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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • As india is becoming digital, it is important that all of us understand its pros and cons. While pros are being debated openly, it is important that we understand the cons also. The most important con that worries me is "what happens if someone misuses the data"Well they will have access to our personal information and it can be mis-used. For example ... Read More

  • Herding Cats

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on December 15, 2016

    Peter Thiel once said “Tell me something you know, that nobody else understands”. What I know, is that Google is an old age pensioner and online advertising is old hat.

    You see, 2 years ago I knew I wanted to work in Tech, IoT to be specific, and I knew I wanted to work in Advertising but I hadn’t yet had my lightbulb moment. Looking for change ... Read More

  • Lets admit it. If you are an aspiring MBA candidate, getting into Harvard Business School  (AKA HBS) is like a dream come true. Getting into HBS means the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best minds out there, people that have been uber successful in whatever it is that they did before they all chose to get an MBA. A Harvard MBA is a ... Read More

  • Yesterday was a special day which marked the end of Semester 1. I went to the graduation ceremony of my friend. Congrats to her for achieving the degree of MBA at Smurfit Business School. The ceremony took place in O’Reilly hall at the Belfield campus. When I arrived there, a group of graduates were taking pictures on the grass. Happy laughter and ... Read More

  • On 22nd November, the Women of the MBA Group and their guests came together to explore the importance of mentoring and how both mentoring and networking can be crucial to career development. The group were delighted to welcome speakers Irial O’ Farrell, Evolution Consulting & Mary Cronin, Thousand Seeds.

    We heard how mentoring is a two way relationship, ... Read More

  • More people than ever before in history are shopping online because it gives freedom to shop at your own pace and convenience but we love buying at good old brick and mortar shopping stores.

    How about a shopping experience at stores without checkout lane and long queue. Soon, Amazon is giving beyond the regular shopping experience with the Amazon ... Read More

  • Another month has passed, and writing this, I feel like “this ALL happened in just one month?!”. Time runs fast when you’re busy. And believe me, we are VERY busy. I had high hopes of regularly doing sports here, but that was strongly limited in the past weeks. It is partly because I am applying to consulting firms which gives the ... Read More

  • ‘On The Silver Screen’ – The Award Winning Selfie On Monday evening, November 21st, among 800 guests, the winners of the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2016 were announced at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The Smurfit MBA Team and IMAGE MBA Scholarship winners were delighted to join in the celebrations.

    L – Editor in ... Read More

  • Barriers to Entry

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on November 21, 2016

    Noticed in canteen last week (look closely at the top-centre of the window!) – Proof that not all high-fliers get into the Smurfit MBA. I just hope the unsuccessful candidates weren’t exposed to these “barriers to entry”…(Porter, 1979) Whoever screened the applications did a pretty good job. As Ciarán rightly said below, there’s always ... Read More

  • When I decided to put my music business on hold and to take a year out of life and return to college at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the raw intensity of what was to come. Even after 15 years of intense work in the Hollywood entertainment industry, MBA life often seems to be ... Read More


    Smurfit MBAs are cordially invited to this year’s MBA Gala Ball in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland

    Excitement is building among this years’ UCD Smurfit MBA graduating class for the Gala Ball in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 10th December 2016. This year the conventional graduation ball will double as a Black Tie charity event in aid ... Read More

  • Home from Home!

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on November 15, 2016

    Moving to another country is never easy; especially when it is your first time. My journey started with my enrolment in UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. I started my preparation with a lengthy visa process and then scheduling my arduous travel accordingly. I am from the northern part of India which is one of the most scenic places in India: ... Read More

  • Semester 1

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on November 14, 2016

    I still can’t believe it’s already been three months since I’ve started doing my MBA in Smurfit Business School! It seems like just yesterday I was back home in India thinking about which colleges to apply to, sending out applications, sorting out my Visa issues and deciding on a travel date. The whole anxiety of going to a new foreign country, ... Read More

  • I observe that many farewells for me lately have been abrupt and sudden. I am already physically or mentally withdrawn from the place and situation by the time I am in a position to take cognisance of what I am leaving behind. It feels as if I subconsciously withdraw myself from a proper chance to pause and say my goodbyes to my heart’s content.

    But ... Read More

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School The Sunday Business Post, in association with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, is offering one exceptional candidate the chance of a lifetime; An MBA scholarship to an upper value of €34,500, for the Full-Time or Executive (part-time) MBA Programme, starting in late August 2017.

    Over four ... Read More

  • I just finished re-watching the entire, 4+ hour World Series game 7 (thankfully minus the rain delay) that CSN was re-broadcasting today. Partly because my body was strongly discouraging me from any more activity after celebrating for couple days, but also because I think my mind might have been on the brink of withdrawal. Like many of you reading this, ... Read More

  • Two months into UCD Smurfit Full-Time MBA and every day still remains a mix of anxiety, excitement, pressure and loads of memories. The icing on the cake was Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) week – perfect stress buster for learning, meeting people and sharing experiences.

    The module hosted by UCD this year was “The Three Pillars of ... Read More

  • Zelia Madigan, MD Ericsson Ireland ‘Be the CEO of your own career’! These were the inspiring words of Zelia Madigan, MD of Ericsson Ireland at a WXN Breakfast Meeting on November 21st (Women’s Executive Network). Although this was a female event, her sage words of advice equally apply to us all.

