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  • Living all the way in the south of Thailand can be inconvenient when you do triathlons across the country. Every year there are races in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Rayong, and Pattaya, and all these places are an awful long drive away from Phuket. So instead of racking my bike on the back of the car and driving to my next race I decided to see how easy it is ... Read More

  • On Saturday at 10am, six MBAs, three friends, and one Smurfit MSc student joined Volunteer Centre Dublin City to clean-up the Grand Canal. (To volunteer for this, just show up at the Leeson St Bridge on the first Saturday of every month! All are welcome!)

    The Smurfit Clean-up Crew were met with the smiles of seasoned volunteers who were delighted ... Read More

  • The Bangkok triathlon was high on my to-do list from the day I started training for triathlons: who would not fancy a swim in the Chao Phraya river, followed by biking on elevated highways, and a run through the heart of Bangkok?  My hopes were to join the 2014 edition but due to political protests it was impossible to organize a race like that in ... Read More

  • “54”

    by IIM Calcutta PGPex Times on June 28, 2015

    Probably I haven’t even completed the first lap of the journey and yet feels like eons have passed. Surmising on the ‘Bridge of happiness’ on vast waters with a rich and aromatic Moccaccino, I flipped through the memoirs of first month of this spellbinding journey…… Fifteen.05.05                                                                                                                                                                  ... Read More

  • Freedom!

    by The Smurfit MBA Blog on June 16, 2015

    We were gently warned during the week one induction course that our lives would change drastically both during and following the MBA. For many of us, that meant our freedom as we knew it was over – at least for the next two years anyway. Starting with the GMAT, followed by year one of the EMBA, the last twelve months have been thought provoking, exhausting ... Read More

  • I had been interested in doing an MBA for a while but a number of factors had caused me to hesitate. These included the considerable financial cost, having to study for the GMAT, and the implications for my work-life balance. This time last year, having just had a baby, all of these considerations suddenly became even more pertinent to me.

    Nonetheless,  ... Read More

  • The popularity of triathlons is on the rise in Asia. You can easily witness that yourself by checking the huge number of new triathlons being organized every year. One of those new triathlons which had its first edition this year was the Pattana triathlon 2015 which took place on Sunday May 17.

    The beautiful surroundings of the Pattana Golf Club. From ... Read More

  • Recruiting!

    by Two Years at HBS on June 1, 2015

    This post will be deleted when the positions are filled I’m now looking for new members for my startup.

    If you are interested in, or, if you know anyone who might, please just shoot an email to the following address:



    Internet startup (early stage) Consumer retail industry Fund size: $2 million


    Tokyo, Japan


    Product ... Read More

  • Graduation

    by Two Years at HBS on May 29, 2015

    May 28th saw us reach the end of our two year journey as Harvard University’s 364th commencement was held in the early morning. In excess of 40,000 people from all over the world gathered in Cambridge to celebrate this momentous occasion and the weather could not have been better.

    This year’s commencement address was given by Deval Patrick, the ... Read More

  • First of all:SHAME ON ME!I know my last blog entry was over two months ago. Saying that I didn't have the time would be a lie. That I wasn't inspired - maybe.Anyways, I came to the conclusion that I actually want to keep this blog going. Despite that fact that my time at Stanford will be over in less than a month. And despite the fact that my life as ... Read More

  • It’s exam time again. Our 2nd Semester classes are just over and we are marching straight into our final exams this week (after a short break termed as ‘Revision Week’). Though, the exam times are always filled with hectic activity, I am feeling less stressed this time. This seems to be the impact of continuous ongoing assessments which have helped ... Read More

  • The MBA Social Outreach Society was proud to see Dublin and Limerick primary schools compete for BIZ Factor’s Social Entrepreneurs of the Year yesterday. Six schools competed by submitting their business plans and giving a two minute pitch to a panel of judges in Dublin Castle. Everyone involved was buzzing with excitement to see the hard work ... Read More

  • Wonderful morning spent viewing presentations from the future business leaders of Ireland which is part of Tech Week 2015 here at Dublin Castle.

