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  • Finish Line Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds and Sky. My scope of career expectations was very limited and I was pretty content with what I was doing at the time until the day the notion of MBA struck my little head. And suddenly there was a burning flame in me to move out of that zone and look beyond my horizon. But then for some reason, I preferred ... Read More

  • Kevin Cardiff of the European Court of Auditors addresses the Dean’s Speaker Series

    The Dean’s Speaker Series had another event last Wednesday when Kevin Cardiff of the European Court of Auditors and also Auditor of the European Stability Mechanism visited Smurfit School. The Dean, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh welcomed Mr. Cardiff to Smurfit. ... Read More

  • All great journeys start somewhere. In our case we started on a wet Wednesday night in early February on a triangle of waterlogged grass adjacent to the UCD all-weather pitches.  There was no room at the inn, we were forced to set up in the dimly lit corner stealing whatever light we could from the American football team training on the pristine surface ... Read More

  • One could argue that the main draw each Wednesday evening was the fine canapes and wine; but with over 1400 man hours of discussions and learning about entrepreneurship that were enabled this semester, the bait wasn’t really needed but was much appreciated.

    The opportunity to get a first-hand interpretation of experiences from industry stalwarts, ... Read More

  • Life in Term 2

    by barcelonaMBA on April 12, 2017

    Term 2 is not easier or harder than Term 1, but quite different from how you experience time pressure and work load. Whereas Term 1 was mostly demanding because everything was new, basic things had still to be arranged, and you had to build your routine to handle all the work, Term 2 had other challenges awaiting.

    For me it was mostly juggling two ... Read More

  • As soon as you enter to the place of GD remember that you are being assessed i.e. how you are walking, taking seat, talking to others etc. so take it seriously and maintain the Professionalism.

    Group Discussion is generally perform to Assess:

    Communicator Skill Interpersonal skill Leadership styles Reasoning ability Persuasive skill Attitude and interest Problem ... Read More

  • The Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer is aimed at customers who were unable to avail the Jio Summer Surprise offer benefits before it was pulled officially, as well as new customers. In order to get the benefits of the new offer, users need to subscribe to Jio Prime membership plan. Those who are already part of the Jio Summer Surprise promotion will not get ... Read More


    How many people get the opportunity to play in a World Cup? Not many. How many people would like the opportunity to play in a World Cup? Everybody you would imagine? Surprisingly that is not the case. Apparently many are only interested if it’s an all-expenses paid free ride.

    This year we were much later getting started than the groups of other ... Read More


    Tokyo, Japan After a grueling first semester and when it again began to look all too busy in the second half of the MBA, there came this opportunity to travel down to the Asian giants – Japan and South Korea. The experience could not have been more insightful had it not been earned from within their courtyards. It was time to unleash how ... Read More

  • Company orientation toward the marketplace can be defined as the orientation or philosophy of the organization to success. There are different concepts from which we can understand an organization’s orientation toward its market.


    Production Concept – The production concept emphasis on production and assumes that the customer always respond ... Read More

  • In this post we will learn about presentation skills. How to give presentation on project or deliver a good project presentations. It can give nightmare for one or many. No matter how good and important your message is if it's not delivered in an effective manner chances are that it wouldn't be hard at all.

    We are going to look into three aspects ... Read More

  • Difference between Needs, Wants and Demands

    Needs - A state of felt deprivation Wants - Human need as shaped by culture and individual personality. Demands - Human wants that are backed by buying power.

    Difference in Selling and Marketing

    Marketing - Marketing is a system of business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute want ... Read More

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  • Hand positions for effective presentation

    Do use these tools & tricks in Presentations

    Sitting Postures for effective presentation

    Do use these tools & tricks in Presentations Standing Postures for effective presentation Read More

  • Dress right  Always dress for success after all first impression is very important.

    Eye Contact

    Keep moving your eyes to all Rest on one participant at a time not more than for 3-5 seconds or until you have completed one thought. Make a impression on audience that you are paying attention to them individually Encourage involvement  Audiences are ... Read More

  • Your Name Your Address Your City, State, Zip Code Your Phone Number Your Email


    Name of Person Title of Person Organization Name Address City, State, Zip Code

    Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

    Thank you for the time and effort you have taken to interview me for the post of (XYZ). I would like to thank you once again for giving me ... Read More

  • Accepted widely across many organizations in 100+ countries, The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test for non-native English language speakers. Launched in 1980 by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council, IELTS assesses the ability to read, write, listen and speak ... Read More

  • The Orient sparks my imagination. It is just two days until we depart for Japan and South Korea on our MBA international Study Tour. The number of assignments due before our flights is stacked – my team works day-by-day prioritizing which fires to fight – yet each time we submit a report or presentation my excitement builds. Of all the countries ... Read More

  • Consulting season is finally over and I’m walking out with an offer in my hand! I will intern for 10 weeks in summer at McKinsey Germany.

    This offer was absolutely not easy to get and I had to put in tons of work to achieve it. Basically, I did nothing else than 100% consulting preparation from right after the final exams mid December until the ... Read More

  • Well, hasn’t time flown? It is almost three years since I finished the Manchester MBA and two years since I last gave you an update on where I am.

