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  • MBA Open Evening

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on November 26, 2015

    The first Opening Evening for the classes of 2016 took place Wednesday evening in UCD Smurfit School with the newly installed Christmas tree in the front hall which gave the occasion a rather festive feel. This event concentrated on the post experience Masters and MBA programmes and was a lively event with a good crowd with lots of questions on the ... Read More

  • Left to right: Vince Cooney, Michael McDonnell, Sumit Chopra, Arka Banerjee, Finbarr Coghlan, Sreekanth Nagabhushana, Siddarth Raghunathan, Patrick Farrell, Minh Le, and Majid Al-Farayedhi (looking like an extra from Tron). UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is most known well for sculpting minds and international leaders. In November, it ... Read More


    Entering the home stretch of first term lectures on the UCD Smurfit MBA provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished, and some of the experiences that we cherish the most. We have all learned an enormous amount in a short period of time from our peer teams and lecturers, but I wanted to reflect on the opportunities ... Read More

  • The Smurfit MBA Thought Leadership Club organised a Digital Leadership Talk to examine digital business strategies adopted by top companies. The event witnessed a stellar lineup of speakers – Mr. JP Donnelly, CEO at Ogilvy & Mather Group; Mr.Kevin McDonald, Country Manager at Zomato and Mr. Gearoid Buckley, Online Marketing Manager at LinkedIn ... Read More

  • Iceland Trip Part 2

    by on November 20, 2015

    รอบนี้มารีวิวสถานที่ท่องเที่ยวเรียงตามที่ได้ไปมา ทริปนี้ขับรถวนรอบเกาะแบบอินดี้ คือขับตามเข็มนาฬิกา 55 ปกติชาวบ้านเค้าจะขับทวนเข็มนาฬิกากัน ... Read More

  • Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell, today announced the participants for their Newstalk Saas Bootcamp.

    They were looking for 8-10 scaling companies who had the ambition and the ability to go global fast. They found 11 in total and are taking them all.

    The participants are:

    Bizimply, Edgescan, Learnupon, WorkCompass, LogoGrab, Legalshine, ... Read More

  • What is the secret to being a successful Entrepreneur? This is probably the question I am most eager to find the answer to during my MBA programme. So many students raised hands when asked whether they want to start up their own business. I believe they are just looking for the recipe for success like me.

    I started to look for the answer by joining ... Read More

  • Iceland Trip Part 1

    by on November 16, 2015

    มาละฮ่ะ รีวิวทริปไอซ์แลนด์ตามสัญญา ขอเอามาแปะไว้ในบล็อคของคุณฝาชีเพราะเกรงว่าถ้าพิมพ์ใส่สเตตัสในเฟซบุคจะยาวไป

    จากกรุงเทพเราไปฮอลแลนด์กันก่อนเพื่อไปเยี่ยมครอบครัวคุณฝาชี ... Read More

  • Dr. Michael Smurfit & Professor Ciaran O’Hogartaigh, Dean of UCD College of Business UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School welcomed Dr. Michael Smurfit on Thursday November 12th to participate in a “Characters in Conversation” event with Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean of Business. This ‘Founders Day’ event is eagerly ... Read More

  • I cannot complain, as I was warned.

    During our first week, we had a presentation from a gentleman from the MBA Association of Ireland. At the end he wished all of the full timers “Best of luck”, but to the EMBA group he just laughed and said “God help you!’

    The hardest part of the EMBA for me so far has been managing the work-life balance; ... Read More

  • The days were getting longer, the nights were getting restless and the weekends were growing boring due to pressing deadlines when the tactically placed GNAM Immersion Week trip came to our rescue. Desperately waiting for 16th October, it was getting harder to spend the last few days in class before flying to our respective locations for GNIW (Global ... Read More

  • One of the most frequently asked questions you get on the very first days of your MBA is, “what is your background?”. My answer was, non-profit organisation, sometimes with extra “key words” like women’s right, poverty reduction, and responsible practices. Usually, the response was, “oh, interesting,” then a few seconds of silence.

    These ... Read More

  • After twelve years away from the books I decided to refine my fundamental understanding of business management by obtaining an MBA. My expectations of MBA life were based on how my mind processed the stories that previous MBA graduates described. However, I must say that the value of the descriptions about MBA life were as good as the descriptions I ... Read More

  • Last night, we joined almost 800 other guests to celebrate the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. The awards, now in their ninth year, honour the incredible businesswomen of Ireland and their outstanding achievements.

