’Kane, James Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly and Vincent Mangematin (2015) Underpinning Strategic Behaviours and Posture of Principal Investigators in Transition/Uncertain Environments, Long Range Planning, 43(3), 200-214.
  • James Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly, Conor O’Kane and Vincent Mangematin, (2015) Managerial Challenges of Publicly Funded Principal Investigators, International Journal of Technology Management, 68(3-4),176-202. 
  • James A. Cunningham and Al Link (2016) Exploring the Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Policies Among European Union Countries, Journal of International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 12(2).415-425.
  • David Collings, James Cunningham and Geoffrey Wood (2015) Reflections on Irish Management Research: Past, Present and Future, Irish Journal of Management. 34(1), 2-6.
  • Maribel Guerrero, James Cunningham and David Urbano (2015) Economic impact of entrepreneurial universities’ activities: An Exploratory Study of the United Kingdom, Research Policy 44(3), 748-764.
  • Conor O’Kane, James Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly and Vincent Mangematin (2015) Underpinning Strategic Behaviours and Posture of Principal Investigators in Transition/Uncertain Environments, Long Range Planning, 43(3), 200-214.
  • James Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly, Conor O’Kane and Vincent Mangematin, (2015) Managerial Challenges of Publicly Funded Principal Investigators, International Journal of Technology Management, 68(3-4),176-202. 
  • Conor O’ Kane and James Cunningham, (2014) Turnaround leadership core tensions during the company turnaround, European Management Journal, 32(6), 936-980.
  • Clare Gately and James Cunningham (2014) Building Intellectual Capital in Incubated Firms, Journal of Intellectual Capital, 15(4): 516-536.
  • Maribel Guerrero David Urbano James Cunningham and Damien Organ, (2014) Entrepreneurial Universities in two European Regions: A case study comparision of their conditioning factors, outcomes and outputs, Journal of Technology Transfer, 39(3): 415-434.
  • Vincent Mangematin, Paul O’Reilly and James Cunningham, (2014) PIs as boundary spanners, science and market shapers, Journal of Technology Transfer, 39(1):1-10.
  • James Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly, Conor O’Kane and Vincent Mangematin, (2014)The Inhibiting Factors that Publicly Funded Principal Investigators Experience in Leading Publicly Funded Research Projects, Journal of Technology Transfer, 39(1): 93-110.
  • Conor O’Kane and James Cunningham  (2013) Leadership Changes and Stability during the Turnaround Process, International Strategy Management and Organisation, 42(4):52-85. 

Book Chapters (Selected)

  • James A. Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly, Conor O’Kane, Vincent Mangematin and Brendan Dolan  (2017) Female Publicly Funded Principal Investigators, in (ed) Albert N. Link, Gender Issues in Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar.
  • James A Cunningham, Maribel Guerrero and David Urbano (2017) Entrepreneurial Universities: Overview, Reflections and Future Research Agendas, in (ed) James A Cunningham, Maribel Guerrero and David Urbano, Entrepreneurial Universities: Technology and Knowledge Transfer, The World Scienfic Reference on Entrepreneurship, Vol. 1.
  • Maribel Guerrero, David Urbano and James A. Cunningham (2016) The Economic Impact of Public Universities in the United Kingdom, in (ed) Phil Phan, Academic Entrepreneurship: Translating Discoveries to the Marketplace, Edward Elgar, pp.206-217
  • James A. Cunningham, Paul O’Reilly, Conor O’Kane and Vincent Mangematin, (2016) Publicly Funded Principal Investigators as Transformative Agents of Public Sector Entrepreneurship,  in (ed)David Audretsch and Albert N. Link, Essay in Public Sector Entrepreneurship, Springer, pp.67-93.
  • Emer Mulligan, James Gawley and James Cunningham (2016), Alignment of Tax Planning Functions And Activites with Corporate Strategies in Multinational Companies, in (eds) David Salter and Lynne Oats, Contemporary Issues in Tax Research, Fiscal Publications.
  • James Cunningham (2015) Technology Transfer from Universities in Concise Guide to Entrepreneurship and Innovation,  in (eds)David Audretsch, Al Link and Chris Hayter, Edward Elgar, pp.205-210. 
  • Clare Gately and James Cunningham, (2014) The Contribution and Disconnection Between Writing a Business Plans and the Start-Up Process for Technology Entrepreneurs in an Incubation Programme, in (eds) A. Corbertt. J. Katz and Don Siegel Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, pp. 197-241. 

Refereed Conference Papers (Selected)

  • James Cunningham Matthias Menter (2016) Publicly Funded Investigators; Entrepreneurial Effectuation for Public Sector Entrepreneurship Programmes, Technology Transfer Society Conference, Arizona State University, Arizona, 3-5th November.
  • Maribel Guererro, David Urbano and James Cunningham (2016) Connecting Academic Entreprneuership and Regional Competitiveness: An Exploratory Study of Entrepreneurial Universities in the United Kingdom, Technology Transfer Society Conference, Arizona State University, Arizona, 3-5th November.
  • Brendan Dolan, Caroline McGregor and James Cunningham (2016) Impact Orientation of Medical Device Publicly Funded Principal Investigators, Technology Transfer Society Conference, Arizona State University, Arizona, 3-5th November.
  • Peter Pease and James Cunningham (2016) Preparing Nascent and Early Stage Entrepreneurs for their Entreprenurial Journey: What Psychological Resources Do They Need and How can They be Acquired, IBSE Conference, Paris
  • Peter Pease and James Cunningham (2016) Entrepreneurial Psychological Capital: A Different Way of Understanding Entrepreneurial Capacity, British Academy of Management, Newcastle
  • James Cunningham, Matthias Menter and Conor O’Kane, (2016) Principal Investigators and Value Creation: A Microfoundations Conceptual Model, R&D Management Conference, Cambridge, UK.
  • Maribel Guerrero, David Urbano, James Cunningham, and Eduardo Gajón, (2016) Determinants of graduates’ start-ups creation across a multi-campus Entrepreneurial University: The case of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, United States Association for Small Business and Economic, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina San Diego, 8-9 January
  • Grace Walsh and James Cunningham (2015), The Effects Of Identification By The Entrepreneur To The Firm Versus To The Process, 35th Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, 10-13 June, Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA, USA.

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