Dr Joe O'Mahoney

D12, Aberconway Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Until 2003, Joe was based in the consulting industry where he specialised in change management. In this role he undertook process re-engineering, culture change, IT implementation and strategy work for BAE, Barclays, Energis and the Bank of Scotland.

In his final role as Head of Business Analysis at Three, Joe ran an internal consultancy team which designed the business architecture of the company. After helping launch Three, Joe started his own manufacturing company in conjunction with an old school friend and returned to academia first at Lancaster University at then at Cardiff.


  • PhD (2000) Organisational Change: ESRC Funded (University of Warwick)
  • MA (1996) Industrial Relations: Unilever Prize (University of Warwick)
  • BA (1995) Ancient and Modern History, hons. (University of Oxford)

Research interests

Joe's research focuses on critical management studies: the application of sociological theory to organisations and their inhabitants. His theoretical focus is on critical realism, especially in relation to knowledge and identity, whilst his empirical focus is currently on the management consulting industry.

Research projects

  • 20013-2014: 12 months research leave funded by Cardiff University.
  • 2009-2011: AIM Management Practices Fellowship - £150,000
  • 2012: CARBS Seedcorn Funding - £3,000
  • 2011: AIM Innovation Survey Grant - £3,500
  • 2011: CARBS Seedcorn Funding: Innovation Survey Grant - £2,500
  • 2010: Visiting Fellowship from University of Sydney, Australia - £3,500
  • 2010: AIM Open Access Teaching Material Grant - £6,500
  • 2009: ESRC Seminar Series: Critical Realism in Practice - £3,000
  • 2008: AIM Funding: Research into the UK consulting industry - £10,000
  • 2007: CARBS Seedcorn Funding: Ethics in Consulting industry - £1,500
  • 1996 - 2000: ESRC funding: PhD in Organisational Change - £40,000

Joe led, or is currently leading the following projects:

Development of open access teaching materials based on research

Duration: 31st May 2010 to 30th November 2011
Sponsored by Advanced Institute of Management
Award type: Services

Exploring the role of management consultancies in innovating management practices

Duration: 30th September 2010 to 29th September 2011
Sponsored by Advanced Institute of Management (AIM)/Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Award type: Research, AIM/ESRC Fellowship

Related news stories

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently announced their Management Book of the Year shortlist and we are delighted to announce that a textbook by Senior Lecturer Dr Joe O'Mahoney has been included.

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Dr Joe O'Mahoney's research examines the nature of management knowledge: how it emerges and changes as it passes organisational and national boundaries. 

Twenty One Academics Awarded CIPD Academic Membership

Monday 13th August 2012

Academics at Cardiff Business School have been successful in a group assessment for a new type of membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


Additional activities

After gaining a patent on one of his inventions, Joe started up StayMobile with a childhood friend. After successfully raising capital and selling the company, he retains a non-executive directorship on the board.

Joe performs consultancy work in the area of organisational change and leadership and has given talks on a number of subjects at conferences, industry meetings and general meetings. In recent years clients have included the board of Hoover, IBM, the British Computing Society, and several Management Consultancies.


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (1996)
  • Member of the Institute of Directors Reviewer: Journal of Organization
  • Journal of Organization Studies
  • Journal of International HRM
  • Journal of Management Studies

Media contributions

Joe has appeared on both BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 2 as an industry expert on the telecoms and gaming industry. In 2007 he appeared on BBC 2's Dragon's Den.

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