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Peadar Ó Scolaí

Research Publications

Academic Profile

  • Diploma(s) in Non-Profit Management (‘95), Retail Management (‘92), Direct Marketing (IDM & IDMA ’97) and Advertising (’98).
  • Honours Degree in Marketing (’01).
  • Masters in Business Studies – Electronic Commerce/Management Information Systems (’03).
  • PhD in Information Systems

Professional Profile

  • CEO of Political Intelligence (1996-);.
  • An Comhar Oidhreachta (2001-); conservation and development of Georgian architecture (non-profit).
  • CSO Suasion Technologies (2009-);


  • Business Information Systems Management, MSc, Smurfit School UCD.
  • Achieving Business Value with ICT, MSc in IBusiness—Innovation Through ICT. Smurfit School UCD.
  • Strategic Information Management for Competitive Advantage. MSc. UCD Singapore and Sri Lanka.
  • Managing Strategy and Innovation in a Digital Era.
  • ICT and Organisational Innovation: Managing in an Information Age.
  • ICT in Business
  • Introduction to Computers and Information Systems MIS1007/8 for first year Commerce and second year BBLS.
  • Coordinator of Atlas.ti Qualitative Analysis Software Training Course, Component of Methodological Journeys Module for PhD students.


  • 2006 Best Paper Award, Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland 11th Annual Conference & Scientific Symposium. (Ó Scolaí P, Kelly S, vom Brocke J, Buddendick C, Klein S: Supporting Information Systems (IS) Innovation in a Healthcare Context.)
  • Co-Chair 16th Annual Conference of the International Information Management Association.
  • First place ranking (lecturer and course), by 2006 1st year commerce students.
  • Co-Founder Irish Network for Science, Technology & Society (In-STS).
  • Co-Organiser of UCD, Cambridge, Lancaster Triangular Post-Graduate Conference 2008.


  • Member of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Neurology Needs Assessment Sub-Group on Technology, Training, Research & Development.

PhD Thesis

  • Peadar’s thesis develops a conceptual synthesis between the politics of identity and materiality is Health Information System-enabled change. The application of his conceptual innovation develops our understanding of the role of accountability discourses in processes of aligning new technologies. In particular, his empirical work develops the idea of a reconciliation of the self in order to accommodate identity ambiguity that arises when roles and responsibilities are reconfigured during the introduction of new technologies. Peadar goes on to develop a more sophisticated appreciation of how the materiality of technology mediation is implicated in evoking and/or sustaining distinctive trajectories of human/technology participation.

Conceptual/Methodological Influences

Ethnomethodology, Actor Network Theory, Interpretivism (broad), Ethnography, Praxiological Approaches including praxiography and post-phenomenology/post-human approaches (socio-materiality).

Current Research Interests

Peadar’s research interests include the role of technology in healthcare and politics, the digital society, privacy and human autonomy, identity and material agency.

Academic Involvement

  • Member - Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO).
  • Member - Association for Information Systems (AIS).
  • Member - Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • Member - American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).
  • Member - International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
  • Member - Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI).
  • Reviewer - ICIS, ECIS and a host of other conferences.

Courses Completed During PhD

  • PhD RMT in Research Principles (UCD 2005)
  • PhD RMT Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (UCD 2005)
  • PhD RMT Paradigms of Social Enquiry (UCD 2006)
  • PhD RMT Approaches to Qualitative Research (UCD 2006)
  • PhD RMT Philosophy of the Social Sciences (UCD 2006)
  • International Doctoral School on Objects and Knowing-in-Practice (Terento, Italy 2007)
  • CEMS Doctoral School (2007 Trinity)
  • NTIM Doctoral School (2007 UCD)
  • Skills for Teaching in a University (2008 UCD)

Philosophy department Masters/PhD course taken for audit

  • Topics in Mind and Knowledge Dr Jim O’Shea (UCD)
  • Husserl's Crisis of the European Sciences Professor Dermot Moran (UCD)
  • Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception Dr Tim Mooney (UCD)

Research Projects/International Working Groups

  • Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals (DATHs) pilot study. January 2006-July 2006

This is a Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO) project. The study developed a process engineering methodology and language for mapping clinical practices. The use of such a methodology would assist the development of locally driven functional specifications for system development. My role was Project Manager and Investigator focusing on practices. Other members of the team include Christian Buddendick, focusing on process mapping under the supervision of Dr Jan Vom Brocke (University of Münster Germany). The Principal Investigator was Dr Séamas Kelly. The mapping methodology/language developed by the team received clinical support and is now been employed in a number of hospitals in Dublin Ireland.

