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  • Last night I was fortunate enough to be a participant on a panel discussion with regards to the MBA for prospective students. I am in my second year of the mid week EMBA. It is the first time that I participated, last year I was too worried about my exams to give the time. However, [...] Read More

  • Ask any of the Year 1 Executive MBA students this week what it as the forefront of their minds and most of them are likely to respond with an answer relating to the pairs project on the Organisational Behaviour (OB) module of the programme! That will be the case anyway for the weekend EMBAs, who [...] Read More

  • The last two weeks have been filled with quite a few group projects, papers and a lot of really interesting speakers:Lars Dalgaard (Founder and CEO of SuccessFactors)John Morgridge (CEO Cisco)John Pendergast (Human Rights Activist)This blog post is dedicated to a young woman that has one of the most widely viewed TED Talks worldwide: Hyeonseo LeeHyeonseo ... Read More

  • Where does the time go? Seriously… Forgive me for the late post! The Charity Club decided to kick off the first event accordingly after our Financial Reporting Exam on October 23rd to support two special charities: BizWorld IE and Aid for Sierra Leone. After a challenging morning, a majority of the class and some alumni [...] Read More

  • I just stumbled across Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management, and I am both shocked and smiling. His outlook is incredible! After just hearing him say a few things I immediately opened a Word doc to start taking notes because it was clear it was worth remembering what this happy soul had to say.

    Here are ... Read More

  • The only thing I ever knew about spreadsheets was how to spell it. And if I typed in a hurry, there was a fairly good chance I’d get it wrong. Coming from a journalism background, the thoughts of studying financial modules brought me out in a cold sweat. I didn’t know my EBIDATA from my [...] Read More

  • I was never much good at maths. Richard Mitchell’s mathematical blog dated October 1st inspired both my awe and a nervous skin rash. I wonder whether the labels that are slapped on you at primary school (‘satisfactory’ or ‘could improve in this area’) accompany you like an imaginary friend into adulthood. A duplicitous buddy always [...] Read More

  • “Make in India” is an international marketing campaigning slogan coined by the Prime Minister of India.  With the aim to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development and protect intellectual property, the campaign aims to build a best in class infrastructure to make india a global manufacturing hub. Post release,  this ... Read More

  • You hear a lot about measurement when you sign up to do an MBA. ‘You get what you measure’ and we’ve been learning how to measure performance, variations from expected outcomes, and the strategies we can use to plan and then measure a company’s success. I was lucky enough to be in attendance at a [...] Read More

  • Undertaking an MBA programme is a significant decision to make. So when you understand that it is your real desire, try to research your choice of programme and business school as thoroughly as possible. In this post I will outline some of the facts which require attention, such as the international accreditation, continuous presence in [...] Read More

  • Baby Alex contemplating his future with an MBA It has been an eventful few months. In August I finished up work and moved house to Dublin. This was the same month that I started the Full Time MBA programme and became fully immersed in the course. With the workload of the MBA my time management [...] Read More

  • Learning coding

    by Two Years at HBS on November 5, 2014

    Boston had its first snow this week –  about two weeks earlier than last year. Last year’s snow taught me an important lesson: don’t underestimate the fierceness of a New England winter. We will soon have to bundle up in bulky coats, gloves and scarves if we are to venture outdoors to see the Charles in all its frozen, snow covered glory.

    As ... Read More

  • So we have arrived at the mid-term ‘break’ following our first eight weeks of the MBA programme. I use the term break loosely as it really isn’t so much a break and is more like some breathing space, extra wiggle room or a chance to come up for air. I feel like the boxer who [...] Read More

  • When I first started working with Médecins Sans Frontières and was asked how willing I was to travel, I said I’d go anywhere so long as there were no snakes. Of course, within a few months I found myself shrieking and waking the entire compound in a remote South Sudanese village having brushed my bare [...] Read More

  • In week six of our Organisational Behaviour & Decision Making module we explored some of the concepts behind work groups and teams with Dr Paul McGrath. We looked at Gersick’s punctuated equilibrium model, Belbin’s team roles and how group cohesiveness influences performance. One of the key takeaway messages was that while many organisations ... Read More

  • It’s only one month (and a half) ago that I’ve left Italy? It’s the 10th of October and so many things has yet happened that it seems to me that one year has passed.  My work and my usual life in Italy are so far now because since the first day of the Immersion week, [...] Read More

  • Going Charles River

    by Two Years at HBS on October 27, 2014

    Do you know the top 3 most popular sports in Boston?  Baseball (Red Sox), ice hockey, and regatta. Last week, there was a famous regatta competition named Head of the Charles and the street along the Charles River was wall-to-wall with a gallery comprised of people from all over the U.S.

