Dr. Geraldine Robbins

BComm,HDip Ed, ACMA,MBA,PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Dept. of Accountancy & Finance
Room 353
Cairnes Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3072
E: geraldine.robbins@nuigalway.ie
Lecturer and Researcher
Accountancy & Finance
Room 353
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics
National University of Ireland, Galway

T: 00353 91 493072
F: 00353 91 494565
E: geraldine.robbins@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Geraldine Robbins undertook a B.Comm. Degree at University College Galway (UCG) and went on to pursue a career in accounting. She worked in industry for a number of years, in operations and financial management roles.  She became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) in 1990. She undertook an MBA at NUI Galway in 1992, achieving first place in her class and took up a lecturing role at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics soon after this.  In 2005 she completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  The title of her PhD research was: the role and use of accounting in the implementation of New Public Management (NPM) ideas in Irish hospitals. 

Geraldine’s research interests continue to span both public and private sector financial management issues, in particular financial and performance management challenges in hospitals and more recently similar challenges in local government.  She has presented research papers over her career at national and international conferences and has a range of publications (both peer-reviewed and practitioner focused) in these areas.  She has served as reviewer for many national and international journals and has been invited to speak about her research work.  She is a member of the Management Committee of the EU funded Cost Action: Local Public Sector Reforms - an International Comparison (LocRef) ISCH Cost Action IS1207.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors and Hospital Finance Committee at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.


Recent Publications:

Robbins, G., Mulligan, E., and F. Keenan (2015, in press). An e-Government initiative in the Irish Revenue: ROS - a success story?  Financial Accountability and Management, Vol./Issue (TBA).

Turley, G., Robbins, G., and McNena, S (2015). A Framework to Measure the Financial Performance of Local Governments, Local Government Studies, 41(3), 401-420.

Robbins, G. and I. Lapsley (2014). From secrecy to transparency: Accounting and the transition from religious charity to publicly-owned hospital. British Accounting Review, 47(1), 19-32.

Robbins, G., Turley, G. and McNena, S (2014). 'From boom to bust? The financial performance of city and county councils.' Administration, Vol. 62 (1), 119-151. 

Robbins, G and I. Lapsley (2014). The Success Story of the Euro Zone Crisis?  Ireland's Austerity Measures, Public Money & Management, Vol.34 (2), 91-98.

Robbins G., and Kester, G. (2011). Financial Policies and Practices of Companies Listed on the Irish Stock Exchange: Capital Structure, Dividends and Capital Budgeting, Irish Accounting Review. Winter Issue, Vol.17 (2), pp. 65-94.

Scott, M. and Robbins, G.  (2010). "Understanding E-Government Implementation from an NPM Strategic Reform Perspective," Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 27, Article 26. http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol27/iss1/26/

Editorship of Peer Reviewed Journal:
Helmig, B., Jegers, M., Laspley, I, & Robbins, G. (Joint Editors), (2013). Public Management Review, Special Issue on the Challenges of Managing the Third Sector (November) Vol.15, (7). 

Research Interests

Geraldine’s research interests include:  Implementation of new public management (NPM) ideas in an Irish context; the usefulness of accounting information systems in the Irish public sector; e-government challenges; financial management choices and challenges for both the public sector and private sector firms; financial accountability and management; financial management policies and practices of quoted and non quoted Irish firms. 

She was awarded a Government of Ireland Senior Research Scholarship on two occasions by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) - 2003/04 and 2004/05.


She received two New Foundation Grants from the Irish Research Council (IRC) in 2013 and 2015 and was awarded funding from the Irish Accountancy Educational Trust (IAET) in 2006.  She received funding also from the Accounting for the Reform of European Health Care Systems Group and from CIMA to support her PhD Research. 
 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Comparative Assessment oif Local Government Performance 01-MAR-15 30-NOV-15
PLG GERALDINE ROBBINS 01-MAR-14 31-JAN-15
MF2002 MF33 02 M G ROBBINS 01-OCT-02 20-JUL-07
750 FIN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH ROBBINS 01-JAN-94 31-DEC-13
989 MF 66 00 ACC INFORMTION IN IRISH HOSPITALS 01-MAY-00 29-NOV-04

