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Centre for Co-operative Studies
O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
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E: o.mccarthy@ucc.ie

Olive McCarthy BComm, MSc, PhD, PG Cert TL, is a senior lecturer with the Department of Food Business and Development and a researcher with the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. Research interests include organisation and management issues, stakeholder participation in co-operatives, and performance measurement. Her research has been conducted mainly into credit unions and the role of co-operatives in agriculture and food, on which she has published widely. She is deputy editor for Ireland of the Journal of Co-operative Studies and holds positions on the editorial boards of several other academic journals. She was appointed to the Research Advisory Board of the Centre for Community Finance Europe in 2017.

She is the academic director of the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise by online learning and is also involved in the delivery the Credit Union Pathways Programme - 5 undergraduate programmes aimed at meeting the training and educational needs of all those involved with credit unions. She won the student-nominated 'Outstanding Lecturer Award' in the UCC College of Science Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) in June 2013. She also won a President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in October 2014.Olive McCarthy BComm, MSc, PhD, PG Cert TL, is a senior lecturer with the Department of Food Business and Development and a researcher with the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. Research interests include organisation and management issues, stakeholder participation in co-operatives, and performance measurement. Her research has been conducted mainly into credit unions and the role of co-operatives in agriculture and food, on which she has published widely. She is deputy editor for Ireland of the Journal of Co-operative Studies and holds positions on the editorial boards of several other academic journals. She was appointed to the Research Advisory Board of the Centre for Community Finance Europe in 2017.

She is the academic director of the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise by online learning and is also involved in the delivery the Credit Union Pathways Programme - 5 undergraduate programmes aimed at meeting the training and educational needs of all those involved with credit unions. She won the student-nominated 'Outstanding Lecturer Award' in the UCC College of Science Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) in June 2013. She also won a President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in October 2014.

Research Interests

Key words: Credit unions; Co-operatives; Micro-credit; Social Finance

Most of my research to date has been focussed on credit unions and other forms of co-operative, although credit unions have undoubtedly been the primary focus of my work. The credit union research has also enabled me to diversify my research portfolio to conduct research on related issues, such as financial exclusion, moneylending and micro-credit. My interest in co-operative structures in general has ensured that I am not confined to credit union research and has enabled me to examine a variety of other topics, such as community co-operatives and farmers’ markets.

My research strategy focuses on conducting and widely disseminating research that is of real value to the end-user, be that a senior policy-maker at government level, an academic in the same or a related discipline, a practitioner in a co-operative, and so on. Being a practitioner in the co-operative field myself, as well as being an academic in the discipline, has been essential in maintaining direct understanding and awareness of the main issues in the field and has brought added value to my research. The main principles I espouse in my research are: currency – that the research addresses issues which are relevant and topical; validity – that the research methodology is sound, appropriate and ethical; usefulness – that the research is useful to the end user; and readability – that the final report, paper etc is written in a style that is accessible to the end user. I am interested in exploratory research that requires more qualitative methodologies which involve the end users. I prefer direct contact with the subjects of the research, through interviews, focus groups, case studies, etc. and favour exploring relationships, themes, patterns etc.

The majority of my research has focussed on various aspects of credit unions: member participation, member representation, organisational structures, performance measurement and management, innovation, governance and development. I have published and presented widely in this area. Most of my research output is available on-line and/or through journals and books. Many scholars undertaking research in credit unions make contact with me for assistance or further information, particularly as there is considerable interest globally in the Irish credit union movement. A lot of my work in this area has been conducted jointly, with colleagues or other national and international collaborators.

Along with my colleagues, I have strong links into the main credit union and co-operative organisations in Ireland and with fellow researchers throughout the world. I am regularly invited to participate in co-operative research activities – joint research undertakings, conferences, meetings, editorships and so on. I have served on a number of national credit union and co-operative committees, such as the Irish League of Credit Unions’ Youth Policy Task Force, the Irish League of Credit Unions’ Rationalisation Committee, the National Steering Committee on Social Finance, the Irish League of Credit Unions' Review Steering Group and the Udaras na Gaeltachta Committee on Co-operatives. Other evidence of the impact I have had on my discipline include the invitation by the Minister for Finance to act on the 7-person Credit Union Advisory Committee (CUAC) which advises him/her on credit union issues and the invitation to become one of 15 members of the CIRIEC* International Scientific Commission on the Social and Co-operative Economy.