    ‘The Smurfettes’ putting our complimentary selfie-stick to use! The room was ... Read More

  • The alarm clock goes off at 7am. Your first thought is that you’re a student and that you can have a lie on. Then you realise that you’re not a student, but an MBA candidate so the normal student rules don’t apply!!! Time to get up.

    Over breakfast you look at your calendar for the day.  How many classes do you have? How many group ... Read More

  • MBA Jobs - CCI Recruitment 2015 - Employment Notice of 31 Manager and Other Posts in Cement Corporation of India Limited (CCI) - Delhi CCI recruitment 2015. 

    CCI Recruitment 2015 has issue employment notification in the month of October for hiring in 31 vacant positions of General Manager, Junior Staff Officer, Executive Secretary, and other ... Read More

  • Often the starting point when analysing a case is to conduct an industry analysis in order to establish the attractiveness or otherwise of a given industry. For this we usually use Porters Five Forces theory, which has as one of its considerations, the barriers to entry that may hinder a competitor who is considering moving into a particular market. ... Read More

  • Last week we had our first international MBA travel opportunity – Global Network Immersion Week (GNIW). GNIW is an optional, one-week module in Semester 1 which allows students to take a mini course either at Smurfit or at another partner university. Each of the universities offer the opportunity to work with other international students, faculty, ... Read More

  • My class and I are now nearly half way through Semester 1, Year 2 of the Executive MBA. The respite of mid-term is upon us as we take a breather before the run in of the last few weeks of the semester.

    As I reflect on the progress we have made to date, one key learning sticks in my mind. Subjects such as Leading the Innovative Enterprise, Performance ... Read More

  • I still vividly remember my first week at Smurfit, how nervous I was about this new chapter in my life, thinking about what I will need to be a success here, and good grades were number one on that list of requirements.

    However, after almost two months on the programme, I have somehow arrived at the conclusion that grades are only a footnote in the ... Read More

  • Poets & Quants editor John Byrne sat down with our Dean, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, to discuss the UCD Smurfit MBA experience, and Ireland as a destination for business education.

    Interview with The Dean

    Avril Donohue ~ MBA Alumni Relations, Marketing & Events Read More

  • Barilla pasta and a large Coke, delivered on a Honda while reading Stephen King, before deciding between Nintendo Wii or PlayStation! Who knew the EMBA would be so much fun? On the other side of life, no more Netflix, Champion’s League, weekly five aside or Saturday morning lie in. Although the benefits of the experience curve should see weekly 5 ... Read More

  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School today welcomed validation of its international standing confirmed in two separate highly respected international rankings for 2015 – the Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings and The Economist Full-Time MBA Rankings.

    The School’s programmes achieved 18th place in the European rankings (56th place in ... Read More

  • The MBA Journey

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on October 19, 2015


    The MBA was something that I was considering for a while. I can imagine there are many people like me out there – 10+ years in the work force and not sure what you want to do in 10 years time. Feeling like you have no options other than stay doing what you are doing so you apply for a couple of jobs, ‘just to see like’ you tell yourself. ... Read More

  • Time is running at a lightening speed here. I now realize that when seniors said the year will go by really fast, they meant it quite literally. Each day is packed with a bagful of activities, all of which need to be fitted around the seven hours of classroom lectures. And the classes have only just begun!

    340 of us from 2015-16 batch, with 31% female ... Read More

  • Facing My Fears

    by The UCD Smurfit MBA Blog on October 16, 2015

    Team 7 I have two fears, spiders and heights! When filling out our team charter during the foundation week we were asked for our fears, some had a fear of failure, some death or illness and other quite profound and meaningful fears. Please excuse my scepticism as a medic, but most of those things are inevitable so they were not top of my list. What ... Read More

  • When I embarked on this MBA journey, I was cautioned to “Be afraid”. That warning was not aimed at the MBA Programme but at the Jiggery Pokery done in financial statements. Six weeks into the course and that fear has turned into appreciation for the quality of education I have received to date. I realised soon after the start of the MBA Programme, ... Read More

  • Prof. Prabhu Guptara (Source – Wiki)  

    Six weeks into the MBA Programme, students have discussed and deliberated the malfeasance, fraud and buck-passing policies adopted by companies such as Enron, Arthur Andersen, HealthSouth, FreddieMac, Lehman Brother etc. As future business leaders, we have occasionally questioned if we are at the brink ... Read More

  • Well, OK, maybe it’s not so hidden, six weeks (yes, six!!) into our first semester but its presence and importance weren’t as clear to me at the start of the semester as perhaps they should have been!