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'E-Government in the Irish Revenue:The Revenue On-Line Service (ROS) - a success story?'
Robbins, G., Mulligan, E., & Keenan, F. (2015) 'E-Government in the Irish Revenue:The Revenue On-Line Service (ROS) - a success story?'. Financial Accountability & Management, 31 (4):363-394 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'A Framework to Measure the Financial Performance of Local Governments'
Turley, G., Robbins, G.,and McNena, S. (2015) 'A Framework to Measure the Financial Performance of Local Governments'. Local Government Studies, 41 (3):401-420 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'The Success Story of the Eurozone Crisis? Ireland's Austerity Measures'
Robbins, G,Lapsley, I (2014) 'The Success Story of the Eurozone Crisis? Ireland's Austerity Measures'. Public Money & Management, 34 :91-98 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'From boom to bust? The financial performance of city and county councils'
Robbins, G., Turley, G. and McNena S. (2014) 'From boom to bust? The financial performance of city and county councils'. Administration, 62 (1):119-151 [Details]
(2014) 'From secrecy to transparency: Accounting and the transition from religious charity to publicly-owned hospital'
Robbins, G. and I. Lapsley (2014) 'From secrecy to transparency: Accounting and the transition from religious charity to publicly-owned hospital'. British Accounting Review, 47 (1):19-32 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Joint Editor: Special Issue on the Challenges of Managing the Third Sector'
Helmig, B., Jegers, M., Laspley, I, & Robbins, G. (2013) 'Joint Editor: Special Issue on the Challenges of Managing the Third Sector'. Public Management Review, 15 (7) [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Financial Policies and Practices of Companies Listed on the Irish Stock Exchange'
Robbins,G., Kester, G. (2011) 'Financial Policies and Practices of Companies Listed on the Irish Stock Exchange'. Irish Accounting Review, 17 (2) [Details]
(2010) 'Understanding eGovernment implementation from an NPM strategic reform perspective'
Scott, M., & Robbins, G. (2010) 'Understanding eGovernment implementation from an NPM strategic reform perspective'. Communications Of The Association For Information Systems, 27, Article 26, 27 (1):493-516 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Irish Voluntary Hospitals: An Examination of a Theory of Voluntary Failure'
Robbins, G. and Lapsley, I. (2008) 'Irish Voluntary Hospitals: An Examination of a Theory of Voluntary Failure'. Accounting Business And Financial History, 18 (1):61-80 [DOI] [Details]
(2005) 'Obstacles to the implementation of NPM ideas in Irish hospitals'
Robbins, G. (2005) 'Obstacles to the implementation of NPM ideas in Irish hospitals'. Financial Accountability & Management Journal, 23 (1):55-71 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Increasing State Regulation and the Irish Insurance Intermediary'
Robbins, G. and Donnelly, M. (2004) 'Increasing State Regulation and the Irish Insurance Intermediary'. Insurance Research And Practice, 19 (1):4-12 [DOI] [Details]
(1994) 'A comparison of the case for the taxation of wealth transfers with wealth transfer taxes as they exist today'
Robbins, G. (1994) 'A comparison of the case for the taxation of wealth transfers with wealth transfer taxes as they exist today'. Irish Accounting Review, 1 (1):231-249 [DOI] [Details]
(1993) 'A comparative study of wealth transfer taxes'
Robbins, G. (1993) 'A comparative study of wealth transfer taxes'. Irish Journal Of Taxation, 1 (1) [DOI] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2006) Accounting in Irish hospitals: Contradictions and Tensions.
Robbins, G. (2006) Accounting in Irish hospitals: Contradictions and Tensions. Dublin: Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland Dublin. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2005) 'NPM and the Irish Public Sector: From Reluctant Reformer to Statutory Codification'
Robbins, G. and Lapsley, I. (2005) 'NPM and the Irish Public Sector: From Reluctant Reformer to Statutory Codification' In: International Public Financial Management Reform: Progress, Contradictions and Challenges. USA: Information Age Publishing. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) 8th International European Institute of Advanced Management (EIASM) Public Sector Conference
Robbins, G. and C. Busco (2014) Governing across boundaries through incomplete accounting technologies 8th International European Institute of Advanced Management (EIASM) Public Sector Conference Edinburgh, Scotland, [Details]
(2014) Irish Accounting and Finance Association
Turley, G., Robbins, G., and S. McNena (2014) Assessment of the Financial Performance of Local Government: A Proposed Framework Irish Accounting and Finance Association [Details]
(2014) The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference
Robbins, G., Turley, G., And S. Mc Nena (2014) Benchmarking the Financial Performance of Irish Local Authorities The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference Speyer, Germany, [Details]
(2013) The New Thinking Research Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh Management School, Scotland
Robbins, G, & Lapsley, I. (2013) The Irish Fiscal Crisis in Ireland: Under the Cosh of the IMF The New Thinking Research Seminar Series at the University of Edinburgh Management School, Scotland , 28-FEB-13 - 28-FEB-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland
Cohen, S., & M.D. Guillamon, I. Lapsley and G. Robbins (2013) Austerity in the Eurozone: Modernisation or Cutback Management? The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland , 11-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) KEFU Seminar, Lund University, Sweden
Robbins, G. & Lapsley, I. (2013) The Irish Fiscal Crisis: The Impact of Austerity Measures KEFU Seminar, Lund University, Sweden , 25-SEP-13 - 25-SEP-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) Irish Accounting and Finance Assocation Annual Conference, Dublin
Busco, C. & G. Robbins (2013) Exploring Programmes and Technologies of Government in Practice: the Case of Ashford Hospital Irish Accounting and Finance Assocation Annual Conference, Dublin , 23-MAY-13 - 24-MAY-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Dublin
Robbins, G. & Scott, M. (2013) The Role of Accounting in Public Management Paradigms: Increasingly Central or just peripheral Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Dublin Dublin, , 23-MAY-13 - 24-MAY-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Dublin
Nicol, D. & T. O’ Connor, G. Robbins (2013) How Stable is the Debt of Irish Firms? Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Dublin , 23-MAY-13 - 24-MAY-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) New Public Management Seminar Series, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Robbins. G, & Lapsley, I. (2013) Emerging from the Irish Fiscal Crisis: Impacts of Austerity New Public Management Seminar Series, Politecnico di Milano, Italy , 19-APR-13 - 19-APR-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference
Robbins, G. (2012) NPM reforms: What has accounting got to do with it? . In: IAFA eds. Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference Galway, , 10-MAY-12 - 11-MAY-12 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference
Robbins, G. (2011) Barriers to Innovation in Accounting in a Public Sector Hospital Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference Cork, [Details]
