Dr Eoin Whelan

Funded Investigator

Eoin Whelan is an Associate Professor in Business Information Systems at the J.E Cairnes School of Business and Economics in the University of  Galway.  He is the current head of the Business Information Systems discipline, and previously Head of Research at the Business School.  He is also a visiting professor at the Institute d’Economie Scientifique et de Gestion (IESEG), France, and a visiting researcher at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  His research explores the psychology underlying engagement with interactive digital media such as smartphones, social networking sites, fitness tracking apps, and online gambling and gaming sites. In other words, how do different attributes of digital media interact with the person’s motivations, personality, beliefs, cognition, and situation, to influence the processes and outcomes such as wellbeing, conflict, and performance.

His publications have appeared in Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, European Journal of Information Systems, MIT Sloan Management Review, and R&D Management. The findings of his research have also been featured in mainstream international outlets such as CNN, Forbes, Financial Times, Fortune, and Reuters. Eoin serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Information Systems, Information & Organization, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, and has previously led special issues in top basket information systems journals.  He also regularly consults corporations on matters relating to his research.

Research Focus and Applications

  • Senior Lecturer in Business Information Systems at the University of Galway
  • Research interests center on identifying and overcoming the unintended consequences of digital technology
  • Leading a team on a study of the antecedents and consequences of Web conferencing fatigue
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary team on a study of the effectiveness of online gambling protection tools
  • Leading a study on technological factors which promote vibrancy in remote working hubs
  • Previous winner of the Richard Beckhard award from MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Industry collaborations with Cisco, Dell EMC, Eli Lilly, Western Development Commission