* International Centre of Research and Information on the Collective Economy

 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
[I.L.C.U. Training] {McCarthy, Olive}NMiscellaneous01-JAN-0331-DEC-10€12,000.00
DAFF 11/5/151 ; Joint ventures to enhance the demographic projfile and socio-Economic sustainability of Irish Farming.Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF)01-AUG-1331-JUL-16€19,509.00
[CREDIT UNION STUDIES]{McCarthy Olive} NMiscellaneous01-JAN-0431-AUG-04€12,320.00
The Provision of credit to low income and welfare-dependent groups: credit unions versus moneylenderMiscellaneous01-SEP-0428-FEB-05€10,091.00
Client Satisfaciton Survey.Miscellaneous01-JUN-1315-NOV-13€4,045.00
An exploration of Co-Operative Solutions to increase Market success of Fruit & Vegetable Growers in Ireland.Teagasc01-OCT-1008-MAR-17€87,667.00

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2017)'The impact of a values-based supply chain (VBSC) on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience: case study evidence'
Hooks, T., Macken-Walsh, Á., McCarthy, O., Power, C. (2017) 'The impact of a values-based supply chain (VBSC) on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience: case study evidence'. Sustainability, 9 (2):1-19 Globe icon [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'A Co-operative Business Approach in a Values-Based Supply Chain: A Case Study of a Beef Co-operative'
Hooks, T., McCarthy, O., Power, C. & Macken-Walsh, A. (forthcoming) (2017) 'A Co-operative Business Approach in a Values-Based Supply Chain: A Case Study of a Beef Co-operative'. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, [Details]
(2017)'No heir apparent? Exploring the workers' co-operative model as a solution to the continuity of family businesses'
Murphy, L., McCarthy, O., Carroll, B. (forthcoming) (2017) 'No heir apparent? Exploring the workers' co-operative model as a solution to the continuity of family businesses'. Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, [Details]
(2017)'The Management Of Lending Risk In Irish Community Credit Unions'
O'Sullivan, P., McCarthy, O., Byrne, N. (forthcoming) (2017) 'The Management Of Lending Risk In Irish Community Credit Unions'. Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting, [Details]
(2016)'Risk and Reward: The Development of Social Enterprise within the Criminal Justice Sector in Ireland - Some Policy Implications'
Cafferty, S., McCarthy, O. & Power, C. (2016) 'Risk and Reward: The Development of Social Enterprise within the Criminal Justice Sector in Ireland - Some Policy Implications'. Irish Probation Journal, 13 :22-39 [Details]
(2014)'Reflexive Resilience and Community Supported Agriculture: The Case that Emerged from a Place'
Moore O., McCarthy O., Byrne N. & Ward M. (2014) 'Reflexive Resilience and Community Supported Agriculture: The Case that Emerged from a Place'. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 4 (3) Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'Value Proposition Preferences of Credit Union Members and Patronage Activity'
Byrne, N. & McCarthy O. (2014) 'Value Proposition Preferences of Credit Union Members and Patronage Activity'. International Journal of Bank Marketing, 32 (6):567-589 [Details]
(2014)'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. & Ward M. (2014) 'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 2 (2):55-64 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Credit union restructuring: don't forget the member!'
Byrne N., McCarthy O., Ward M. & McMurtry JJ (2012) 'Credit union restructuring: don't forget the member!'. International Journal of Co-Operative Management, 6 (1):31-39 [Details]
(2012)'The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility'
Power, C., O’Connor, R., McCarthy O. and Ward M. (2012) 'The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility'. International Journal of Co-Operative Management, 6 (1):8-15 [Details]
(2009)'The Potential of the Co-operative Form for Farmers' Markets in Ireland: Some Lessons from the USA and UK'
Moroney A., R. Briscoe, O. McCarthy, M. O'Shaughnessy & M. Ward; (2009) 'The Potential of the Co-operative Form for Farmers' Markets in Ireland: Some Lessons from the USA and UK'. Journal of Co-Operative Studies, 42 (1):4-12 [Details]
(2009)'The Centre for Co-operative Studies in Co-operative Education and Research'
McCarthy O; (2009) 'The Centre for Co-operative Studies in Co-operative Education and Research'. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 42 (1):51-53 [Details]
(2007)'An alternative approach to oversight: the case of the supervisory committee in Irish credit unions'
Byrne N., O. McCarthy & M. Ward; (2007) 'An alternative approach to oversight: the case of the supervisory committee in Irish credit unions'. International Journal of Co-operative Management, 3 (2):58-67 [Details]
(2007)'Moneylending and financial exclusion'
Byrne N., O. McCarthy & M. Ward; (2007) 'Moneylending and financial exclusion'. Journal of Public Money and Management, 27 (1):45-52 [Details]
(2006)'Risk management in Lithuanian and Irish credit unions: Trends and Impacts on Credit Union Development'
Kaupelyté D. & O. McCarthy; (2006) 'Risk management in Lithuanian and Irish credit unions: Trends and Impacts on Credit Union Development'. Journal of Rural Co-operation, 34 (2) [Details]
(2006)'On-going Research Issues: Governance, Identity and Ethics in Education'
McCarthy O. (ed); (2006) 'On-going Research Issues: Governance, Identity and Ethics in Education'. International Journal of Co-operative Management, 3 (1):59-61 [Details]
(2005)'An Analysis of the Credit Union's Use of Craig's Commitment Building Measures'
Byrne N. & McCarthy O.; (2005) 'An Analysis of the Credit Union's Use of Craig's Commitment Building Measures'. Journal of Co-Operative Studies, 38 (1):20-27 [Details]
(2004)'The development of new rural credit unions in Ireland within a context of service rationalization in rural areas'
Byrne, N.; McCarthy, O.; O'Connor, R. (2004) 'The development of new rural credit unions in Ireland within a context of service rationalization in rural areas'. Community Development Journal, 39 (4):401-412 [Details]
(2003)'Irish Credit Unions: Exploring the Gender Mix'
McKillop D., Briscoe R., McCarthy O. , Ward M. & Ferguson C.; (2003) 'Irish Credit Unions: Exploring the Gender Mix'. Voluntas, 14 (3):339-358 [Details]
(2002)'A Values Perspective of the Irish Credit Union Movement'
McCarthy, Olive; (2002) 'A Values Perspective of the Irish Credit Union Movement'. Journal of Co-Operative Studies, 35 (2 (105)):128-140 [Details]
(2001)'The input of co-operative banking in local development structures: an empirical study of the European LEADER Programme in Ireland'
Buendia, Martinez I., O. McCarthy, R. Briscoe & M.Ward, ; (2001) 'The input of co-operative banking in local development structures: an empirical study of the European LEADER Programme in Ireland'. Revue Economie et Solidarities, 32 (1) Globe icon [Details]
(2001)'Opportunities and Challenges in Communications for Credit Unions'
McCarthy O. & M. Ward.; (2001) 'Opportunities and Challenges in Communications for Credit Unions'. Journal of Co-Operative Studies, 34 (No. 3 (103)):198-210 [Details]
(2001)'Communicating the co-operative message: a case study of the Irish credit union movement'
McCarthy O. & M. Ward.; (2001) 'Communicating the co-operative message: a case study of the Irish credit union movement'. Review of International Co-Operation, 94 (No. 1):8-14 [Details]
(1999)'Serving the Periphery: Community Co-operatives in Western Ireland'
Briscoe R., O. McCarthy & M. Ward; (1999) 'Serving the Periphery: Community Co-operatives in Western Ireland'. Review of International Co-operation, 92 (1):7-13 [Details]

