Fiona Oster MBS BBS (Hons)

Department of Management
Lecturer in Business Management

Contact details

Address
School of Business (Dubai)
Dubai International Academic City
Block 2
PO Box 341799
Dubai
UAE

Fiona Oster is a Lecturer in Business Management at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

Fiona has 13 years of academic experience in both the Irish and German Higher Education systems. She has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to AACSB standards and has been an active member in curriculum design and quality assurance teams.

She has considerable expertise in innovation ecosystems having conducted research into European low carbon innovation clusters and networks on behalf of both Irish public and private sectors.

Her doctoral research is focused on open innovation in the medical device sector. She has a strong interest in the barriers and enablers of innovation in SMEs and the impact of these on both management practice and government policy.

Fiona has also enjoyed a dynamic career working with multi-disciplinary teams in an international business development and marketing environment in Switzerland.

Qualifications

  • Master of Business in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2008           
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons), Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2005
  • Certificate in Research Supervision, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2014         
  • Certificate in DACUM (Development of a Curriculum) Facilitation, Ohio State University, USA, 2011           
  • Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring, Institute of Leadership and Management, UK, 2007
  • Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, Maynooth University, Ireland, 2006

Biography

 

Following her career in an international business development and marketing environment in Switzerland, Fiona transitioned to academia following the completion of her Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship & Marketing in Ireland.

At undergraduate level she has lectured in a range of subjects such as Management, Organisational Design, Business Strategy, Marketing, Doing Business in Emerging Markets and New Firm Development. At postgraduate level she has specialised in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Global Business.

Fiona strongly believes in collaborating closely with business and that academia and business can do a great deal to support one another. She has been an active member of curriculum design and academic quality control teams working to AACSB standards. Other academic duties have included Programme Director roles and the management of several strategic projects and international guest lecturing.

Her doctoral research stems from her initial research into European low carbon innovation clusters and networks. Clusters are well aligned to the concept “open innovation” and she is now undertaking a comparative study of best practice in outbound open innovation in the medical device sector in Germany, the UK and Ireland. Her intention is to advance a managerial framework for the adoption of outbound open innovation practices by small and medium-sized enterprises.

She speaks German and some Italian.

Teaching

  • Organisation, Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Responsible Business Theory and Practice
  • Personal Academic Tutor

Research

Research interests:

  • Innovation Clusters and Open Innovation

Current projects:

  • Pursuing a DBA in these thematic areas