    In the intervening years I have had the fortune to correspond with many readers who are considering Manchester Business School for their MBA journey. I have had the further pleasure of meeting some of ... Read More

  • Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul On March 11th, 70 MBA students will depart for the annual Smurfit MBA International Study Tour. This year, for the first time, we will be visiting Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. The Study Tour encourages participants to immerse themselves in the business environment of these unique countries by taking them on an ... Read More

  • I find myself in week four of the second semester of my 1-year full-time MBA. The weeks just fly by and one week does not resemble the next. With three electives on top of my core modules, I run from one thing to the next: I jump on a video conference with our Yale counterparts to manage a virtual plant as part of our Supply Chain module; try to negotiate ... Read More

  • One of the world most successful investment banker one said that "if you are getting 1 rupee coin at 50 praise or 60 praise you must buy it ". This way you can save money or earn profit. The latest order of supreme court giving you the same opportunity where you can get upto Rs.22,000 discount on Scooters and bikes of BS-III models. 

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  • On February 2nd 2017, our Vietnamese study body organised a warm celebration of Lunar New Year with international students, Irish families with adopted Vietnamese children and members of the Vietnamese community in Dublin.

    Lunar New Year is a very meaningful occasion for many Asian countries such as China, Korea and Vietnam, etc. In Vietnam, Lunar ... Read More

  • When I first told a good friend that I was going to do an MBA he responded, in true Irish fashion, by swiftly cutting me down to size. He responded by saying “Why would you bother? You do know it stands for Mediocre But Arrogant, don’t you?” As much as I knew that this wasn’t the generally accepted view of an MBA, I could not get the idea out ... Read More

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s full-time MBA programme has been ranked 70th (a rise of 9 places) in the world and 22nd in Europe, according to the 2017 Financial Times Full-Time Global MBA Rankings, published today.

    The improved ranking comes just three months after UCD College of Business published an ambitious strategy, to which ... Read More

  • Back to Reality

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on January 25, 2017

    Beautiful Amsterdam Most people would agree that taking a break is nice. Taking a break from whatever your regular routine is; taking a break from work, family, school etc. As a full-time student, taking a break means total mental and physical peace. The build up to the break gives you an almost super-human ability to switch off completely. Think of ... Read More

  • During the Christmas break, I finally had the opportunity to stop and look at the last four months of my life and try to make sense of them. The pace of the MBA sucks you in at great speed and leaves little room for standing back for a moment and looking at the big picture: at what’s being built besides the knowledge, the practical skills, and the ... Read More

  • This isn’t a post about the impressive size, diversity and broad reach of the post-inauguration march that took place on January 21, 2017. Please go to the official site to learn more about that and what you can do to help. This is simply an appreciation for those who took the time to use their creativity for something positive. More specifically, ... Read More

  • Some people dream of having an aquarium at home. Well the dream is good, but what is important is that proper care needs to be taken care of the new membersHappy for new members #acquarium #goldfish @pranjalinA video posted by amar (@amarnaik) on Nov 7, 2016 at 8:46am PST Most shops suggest many remedies but i would like to share some of my learnings.Past ... Read More

  • UCD Smufit Molson Team with Prof. Pat Gibbons The first week of January usually marks a familiar return to the rhythm of office life. For the team chosen to represent UCD Smurfit at the 36th John Molson MBA International Case Competition, the first week of January 2017 proved to be an unforgettable experience. The competition is the largest and longest ... Read More

  • Undertaking an MBA was something I had considered for a long time. However, with my career progressing and being in my mid 30’s I has thought that the time to take on this challenge had passed me by. Realising that I wanted to change my career path, I spoke with friends & colleagues, and made enquiries into what options and programmes were available ... Read More

  • First of all, Happy New Year from Bhumi and me!

    Being just a couple months away from completing my master’s in Business Analytics, I figured I should try to apply a more strategic and data-driven approach to analyze what I do with my life outside of work in an effort to live more intentionally.

    There’s a common adage that I’ve heard through ... Read More

  • Industrial buying is the decision-making process by which formal organizations establish the need for purchasing products and services and identify, evaluate, and choose among alternative brands and suppliers. 

    Characteristics of Industrial Market

    a. Professional purchasing: professional buyers with education and experience who know their tasks ... Read More

  • Buyer Roles in Consumer Buying Process

    a) Initiator – this person first recognizes the need for the product or service and may or may not have a say in the purchase decision.

    b) User – this person will actually use the product. This person may or may not have a say in what is purchased.

    c) Influencer – this person’s role ... Read More

  • Types of Facility Capacity - Tips to increasing effective capacity

    a. Design capacity -It represents the maximum rate of output that can be achieved under ideal conditions.

    b. Effective capacity - It is the maximum rate of output which can be practically achieved under the constraints of time consumed in set-ups, oiling & cleaning, defective ... Read More

  • Capacity refer as the ability to hold, receive, store, or accommodate. Capacity of a facility is its limiting capability to produce an output over a period of time.

    Ex. The annual capacity of the TATA Nano plant is 100000 cars approximately. It means the production is limited to this productive capability over a period of time.  Capacity planning ... Read More

  • Marketing Research Process

    1. Determine the problem and research objectives : In the marketing research prior undertaking the study it is necessary to determine the problem and research objectives. This stage involves defining the Problem, the Decision Alternatives, and the Research Objectives for a good result of research.

    2. Develop the Research ... Read More

  • Meaning of Marketing Research

    Today, marketing research is pervasive. We will define marketing research as “all techniques used to provide information that assists the firm in all of its decision-making processes relevant to customers or clients.”

    Marketing Research is the systematic, objectives and comprehensive search for the study of the ... Read More

  • We all learn different things in life. Sometimes we make use of this learning or sometimes we just do something that is different from what we have learnt.Image Credit : EliteFTS.comIt is important to learn/teach how to learn apart from understanding the content. In the fast changing world, what we learnt needs to be evolved or re-learnt. hence ... Read More