Dr Greg O'Shea

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Economics and International Business

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , International Business

Greg's areas of academic and management interests and expertise are Organisational Development, International Business particularly the internationalisation of SMES, Cross Culture and leadership development and Open Innovation and SMES.




Greg's background is as a corporate lawyer and a qualified accountant holding several senior finance and business development positions up to corporate finance director level in UK PLCs. He has more recently worked as a management consultant in the Nordic and Baltic rim countries and in most of the world at some point. Greg has been a director in charge of international development and managing director in several consultancies and has started several consulting and import-export companies. Greg's focus is innovative global team development. His post-doctoral research agenda has been in the practice of democracy and equality in organisations and open innovation and collaboration in small companies based on trust and the application of concepts from chaos and complexity theory. He has been leading the research on behalf of ARU in a €2.7m EU funded project into improving the success of innovative SMEs in the field of Assistive Technology through the study of ‘Open Innovation’ and the ‘Triple Helix’ in practice.

Research interests

  • Open Innovation and SMEs
  • Internationalisation and SMEs
  • Global Teams and Team Leadership
  • Chaos and Complexity  as a framework for democratic practices

Areas of research supervision

  • Organisational culture and innovation
  • Collaboration in Indo-German work teams
  • Values in Islamic organisations


Greg has taught a number discipline specific and cross-disciplinary subjects including both at postgraduate and across different undergraduate levels, including:

  • Organisational Development and Transformation
  • International Business
  • Cross Culture and Leadership
  • Research methods
  • Strategy
  • Teams


  • DBA (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • MBA ( Heriot-Watt University)
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • BA Law (UKC)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy of England and Wales
  • ACCA
  • FCCA
  • CPC ( Association of Executive Coaching)
  • Psychometric practitioner licences: MBTI, Insights-Discovery, SDI, PVI, Belbin, Four Sight

Selected recent publications

Reports and manuals

O'Shea, G. 2014. Final Report on CURA-B: Research into SMEs and Assistive Technology in the 2 Seas Region ( EU Interreg iva fund) (www.cura-b.eu)

O'Shea, G. 2014. The CURA-B Business Handbook (www.cura-b.eu)

O'Shea, G. 2011. ‘The Brics’ Chapter in ‘Applied Economics’ (2011) editors Griffiths, A. and Wall, S. Pearson, London.

O'Shea, G. 2011. ‘Negotiation and Sensemaking’ Chapter in ‘Negotiating in an International Environment: Eight Perspectives for Business Practitioners (with Illes,K.) edited by Nützi, R. University of Applied Sciences, Olten , Austria.

O'Shea, G. 2010. Chapter 6, ''Intercultural Interaction: A Sense-Making Approach,'' co-authored with Mughan, T. in The Intercultural Dynamics of Multicultural Working EDITORS: Guilherme, M., Glaser,E.and  del Carmen Méndez-García , M. Multilingual Matters.

Recent presentations and conferences

O'Shea, G. 2014. Open Innovation and the Triple Helix: address to West Flanders regional conference, Brugge, Belgium

O'Shea, G. 2014. Cura B as an Action Research project: address to the final conference on Cura B, Middelburg, Netherlands