Trinity Business School has appointed Prof. Catherine Welch as its first Chair in Strategic Management.

Welch is the first female full professor since the school was founded in 1925. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Her main research interests are qualitative research methods and the internationalization of companies. She has developed programs that provide students with the analytical tools and critical thinking skills necessary to make decisions in a globalized world.


In a press release, Welch said, “I am honored to attend Trinity Business School. As an academic researching corporate international strategies, I can’t think of a better place to study them than this world-leading business school in the heart of global Dublin. “

Welch’s appointment comes after Trinity Business School received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its commitment to improving gender equality and representation among staff and students, one of three business schools in Ireland to have received the award. In addition, the Executive MBA Economist Ranking ranked Trinity Business School’s EMBA program first in Europe and second worldwide for student gender ratio in 2020.

“This complex world poses innumerable challenges for your studies, and I am known for my advocacy of methodological pluralism and innovation in international economic and management research. This means that I can also get enthusiastic about the doctoral training, the research quality, the methodological training and rethinking assumptions about knowledge production, ”said Welch.

Trinity Business School Dean Prof. Andrew Burke said: “It is a great honor to welcome Professor Catherine Welch to a double premiere for Trinity. As our first Chair in Strategic Management, her expertise will be invaluable to the Business School. International business strategy is of tremendous importance to the myriad of export-oriented companies in Ireland that employ our students and work with our thought leaders in executive education programs.

“We’re excited to announce that Catherine is the first female full professor in the business school’s nearly 100-year history – but she certainly won’t be the last!” Said Burke. “Trinity Business School’s strong growth in recent years has resulted in much greater diversity in the employee profile, and this has been done solely through a performance-based mindset with no positive discrimination.”

“We will continue to work to promote diversity and inclusion in the business world – and Trinity will lead by example.”