    Navigating the mix of group and individual assignments, which differ in content, nature and proportion of overall grade, is a challenge that needs ... Read More

  • Today was the last day of our three-week Launch, that ended on a high note with a drinks and dance reception. The class decided to shift the party outside of the school, while I excused myself to some quiet time in my room. As I reflect on the three weeks gone, my mind is getting overwhelmed trying to register all that I have experienced so far – ... Read More

  • Heat is one of my favourite films of all time. It’s a classic tale of cops and robbers, except with everything turned up to eleven. Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino both give stellar performances as antagonist and protagonist, ably assisted by Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore. Meanwhile, director Michael Mann brings the plot of high-stakes crime to life with ... Read More

  • Five presentations, five writing assignments and more than twenty reading materials, how much time do you think you need to finish all of these? – We have just five weeks.

    This is how my MBA programme started. It is never a relaxing beginning but a difficult one, sometimes even a bit stressful. However, it is substantial, interesting, and most importantly, ... Read More

  • We’re now somewhere between a month and a year into the EMBA, take my word for it, I’m quite sure it’s less than a year. Although, if we’re counting new memories and experiences instead of days than it’s way more than a year’s worth. But that’s beside the point, the point is that after this uncertain amount of time ... Read More

  • Week 5 and who would have known a glossy magazine or a good thriller has been swapped for the Harvard Business Review and the New Yorker! (Thank you Megan).

    Week 1 informed me that most experience curves reflect the joint effects of learning, technological advances and scale all of which feature in my MBA experience to date.

    Coming from a science ... Read More

  • Emergent strategies, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, statements of financial position, does it match volume and variety?.…..need I go on? For all new MBA students the bombardment of information will initially feel overwhelming. The good news is you are not alone, this happens to all of us at some stage. You will get through but only through hard work, ... Read More

  • Right now my brain is mush – four weeks in and work and study thoughts have merged into a big muddle. I have taken to calling some of my work team by the names of my MBA team and no one in our office knows who Derry and Kerry are! It has been a whirlwind month – your weekend suddenly has a new schedule of EMBA reading or project calls or ... Read More

  • I’m one month into the Full-Time MBA experience and my mindset has shifted drastically from what I thought going into this experience. I came in thinking about the grades I wanted to get and courses I wanted to take. I knew that team work would be important but I didn’t give much consideration as to how important it would be and the drastic impact ... Read More

  • Lets do this!

    by My Journey through the MBA on September 20, 2015

    The day for which countdown begun 290 days back (literally), is now hardly 11 hours away! I’m going to take a moment to let that sink in.

    I moved in to my accommodation at Rewley Abbey Court last night and my flatmate and I are happy with the location of my flat. The view from our bedrooms is of the magnificent school campus, and on the other ... Read More

  • Today students are most stressed Thant ever. Making decisions about colleges and courses can seem overwhelming, especially in the face of growing competition. School students are constantly striving to choose best college for study, as a good college paves way for a great career ahead. A good college along with its reputation and education always lends ... Read More

  • There are few greater joys in life than the liberation you feel after letting down your guard. You know that moment when you see their eyes widen – that smile of acknowledgement appears on the others’ faces. You are no longer a stranger, a colleague or a classmate – you are recognized for you, the individual. It wasn’t until 3 months of ... Read More

  • If you’re a Job Hunter who’s looking for “Sarkari Job Openings”, you may find searching for "Government Employment News" to be a daunting task. Just search Government Employment News and you will get About 11,50,00,000 results . You will find numerous Job Search Portals, so the world of job seeking can be time consuming.

    This can be a most ... Read More

  • Registration & Breakfast This morning, we kick started day one of Foundation Week. We have had a busy morning welcoming our newly arrived MBA students to Smurfit Business School, that is the Full-Time MBA Class of 2016 and the Executive MBA Class of 2017. It has been a great morning meeting everybody, welcoming our international students to Dublin, ... Read More