(2011) International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM)
Robbins, G. (2011) Accounting Innovation in a Public Sector Hospital: Drivers and Obstacles International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) Dublin, [Details]
(2011) Eigth, Third-Sector Workshop of the European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM)
Robbins, G. (2011) Comparing the current process of distribution of national lottery funds with the original aims of the National Lottery and investigating perceptions of the distribution process Eigth, Third-Sector Workshop of the European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM) Galway, Ireland, [Details]
(2010) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference
Robbins, G. (2010) Financial Policies and Practices of Companies Listed on the Irish Stock Exchange Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference Belfast, [Details]
(2008) European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Robbins, G., Scott, M. (2008) Unravelling eGovernment: Understanding Implementation from an NPM Reform Context Perspective European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) Galway, Ireland, , 05-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 5th Scandinavian Conference on E-Government Copenhagen, Denmark
Scott, M. and Robbins, G. (2008) New Public Management: A Strategic Management approach for E-Government? 5th Scandinavian Conference on E-Government Copenhagen, Denmark , 04-FEB-08 - 05-FEB-08 [Details]
(2007) CIMA/BAA New Public Sector Workshop
Keenan, F., Mulligan, E. and G. Robbins (2007) Successful implementation of e-government in the Irish Revenue - the revenue on-line service (ROS) CIMA/BAA New Public Sector Workshop Edinburgh, , 16-NOV-07 - 17-NOV-07 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) Health Organisation Research Network Seminar - Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of St. Andrews
Robbins, G. (2007) Making Caring Organisations more Accountable Health Organisation Research Network Seminar - Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of St. Andrews Edinburgh, UK, [Details]
(2006) Tenth International Research Symposium on Public Management - IRSPM, Glasgow, Scotland
Robbins,G. (2006) Frail accounting systems undermining New Public Management in an Irish hospital Tenth International Research Symposium on Public Management - IRSPM, Glasgow, Scotland University of Glasgow, Scotland, [Details]
(2005) Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference (IAM)
Robbins, G. (2005) Accounting, accountability and the new public management in an Irish Hospital Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference (IAM) Galway, [Details]
(2005) European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM), Third Workshop on Trust
Robbins, G. (2005) Absence of Trust as a Barrier to Embedding New Public Management Ideas in an Irish Hospital European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM), Third Workshop on Trust Amsterdam, [Details]
(2004) International Conference on Accounting, Auditing and Management in Public Sector Reforms European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM)
Robbins, G., Lapsley, I. (2004) Obstacles to the implementation of NPM in an Irish hospital International Conference on Accounting, Auditing and Management in Public Sector Reforms European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM) Oslo, Norway, [Details]
(2004) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference
Robbins, G (2004) NPM in an Irish hospital - a story of transition Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, [Details]
(2004) Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference
Robbins, G. (2004) How accounting is used in an Irish hospital - trust, mistrust and its consequences Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2004) Public Sector Management CIMA/BAA Workshop
Robbins, G., Lapsley, I. (2004) NPM in an Irish hospital: Impotent new organisational structures Public Sector Management CIMA/BAA Workshop University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, [Details]
(2003) Fourth Third-Sector Workshop European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM) Fribourg, Switzerland
Robbins, G., Lapsley, I. (2003) From secretive religious organisation to transparent public sector organisation: a story of transition Fourth Third-Sector Workshop European Institute for Advanced Management Studies (EIASM) Fribourg, Switzerland University of Fribourg, Switzerland, [Details]
(2003) CIMA/BAA - New Public Sector Workshop
Robbins, G. (2003) The use of accounting by management in an Irish hospital: contradictions and tensions CIMA/BAA - New Public Sector Workshop University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, UK, [Details]
(2001) Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference (IAM)
Robbins, G. (2001) Global public sector reform: is Ireland a reluctant reformer? Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference (IAM) University of Coleraine, Northern Ireland, , 06-SEP-01 - 07-SEP-01 [DOI] [Details]
(2001) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference
Robbins, G. (2001) Global public sector reform: is Ireland a reluctant reformer? Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, [Details]
(2000) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference
Robbins, Geraldine (2000) Irish public sector management reform - historical perspective and current position Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Annual Conference Waterford, Ireland, , 10-SEP-98 - 11-SEP-99 [DOI] [Details]
(1998) Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA)
Robbins, Geraldine (1998) Working Capital Management Practices of Companies Operating in Ireland Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) University of Ulster, Coleraine, , 07-MAY-98 - 08-MAY-98 [DOI] [Details]
(1996) Scottish Accounting Association Annual Conference
Robbins, Geraldine (1996) Working capital management practices of companies operating in Ireland Scottish Accounting Association Annual Conference University of Dundee, Scotland, , 12-SEP-96 - 13-SEP-96 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2011) 'Executive Views on Capital Structure Policy and Financial Decisions'
Robbins, G., Kester, G. (2011) 'Executive Views on Capital Structure Policy and Financial Decisions' Accountancy Ireland, 43 (3) . [Details]
(2011) 'Executive views on capital structure policy and financial distress'
Robbins, Geraldine (2011) 'Executive views on capital structure policy and financial distress' The Journal of the Global Accounting Alliance, (June) . [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'The Capital Budgeting Practices of Listed Irish Companies'
Robbins, G., Kester,G. (2011) 'The Capital Budgeting Practices of Listed Irish Companies' Accountancy Ireland, 43 (1) . [Details]
(2011) 'Executive Views on Dividend Policy'
Robbins, G., Kester, G. (2011) 'Executive Views on Dividend Policy' Accountancy Ireland, 43 (2) . [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2007) Successful Implementation of E- government in the Irish Revenue On-Line Service (ROS). CIMA/BAA - New Public Sector Conference, University of Edinburgh.
Robbins, G., Mulligan, E., Keenan F. (2007) Successful Implementation of E- government in the Irish Revenue On-Line Service (ROS). CIMA/BAA - New Public Sector Conference, University of Edinburgh. Conference Paper [Details]

