Dr. Rachel Hilliard

BComm, MA, Ph.D.

 
researcher
 

Biography

Rachel’s research interests focuss on how organisations can transform learning and experience into durable capabilities for innovation.Her works contributes to developing organisational capability theory and especially the nascent theoretical area of dynamic capabilities. She has applied this to understanding the capacity of firms to adapt environmental innovation. She also researches the role of capabilities at the regional and national level, including governance capability of national systems.

She has previously held visiting fellowships at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University and at the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence on the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University, two of the leading centres for innovation studies in Europe.  She was a member of the TASC expert working group and industrial policy commission. She leads the Innovation & Structural Change research cluster at the Whitaker Institute.

Rachel has supervised PhD students looking at the areas of inter-organisational learning, mechanisms for knowledge transfer and capabilities for environmental innovation.

Rachel lectures in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship. She enjoys introducing students at all levels to the excitement of using start-up techniques to solve real world problems. She has worked on these projects with primary school children in the Youth Academy, postgraduate STEM and business students, as well as executive MBA students. Rachel has also pioneered a range of writing development initiatives for staff and students. She leads the Thesis Boot Camp programme at NUI Galway, providing an intensive writing workshop for PhD students. She also leads the Whitaker writing retreat for staff.

Rachel has worked as a lecturer in Management at NUI Galway since 2002. She has served as Associate Head of School with responsibility for developing the School's research culture and profile. She is also an Associate Academic Director of the AUA’s suite of technology management postgraduate programmes: MSc in Technology Management, Diploma in Technology Commercialisation, Diploma in Innovation Management. Rachel is the Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. She is a founder member and Co-Chair of the University Women's Network. 

Rachel Hilliard holds a BCommerce from University College Cork and an MA in Economics of the European Union from the University of Exeter. She completed her PhD, ‘Learning to change: the role of organisational capabilities in industry reposonse to environmental regulation,’ at Dublin City University Business School in 2002. She has previously worked in industry, as a researcher on a European international project at QUB and as a lecturer in DCU. 

Selected Publications:
Hilliard, RM; Goldstein, D. (2018) “Search routines as a solution to the problem of the tautology trap in the concept of dynamic capability.” Strategic Organization DOI:10.1177/1476127018755001  

Geoghegan, W.; Ryan, P.; Hilliard, RM. (2018) “Going deep: the micro-foundations of innovation capabilities in the triple helix framework.” Technovation DOI:10.1016/j.technovation.2018.02.016

Crowley, C; Hilliard, RM; Cunningham, J, McAdam, M. (2018) “Small firm networking roles: the duality of structure and agency." Rural Studies DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.08.014





Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'The impact of agricultural knowledge transfer resources on farm level profitability during the economic recession – a quantitative study'
Cawley, A. P., O’Donoghue, C. Heanue, K., Hilliard, RM., and Sheehan, M. (2019) 'The impact of agricultural knowledge transfer resources on farm level profitability during the economic recession – a quantitative study'. Journal Of Agricultural Education & Extension, 64 :50-62 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Community of Practice: A flexible construct for understanding SME networking roles in the Irish artisan cheese sector'
Crowley, C,McAdam, M,Cunningham, JA,Hilliard, R (2018) 'Community of Practice: A flexible construct for understanding SME networking roles in the Irish artisan cheese sector'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 64 :50-62 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'The microfoundations of firms' explorative innovation capabilities within the triple helix framework'
Ryan, P,Geoghegan, W,Hilliard, R (2018) 'The microfoundations of firms' explorative innovation capabilities within the triple helix framework'. Technovation, 76-77 :15-27 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'The Impact of Extension Services on Farm-level Income: An Instrumental Variable Approach to Combat Endogeneity Concerns'
Cawley, A,O'Donoghue, C,Heanue, K,Hilliard, R,Sheehan, M (2018) 'The Impact of Extension Services on Farm-level Income: An Instrumental Variable Approach to Combat Endogeneity Concerns'. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 40 :585-612 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Exploring strategic agency in sustainability-oriented entrepreneur legitimation'
Reynolds, O,Sheehan, M,Hilliard, R (2018) 'Exploring strategic agency in sustainability-oriented entrepreneur legitimation'. International Journal Of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 24 :429-450 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Identifying and measuring dynamic capability using search routines'
Hilliard, RM; Goldstein, D. (2018) 'Identifying and measuring dynamic capability using search routines'. Strategic Organization, [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Cluster Versus Firm Specific Factors in the Development of Dynamic Capabilities in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Ireland: A Study of Responses to Changes in Environmental Protection Regulations'
Hilliard, R.M., Jacobson, D. (2011) 'Cluster Versus Firm Specific Factors in the Development of Dynamic Capabilities in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Ireland: A Study of Responses to Changes in Environmental Protection Regulations'. Regional Studies, 45 (10):1319-1328 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Environmental performance and practice across sectors: methodology and preliminary results'
Goldstein, D,Hilliard, R,Parker, V (2011) 'Environmental performance and practice across sectors: methodology and preliminary results'. Journal Of Cleaner Production, 19 :946-957 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2006) 'The Role of Organizational Capabilities in Cleaner Technology Adoption: an Analysis of the Response of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sector in Ireland to IPC Licensing Regulations'
Hilliard, R (2006) 'The Role of Organizational Capabilities in Cleaner Technology Adoption: an Analysis of the Response of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sector in Ireland to IPC Licensing Regulations'. European Environment, 16 :336-349 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Conflicting Views: Neoclassical, Porterian, and Evolutionary Approaches to the Analysis of the Environmental Regulation of Industrial Activity'
Hilliard, R. (2004) 'Conflicting Views: Neoclassical, Porterian, and Evolutionary Approaches to the Analysis of the Environmental Regulation of Industrial Activity'. Journal Of Economic Issues, 38 (2):509-517 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Dynamic capability in action at PharmaCorp'
Hilliard, R (2012) 'Dynamic capability in action at PharmaCorp' In: Case Studies in Global Management. Australia: Tilde University Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'A Journey Towards Becoming a Learning Organisation: Crann Iorrais Teoranta'
Tallott, M; McCarthy A, Hilliard, R (2012) 'A Journey Towards Becoming a Learning Organisation: Crann Iorrais Teoranta' In: Case Studies in Global Management. Australia: Tilde University Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'LotusWorks'
Cunningham, J.; Hilliard, R (2010) 'LotusWorks' In: Managerial Challenges in Irish Organisations. Dublin: Orpen Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Lotus Automation'
Cunningham, J., Hilliard, R. (2009) 'Lotus Automation' In: Ernst and Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year Case Collection. Dublin: Blackhall Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2005) 'Governance and Institutional Change in Ireland'
Hilliard, R.;Green, R. (2005) 'Governance and Institutional Change in Ireland' In: Governance of Innovation Systems (MONIT). Paris: OECD. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2003) 'Regional Aspects of Environmental Regulation: The Case of the Irish Pharmaceutical Sector'
Hilliard, R.; Jacobson, D (2003) 'Regional Aspects of Environmental Regulation: The Case of the Irish Pharmaceutical Sector' In: Irish Regional Development: A New Agenda. Dublin: Liffey Press. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2019) Organisational Knowledge Learning and Capability
English, J; Coleman, M; Hilliard RM (2019) Motivational Factors in Knowledge Hiding Organisational Knowledge Learning and Capability [Details]
(2019) British Academy of Management
Tallott M and RM Hilliard (2019) Developing Entrepreneurship Capabilities for Eco-innovation in SMEs British Academy of Management [Details]
(2018) McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference
Tallott M and RM Hilliard (2018) Entrepreneurship Capabilities for Internationalisation McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference [Details]
(2017) McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference
Tallott M and RM Hilliard (2017) FACILITATING AMBIDEXTERITYAS A KEY DYNAMIC CAPABILITY FOR ENABLING ECO-INNOVATION IN SMES: AN ACTION RESEARCH STUDY McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference [Details]
(2016) British Academy of Management, Newcastle
Hilliard RM (2016) The importance of Penrosian ‘image’ for the development of the dynamic capability concept British Academy of Management, Newcastle [Details]
(2015) Technology Transfer Society, Dublin
Geoghegan, Will; Ryan, Paul; Hilliard, Rachel (2015) Going Deep: University/ Industry Collaboration in the Triple Helix and the Development of Firm Specific Innovative Capabilitie Technology Transfer Society, Dublin [Details]
(2015) Technology Transfer Society, Dublin
Kouwenaar, R, Hilliard, R and Heanue, K (2015) Knowledge transfer in agricultural extension: the role of learning processes in the transfer of knowledge Technology Transfer Society, Dublin [Details]
(2009) Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities, Amsterdam
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2009) Organisational Capabilities for Sustainable Production Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities, Amsterdam [Details]
(2007) Third Routines Workshop, Strasbourg
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2007) How are capabilities built? Practice, routine and learning Third Routines Workshop, Strasbourg [Details]
(2007) Association for Evolutionary Economics, Chicago
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2007) Environmental technology, dynamic environmental capabilities and competitiveness’ Association for Evolutionary Economics, Chicago [Details]
(2007) EURAM, Paris
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2007) How are Organisational Capabilities for Environmental Management and Innovation Built EURAM, Paris [Details]
(2007) United States Society for Ecological Economics, New York
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2007) The environmental performance of industry: facility impacts in a cross-sectoral model’ United States Society for Ecological Economics, New York [Details]
(2007) Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2007) Organisational Capabilities for Sustainable Production Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Ontario, Canada, [Details]
(2010) 4th Organisational Routines Conference, Nice
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein and V Parker (2010) Evidence on Search Routines in Small and Medium Sized Companies 4th Organisational Routines Conference, Nice [Details]
(2011) InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Conference
Hilliard RM, D Goldstein (2011) Dynamic Capabilities Building Blocks of Innovation InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Conference [Details]
(2014) Druid, Copenhagen Business School
Tallott M and RM Hilliard (2014) Developing dynamic capability through organisational learning: a case study of diversification in an SME Druid, Copenhagen Business School [Details]
(2014) Triple Helix Workshop, Grenoble
Geoghegan, Will; Ryan, Paul; Hilliard, Rachel (2014) Going deep: the microfoundations of innovation capabilities in the triple helix framework Triple Helix Workshop, Grenoble Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, [Details]
(2015) Edith Penrose Centenary Conference, SOAS London
RM Hilliard (2015) The importance of Penrosian ‘image’ for the development of the dynamic capability concept Edith Penrose Centenary Conference, SOAS London [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2010) EPA Cleaner Greener Production Programme: Experiences, Impacts and Outcomes for Participant Organisations’.
Hilliard RM, S Pal and V Parker (2010) EPA Cleaner Greener Production Programme: Experiences, Impacts and Outcomes for Participant Organisations’. EPA, Dublin. [Details]
(2009) Sustainable Development – Environmental Technology, Dynamic Environmental Capabilities and Competitiveness.
Hilliard, RM, D. Goldstein, and V Parker (2009) Sustainable Development – Environmental Technology, Dynamic Environmental Capabilities and Competitiveness. EPA, Dublin. [Details]

Teaching Interests

Innovation and Technology Management

Entrepreneurship

Research Methods

Strategic Management