    First held in 1965, Head of the Charles is the world’s largest ... Read More

  • To MBA or not MBA

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on October 27, 2014

    Filling in the application form in March, April and May (yes that’s right 3 months to finalise the initial submission) I feel demonstrates the fine art of procrastination I had mastered over the years. Fast forward to today, 6 weeks of lectures under my belt and those precious lazy Sunday afternoons lying on the sofa [...] Read More

  • As we drove across the country, the miles started to get to me.  The junk food and long drives made me feel nauseated and exhausted.  Once we arrived in Utah, we left the kids with Grandma Steele and unpacked for a couple days.  I still felt off--nauseated and tired.I reluctantly decided to take a pregnancy test--I say reluctant because ... Read More

  • To celebrate ‘International Day of the Girl’ on 11th October, Plan Ireland held its Because I am a Girl Ball in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative to educate girls across the developing world. To do this, Plan International identify the key barriers to [...] Read More

  • Our journey of 1 year Full-time MBA has already got into full swing. Though, there have been numerous learning opportunities during the last one and a half month, experience of working in teams (formally known as study groups) has been the most enriching. This has enhanced our learning curve exponentially. Collectively working on various assignments, ... Read More

  • Iceland

    by Two Years at HBS on October 23, 2014

    This week is a week dedicated to recruiting for ECs and job interviews are underway. As I am not partaking of the recruiting opportunity, this is a vacation week for me. Off to Iceland! Taking a relatively short, direct flight of 5 hours, Iceland is one of the most popular short-trip destinations for HBS students.

    Last year’s BGIE course totally ... Read More

  • We are now half way through semester 1, or a quarter of the way through year one, or an eighth of the way through the MBA. It doesn’t matter how you put it, it’s all the same. Some of us focus on the big picture while others are taking one day at a time. When [...] Read More

  • Dayton's birthday was a blast.  I'll let the pictures do the talking. His request for birthday breakfast was...oatmeal?!? So we added sprinkles. 1st time rollerblading. It's harder than it looks. Bean Museum at BYU. Free and Fabulous."Charlotte" the friendly tarantula Making friends with CharlotteBirthday Dinner at the park. ... Read More

  • A lot done, more to do. No, I am not resurrecting a Fianna Fail tag line, I am summing up my first 6 weeks of the EMBA. It’s hard to believe that only a few months ago I was flicking through the glossy course prospectus. Smiling faces and glowing testimonials expounded the virtues of the [...] Read More

  • This week sees an international module taking place in UCD Smurfit as part of the Global Network in Advanced Management immersion week which is taking place this month in a number of international partner schools.  Currently 14 members of the Full-time MBA class are abroad undertaking modules variously in Yale, IE Business School in Spain, [...] Read More

  • I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see (Amazing Grace, John Newton 1725-1807). This is how it feels after six weeks of the E-MBA programme. The fog of confusion in which I have lived for the last few years is starting to clear. What makes a company stand out [...] Read More

  • Two months?? How has it only been two months since Kirk started the MBA program?  Each day has been so full that it feels like we should be much father along than just a couple months.  It's a blessing in disguise (if you look past the dirty dishes and piles of laundry) to be so busy.  It has left zero time for boredom and loneliness.Perhaps ... Read More

  • The MBA Charity Club have organised their first event of the year which is to be a table quiz held in the Dark Horse on Carysfort Avenue.  The aim is to raise funds to support a Bizworld event, Bizworld Ireland is a group of educators and business people who have come together to inspire and [...] Read More

  • I have five friends

    by From PA to the World on October 12, 2014

    First of all sorry for taking so long to write another post. In between London, Miami, Rwanda and Palo Alto I somehow didn't find the time to sit down, come up with a decent topic and put it into words. Thanks to all of you out there who asked when I will post a new article. It feels good to know that the stuff is being read.But hey, I found a topic ... Read More

  • Dr Michael Smurfit arrived into the Laurence Crowley boardroom in Smurfit College on Tuesday Sept 30th where the noise filled room of curious MBA and business students immediately fell into a quiet hush. He took his seat next to the Dean and then opened with a self deprecating ice breaker apologising for the inadequacy of [...] Read More

  • The last few weeks have been interesting. It feels like yesterday, when we all gathered around the main hall of the Smurfit business school on the first day of induction. Each person starting the MBA walked around trying to get to know the person standing next to them. In my case, the enormity of what [...] Read More