Electronic Journal

  Year Publication
(2011) The Capital Budgeting Practices of Listed Irish Companies - Insights from CFOs on their investment Appraisal Techniques.
Robbins, G., Kester, G. (2011) The Capital Budgeting Practices of Listed Irish Companies - Insights from CFOs on their investment Appraisal Techniques. US: Electronic Journal [DOI] [Details]
(2011) Executive Views on Dividend Policy .
Robbins, G., Kester, G. (2011) Executive Views on Dividend Policy . US: Electronic Journal [DOI] [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2011) Seminar on Performance Evaluation in the Public Sector for Senior Civil Servants.
Robbins, G. (2011) Seminar on Performance Evaluation in the Public Sector for Senior Civil Servants. Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited Review Articles

  Year Publication
(1994) More women seek careers in management accounting.
Geraldine Robbins (1994) More women seek careers in management accounting. Dublin: Invited Review Articles [DOI] [Details]

Manual

  Year Publication
(1995) Research Methods in Information Systems, prepared for the MSc. in the Management and Application of Information Technology in Accounting - at the National Distance Education Centre, Dublin City University.
Robbins, Geraldine; Fahy, Martin (1995) Research Methods in Information Systems, prepared for the MSc. in the Management and Application of Information Technology in Accounting - at the National Distance Education Centre, Dublin City University. Manual [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1992 Sir Charles Harvey Award for Excellence in Post Graduate Study (Business) Irish Management Institute

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Associate Member (ACMA) since 1992 /
Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) Treasurer 1997-2001 and member since 1992 /
Western Branch of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Founding member and Treasurer of this branch in 1997,Treasurer 1997-2001, and on-going member of the re-titled Mid-Western Branch. /
The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Member /
Irish Health Management Institute (HMI) Member since 2005 /

Teaching Interests

Management Accounting, Accounting for Decision Making and Control, Financial Management and Business Finance, International Financial Management, Corporate Finance.

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators Journal Papers and Conference PapersDr. Emer Mulligan, Accounting and Finance, NUI Galway.Dr. Murray Scott, Business  Information Systems Group, NUI Galway. Dr. Gerard Turley, Economics, NUI Galway. Mr. Stephen Mc Nena, Economics, St. Angela’s College Sligo and NUI Galway. 

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
External Collaborators