Books

YearPublication
(2016)Micro-finance strategies for development.
McCarthy O., Crowley T., Murray U., Dwyer J. (2016) Micro-finance strategies for development. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2004)A study of volunteerism in Irish credit unions and social enterprises.
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & O'Shaughnessy M. (2004) A study of volunteerism in Irish credit unions and social enterprises. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2003)Financial Services and Practices.
Chisholm, N., Barnes, E. & McCarthy, O. (2003) Financial Services and Practices. Cork: Centre for Adult Continuing Education. [Details]
(2002)Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions.
O'Connor R., O. McCarthy & M. Ward. (2002) Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(2002)Women in the Irish Credit Union Movement: North and South.
McKillop D., O. McCarthy, M. Ward, R. Briscoe & C. Ferguson.; (2002) Women in the Irish Credit Union Movement: North and South. Cork: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2001)Credit Union Communications.
McCarthy O., O'Fathaigh M. & Ward, M. (2001) Credit Union Communications. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(1999)An Analysis of Youth Involvement in Irish Credit Unions.
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward.; (1999) An Analysis of Youth Involvement in Irish Credit Unions. : Centre For Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(1999)Credit Unions and Job Creation.
McCarthy O., Briscoe R. & Ward M. (1999) Credit Unions and Job Creation. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]
(1996)History and development of Ballyphehane Credit Union, 1960-1994.
McCarthy, O. (1996) History and development of Ballyphehane Credit Union, 1960-1994. Cork: Litho Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2016)'The financial co-operative system in Ireland'
McCarthy, O., Farrell, S. & Hewson, D. (2016) 'The financial co-operative system in Ireland' In: Karafalos, Simeon (eds). Credit Co-operative Institutions in European Countries. London: Springer. [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Irish agricultural co-operative modelling and re-modelling: Responding to a dynamic business and policy environment'
McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2014) 'Irish agricultural co-operative modelling and re-modelling: Responding to a dynamic business and policy environment' In: Mazzarol, Tim et al (eds). Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise: Case studies of organisational resilience in the co-operative business model. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [Details]
(2012)'Sustaining the co-operative approach in an era of change: A case study from Cork Ireland'
McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2012) 'Sustaining the co-operative approach in an era of change: A case study from Cork Ireland' In: The Co-operative Model in Practice: International Perspectives. Aberdeen: Community Enterprise Trust Soctland. Globe icon [Details]
(2012)'From co-operatives to conventional businesses and back again: the Irish co-operative experience'
Briscoe R., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2012) 'From co-operatives to conventional businesses and back again: the Irish co-operative experience' In: A Co-operative Dilemma: Converting Organizational Form. Saskatoon: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan. [Details]
(2012)'Co-operatives - what relevance now?'
Carroll, B., McCarthy, O. & O'Shaughnessy, M. (2012) 'Co-operatives - what relevance now?' In: Social Enterprise in Ireland: A People's Economy?. Cork: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2011)'An overview of co-operatives and the co-operative ethos in Ireland'
McCarthy, O., Briscoe R. and Ward M.; (2011) 'An overview of co-operatives and the co-operative ethos in Ireland' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'From the US to Cork: a brief history of the founding of Ballyphehane Credit Union'
McCarthy O. (2011) 'From the US to Cork: a brief history of the founding of Ballyphehane Credit Union' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'Credit unions and community wellbeing'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M. (2011) 'Credit unions and community wellbeing' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2010)'People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach'
McCarthy, O; Briscoe, R; Ward, M; (2010) 'People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach' In: Irish Business and Society. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. [Details]
(2005)'Financing Ourselves'
McCarthy O.; (2005) 'Financing Ourselves' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. [Details]
(2005)'Developing Ourselves'
Briscoe, R., O. McCarthy, M.Ward & B. Thompson; (2005) 'Developing Ourselves' In: Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social Enterprise. Cork, Ireland: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
(2004)'Square Pegs in Round Holes: Experiences of distance learning programmes in UCC'
McCarthy O.; (2004) 'Square Pegs in Round Holes: Experiences of distance learning programmes in UCC' In: University College Cork as a Learning Organisation. [Details]
