Research Team

Academic Staff 

Prof. Kieran Conboy 

Kieran Conboy is a Professor in Business Information Systems in the School of Business & Economics and is a co-Principal Investigator in the Lero Irish Software research centre. He previously worked for Accenture Consulting and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also on the board of the Irish Research Council.

Kieran teaches information systems innovation, agile and lean project management, portfolio management, and contemporary models such as crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. He has advised and published widely in the areas of management and workplace innovation, and particularly in the area of agile and lean processes in software organisations. He has worked with organisations such as Microsoft, Atlassian, Cisco Systems, Suncorp, and Fidelity Investments, as well as many SMEs. Kieran has also advised international public sector organisations in the health and education sectors. He is the Principal Investigator of a Science Foundation Ireland project in the area, involving 11 research fellows and Ph.D researchers, and has received over €8m in research grants from industry, the European Commission, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council.

Kieran has published over 150 articles in leading international journals and conferences including Information Systems Research, the European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, the Journal of the AIS, IEEE Software, the International Conference in Information Systems and the European Conference in Information Systems. He is an editor of the European Journal of Information Systems and has chaired international conferences in his field.

Kieran also advises on funding agency policy and practice and has advised the E.U. Commission as well as national funding bodies in Ireland, the U.S. and Australia. He is now leading an Irish Research Council funded project to adapt, implement and validate the use of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing techniques in the grant award policies and mechanisms of Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland as well as the IRC.

Kieran was also a Fulbright award recipient in 2009 where he spent time at Carnegie Mellon University working with the Software Engineering Institute on the business value of IT systems.

Dr. Lorraine Morgan

Lorraine Morgan is a Lecturer in Business Information Systems and a Researcher with Lero at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Her principal research interests focus on open innovation, open business models, inner source and open source software.

Over the past number of years, Lorraine has also been involved in various project consortia attracting over €20 in funding.  She is currently President-Elect of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Special Interest Group on Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN), the largest founding AIS group. She is also General Chair for the Open Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2017) to be held in Galway in August 2017 and has served as Organizing Chair for a number of international conferences including LESS 2013 and PROFES 2010. 

In addition, Lorraine’s research has been published in a number of leading journals including the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Information Systems Journal (ISJ), Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS), Database for Advances in Information Systems, Information and Software Technology and IEEE Computer.

Dr. Eoin Whelan 

Eoin Whelan is a Lecturer in Business Information Systems at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Previously he was on the faculty of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. He received his PhD from NUI Galway in 2009.

His research interests focus upon information networks, with a particular emphasis on open and networked innovation and the role of information and communication technologies within these paradigms.

His works have appeared in a variety of journals including MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Information Technology, R&D Management, and Information Systems Journal. He is also a Senior Editor of Information Technology & People. Prior to becoming an academic, Eoin held a variety of business analyst positions in Ireland, New Zealand, and the USA.

Dr. Denis Dennehy

Denis Dennehy is a lecturer with the Business Information Systems Group and researcher with Lero at NUI Galway. His current research focuses on the application of (i) flow practices and tools, (ii) flow analytics, (iii) enactment of flow within the context of information systems development (ISD), and (iv) its implications for people, processes and organisations. His research is informed through extensive engagement with Lero industry project partners and is supported with the financial support of the Science Foundation Ireland grant 13/RC/2094 to Lero.

He has a keen interest in current discourse on the socio-technical aspects of ISD (Lean, Flow, Scrum) and the emphasises on viewing ISD as evolving activity systems (teams, organisations) beyond a single user. He has published this work in leading outlets such as the International Conference on Information Systems, the Journal of Systems & Software, and Routledge.

He is a Senior Editor of Information Technology & People and is Programme Director of the MSc. Business Analytics programme. He teaches a range of information systems related topics at postgraduate and undergraduate level.

Dr. Noel Carroll

Dr. Noel Carroll is a Research Fellow with Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre at NUI Galway. His research focuses on the socio-technical factors of software engineering and innovation management in various domains including business, health and education. He held various research positions at the University of Limerick, Dublin City University and the University of Technology Delft (TUD), Netherlands. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Limerick in 2012 and has numerous publications in refereed journals, conferences, book chapters and reports. He also holds a Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship, a Masters (research) in Business and a Degree in Information Systems Management.

Associated Researchers

Prof. Jan vom Brocke

Jan vom Brocke is the Hilti Endowed Chair of Business Process Management, Director of the Institute of Information Systems, and Vice-President Research and Innovation at the University of Liechtenstein. Since 2016, he has been an Affiliated Professor at NUI Galway, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, and an Associated Researcher at Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre at NUI Galway.

