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Brendan Galbraith

Brendan Galbraith

PhD (Innovation Management)

IEEE member, TEMS AdCom member



Brendan Galbraith is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in Innovation Management at the Ulster University Business School.



Brendan Galbraith is a researcher on large scale EC research and innovation projects with a total value of more than £5 million. He has published in top academic journals such as Technovation, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management (TASM), R&D Management, Production Planning & Control and International Journal for Operations & Productions Management.

He served as a guest editor for Technology Innovation Management Review (TIM Review) Journal. Also, he guest edited three special issues on innovation intermediaries for TASM and Book Reviews Editor at TASM.

He was a lead author of the Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI) REF 2014 Case Study ‘Promoting innovation in high-tech SMEs’ that was rated 4-star by the REF Panel. It was the sole 4-star Case Study from BMRI and largely based on European-wide impact from two EC FP7 large-scale projects that were led by Brendan Galbraith. The ranking of 4-star case study by the REF 2014 panel is equivalent to 6 x 4* journal articles and £1 research funding and, was critical to the achievement of Ulster University’s BMRI ranking of 7th in the UK for Research Impact. http://www.ulster.ac.uk/ref2014/Impact/19_1.pdf


Brendan Galbraith is a regular conference speaker, invited keynote, track chair, workshop chair and served on over a dozen international program committees. He has chaired of three major innovation management conferences in Belfast: European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE) (2014), ICE/IEEE Technology Management (2015) and European Conference for Knowledge Management (2016). He was the local chair of the NiTiM (Networks, Information Technology and Innovation Management) Summer School in Belfast, June (2015) and University of California Berkeley Global Venture Lab Academic Summit, Trondheim, Norway (2016).


Brendan Galbraith teach Innovation and Entrepreneurship, eBusiness, Strategy and Business Model Innovation to undergraduate, postgraduate students, supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. He was a co-founder and judge of ECIE Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Awards. He is a Harvard Business School trained to deliver Microeconomics of Competitiveness modules and Harvard Case Study Method. Completed educators’ courses on Intel-Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship, Lean Launchpad, Kauffman Foundation Fast-Trac Tech and Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship.


Brendan Galbraith was the co-inventor for the Engage eParticipation methodology and software tool that was released under an open source license (Aferro GPL v3) on the EC’s Join-up open source website. Secured a range of innovation external funding such as Higher Education and Innovation Funding (HEIF), DEL Connected, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), Fusion, Innovation Vouchers and Project Definition (Invest NI). He is an international consultant on innovation management and strategic planning to large firms, SMEs and government agencies. Judge for the Global Social Entrepreneurship Summer School Competition in Munich (2014) and the Undergraduate Awards (2015).

He is an expert Evaluator for the EC’s Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 program, Mentor at UC Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, EC SME Panel member, Member of the Northern Ireland European Regional Forum, Member of the Harvard Business School Microeconomics of Competitiveness Affiliate Network. Member of IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society and IEEE Entrepreneurship Society. Board member of Leadership Portfolio Group of the European Network of Living Labs and co-founder of two Living Labs. Co-founder and Principle University Advisor for Enactus Ulster. In 2013 he was the winner of the Belfast Ambassador Recognition Award from the Belfast City Council.

Joining TEMS: The Why, How and What

Why joining TEMS? It is important for Brendan Galbraith to understand global issues with the technology and engineering management community. He believe that TEMS is a very important nexus that bridges technology advances, industrial practices and practical theoretical advancements. TEMS has a very rich history of more than 70 years and it is a great privilege for him to serve on the board of TEMS. It is important for Brendan to be able to play a full role in helping to preserve the great historical brand of TEMS and widen its reach within new networks and territories. He think anyone that is interested in progressing, whether they are in academia or industry, can enhance their professional standing by playing a full and visible role in any or all of the TEMS products i.e. publications, conferences, TACs, Chapters etc.

How does joining TEMS add value to member’s profession? It provides excellent networking opportunities. This is particularly important for Brendan, given the UK will leave the European Union. The journals and conferences at TEMS are rich sources of cutting edge new knowledge. TEMS is seen as a prestigious professional organization, not only within his own business school, but across other disciplines. As a member of TEMS, he has the opportunity to volunteer to bring new TEMSCON events to his home city and play a role in expanding activities in his region.

What motivates Brendan Galbraith to join TEMS? To advance the management of engineering and technology management, particularly the innovation space.

Brendan Galbraith has been very active in the conference communities within IEEE TEMS and as a new Ad com member, he is the chair of Financial Planning Committee and a member of the nomination committee and conference committee.


  • ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference http://www.ice-conference.org/
  • Conference Co-Chair 2013 (The Hague), 2014 (Bergamo), 2016 (Trondheim)
  • Responsible for bringing (and co-chair) the prestigious Berkeley Global Venture Lab Summit to ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference in Trondheim, 2016.
  • General Chair ICE IEEE International Technology Management Conference 2015 (Belfast)
  • Editor of ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Proceedings 2015 (USB), IEEE xPlore (2016).
  • Liaison with IEEE Transactions Engineering Management (TEM) Journal for Selected Best Papers at ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference 2015 that were forwarded for expedited review at IEEE TEM Journal.
  • Scientific and Publications Chair for IEEE ETEMS Conference, Frankfurt, 2016-2018.
  • General Chair and Local Host for IEEE ETEMS Conference, Belfast, 2018.
  • Ad hoc Reviewer for IEEE Transactions Engineering Management Journal.


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