(2002)'Spoldzielnie Rolnicze W Irlandii (Irish Rural Co-operatives)'
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward.; (2002) 'Spoldzielnie Rolnicze W Irlandii (Irish Rural Co-operatives)' In: Socjologia Wsi W Irlandii (Rural Society in Ireland). [Details]
(2001)'Mutuality through Credit Unions: a cross-national approach'
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward; (2001) 'Mutuality through Credit Unions: a cross-national approach' In: The New Mutualism in Public Policy. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2000)'Redesigning the Credit Union for the New Millennium: A Case Study of Ireland'
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward.; (2000) 'Redesigning the Credit Union for the New Millennium: A Case Study of Ireland' In: The World of Co-operative Enterprise 2000. [Details]
(2000)'Ireland's community co-operatives'
Briscoe R., O. McCarthy, & M. Ward.; (2000) 'Ireland's community co-operatives' In: The Co-operatives of Ireland. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2011)The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy
Power C., O'Connor R., McCarthy O. and Ward M (Ed.). (2011) The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2014)The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Annual Conference 2014: Co-operation within and amongst family businesses
McCarthy, O., Murphy, L., Carroll, B. (2014) No heir apparent? The worker cooperative model as a potential solution to the continuity of family businesses in Ireland The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Annual Conference 2014: Co-operation within and amongst family businesses [Details]
(2010)Meeting the needs of the modern workplace through employer-academic partnerships
McCarthy O.; (2010) Developing the Diploma in Credit Union Studies Meeting the needs of the modern workplace through employer-academic partnerships [Details]
(2009)Irish Academy of Management (IAM)
McCarthy O. (2009) Measuring organisational effectiveness in credit unions: finding method in the madness . In: Harvey N eds. Irish Academy of Management (IAM) CD-ROM, [DOI] [Details]
(2005)International Co-operatives Forum 2004 Conference Proceedings
Byrne N. & O. McCarthy (2005) An exploratory analysis of credit union organisational identity . In: Theurl T. & Christian Meyer E eds. International Co-operatives Forum 2004 Conference Proceedings Shaker Verlag, Germany, , pp.265-278 [Details]
(2004)International Co-operative Alliance: Local Society & Global Economy - The Role of Co-operatives
Byrne N., McCarthy O., & Ward M (2004) No study, no credit union: an Irish perspective on education and training in credit unions . In: Karafolas S. & Stryjan Y eds. International Co-operative Alliance: Local Society & Global Economy - The Role of Co-operatives , pp.1-12 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)Finance in an Enlarged European Union
Kaupelyte D. & McCarthy O. (2004) Comparative aspects of credit union development in the retail market in Lithaunia, Poland and Ireland in the context of the European Union . In: Hanisza R. & Znanieckiej K eds. Finance in an Enlarged European Union , pp.75-82 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)ICA 2002 Conference
Byrne, N., O. McCarthy & M. Ward; (2004) No Study, No Credit Union: An Irish Perspective on Education and Training in Credit Unions ICA 2002 Conference , pp.1-12 [Details]
(2001)11th Business Information Technology Management Conference
Neville, K., Adam, F., McCarthy, O., and Carroll, B; (2001) An IS Solution for Distance Learning Students 11th Business Information Technology Management Conference Manchester, United Kingdom, [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2014)Cork MABS study: Clients' experiences, opinions and satisfaction levels.
McCarthy, O., Lane, C. & Byrne, N. (2014) Cork MABS study: Clients' experiences, opinions and satisfaction levels. Money Advice and Budgeting Service, Cork. [Details]
(2011)The role of credit unions in financial capability.
Byrne, N., Power, C., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M.; (2011) The role of credit unions in financial capability. Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC, Cork. [Details]
(2011)Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland.
Moroney A., Briscoe R., McCarthy O., O'Shaughnessy M., Ward M. (2011) Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland. Department of Agriculture, Dublin. [Details]
(2010)The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability.
Byrne N., Power C., McCarthy O. and Ward M.; (2010) The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2005)Meeting the credit needs of low income groups: Credit unions versus moneylenders.
Byrne N., McCarthy O., Ward M.; (2005) Meeting the credit needs of low income groups: Credit unions versus moneylenders. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2003)The Role of the Supervisory Committee in Credit Union Governance.
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2003) The Role of the Supervisory Committee in Credit Union Governance. Centre for Co-operative Studies, Cork. [Details]
(2002)Training and Education in Irish Credit Unions.
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward, M. (2002) Training and Education in Irish Credit Unions. Centre for Co-operative Studies, Cork. [Details]