Jan has published 34 books and over 300 studies among others in Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ), the Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), and Information Systems Journal (ISJ) as well as in practitioners’ outlets such as MIT Sloan Management Review. He has taught at 24 universities in 13 countries on Executive, PhD-, Master and Bachelor-level and he has acquired more than €30 million in research funding from international research foundations and the local industry. He has received more than 20 international awards, has served in numerous editorial roles and academic leadership positions, and is an invited speaker and trusted advisor on IT and Management for many organizations around the world. For more details see

Dr. Rob Gleasure

Rob Gleasure is a Lecturer/Researcher in Business Information Systems at University College Cork, Ireland. He is also Co-Director of the MSc in Electronic Business for Cork University Business School and Associate Faculty for the Irish Management Institute. He received his PhD from University College Cork in 2013 and his research interests focus on the design of innovative IT systems and the less-conscious aspects of online interaction. Rob’s work has been published in a range of leading journals in the field of Information Systems, including the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, the Journal for Strategic Information Systems, the Journal of Information Technology, and Information and Organization.

Prof. Matt Germonprez

Matt Germonprez is the Mutual of Omaha Associate Professor of Information Systems in the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

He uses qualitative, field-studies to research corporate engagement with open source communities and the dynamics of design in these engagements. Matt is also a research member of the Open Community Data Exchange, a community exploring the complexities associated with the distribution and discovery of online behavioral data to overcome persistent research challenges that stem from the reuse of large datasets. His lines of research have been funded by numerous agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Matt is the co-founder of the Association for Information Systems SIGOPEN and the Linux Foundation Community Health Analytics for OSS Metrics Project. Additionally, he and has had work accepted at ISR, MISQ, JAIS, JIT, ISJ, I&O, CSCW, and ACM Interactions. Matt is also an active open source community member, having presented design and development work at LinuxCon, the Linux Foundation Open Compliance Summit, the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, and the Open Source Leadership Summit.

Dr. Edward Curry

Edward Curry is Vice President of the Big Data Value Association ( a non-profit industry-led organisation with the objective of increasing the competitiveness of European Companies with data-driven innovation.

Edward is a research leader at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics ( and a funded investigator at LERO The Irish Software Research Centre ( Edward has worked extensively with industry and government advising on the adoption patterns, practicalities, and benefits of new technologies.

Edward has published over 120 scientific articles in journals, books, and international conferences. He has presented at numerous events and has given invited talks at Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT. In 2010, he was a guest speaker at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to an audience of 600+ CIOs and senior IT executives.

His research projects include studies of smart cities, energy intelligence, semantic information management, event-based systems, and collaborative data management. He is a member of the scientific leadership committee of Insight, and a Lecturer in Informatics at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). He has a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland Galway.

Dr. Roger Sweetman

Roger Sweetman lectures in Information Systems in Maynooth University and completed his doctorate with Lero in NUI Galway

Roger investigates information systems project portfolio management through the lens of complex adaptive systems theory. He identifies practices to help portfolios manage the emergence that arises from the complex interactions between projects and people and their dynamic environment. He works with both public and private sector organizations to help improve their project portfolio management.

His holds a degree in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from NUI Galway where he is currently completing his PhD. He is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Dr. Ken Power

Ken is a Principal Engineer with Cisco’s Cloud Solutions group. He lives in Galway, Ireland and works with teams and organizations around the world. His responsibilities include leading the agile transformation for Cisco’s largest software group.

He is also a researcher with Lero/NUIG in agile, lean and software engineering research. He completed a PhD in Flow-based software development with Dr. Kieran Conboy. His work and research interests include agile, lean, flow, complex adaptive systems, and organisation effectiveness, as well as software and systems architecture, Cloud, DevOps and software engineering management.

He is a frequent speaker on these topics at the major international agile, lean and software engineering conferences, and has published numerous papers on agile, lean, and software engineering, including winning the IEEE Software best paper award. Ken is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, a certified Human Systems Dynamics Professional, and a trained Co-Active Coach and Organization & Relationship System Coach.

PhD Candidates

Mairead O’ Connor

Mairead O’ Connor is a doctoral researcher with Lero at NUI Galway. She holds an Msc in Business Information Systems from University College Cork.