    Innovative Social Entrepreneur 2015 Finalists, six groups of children from Primary Schools, have been put to the test, Dragon’s Den Style. Among the judges were Ann Horan (Ryan Academy), Daniel Ramamoorthy ... Read More

  • Post-HBS

    by Two Years at HBS on April 28, 2015

    We are now approaching the end of our last semester. After we finish next week’s final exams, we have a break of two weeks and then finally reach Graduation Day on May 28th.

    This week we have a special academic period called “Bridges” – newly initiated this year. Bridges is a kind of capstone program and there are a series of events in ... Read More

  • Red Bull Wings for Life Run is happening on 3 May 2015 in Dun Laoghaire. The MBA Social Outreach Society and MBA Golf Society have joined forces to run on behalf of World Sports Team.

    The concept is, you set a goal/distance and try to reach it before ... Read More

  • We’re all members of the MBA family but we’re also supporters of women and their achievements. Last month, we celebrated those achievements and helped raise awareness of the issue of equality by wearing purple to the classroom. Purple symbolises justice and dignity, two values strongly associated with women’s equality. Thanks to all ... Read More

  • Carysfort Celts flying the Irish Flag at The MBA Rugby World Cup Last week, the MBA Rugby Team travelled to the United States to take part in the 35th Annual MBA Rugby World Cup.

    Our team finished a creditable fourth out of 15 men’s teams, placing just behind Harvard’s A Team and ahead of fifth-placed Duke.

    Other teams that competed include ... Read More

  • Finding a decently priced gym in Phuket can be difficult if you are not planning to go on a daily basis. Prices of around 1,500 baht per month are fine when you plan on going several times a week and joining for group classes, but in my case I just want to go there once or twice a week and I only want to lift weights. Most gyms don’t even offer 1-day ... Read More

  • On April 1st, Smurfit’s MBA entrepreneurship club visited LinkedIn Dublin, the EMEA HQ of this fast growing tech company.

    This event was a great occasion to mix-up with other students as 50 MBA students attended, coming from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Trinity and Dublin Institute of Technology.

    Smurfit MBA Students at LinkedIn ... Read More

  • When you talk about Thai souvenirs you quickly think of the wooden frogs which make a frog sound when you move the wooden stick over the back, some hand-carved soap, or a fridge magnet with the name of the city you are in. Those souvenirs work well when you give them to your foreign friends and relatives, but when Thais buy souvenirs for each other ... Read More

  • Spring has sprung so that can only mean one thing – it’s the time to get your priorities right. So in honour of the good weather, now is the occasion to close the books, leave the office, and get on the golf course.

    Against the backdrop of Padraig Harrington’s recent win on the PGA tour at the Honda Classic, the MBA Golf Society picked up ... Read More

  • It’s been two months since I began to learn how to code. I’m using Codecademy as my main learning platform and now I am able to setup a server, write very basic code and several languages such as PHP and Ruby. As well, I am attempting to create a new, time management mobile app for myself.

    As many successful leaders and business people will tell ... Read More

  • Phuket can be an expensive island to live on, especially when you are a foreigner. Dual pricing is not only normal here for tourist attractions but also for sporting events. And while in some cases showing a work permit, long-stay visa, or Thai drivers license can help you get the same price as locals, I prefer to avoid any  place or event where they ... Read More

  • Visit to the Great Wall - March 2015 China is a nation of 1.3 billion contradictions.

    It is governed by a Communist party but is fundamentally capitalist. It wants to open up more to the world, but censorship is everywhere. The government has vowed to crack down on internal corruption and yet, instead of focusing their attention within their own borders, ... Read More

  • The last triathlon was already 6 months ago, and besides the BITEC half-marathon I haven’t joined any races yet this year. So you can imagine I was looking forward to the Amarin Outdoor Unlimited International Triathlon 2015 that took place on Saturday 14th of March. I joined the race also last year and the good memories of that race made it an easy ... Read More

  • Henry Ford

    Wisest is he who knows he knows nothing (Socrates). Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right (Henry Ford). Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom (Aristotle). Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another (JFK). A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Of a good leader, who talks little, when ... Read More