Articles

YearPublication
(2013)Then and now: celebrating more than 50 years of Cork credit unions.
McCarthy O. (2013) Then and now: celebrating more than 50 years of Cork credit unions. Articles [Details]

Other

YearPublication
(2002)Micro-Credit Strategies for Development.
McCarthy O.; (2002) Micro-Credit Strategies for Development. Other [Details]
(2001)Mutual Business Case Analysis.
McCarthy O. & A. Moroney,; (2001) Mutual Business Case Analysis. Other [Details]

Published Case Studies

YearPublication
(2012)Developing the Diploma in Credit Union Studies: UCC.
McCarthy O. (2012) Developing the Diploma in Credit Union Studies: UCC. Meeting the needs of the modern workplace through employment academic partnerships: Published Case Studies Globe icon [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2017)Interest Rate Restrictions on credit for low income borrowers.
Faherty, M., McCarthy, O. & Byrne N. (2017) Interest Rate Restrictions on credit for low income borrowers. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2016)Joint ventures to enhance the demographic profile and sustainability of Irish agricultre (Join-to-Farm).
Cush, P., Macken-Walsh, A. Byrne, A., Cassidy, A., Heanue, K., Hooks T., McCarthy, O., Meredith, D., Moroney, A., Rush, P., Ward, M. (2016) Joint ventures to enhance the demographic profile and sustainability of Irish agricultre (Join-to-Farm). Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2004)A Study of Volunteerism in Irish Credit Unions and Social Enterprises.
Byrne N., O. McCarthy & M. O¿Shaughnessy; (2004) A Study of Volunteerism in Irish Credit Unions and Social Enterprises. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)Credit Union Communications.
McCarthy O., M. O’Fathaigh & M. Ward; (2001) Credit Union Communications. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)The Back to Work Loan Guarantee Project: A Partnership Approach to Financing Self-Employment Enterprises of the Socially Disadvantaged, in Getting the Framework Right: Public Support Frameworks and Strategies for Local and Micro-Finance, Local Development Europe, 2001, http://www.localdeveurope.org/studies.htm#7. 12 pages.
McCarthy O.; (2001) The Back to Work Loan Guarantee Project: A Partnership Approach to Financing Self-Employment Enterprises of the Socially Disadvantaged, in Getting the Framework Right: Public Support Frameworks and Strategies for Local and Micro-Finance, Local Development Europe, 2001, http://www.localdeveurope.org/studies.htm#7. 12 pages. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1999)Credit Unions and Job Creation.
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward; (1999) Credit Unions and Job Creation. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1999)An Analysis of Youth Involvement in Irish Credit Unions.
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward; (1999) An Analysis of Youth Involvement in Irish Credit Unions. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2014)Cork MABS Study: Clients' Experiences, Opinions and Satisfaction Levels.
McCarthy O., Lane C. and Byrne N. (2014) Cork MABS Study: Clients' Experiences, Opinions and Satisfaction Levels. Unpublished Reports Globe icon [Details]

Published Letters

YearPublication
(2013)Newbridge Credit Union: A bigger story at play.
Byrne N and McCarthy, O (2013) Newbridge Credit Union: A bigger story at play. Published Letters [Details]

Unpublished work

YearPublication
(2006)Microfinance.
Crowley T., O. McCarthy & U. Murray; (2006) Microfinance. Unpublished work [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014President's Award for Excellence in Teaching UCC President
2013College of SEFS Student-Nominated Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (Outstanding Lecturer Award 2013): Overall Winner UCC College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
2003President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching UCC President
2013President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching UCC President