Her research focuses on the application of temporality within the context of information systems development (ISD). This research contributes to research and practice by (i) identifying any gaps, misconceptions or general conceptual issues in the application of temporal concepts to ISD, (ii) examining the complexity of temporality that exist within ISD teams (iii) examining the impact that such complexity may have, and (iv) identifying strategies for resolving these temporality issues in ISD. Her research is informed through extensive engagement with industry project partners.

She has published this work in leading outlets such as the International Conference on Information Systems and the Information and Management Journal.

Peter O’Sullivan

As a recent NUIG MSc graduate in Could Computing, my masters thesis was based on the ROI of cloud SAAS for the enterprise. During this process formed valuable relationship with Lero @ NUIG, and continue to be involved as a practitioner of IS solution innovation and architecture with Vodafone’s MNC clients and also working on academic studies with the Lero @ NUIG group. My current research interests include gamification, user adoption and motivation. I am also working on a study of team performance and what we can learn from the sporting world to held predict and influence the performance of the corporate athlete.


Matthew O. Ajimati

Matthew O. Ajimati is a doctoral researcher working on a joint project funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Radboud University, Netherlands.  The project focuses on understanding and solving the existential problems organizations face in engaging in multiplex knowledge implementation of innovation systems and how relationships resilience of multiple actors is critical for effective, efficient and sustainable mobilization and deployment of resources. Whilst fostering successful innovations development particularly within inner sourcing project-based community collaborations in information systems area. His research interests span across multiplex innovation engagement, network innovations, crowdsourcing and outsourcing practices.

Matthew holds a BBS degree in Business and Marketing from Carlow Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland; BBA degree in International Business from Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Master degree in Business Administration from University of Wales, Cardiff; plus, an MSc in Strategy and Innovation from Maynooth University, Ireland.


Azka Umair

Azka Umair is a doctoral researcher with Lero at National University of Ireland, Galway. Her educational background is from Business Management and she holds an MBA with specialization in Human Resource Management (HRM).

Her research interest includes online labor markets, worker well-being in crowdsourcing environments and computer-human interaction. Specifically, her research focuses on examining the use of digital technology and its impact on individual behavior and work outcomes. Her research is multi-disciplinary combining concepts and theories from organizational behavior, management and information systems. She has an experience of working as a Data Researcher with LeadGenuis.

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Dr. Henry Edison

In 2018, Henry Edison was awarded a prestigious Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems (ALECS) research fellowship of two-year duration at Lero, Ireland. ALECS is an innovative fellowship programme coordinated by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The initiative is co-funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and by Science Foundation Ireland, through Lero.

Henry is currently conducting research at Lero, Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, Ireland. His research interests include software product innovation, open innovation, software startup, Lean startup, inner source, agile. He investigates the application of the Lean startup approach in real-life large company settings to facilitate their software product innovation. He also identifies benefits and challenges for adopting the Lean startup approach in the context of large organisations. He has more than ten years experience in both software industry and academia. He has published in top journals in software engineering e.g. JSS and IST, and conferences e.g. XP and Euromicro.

Henry holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, M.Sc in Software Engineering from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden and B.Eng in Informatics from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia.
Post Doctoral Researcher 
Dr Anastasia Griva

Anastasia is currently postdoctoral researcher at Lero | The Irish software research center of National University of Ireland Galway. She obtained her PhD at the ELTRUN Research Center of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), in Greece. Her dissertation entitled “Data-driven Innovation in Shopper Marketing: A Business Analytics Approach for Visit Segmentation in the Retail Industry” is a result of applied research in industry-related business analytics problems. It aims at extracting business value from retail data to support data-driven decision making.

She holds a BSc in Management Science and Technology with a specialization in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Management, and a MSc (with honors) in Information Systems, both AUEB. She has long-term experience in working on international research (e.g. SERAMIS, U-turn, iTrack, Transforming Transport) and industrial projects in the retail sector and strong data analytics and managerial background.

She has worked as consultant at Intrasoft International SA and ICAP GROUP SA, and she has made efforts towards research commercialization via establishing two technology-based startups i.e. ShopMind (a retail analytics software company) and Bespot (a location intelligence and analytics app.). Moreover, she has worked as a mentor in startups at the incubation center of AUEB (Athens Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and at EUXCEL European Project (EUXCEL).

Her research interests lie in the areas of business analytics, retail analytics, data mining, internet of things, marketing analytics and customer behavior. Her research has already been published in Academic Journals, it has also been presented and awarded in international conferences. The excellence of her work has been recognized by various business and academic awards.