Prof. Rory V. O'Connor

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I am an Associate Professor of Computing and am currently serving as the Head of the School of Computing. I am also member of the Dependable Systems and CloudCORE research groups in Dublin City University (DCU) and a Senior Researcher with Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre.

In addition I am the Head of Delegation (for Ireland) to the international standardization bodies ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 and ISO/IEC JTC1/SC40. I am also active member of the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7/ Working Group 24 on Lifecycle Profiles for VSE (Very Small Enterprises). I am also the Editor in Chief of the Elsevier Journal Computer Standards and Interfaces.

Grouping: 
Academic Lecturing
Office: 
L1.22
Phone Number: 
+353-1-7005643
Email Address: 

Research Group: 
Dependable Systems
Associated Research Centres: 
The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (Lero)
Research Interests: 

My research interests are centred on the processes whereby software intensive systems are designed, implemented and managed. I am particularly interested in researching methods, techniques, tools and standards for supporting the work of software project managers and software developers in relation to software process improvement, software project planning and management of software development projects. My research to date has centred around six distinct areas within the overall theme of software project and process management:

  • Software Process and Software Process Improvement
  • Software Lifecycle Standards, specifically ISO/IEC 29110
  • Software Process Modelling
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Project Knowledge Elicitation and Usage
  • Tools for Project and Process Management
Selected Publications: 

Mora, M., Raisinghani, M., O’Connor, R.V., Gomez, J. and Gelman, O., An Extensive Review on IT Service Design in Seven International ITSM Processes Frameworks (part II), International Journal of Information Technology and the Systems Approach, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 69 - 90, 2015.

Laporte, C.Y., O'Connor, R.V., Garcia Paucar, L. and Gerancon B., An Innovative Approach in Developing Standard Professionals by Involving Software Engineering Students in Implementing and Improving International Standards, Journal of the Society for Standards Professionals, Vol. 67, No. 2, 2015.

Yilmaz, M., O’Connor, R. V., Clarke, P., Software Development Roles: A Multi-Project Empirical Investigation, ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2015.

O’Connor, R.V. and Yilmaz, M., Exploring the Belief Systems of Software Development Professionals, journal Cybernetics and Systems, to appear, 2015.

Yilmaz, M. and O’Connor, R. V., Understanding Personality Differences in Software Organizations using Keirsey Temperament Sorter, IET Software, to appear, 2015.

Yilmaz, M. and O’Connor, R. V., Productivity Measurements During Software Development: An Empirical Study, International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, to appear, 2015.

O'Connor, R. V. and Laporte, C. Y., An Innovative Approach to the Development of an International Software Process Lifecycle Standard for Very Small Entities, International Journal of Information Technology and the Systems Approach, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-22, 2014.

O'Connor, R. V. and Basri, S., Understanding the Role of Knowledge Management in Software Development: A Case Study in Very Small Companies, International Journal of Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 39-52, 2014.

Mora, M., Raisinghani, M., O’Connor, R.V., Gomez, J. and Gelman, O., An Extensive Review on IT Service Design in Seven International ITSM Processes Frameworks (part 1), International Journal of Information Technology and the Systems Approach, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 85-109, 2014.

Clarke, P. and O'Connor, R.V., An empirical examination of the extent of software process improvement in software SMEs, accepted for publication, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 2013.

Ryan, S. and O'Connor, R., Acquiring and Sharing Tacit Knowledge in Software Development Teams: An Empirical Study, Information and Software Technology, Vol. 55, NO. 9, pp. 1614 - 1624, 2013.

Laporte, C. Y. O'Connor, R. V., Fanumy, G., International Systems and Software Engineering Standards for Very Small Entities, CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 3, May/June 2013, pp. 28 - 33.

Mora, M., O’Connor, R.V., Raisinghani, M., Gelman, O., Design, Build and Evaluation of an Ontology-Based KMS for Supporting CMMI-Dev: Benefits and Limitations, International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, to appear 2013.

Clarke, P. and O'Connor, R.V., The influence of SPI on business success in software SMEs: An empirical study, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol. 85, No. 10, 2012. Pages 2356-2367.

