Articles by UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • Global Network Immersion Week

    Global Network Immersion Week

    by on February 19th, 2015

    One of the highlights of the MBA program to date was a week spent studying at IE Business School in Madrid on the Global Network Immersion Week (GNIW) program. The GNIW is a module taken by students in Semester 1 to … Read More

  • The MBA Experience Curve

    The MBA Experience Curve

    by on February 17th, 2015

    It’s fair to say, that despite lots of warnings, most of us were at various stages during the first semester almost overwhelmed by the time constraints involved in holding down a fulltime job, completing an MBA and … Read More

  • Capstone Project – The Final Hurdle

    Capstone Project – The Final Hurdle

    by on February 11th, 2015

    We’re well and truly under way with Semester 4. As noted already by Niall Twomey in his recent post, this is the semester that reflects your personal choices. I have heard varying comments in relation to ‘having more … Read More

  • It’s (just) Business

    It’s (just) Business

    by on February 9th, 2015

    Business is business. I really hate this phrase – along with all related variations – and always have. What does it even mean? As far as I can tell, it was created for the sole purpose of providing us with … Read More

  • The calm before the storm…

    The calm before the storm…

    by on February 5th, 2015

    Week three, semester two, year one, and there is a sense of calm within the class that is both unfamiliar and a little unsettling. I have to admit, I’m enjoying this part of the semester. We have time to properly read … Read More

  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

    Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

    by on February 3rd, 2015

    You are what you eat, or so the old saying goes. If this is true, by the end of Semester 1, I was tea and toast with chocolate on the side. Nobody can prepare you for the first term of an MBA including the devastating … Read More

  • The Tyranny of Choice

    The Tyranny of Choice

    by on January 30th, 2015

    One of the great benefits of the UCD Smurfit Executive MBA is the ability to select from a wide range of optional subjects that make up your final semester. Friends who have previously completed the Smurfit MBA all … Read More

  • The Home Straight

    The Home Straight

    by on January 28th, 2015

    Arriving in the 4th semester of the exec MBA we have completed 12 modules, 328 hours of class, an average of more than twice that in readings, assignments and projects. Every one of those hours has taken its toll over … Read More

  • A Little Advice

    A Little Advice

    by on January 26th, 2015

    So we’re on starter’s orders for semester 2 and, as semester 1 becomes a distant memory, the Christmas break has given us time to consider the MBA to date.  When I look back to the familiarisation week in September, … Read More

  • One Year On…

    One Year On…

    by on January 23rd, 2015

    January 2015 is the one year anniversary of when I first seriously started considering taking the MBA program. I had toyed with the idea for several months before but with a new year came a new impetus to push myself and … Read More

  • Back to School Again

    Back to School Again

    by on January 21st, 2015

    After finishing the module 1 exams in December there were many days and nights of celebration at regaining my free time. Friends and family I had ignored over the previous three months were contacted and reminded that I … Read More

  • Roll On China!

    Roll On China!

    by on January 19th, 2015

    I’m writing this after attending my first two classes of semester 2, year 2 of the EMBA. There is no doubt but my enthusiasm for attending class has reduced significantly when compared to 15 months ago! However, on the … Read More

  • We Do Get a Break!

    We Do Get a Break!

    by on January 14th, 2015

    Many of the posts on this blog touch on the aspect of time, and how little of it we have when immersed in the MBA. It is true that the workload is intense and takes up much of your time. Each semester consists of 12 busy … Read More

  • A dragon in the den

    A dragon in the den

    by on January 3rd, 2015

    Two days before Christmas and I’m finally getting round to writing my blog; David Sweeney I expect you to follow suit. I’d like to share with you my Bizworld ( ‘Dragon in the Den’ … Read More