Dr. Owen O'Brien

Consulting · Business development · entrepreneurship · education · Construction

About Me

Dr. Owen O’Brien has had a successful entrepreneurial career. Starting from home in the early 1980’s, he set up an import/distribution business in the plumbing and heating sector, acquiring unique agencies and selling and distributing to the retail sector. This business was sold to a multinational company in 2007. He also started and ran a distribution business in London from 1999 to 2007. Owen also got involved in the commercial property sector, making a timely exit in 2006/7. He has assisted and invested in several startups during his career. During 2004/5 Owen completed an MBA at University College Cork. He subsequently went on to complete a DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) in UCC in 2012 on The Teaching of Entrepreneurship at University Level. He taught innovation and entrepreneurship to postgraduates at University College Cork for 10 years, from 2007 to 2016. He also attended executive training courses at Harvard, Babson, M.I.T. and Cranfield on how to teach entrepreneurship at university level. Owen’s research revolves around economic and pedagogical theories of entrepreneurship. He plans to publish a manual for practitioners turning to teaching entrepreneurship in universities. Owen has also presented at various conferences on the theme “Principles of Entrepreneurship” based on his own experience linked to the theories and frameworks of entrepreneurship.

My blog posts

Don’t Forget Profit

It IS all about the money!

Tesla: The Innovator's Dilemma?