O'Connor, R.V., and Basri, S., The Effect of Team Dynamics on Software Development Process Improvement, International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2012. pp. 13-26.

Yilmaz M. and O'Connor, R., Social Capital as a Determinant Factor of Software Development Productivity: An Empirical Study using Structural Equation Modeling, International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2012. pp. 40-62

Clarke, P. and O'Connor, R., The situational factors that affect the software development process: Towards a comprehensive reference framework, Journal of Information and Software Technology, Vol. 54, Issue 5, May 2012. pp. 433-447.

Yilmaz M. and O'Connor, R., Social Capital as a Determinant Factor of Software Development Productivity: An Empirical Study using Structural Equation Modeling, International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2012. pp. 40-62

Basri, S., and O'Connor, R.V., A Study of Knowledge Management Process Practices in Very Small Software Companies, American Journal of Economics and Business Administratio, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2012 pp. 636-644

O'Connor, R., Combining Grounded Theory with Multiple Case Studies and Focus Groups in Software Process Research, in Mora, M., Gelman, O., Steenkamp, A. and Raisinghani M. (Eds), Research Methodologies, Innovations and Philosophies in Software Systems Engineering and Information Systems, Chapter 13, IGI Global, pp.256-270, 2012

Yilmaz, M. and O'Connor, R., A Software Process Engineering Approach to Improving Software Team Productivity using Socioeconomic Mechanism Design, ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes, Vol. 36, No. 4, September, pp. 1-5, 2011.

Mora, M., O’Connor, R., Raisinghani, M., Gelman, O. and Macías-Lúevano, J., An IT Service Engineering and Management Framework (ITS-EMF), International Journal of Service Science, Management, Engineering, and Technology, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 1-15, 2011.

O'Connor R. and Coleman G., Ignoring ‘Best Practice': Why Irish Software SMEs are rejecting CMMI and ISO 9000, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2009. 

Ryan S. and O'Connor R., Development of a Team Measure for Tacit Knowledge in Software Development Teams, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol. 82, pp 229-240, February 2009. 

Mora M., Raisinghani M. and O'Connor, R. Toward an Integrated Conceptualization of the Service and Service System Concepts: a Systems Approach, International Journal of Information Systems and the Service Sector, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 36-57, Apr-Jun 2009. 

Mora M., Pinhanez, C., O'Connor, R. and Blake, B., The Engineering, management and Philosophy of Service-orientated Information Systems, International Journal of Information Systems and the Service Sector, Vol. 1, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2009.

O'Connor R., Human Aspects of Information Technology Development, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2008 

Coleman G. and O'Connor R., An Investigation into Software Development Process Formation in Software Start-ups, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 21, No. 6, 2008, pp.633-648. 

Coleman G. and O'Connor R., Investigating Software Process in Practice: A Grounded Theory Perspective, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol. 81, No. 5, pp 772-784, 2008. 

Mora, M., Gelman, O., O’Connor, R., Alvarez, F. and Macías, J., A Conceptual Descriptive-Comparative Study of Models and Standards of Processes in SE, SwE and IT disciplines using the Theory of Systems,  International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp, 57-85, 2008. 

Coleman G. and O'Connor R., The Influence of Managerial Experience and Style on Software Development Projects, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2008 

Petkov D., Edgar-Nevill D., Madachy R., and O’Connor R., Information Systems, Software Engineering and Systems Thinking: Challenges And Opportunities, International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach, Vol. 1 No. 1, 2008, pp. 62-78

Coleman G. and O'Connor R., Using grounded theory to understand software process improvement: A study of Irish software product companies, Journal of Information And Software Technology, Volume 49, Issue 6, Pages 531-694, June 2007

O'Connor R., La dynamique des epuipes de projects projets logicieles: Une etude des facteurs favorables ou defavorables au succes des equipes, Génie Logiciel, No. 76, March 2006.

O'Connor R., Software selection: Towards an understanding of forensic software tool adoption in industrial practice, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol.5, No. 4, 2005, pp. 311 - 329.

O'Connor R., A Study of Computer Programming Language Adoption for Information Systems Development Projects, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2003, pp.343-361.