Dr. Rachel Hilliard

BComm, MA, Ph.D.

Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Management
Room No: CA 314
Management
School of Business and Economics
NUI Galway
Ireland

T: 091 492932
E: rachel.hilliard@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Rachel’s research interests are in the area of the role of learning and innovation in organisations, 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 a Visiting Fellowship at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University. She was a member of the TASC expert working group and industrial policy commission. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Innovation, research and Competence on the Learning Economy at Lund University, one of the leading centres for innovation studies in Europe. 

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

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.

Dr 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 Rachel and David Jacobson (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, Vol 45(10), pp. 1319-1328. [link]

Goldstein, Don, Rachel Hilliard and Valerie Parker (2011) Environmental performance and practice across sectors: Methodology and preliminary results. Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol 19(9-10), pp. 946-957. [link]

Hilliard RM and R Green (2005). ‘Governance and Institutional Change in Ireland.’ In S. Remoe (ed.) Governance of Innovation Systems. Paris: OECD. [link

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Search routines as a solution to the problem of the tautology trap in the concept of dynamic capability'
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, [Details]
(2018) 'Exploring Strategic Agency in Sustainability-Oriented Entrepreneur Legitimation'
Reynolds, O, M Sheehan and RM Hilliard (2018) 'Exploring Strategic Agency in Sustainability-Oriented Entrepreneur Legitimation'. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) '‘The Impact of Extension Services on Farm Level Income: An Instrumental Variable Approach to Combat Endogeneity Concerns'
Cawley, A. P., Heanue, K., Hilliard, RM., O’Donoghue, C. and 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, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Going deep: the micro-foundations of innovation capabilities in the triple helix framework'
Geoghegan, W.; Ryan, P.; Hilliard, RM. (2018) 'Going deep: the micro-foundations of innovation capabilities in the triple helix framework'. Technovation, [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 [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
(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