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2017)International Co-operative Alliance Global Research Conference on Developing Inclusive, Collaborative anad Responsible Businesses: Co-operatives in Theory, Policy and Practice,
Dwyer, J., McCarthy, O., Power, C. (2017) Evaluating the role of external actors in supporting co-operative development in a 'developing country' context: a case study of the Agricultural Co-operative Development Programme in Ethiopia. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance Global Research Conference on Developing Inclusive, Collaborative anad Responsible Businesses: Co-operatives in Theory, Policy and Practice, University of Stirling, Scotland , 20-JUN-17 - 23-JUN-17. [Details]
(2014)International Conference of Producer Organisations,
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A., Ward, M., McCarthy, O., and Power, C. (2014) Enhancing Farm Level Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Oral Presentation], International Conference of Producer Organisations, Dublin , 25-OCT-14 - 26-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014)TRADEIT Entrepreneurial Summer Academy,
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A ., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M. (2014) An Opportunity to Enhance Farm Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Poster Presentation], TRADEIT Entrepreneurial Summer Academy, Institute of Technology, Tralee , 15-JUN-14 - 18-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)International Co-operative Alliance Research Conference,
Byrne,N, McCarthy, O; O'Loughlin, D & Ward, M (2014) The Potential for Co-creation in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance Research Conference, Pula, Croatia , 24-JUN-14 - 28-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Annual Conference 2014: Co-operation within and amongst family businesses,
Murphy, L., McCarthy O., Carroll, B. (2014) The purpose of the conference is to advance family business scholarship by (1) serving as a platform for presentation of carefully crafted contributions seeking to find home in top-tier academic journals, (2) advancement of papers that need further development in order to make a meaningful contribution, (3) testing of new ideas and plans that will benefit via advice from other members of the IFERA family and our distinguished quests, and (4) raising of new and relevant questions concerning family business. [Oral Presentation], The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Annual Conference 2014: Co-operation within and amongst family businesses, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland , 24-JUN-14 - 27-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)EdTech 2013: The 14th Educational Technology Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA),
Carroll, B. & McCarthy O. (2013) Developing a blended and accredited pathway for an off-campus student cohort. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], EdTech 2013: The 14th Educational Technology Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), UCC , 30-MAY-13 - 31-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)4th CIRIEC International Research Conference on the Social Economy: Social Economy on the move - at the crossroads of structural change and regulation,
Byrne, N. & McCarthy O. (2013) Value proposition preferences of credit union members. [Oral Presentation], 4th CIRIEC International Research Conference on the Social Economy: Social Economy on the move - at the crossroads of structural change and regulation, University of Antwerp , 24-OCT-13 - 26-OCT-13. [Details]
(2013)Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference,
O'Sullivan P., Byrne N. & McCarthy O. (2013) The management of lending risk in community credit unions. [Oral Presentation], Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Waterford , 05-SEP-13 - 06-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013)Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference,
O’Sullivan, P. McCarthy, O. and N.Byrne (2013) The Management of Lending in Community Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation], Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Waterford , 02-SEP-13 - 04-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)Credit Union Summer School,
McCarthy O. (2012) Credit union collaboration. [Oral Presentation], Credit Union Summer School, UCC , 25-MAY-12 - 25-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Credit Union CUSO conference,
Byrne N. & McCarthy O. (2012) Credit union collaboration through a CUSO: Setting the scene. [Oral Presentation], Credit Union CUSO conference, UCC , 08-SEP-12 - 08-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)Credit Union CUSO Conference,
Byrne, N and McCarthy, O (2012) Credit Union Collaboration through CUSO: Setting the Scene. [Oral Presentation], Credit Union CUSO Conference, UCC, Cork . [Details]
(2011)National Supervisors' Forum Summer School,
McCarthy O. (2011) Measuing and monitoring the social performance of credit unions. [Oral Presentation], National Supervisors' Forum Summer School, UCC , 05-JUL-11 - 05-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)Sustaining the unique identity of the credit union movement,
McCarthy O. (2011) The challenges facing the credit unions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Sustaining the unique identity of the credit union movement, GMIT Galway , 10-JUL-11 - 10-JUL-11. [Details]
(2009)Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
O'Connor R., Power C., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2009) The community impact of credit unions in rural Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Galway , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)EU Workshop on Financial Education and Co-oepratives,
McCarthy O. (2009) Overview of the co-operative banking/credit union movement in the EU. [Plenary Lecture], EU Workshop on Financial Education and Co-oepratives, Dublin , 24-APR-09 - 24-APR-09. [Details]
(2007)Issues in financial exclusion and overindebtedness in Ireland: Current and Recent Research,
McCarthy, Olive; (2007) Main organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Issues in financial exclusion and overindebtedness in Ireland: Current and Recent Research, UCC , 16-OCT-07 - 16-OCT-07. [Details]
(2007)Combat Poverty Agency/Centre for Co-operative Studies Research Promotion Event,
Byrne N., O. McCarthy, & M. Ward; (2007) Credit unions, moneylending and financial exclusion in Ireland. Issues in Financial Exclusion and Over-indebtedness in Ireland: current and recent research. [Oral Presentation], Combat Poverty Agency/Centre for Co-operative Studies Research Promotion Event, UCC , 16-OCT-07 - 16-OCT-07. [Details]
(2006)Meeting of Cork Chapter of Credit Unions,
McCarthy, Olive; (2006) Aspects of credit union education and research. [Oral Presentation], Meeting of Cork Chapter of Credit Unions, Bandon , 18-MAY-06 - 18-MAY-06. [Details]
(2005)The contribution of co-operatives to community culture,
McCarthy, Olive; (2005) Main Organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The contribution of co-operatives to community culture, UCC , 11-AUG-05 - 14-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts 2005,
