MBA 2016 Year In Review
We kicked off the year by putting our Executive MBAs through their paces in a Leadership Assessment Centre. This was facilitated by DCU Business School Organisational Psychology & Behaviour Faculty. This is just one part of a 2-year Leadership Development programme as part of the Executive MBA programme.
Joe Wallace also delivered an inspiring “Negotiations Workshop” testing our MBA’s to put their skills into practice.
Our MBA’s visited Dairygold, Wisetek & Voxpro, to name a few site visits, on a Residency Weekend in Kinsale, Co Cork as part of the Domestic Enterprise Engagement Module.
Sharon Walsh, Marketing Director of Heineken & DCU Alumnus gave an engaging talk on one of Heinekens marketing campaigns as part of our MBA Executive Speaker Series.
James Magill, Vodafone HR Director spoke to the 2nd year MBA’s he spoke about managing change and the challenges and complexities involved.
Our annual Careers Skills Event provided the opportunity for our second year Executive MBAs to experience a series of tailored career-orientated development challenges. These included expert panel interviews with Bearing Point and Morgan McKinley; videoed personal pitches, coaching clinics with professional coaches, CV clinics with DCU Careers Service, and assessment centre. The day concluded with Dave Malone, Performance Director at Paralympic Ireland, speaking about leadership from his perspective as a three time (2 silvers & 1 gold) paralympic games medal winner and leading a team to Rio 2016.
DCU Business School was awarded AACSB, which places us in the top 5% of business schools globally.
Donal Doyle, Head of Big Data at Google spoke about using data analytics at Google as part of the MBA Executive Speaker Series.
Rob O’Toole, Head of HR Shared Services, Irish Civil Service delivered an interesting comparative talk on HR from both his private and public sector experiences.
Rob Briner delivered a workshop on Evidence-Based Management (EBMa), discussing the importance of th use of internal & external metrics and data.
Doireann Sheelan, a current DCU Executive MBA participant received a Special Award for her individual contribution at the MBA Association of Ireland Strategy Challenge competition.
DCU Executive MBA programme as part of the DCU University of Enterprise vision now includes content aimed at developing evidence based managers and data driven decision makers. This is provided through its new module on Enterprise Engagement & Data Analytics including content designed and developed and provided to DCU by Carnegie Mellon University, USA and the Centre for Eveidence Based Management.
In September, Executive MBA participants from University of Ljubljana joined our own Executive MBA students to partake in an interactive session on Leadership with Professor Patrick Flood. This provided both groups of students with the opportunity to network and share perspectives on Leadership.
The Executive MBA International Study Week took place in Hong Kong and included a number of exciting visits to a range of financial, insurance, real estate, consulting and green organisations and of course a visit to a Big Buddha. Among the highlights, the Executive MBA class were invited to visit the Irish Consulate based in Hong Kong and hear from and speak withAnne O’Riordan, DCU Alumnus and based in Hong Kong and to learn about the scale of cross-border trade currently being conducted within the region.
Congratulations to the Executive MBA Class of 2014 – 2016, who successfully graduated from the DCU Executive MBA programme!
Caroline Pigott won the award for DCU Executive MBA Irish Rail Ray Pierce Memorial Award – Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Irish Rail.
Stephen Shannon won the award for DCU Executive MBA “MBA-Based Learning” Student of the Year 2016 which was sponsored by the Irish Institute of Training & Development
Steve Halpin is Managing Director of ETAC Solutions – a specialist provider of training, expertise and solutions related to Lean and Six Sigma Business Improvement Programmes. Steve spoke to the MBA second year class about operational efficiency introducing the concept of Lean business thinking, explaining the lean principles, and discuss how they might apply to business.
The COO Jules Hickson at Little Vista came to visit our 2nd year MBA’s to deliver a very informative talk on his “First Hand” account of starting up his SME.
David Sadlier is National Sales and Solutions Director at Kuehne + Nagel Ireland. He spoke on the supply chain topics giving a range of working examples about how maximising the efficiency of the supply chain is a common goal – however each company has its own specific needs and unique requirements. He spoke about the role of partnering, about having a business philosophy based on mutual gain for both customer and supplier with this balance to underpinned by proactive engagement with customers to deliver a best-in-class supply chain.
Niall Kelly, a former European VP HR of Verbatim (Geneva) and previously Regional Director of IBEC led a practical workshop on executive well-being and the avoidance of burnout. He demonstrated effective approaches to personal awareness and de-stressing in the moment. Niall’s work is based on personal experience and experience gained through many years of executive coaching and organisation development. Niall, who’s career began in the merchant navy, has worked as a regional director of IBEC, and has held senior HR director positions in Ireland and Europe. He is an OD consultant, executive coach and master teacher of the Alexander Technique
In time honoured tradition, the first year Executive MBA students at DCU Business School hold an annual class collection for Focus Ireland. This year they raised a record E1,084 from their class of 31 students. Many thanks to each of them and to their class representatives, Marguerite Bourke and Marc Gilles for organising the collection. Focus Ireland is one of Ireland’s leading homelessness charities giving support to individuals an families across the entire spectrum of homelessness. Here you can hear their founder, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy talk about the he homelessness crisis in Ireland, the mission and work of Focus Ireland: https://www.focusireland.ie/what-we-do/
Larry Kelly told us his story about his career journey to date and its ups, downs, challenges and opportunities. Larry recently returned to Ireland after 5 years working in China as Head of HR for Irish entrepreneurial company, PCH International. Prior to this, Larry was Head of HR for the Wyeth/Pfizer Biotechnology (2001 – 2011) campus in Clondalkin County Dublin. Larry joined at the start-up of what was to become the world’s largest Biotech campus.
Ciaran Cunningham, CEO of Carat and a DCU Business School alumnus delivered an innovative presentation on disruption and the role of social media marketing.
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