    Zelia’s Top Five Tips on How to Succeed in your ... Read More

  • F.O.M.O

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on October 17, 2016

    F.O.M.O – Fear of Missing Out – Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere I’m not sure whether it’s something that I developed while living in London, where there is always a reason to be out, or something that was always in me, and has in fact developed me. Regardless, it is making this chapter ... Read More

  • 2 Months in the MBA

    by barcelonaMBA on October 16, 2016

    I can’t believe it’s 2 months already. Time flies. I still feel like this whole new reality just began, but we’re approaching the mid-term exams already. The days have become busier and busier. You thought this week was demanding? Wait for the next.

    I worked on a 20-hour written case analysis for Analysis of Business Problems, spent ... Read More

  • Vision for the Future

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on October 7, 2016

    Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of UCD Smurfit School Yesterday morning, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of UCD Smurfit School, and Niall Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Board, introduced the College’s vision for the future.  The strategy includes focuses on high quality faculty, international relevance, and thoughtful linkages with Ireland’s existing ... Read More

  • Theme: Preparation!

    by Smurfit MBA Blog on October 6, 2016

    It’s an October day on campus at Smurfit Graduate Business School, and the MBA Class of 2017 have been at UCD for six weeks. The international students are getting to grips with the mercurial Irish weather and the Irish students are slowly coming to terms with Mayo’s disappointment in the All-Ireland. Summertime is officially over and it’s time ... Read More

  • When I decided to do my MBA at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, I was excited and naturally a bit apprehensive to leave my comfortable life in Wisconsin to move across the Atlantic to a completely new country. The transition to Ireland was a lot easier than I could’ve imagined. I have moved countries once before and it was much more ... Read More

  • When I embarked on my Smurfit MBA journey, I said I will start a blog. I didn’t expect the workload to be so high though.

    Three weeks later I am posting my first blog entry. I am still very excited to share my experience with you, and I hope you are still interested in reading it. I promise writing more often and on time in the future.

    Foundation ... Read More

  • Have you heard, that the first year at IESE is supposed to be extremely tough? From what I can see so far, that’s true. The last days hit me (us) like a hammer. But it’s amazing. I love the dedication that you feel everywhere, the collaboration and of course the learning. I find the things that we study, day in day out, absolutely interesting ... Read More

  • When I joined the military 10 years ago, we had to complete an induction week. The week was designed to give us a ‘soft landing’ into the organisation and dismay any anxiety or fear. Now, ten years later I have completed a similar week as part of the EMBA Programme in UCD Michael Smurfit Business School and the induction week seemed to have ... Read More

  • First week of my IESE MBA

    by barcelonaMBA on August 30, 2016

    I’m here! In Barcelona! It has started.

    I arrived last week’s Sunday evening, just in time for the start of the Business Spanish Program (a 2 week intensive course for all the non-native Spanish speakers).

    So what has been going on?

    IESE I met a ton of incredibly interesting people at the first day event, where we received our welcome ... Read More

  • Here at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, we are proud to be a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, alongside other top business schools like Yale, IE and EGADE (visit GNAM website). The Global Network Immersion Week (GNW) Programme is an initiative of GNAM that is designed to provide students from participating GNAM ... Read More

  • Today I finished my MBA. In Smurfit the final piece of work is a team-based Capstone project which I had the honour to complete with Arka Banerjee, Conor McMahon, Elsa Heffernan and Shane O’Driscoll. We undertook an industry review of a private equity firm, gaining an understanding of the industry in which they operate, how they are placed within ... Read More

  • Okay, I just booked my flight to Barcelona! I’ll arrive just the evening before the intensive Spanish classes begin. Quite last-minute, but what to do; I am busy all along and can’t arrive earlier. I also still don’t have a place to stay, but this will hopefully change, before I land in BCN. I have a group of people with whom we are ... Read More

  • It’s getting real. The first real assignment, directly from IESE is there – the Financial Accounting Pre-Course on Coursera.

    IESE sent an email to all Class of 2018 students, requesting them to complete the course before the program starts, in order to get basic, crucial knowledge to be able to follow the Financial Accounting course, that ... Read More

  • The UCD Smurfit MBA Golf Society Classic

    On Friday June 24th last, the UCD Smurfit MBA Golf Society held its latest event – the summer golf classic in the fabulous environs of the K Club in County Kildare, owned by the name sponsor of our school, Dr. Michael W.J. Smurfit.

    We were joined on the day by current students, alumni and supporters of ... Read More

  • I barely remember taking decent rest in the last 60 hours. It’s been relentless with submissions, birthday celebration, exams, vacating the flat, meeting people before leaving and of course the GTC ball – well all had to be accommodated and were non negotiable. 

    Hopped on to the flight to Mumbai and finally managed to grab some sleep, ... Read More

  • Women of the MBA group networking event, Friday 17th June As a current MBA student in Smurfit, I was recently involved in setting up a women’s network on campus – the Women of the MBA. Last Friday, 17th June,  we successfully launched the group at an event attended by both male and female, past and present students of the MBA.

    We were ... Read More