O'Connor R. & O. McCarthy; (2005) The Credit Union Movement in Ireland: Origins, Expansion and Future Challenges. [Oral Presentation], XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts 2005, UCC , 06-MAY-05 - 08-MAY-05. [Details]
(2005)Combat Poverty Agency, Research Seminar Series,
Byrne N., O. McCarthy & M. Ward; (2005) The provision of credit to low income and welfare-dependent groups: credit unions versus moneylenders. [Oral Presentation], Combat Poverty Agency, Research Seminar Series, Dublin , 28-JUN-05 - 28-JUN-05. [Details]
(2005)International Co-operative Alliance, XXI International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture,
O'Connor, R. & McCarthy O.; (2005) The development of consumer co-operatives in the context of social, economic and cultural change: A case study of the credit union movement in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance, XXI International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture, UCC , 11-AUG-05 - 14-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)International Co-operative Alliance, XXI International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture,
Kaupelyte D. & McCarthy O.; (2005) Risk Management in Lithuanian and Irish Credit Unions: Trends and Impacts on Credit Union Development inthe Single European Market. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance, XXI International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture, Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC , 11-AUG-05 - 14-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)Support for Teaching and Learning Seminars,
Carroll B. & O. McCarthy; (2005) Enhancing Blackboard for distance learning programmes in UCC. [Oral Presentation], Support for Teaching and Learning Seminars, UCC , 03-MAR-05 - 03-MAR-05. [Details]
(2004)A report to the AGM of the Irish League of Credit Unions,
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward; (2004) Credit Union Rationalisation. [Oral Presentation], A report to the AGM of the Irish League of Credit Unions, University of Limerick , 24-APR-04 - 25-APR-04. [Details]
(2004)International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Future of Co-operatives in a Growing Europe,
McCarthy O. & Byrne N.; (2004) Credit Union Supervisory Commitees in the Republic of Ireland: a distinctive governance approach. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Future of Co-operatives in a Growing Europe, Segorbe, Spain , 06-MAY-04 - 09-MAY-04. [Details]
(2004)Finance in an Enlarged European Union,
Kaupelyte D. & McCarthy O.; (2004) Comparative Aspects of Credit Union development in Lithuania, Poland and Ireland in the context of an enlarged European Union. [Oral Presentation], Finance in an Enlarged European Union, The Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, UStron, Poland , 18-OCT-04 - 19-OCT-04. [Details]
(2004)Credit Unions - A Diamond in the Rough,
McCarthy O.; (2004) Aspects of Volunteerism in the Irish credit Union Movement. [Invited Oral Presentation], Credit Unions - A Diamond in the Rough, University of Glamorgan, Centre for Credit Union Studies , 16-OCT-04 - 16-OCT-04. [Details]
(2004)Conference on the Competitive Advantage of Co-operatives Networks,
Byrne N. & McCarthy O.; (2004) An Analysis of Credit Union Organisational Identity in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Conference on the Competitive Advantage of Co-operatives Networks, Westfalische Wilhelms - Universitat Munster, Germany , 07-SEP-04 - 09-SEP-04. [Details]
(2003)International co-operative Alliance European and internatinoal co-operatives Research Conference on Local Society and Global Culture,
Byrne N., McCarthy, O & Ward, M.; (2003) No Study, No Credit Union: An Irish Perspective on Education and Training in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation], International co-operative Alliance European and internatinoal co-operatives Research Conference on Local Society and Global Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece , 09-MAY-03 - 12-MAY-03. [Details]
(2002)Rural Credit Unions: Their role in financial and social inclusion,,
Byrne N., O. McCarthy O. & R. O’Connor The Development of Rural Credit Unions in Ireland – and a brief note on the role of education. [Keynote Speaker], Rural Credit Unions: Their role in financial and social inclusion, 08-NOV-02 - 09-NOV-02. (2002) The Development of Rural Credit Unions in Ireland – and a brief note on the role of education. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Rural Credit Unions: Their role in financial and social inclusion,, Tullock Castle, Dingwall, Scotland . [Details]
(2002)UK Society for Co-operative Studies, Annual Conference and AGM,
McCarthy, O.; (2002) Development of the Irish Credit Union Movement: A Values Perspective. [Invited Oral Presentation], UK Society for Co-operative Studies, Annual Conference and AGM, University of Leicester, UK , 07-SEP-02 - 08-SEP-02. [Details]
(2001)2001 Annual Conference and AGM of the National Association of Credit Union Workers (NACUW),
McCarthy O.; (2001) Have we forgotten our core values?. [Invited Oral Presentation], 2001 Annual Conference and AGM of the National Association of Credit Union Workers (NACUW), Birmingham, UK , 05-NOV-01 - 07-NOV-01. [Details]
(2001)Meeting of the Irish Institute of Credit Co-operative Administration,
McCarthy O.; (2001) Credit Union Effectiveness. [Invited Oral Presentation], Meeting of the Irish Institute of Credit Co-operative Administration, Clonmel , 09-NOV-01 - 11-NOV-01. [Details]
(2000)International Co-operative Alliance, International Co-operatives Research Conference on 'The Co-operative Impulse: Past, Present and Future',
McCarthy O. & M. Ward; (2000) Communicating the Co-operative Message: A Case Study of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance, International Co-operatives Research Conference on 'The Co-operative Impulse: Past, Present and Future', Oslo, Norway , 11-AUG-00 - 14-AUG-00. [Details]
(2000)Credit Unions: Challenges for the South West: Taking up the potential, spreading the benefits,
McCarthy O.; (2000) Youth involvement in credit unions: What lessons can be learned from Ireland?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Credit Unions: Challenges for the South West: Taking up the potential, spreading the benefits, Salisbury, UK , 23-SEP-00 - 23-SEP-00. [Details]
(1999)International Co-operative Alliance, International Co-operatives Research Conference on 'Values and Enterprise for Co-operative Advantage',
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward.; (1999) Redesigning the Credit Union for the New Millennium: A Case of Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance, International Co-operatives Research Conference on 'Values and Enterprise for Co-operative Advantage', Quebec City , 28-AUG-99 - 29-AUG-99. [Details]
(1998)International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee Conference on 'Women, Entrepreneurship and Co-ops',
McCarthy O.; (1998) The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in the Irish Credit Union Movement. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee Conference on 'Women, Entrepreneurship and Co-ops', Paris , 12-OCT-98 - 13-OCT-98. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Udarás na Gaeltachta Co-operative Strategy Committee 1998-1999 Member1999 / 1999
Irish League of Credit Unions’ Youth Policy Task Force 1997-1999 Member1999 / 1999
Board of Directors, St. Gabriel's Credit Union Ltd Secretary1997 / 1999

