Visiting Irish Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Fergal McGrath, an authority in Europe on the emerging field of knowledge management, is coming from Ireland to the Cameron School of Business as a Fulbright Scholar in Residence this fall, teaching two undergraduate courses and participating in the Center of Irish Studies.
“We are privileged to have Dr. McGrath as an Irish cultural ambassador with our students and the community,” says Lori Gallagher, Center for Irish Studies director.
McGrath is both director of the Centre for Information and Knowledge Management and chair of the Management and Marketing Department at the Kemmy School of Business at the University of Limerick. In addition to his courses in knowledge management, McGrath will collaborate on research with Cameron School faculty.
The prestigious Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange. Grants are awarded to scholars to provide university lectures and advanced research, teaching in elementary and secondary schools and graduate study.
According to Dr. Charles Davis, professor of Management Information Systems in the Cameron School of Business, McGrath’s field of knowledge management is a new and rapidly developing realm that encompasses understanding how people use knowledge in various contexts, such as business, and how they store and access it so it can be used most effectively and efficiently.
“Knowledge management is the latest in a progression within information systems that began with data management in the 1960s and then morphed into information management in the 1980s,” Davis said. “It is very likely that [it] will embody the future of information technologies…”
“The American approach to knowledge management is more limited in scope than its European counterpart,” Davis said. “Dr. McGrath will bring this European perspective to our campus.”