  • Sumeet and I competed in an Indian dance competition many years ago back when I was on the Illini Raas Team and he was on Berkeley’s Raas Team. Fortunately, my team won that night – his placed 3rd. Although his dancing may not have been up to par (kidding of course), I can’t say the same about his knack for business. Sumeet has started ... Read More

  • Readers of this blog may recall we mentioned a lot of refurbisment and building work going on on campus over the summer.  The refurbished Common Room a favourite haunt of students re-opened a short while ago and is more popular than ever, especially the flat screens which can be used for group work and presentation [...] Read More

  • Lazy weekends, Saturday afternoons filled with sporting drama, the World Cup, drinks with friends – we’re just a month into Year 2 of the EMBA and all of the above seem like distant memories. You know what? I hardly miss them. There’s something invigorating about meeting up with classmates after a few months apart, re-living [...] Read More

  • In The Economist of 19th November 1955 Cyril Northcote Parkinson published for the first time the famous law which bears his name. From the everyday observation that work expands to fill the time allocated, he was able to prove that x = (2k^m+p)/n. Where k is the number of staff seeking promotion through the appointment [...] Read More

  • This article is written by Keith Soranno, a GWSB Class 2014 graduate. Keith has been one of the key figures in forming the image of this remarkable class and is well known for his straightforward no BS attitudes and expression.

    Going to graduate school for me was a different decision than for most individuals. Being a little older, I did not see an ... Read More

  • The MBAache

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on September 27, 2014

    Apparently I am a month into my MBA experience. Not quite sure how that happened but I’ll accept it must be true; I have a fairly reliable calendar (big numbers, at least 12 point; nice, sensible Times New Roman font – nothing barbaric like Arial – and exceptional inch-width margins). So it really must be [...] Read More

  • The MBA programme has finally come to an end.  My one-year roller coaster experience has ended faster than I had imagined. When I bid farewell to Orla, Michael and Yvonne in the MBA programme office before heading to Dublin airport, I found myself stuck by a simple question asked by Yvonne,  “How do you feel [...] Read More

  • On Tuesday 2nd of September, the MBA Programme Office were delighted to host a Celebrating Entrepreneurship Event in the Hibernian Club on St. Stephens Green in Dublin. After a brief introduction by Prof. Pat Gibbons, MBA alumni and current students were treated to some rare insights from Claire Lee, head of Corporate Venture at Silicon [...] Read More

  • Settling into an MBA is very similar to making a sports team. You have a large buildup of anticipation leading up to the opening of training camp and then you’re tossed head long into the thick of everything the school can throw at you. As I sat in the lecture hall on the first day [...] Read More

  • Hua Hin has hundreds of kilometers of asphalt roads leading to both the north and south, which seems perfect for bikers who prefer longer rides. Unfortunately these roads are not really suited for bike rides as the traffic is often going awfully fast, there is limited space on the emergency lane for bikes, and the quality of the roads is not too good ... Read More

  • Early days on the MBA

    by UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on September 19, 2014

    As I enter week three of my journey on the Smurfit MBA Programme, I’ve only really had a chance in the past few days to stop, think and take stock of the MBA experience to date. The first few weeks were a bit of whirlwind, which began with our Foundation Week at the end of [...] Read More

  • To all appearances, everyone seems to be enjoying second year. With new classes and new friends, the dynamic has changed substantially when compared to last year. However, something does seem amiss…  some of our first year section mates are unaccounted for. We search the online class cards, but to no avail.

    Every year there are some students who ... Read More

  • The first days of the MBA are a whirlwind. Smurfit School staff and former MBA’s go to great lengths to impress upon you what a huge draw on time the MBA is going to be. There are lectures, assignments, leadership development activities, extracurricular events, networking opportunities and endless readings. They also tell you that you [...] Read More

  • On Friday September 5th, a number of MBA students, both past and present, attended Disruptors in The Marker Hotel. The one-day conference led with the tagline “Your industry is being disrupted. Are you ready?” With disruption seemingly inevitable, the conference aimed to highlight ways in which companies can be the disruptor instead of the disrupted. ... Read More

  • Designing EC

    by Two Years at HBS on September 14, 2014

    Well, we have finished the second week of our second year. For those who missed my previous post, second year at HBS is called Elective Curriculum (EC) and is exceedingly more flexible than first year’s Required Curriculum (RC). We are free to select 10 classes from a potential list of 150 courses. In effect, we design our own curriculum.

    As a rule, ... Read More