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer01-OCT-00 /
University College Cork Research fellow01-JAN-96 / 01-JAN-00

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007University College Cork Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed.Teaching and Learning
1994University College Cork BComm
1996University College Cork MSc
2005University College Cork Ph.D.unknown

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Irish League of Credit Unions

(with M. Ward & R. Briscoe) To prepare and deliver a response paper on credit union rationalisation for the Irish League of Credit Unions Biennial Delegate Meeting 2004

Udaras na Gaeltachta

- Researching and writing of a feasibility study for a credit union brnach in a small rural community - Consultancy on credit union rationalisation with Irish League of Credit Unions - Various consultancy work with Udaras na Gaeltachta on community co-operatives and community development (with R. Briscoe & M. Ward) to prepare a report entitled Ceantar na nOileán: Development Issues to the Development Issues Division of Udarás na Gaeltachta. This involved visiting 3 communities in Connemara where 3 different community development structures were in place and recommending a structure which would unite all 3 communities.   

Udarás na Gaeltachta

Udarás na Gaeltachta: (with R. Briscoe & M. Ward) to prepare a report entitled Comharchumainn Forbartha Pobail (Community Co-operatives) to the Board of Directors of Udarás na Gaeltachta, 1998, 66 pages. This involved visiting 23 Gaeltacht community co-operatives throughout Ireland, including 8 on islands, to determine how these co-operatives were structured and operated, and to what extent grant aid should continue to be made available by An tUdarás.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
International Review Of Co-Operation Editor01-JAN-06 -
Journal Of Co-Operative Studies Editor01-JAN-07 -
International Journal Of Co-Operative Management Guest Editor01-MAR-12 -
Pienniadze I Wiez Member of Editorial Board01-MAR-12 -
Journal Of Co-Operative Accounting And Management Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-12 -
Community Development Journal Referee01-JAN-15 -
Annals Of Public And Co-Operative Economics Referee01-JUN-15 -
International Journal Of Accounting And Finance Referee01-MAY-14 -
Corporate Governance: An International Review Referee01-JAN-06 -
International Journal Of Services Technology And Management Referee01-JAN-08 -
Journal Of Co-Operative Studies Referee01-JAN-08 -
Journal Of Rural And Community Development Referee01-MAY-14 -
Journal Of Co-Operative Organization And Management Referee-
Journal Of Co-Operative Accounting And Reporting Referee-
International Journal Of Computational Economics And Econometrics Referee-