Alison's original academic qualifications were in marketing and she completed a Masters dissertation on the marketing of 'unmentionable' products as part of her MBA. After living and working abroad throughout her career, she completed a 3 year action research study for her DBA entitled "How can international staff exchange be implemented as part of the execution of an internationalisation strategy in higher education? The case of a strategic entrepreneur". She has published widely in the intersection between strategic entrepreneurship as an approach to strategy execution and international mobility for both staff and students. With a professional design background, she is also interested in the concept and method of the design entrepreneur.
Since leading the Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3 research and innovation staff exchange (RISE) project, Alison has studied the role of strategic entrepreneurs, autonomous strategic behaviour and strategic neglect in project management and delivery. She has also explored international collaboration and the entrepreneurial traits of young people.
Alison is a qualitaive researcher, preferring participatory and democratic research methods which produce actionable knowledge and change. She particularly likes the concept of the tempered radical and has coined the terms 'multisociation' and 'tempered flexibility' in her writing.
Alison's work has been published in international academic journals, handbooks, conference proceedings, in the news media, industry magazines and blogs. She is on the Editorial Board of the Business & Technological University's (Tblisi) journal and has edited various journal special issues.
Certificate, Teaching and Learning, Technological University Dublin
Applied Technologies in Applied Learning21 Jan 0001 - 21 Jun 0001
PCAPL, Teaching & Learning5 Oct 2006 - 31 Dec 2099
PhD, Business and Administration1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2099
MA, Business and Administration30 Jun 1996 - 31 Dec 2099
Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)8 Jul 2015 -
Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)21 Jul 2008 -