Papers, Working Papers, Reports and Conferences

  • Mulroy E, Quigley G, Roberts K, Cummins G, Magennis B, Fortune G, O’Brien D, Blunnie WP, Harrington E, Kavanagh E, P Gillivan-Murphy, Gilligan P, Reilly R, Ó Scolaí P, Kelly S, Murray M, Lynch T. Deep Brain Stimulation in Ireland for Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor. Irish Medical Journal, Vol. 105, Num. 8. Ireland, 2012.
  • Mulroy E, Quigley G, Roberts K, Cummins G, Magennis B, Eldridge P, Beirne P, Fortune G, O’Brien D, Blunnie WP, Shinkins F, Harrington E, Kavanagh E, Gilligan P, Reilly R, Ó Scolaí P, Kelly S, Murray M, Lynch T. Deep Brain Stimulation- the experience of the Dublin Neurological Institute. European Parkinson's Disease Association Conference on Deep Brain Stimulation. Dublin, 2011.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Edith Stein and Virtual Diagnosis–Towards a Generous Interpretation of Digital Mediation. In: Intersubjectivity, Humanity and Being, International Association for the Philosophy of Edith Stein Inaugural Conference, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, 2011.
  • Ó Scolaí P. The Phenomenology of Edith Stein—Empathic Flexibility, Information Systems and Telepresence. CITO Working Paper Series, School of Business, University College Dublin 2009.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Reconfiguring Neurology - A Theory of Materiality and Embodiment in Dialogic Care. Quadrangular Conference in Technology, Organization and Society. Identity, Policy and Innovation in the Information Society. Judge Business School Cambridge University 2009.
  • Ó Scolaí P. A New Theory of Materiality - Velocity of Innovation and Diffusion in Neurology. New Directions in Business Research PhD Student Symposium, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin 2009.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Materialising Materiality. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2008). Ethics, Design and Consequences of IT. Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, France.
  • Ó Scolaí P. A Hermeneutic Materiality in Telemedicine. Triangular Post-Graduate Conference 2008. Challenges for Contemporary Research on Technology and Organisation. University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Positioning Materiality Within Clinical Information Systems Design. 16th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2008) J.E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business & Public Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
  • Ó Scolaí P, Mitchel L. The Negotiation of Dignity, Some Paradox & Other. 26th International Labour Process Conference (2008). Work Matters, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Materiality and Mediation in the Life of a Clinical Information System: A Praxiographic Ethnography in Neurology. Surprise Me! International Doctoral School on Objects and Knowing-in-practice (2007). Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Clinical Information Systems and the Problem of Intellectualism. 2007 CEMS MITIM Doctoral Consortium: Knowledge, Networks and IS Innovation. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ó Scolaí P. Re-Conceptualising the Role of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in the Transformation of the Irish Health Service. Irish Academy of Management 10th Annual Conference "Connecting Theory and Practice" Queens University Belfast, Ireland.
  • Vidolov S, Ó Scolaí P. We Have Always Been Modern - Exploring the Fairytale of the Knowledge Society. Economic Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Society, 2007.
  • Ó Scolaí P, Kelly S, vom Brocke J, Buddendick C: The Design and Evaluation of a Clinical Process Mapping Methodology (CPMM) to Support Information Systems (IS) Innovation in a Healthcare Context. The 20th Bled eConference. eMergence: Merging and Emerging Technologies, Processes, and Institutions. 2007. Slovenia.
  • Ó Scolaí P, Kelly S, vom Brocke J, Buddendick C, Klein S: Supporting Information Systems (IS) Innovation in a Healthcare Context. Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland: 11th Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium. Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.: Health Informatics Society of Ireland, 2006.
  • Towards a Clinical Process Mapping Methodology (CPMM) - Report on Initial Design Stage. vom Brocke J., Buddendick C., Ó Scolaí P., Kelly S. 2006.
  • The Emergence of Camera Phones: Exploratory Study on Ethical and Legal Issues (Scolaí O’ P, et al. Journal of Information Technology and Information Management, presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the International Information Management Association, Las Vegas. 2003).
  • Integrated Information Systems: A Critical Analysis of Current Health Strategy. Unpublished MBS Thesis 2002.
  • Creating a Healthier System: An Examination of the Proposed Role of Information and Systems in the Irish Health Service. Paper in Progress.
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