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  • 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

  • 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

  • September 1st 2014 marked “back to school” for primary students and MBA students alike. I am now at the end of week 2, year 2 and it still amazes me how quickly you forget things that you simply don’t want to remember! One would assume that after two semesters I would recall how time consuming [...] Read More

  • Every morning we eat breakfast watching the sun rise over the mountains, wishing we had more time to explore some trails.  I finally left the laundry piled up at home and packed up the kids to make it happen.  Kirk had class, so I'd be going alone and wanted something the kids could handle.  Battle Creek Falls had lots of positive reviews ... Read More

  • I’ve made a habit of sharing my takeaways from conferences that I attend on my blog. My most recent post about what I learned at the 2014 Higher Ed Conference got some decent visibility after I made many of the active tweeters from the conference aware of the post. That was enough for one of the leading MBA websites to take notice and share it ... Read More

  • We are here! And have been for almost a month...oops.  Time flies when you're unpacking. :)  unpacking Halloween costumes Since arriving in Utah, I had a fantastic birthday/girls' night out seeing Wicked for the first time.  We had one family missionary leave for Paraguay and another return home from Sweden.   Tina's home ... Read More

  • One of the main reasons to do an MBA is to gain exposure to areas you have absolutely no experience in, and marketing is definitely one of those for me.  Business strategy + marketing = success, it is a simple enough equation that even I can work with. Add in the marketing 5C’s and 4P’s [...] Read More

  • The annual MBA welcome dinner took place on Friday night last to welcome all the incoming members of the Full-time MBA Class of 2015 and EMBA class of 2016.  Also in attendance we partners of the class members who had come to see where their other halves would be spending so much time over the [...] Read More

  • My in-laws came to visit us in Switzerland this summer from the States, and we wanted them to have a wonderful European experience. We needed a gorgeous place with stunning views, friendly people and delicious food.

    Unfortunately Switzerland failed on the last two counts, so we headed south to Lake Como, Italy. You may have heard of it because George ... Read More

  • Second year has started

    by Two Years at HBS on September 3, 2014

    Today saw us start our second year. Campus was filled with stressed-out freshman RC students and familiar looking, calm EC students.  On the way to my classroom, I happened to run into some of my old section mates; we stopped and talked up a storm, comparing notes on our exciting summers, and of course we were almost late to our first class.

    Contrary ... Read More

  • Foundation week is over for another year and all the incoming Full-time and EMBA students are spending their last weekend of freedom for the foreseeable future or at least until the Christmas break.  Well it isn’t entirely free as there are already book chapters to read and case studies to analyse for the first day [...] Read More

  • Back to Boston!

    by Two Years at HBS on August 29, 2014

    After spending a hundred days on summer vacation, I’m now back in Boston! Approximately 90% of HBS students do a summer internship, but as a part of the more fortunate remaining 10%, I was able to spend the summer having fun. Here are the highlights:


    Although I have traveled the U.S, Europe, Latin America and East Asia previously, there remained ... Read More

  • On day two of this years Foundation Week programme the students took a little time out from the business of the day to meet with Ciarán Ó Hógartaigh, Dean of the UCD Business Schools who hosted a coffee break for the incoming classes at which he welcomed both full-time and EMBA classes to to the [...] Read More

  • Our original plan for a Greek island vacation was a multi-week sailing trip hopping from one beautiful place to another on a catamaran with friends in tow. Then I got pregnant and the idea of flitting around the Aegean Sea no longer seemed wise. So we narrowed our focus to one island: Santorini.

    We chose very, very well.

    The small island had everything ... Read More

  • Swiss rules for naming babies

    by Plan MBA on August 25, 2014

    There are lots of rules in Switzerland. And I’m not just talking about speed limits and littering laws. The Swiss laws get personal.

    Most of them exist to keep you from irritating your neighbors. Before we moved here, we read stories of people forbidden to do laundry on Sunday and of men told to pee sitting down after 10 p.m. because they made too ... Read More

  • The next incoming class has finally arrived on campus, that is the full-time MBA class of 2015 and the Executive MBA classes of 2016.  It was a very busy morning with handout of materials, name badges and getting to know you sessions.  The morning sessions covered the basics of who is who and who does [...] Read More

  • Time in bed: 5:13hSleep quality: 46%I am at IAD in Washington waiting for my flight to Addis and feel a bit tired. Which makes sense because I only go 5:13h of sleep last night due to a delayed inbound flight. For the last six months I have been tracking my sleep with the sleep tracker app ( I thought it'd be good to get ... Read More

  • My Idea Book

    by Through Life & Beyond! on August 18, 2014

    Adding this post to consolidate the opportunities for innovation. I intend to keep this entry active for ever and others are welcome to participate in increasing the list.

    APR 2014

    Personal CRM app: Help you manage your contacts intelligently and generate insights.

    Shoppers Wallet app: Allow users to share the shopping items along with traces to ... Read More

  • Most people start their MBA journey with the aim of either starting their own business or changing careers. Smurfit business school provides fantastic resources to support its participants in achieving these goals through its Careers Office, Leadership Development Programme and Entrepreneurs Club. The reality is that starting a business or changing ... Read More

  • "Is an MBA the wise choice right after graduation?"

    Most of the time students are in dilemma - whether they want career advancement with an MBA degree right after graduation or perhaps really should invest time waiting for couple of work experience, and go for your MBA degree later.

    Students with prior job expertise favored within top B-schools ... Read More

  • "Project report on licensing in India" has been prepared to get a better insight into the licensing practices adopted with reference to Indian context. "Study of Licensing in India" aims at examining various practices adopted by organization as marketing and brand extension. Licensing is a marketing and brand extension tool that is widely used by everyone ... Read More

  • The business world is appeared to be growing and gets to be more dynamic consistently, what matters most when it comes to getting a job? Whether an “MBA" provides higher possibilities of climbing up the corporate ladder than "work experience" does? Can experience frame for the absence of a degree, or does a degree provides something that experience ... Read More

  • "Acknowledgement Letter For Project Report"

    Writing an acknowledgement is an important part of project report. Acknowledgement in project reports is used to thank all those people who have helped you directly or indirectly in preparing your project or thanking people for extending time, effort, money or trust. So, here is a sample acknowledgement ... Read More

  • When you’re pregnant some people think that, in addition to growing a small human, you’ve also developed Teflon skin. These people assume they can say anything to you – no matter how rude or inappropriate or invasive – and you will smile kindly and bless their asinine remark like a benevolent fertility goddess.

    A pregnant friend of mine said ... Read More

  • This year Katharine Slattery, the Director of Peer Mentoring Resources was delighted to be involved in co-ordinating the inaugural MBA Mentoring Programme in conjunction with the MBA Careers Manager. Through this mentoring programme, the full-time MBA students were given the opportunity to meet with professionals who have completed the MBA and have ... Read More