  • This sojourn to China proved to be an eye-opening experience for me as I found the tour beneficial for my career, and educational on a personal level. This international study trip is a brilliant idea to ensure that MBA students are well rounded both academically and practically. Visiting emerging markets such as China and South Africa (members of the ... Read More

  • The True Meaning of Learning Fifteen months ago I contemplated embarking on the executive MBA. It was something I thought would benefit my career. Then, I had just completed my professional accountancy examinations and couldn’t imagine a greater workload from doing the course. Fast forward fifteen months, the EMBA has been a rollercoaster. It is a ... Read More

  • South Africa ~ MBA International Study Tour 2015

    On Saturday, March 7th, we saw 90 of our MBA students jet off on the Annual MBA International Study Tour. This is an intensive 8 day tour which is spent visiting cultural, political and educational institutions and undertaking a number of company visits as part of the MBA Module; Doing Business In Emerging ... Read More

  • I had the privilege of being Umang’s stunt partner on our college dance (raas) team. We shared many hours of practice together on the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana campus, and also two victories in national competitions.

    Now he has partnered up with another fellow Illini, Ashish Patel, and together they recently founded DP Legal, a Chicago ... Read More

  • The Job Interview: Does an MBA make a difference?

    One of the main reasons I decided to do an MBA at Smurfit was career progression. After nine years of working in the turbulent banking industry, I was lucky enough to secure voluntary severance and a scholarship which enabled me to start the Executive MBA last September. Finding the right job – ... Read More

  • In my reading for my "Managing Growing Enterprises" class this quarter I came across the following quote by a CEO who attended the Harvard Business School "New CEO Workshop":"There is no work-life balance. There are only work-life trade-offs."With my time at the GSB coming to an end that quote actually made me think. In eight month I will once more ... Read More

  • Perched on the banks of the Charles, two well-known and highly regarded Harvard graduate schools face each other, Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). There are some similarities and differences between the two, and applicants are often torn about which school they should apply to, some actually deciding to apply to both. ... Read More

  • It hasn’t been long since the Koh Maiton snorkeling trip off the coast of Phuket before it was time for the next snorkeling trip already. Only this time we would go a bit further; to Koh Similan. Day-trips to this group of islands are available but from Phuket it is a 1.5-hour drive to the pier followed by a 1.5-hour boat trip so a multiple-day trip ... Read More

  • 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 study abroad with a diverse mix of other international MBA students at one of several leading global universities. Seven of us travelled ... Read More

  • Time is Precious

    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 having some semblance of a personal life. We knew it was going to be a substantial commitment but nothing really ... Read More

  • Phuket is an island and therefore surrounded by sea, but I still had trouble finding a decent spot to swim laps. Even though I would have preferred to swim in the sea it just was not practical as I would have to go to the beach by car and would not be able to leave the car keys somewhere dry while I am trying to stay alive between the waves. So I set ... Read More

  • The Importance of Team Dynamics 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 time’ on our hands, which is clearly a relative comment. With my choices of Negotiations Skills, ... Read More

  • It's just business

    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 justification for what would otherwise be dubious, questionable or unethical behaviour. In the simple context of ‘it’s ... Read More

  • It can be hard sometimes to find the motivation to train hard and improve. A period of rest or recovery can easily be extended with a few weeks and after a long period of going slow it is tempting to keep going at that same speed. My favorite way to find new motivation is just by signing up for a new race; that way I will need to pick up training again ... Read More

  • Final Term

    by Two Years at HBS on February 5, 2015

    The storm has passed and some semblance of normality has returned to campus. It seems everyone has settled into their new schedules and the busyness that accompanies “normal” here at HBS.

    So, what’s my final term like? Following is my course selection for the spring term.

    Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise Power and Glory in ... Read More

  • The calm before the storm...

    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 the required reading for each new module. We have the time to prepare all case study questions and example ... Read More

  • MBA Green Juice

    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 effect on your diet!  Stress, exhaustion and not enough hours in the day made it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. ... Read More

  • 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 remark on how the final semester was the most enjoyable as you get to pick subjects which [...] Read More