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Tom O'Dwyer

Head of Signpost Programme

Research Interests

  • Leadership/ self-leadership
  • Knowledge transfer/ technology transfer/ knowledge exchange
  • Motivation 
  • Goal setting



Current Projects

  • Grass10 campaign
  • Joint Farm Development programmes with Glanbia, Dairygold, Kerry Agribusiness, Aurivo, Arrabawn and Lakeland Dairies
  • Dairy KT Groups
  • SEAI Teagasc Energy Efficiency on Dairy Farms
  • AgriDemoF2F


2010 – 2014: Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) 
2007 – 2008: Advanced Professional Diploma in Manager Development, Leeds Metropolitan University
2004 – 2006: Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Waterford Institute of Technology 
2001 – 2003: Graduate Diploma in Business (Farm Financial Management), Waterford Institute of Technology 
1986 – 1991: Degree in Agricultural Science (B.Agr.Sc.), University College Dublin


May 2010 – to date: Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer Teagasc, responsible for leadership, delivery and evaluation of the Teagasc Dairy Knowledge Transfer programme 
April 2007 – May 2010: Donegal Area Manager Teagasc; responsible for leadership and delivery of an effective advisory service to client farmers in Co. Donegal 
January 1998 – April 2007: Dairy Specialist Teagasc; responsible for leadership, delivery and evaluation of the Teagasc Dairy Monitor Farm programme in the South-East of Ireland 
January 1995 – January 1998: REPS Adviser Teagasc; preparation of REPS environmental plans for Teagasc client farmers

O’Dwyer, T. and Ryan, L. (2017) Taking stock to take control, Irish Dairying Resilient Technologies, Fermoy, Cork 

Ramsbottom, G. and O’Dwyer, T. (2017) Financial performance of dairy farms in 2016, Irish Dairying Resilient Technologies, Fermoy, Cork

Teagasc (2017) Care of the calf before transport or sale

O’Dwyer, T. (2017) More Grass = More Profit, AIB Agri Matters, Spring 2017

O’Dwyer, T. (2017) CellCheck Farmer Workshops: a Knowledge Transfer perspective, AHI CellCheck monthly newsletter, February 2017

O’Dwyer, T. (2016) Strategies to optimise cash flow in 2016, Today’s Farm, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 8 – 10.

O’Dwyer, T. (2015) Measuring profit and cash flow for better decisions and improved profits, Irish Farm Business Dairying, Vol. 2, No. 2.

O’Dwyer, T. (2015) Financial planning with a Teagasc e-Profit Monitor, Today’s Farm, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 16 – 17.

O’Dwyer, T. and Hennessy. T. (2015) Discussion groups for improved productivity and profitability, Irish Dairying: Sustainable Expansion, Fermoy, Cork.

O’Dwyer, T. (2014) Consequences of Self-leadership in an Irish Public Sector Knowledge Organisation, Waterford Institute of Technology

Teagasc (2013) Impact of participation in Teagasc dairy discussion groups, Oak Park, Carlow.

Hennessy, T, O’Dwyer, T., Connolly, K., Ramsbottom, G. and Moran, B. (2015) Costs of production on dairy farms, TResearch, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 38 – 39.