Thursday, 1 February 2018

On Thursday, 1st February 2018, the School of Business & Economics will host an MBA Masterclass: 'In conversation with Gerald Lawless, Chairman of World Travel and Trade Council and former Head of Tourism & Hospitality, Dubai Holding and CEO of Jumeirah Group.'Gerald Lawless started his career with Forte Hotels, which culminated in him leading and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East. After a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, he joined Jumeirah in 1997 and led its establishment as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world. Taking on the challenge of launching Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, after the successful introduction of Jumeirah Beach Hotel to an eager travelling public, Mr. Lawless went on to become President and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Jumeirah Group. Currently, Jumeirah Group has a portfolio of 23 hotels across 12 worldwide destinations, along with an impressive array of 100 restaurants in the UAE.  In 2016 Mr. Lawless assumed a leadership position responsible for tourism and hospitality in Dubai Holding, the Group’s parent company.  In 2017 he took up the chairmanship of the World Travel and Trade Council.Mr. Lawless is a Graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland and holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the Johnson & Wales University, State of Rhode Island, USA; an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the National University of Ireland, Galway; and an Honorary Doctorate from the Middlesex University Dubai. If you wish to attend, please contact: Mairead McKeon, email: mba@nuigalway.ie  

Monday, 2 November 2015

NUI Galway’s Executive MBA recently hosted a Masterclass event entitled Achieving Success in Inter-Cultural Global Management, and was presented by Mike Hughes, Executive Vice President, Strategic Customers & Segments with Schneider Electric. Mike reflected on his career journey since joining Schneider Electric, a global specialist in Energy Management and Automation, in 2000. Mike has held numerous business leadership positions across the globe and is currently responsible for the strategic accounts and segments of the company. “I currently work with large global customers and come up with solutions on how they can improve their energy consumption and thereby increase their overall operations efficiently. To be successful in this global business, it is important to understand the culture that I’m working in”, said Hughes. Mike delivered an excellent presentation on the interpay of Corportate Culture, Geographic Culture and Global Culture with corportate structures and operations. In the engaging and interesting Q&A which followed, discussion centered around how organisations operate in a global corporate environment and the importance of understanding different perspectives within diverse management structures. Commenting after the event, Dr. Tom Acton, Head of School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, said “Mike is the latest in our Masterclass series of globally-leading speakers, and continues our aim of bringing best-in-class presentations to our MBA students. Mike gave fabulous insights into the energy industry, global business processes, and the importance of culture for international business. It was a great evening and, as intended, provided the audience with a set of valuable takeaways focused on success generation in international markets”.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

NUI Galway Executive MBA and the Irish Academy of Management recently hosted the 10th Masterclass entitled “Can Leaders Make a Difference to Organisational Performance?” with Professor Andrew Pettigrew. Professor Pettigrew is Professor of Strategy and Organisation at Saïd Business School and Senior Golding Fellow at Brasenose College, both at the University of Oxford.  He is a leading expert on strategy and change in both the public and private sectors.  Professor Pettigrew’s address at the recent MBA masterclass examined the impact leaders have on organisation performance and highlighted some key issues including the increase in leadership churn and reduced CEO tenure as a challenge for organisations. Speaking after the event, Maria Linnane, Executive MBA Student 2014-16 said, “Andrew Pettigrew’s lecture was very insightful. He supported his theories with relevant case studies from the business world. The main takeaway was the relationship between poor organisational performance and high rates of leader turnover. Research is showing that CEO tenures are decreasing and potential leader effects are nullified by their short tenure in Office”


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

  Dr. Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director, NUI Galway; Adrian Jones, Managing Director, Merchant Banking Division, Goldman Sachs; Brian Ruane, The Bank of NY Mellon; Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti; Mike Higgins, Managing Director and Head, U.S. Real Estate Finance, CIBC World Markets Corp.; Seán Lane, Senior Private Banker, JP Morgan; Margaret Wright, Galway University Foundation, NUI Galway. A group of NUI Galway Executive MBA students took part in a week-long Global Gateway Programme at the world renowned Fordham University in New York City in June 2015. Students met with experienced academics and attended seminars and lectures from finance, leadership and change to teamwork through Jazz. One highlight was an interactive panel organised and sponsored by the Galway University Foundation entitled “Career Reflections: Looking Back, Looking Forward”. The event provided students with insights from guest speakers who have achieved significant international career success.  All of the speakers, many of whom are NUI Galway graduates, advised on how to craft successful careers drawing from their own varied and diverse experiences.  The panel reflected on the challenges ahead for executives and business leaders.   The event was hosted at the exclusive New York Athletic Club on Central Park. “It was an immense privilege to be in the presence of such esteemed business leaders at this event, and to have them share their stories of leadership with us. Each speaker was of an extremely high calibre and brought their own vast wisdom and experience to the table. Overall it was an inspirational event and provided great insight as well as practical advice.”, said Elisha Daniels, Executive MBA 2014-16.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

NUI Galway’s Executive MBA recently hosted its ninth Masterclass event.  Entitled Conversations with CEOs, the Masterclass included a line-up of high-profile CEOs from diverse sectors and diverse backgrounds including Michael McNicholas, CEO of Ervia (Bord Gáis Éireann and Irish Water), Dr Patricia Smith, CEO of Bio-Medical Research, and John Delaney, CEO of the FAI.  The speakers shared their insights and personal experiences on success in a discussion chaired by Tomás Ó Síocháin, former broadcaster with RTE.  The speakers reflected on their career journeys leading them to occupy the most senior role in their organisations. Michael McNicholas talked about the critical importance of really wanting to do the job if you are to be successful in it. John Delaney talked about the importance of stakeholders and, in particular, the importance of the grass roots community groups for the work of the FAI.  Dr Patricia Smith discussed the challenges with various business turnarounds she has led in the biotech and medical device industry.  While there was a diverse range of sectors, disciplines and backgrounds across the three speakers, the importance of commitment, motivation, and work-life balance were common themes when discussing individual and organisational success.   Dr Alma McCarthy, Director of NUI Galway’s Executive MBA programme, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to receive insights from three outstanding leaders who are national household names in their sectors.  There are many learnings and take-aways the audience can use in their careers.  This is the 9th event in the NUI Galway MBA Masterclass series which has been a resounding success since its inception in 2010.”  The NUI Galway MBA programme recently gained AMBA accreditation.  AMBA accreditation is the global standard of excellence for MBA education and places NUI Galway among the top 2% of business schools worldwide to have attained the accolade. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

A group of students began their Executive MBA journey in September 2014 at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway.  Students attended an Induction on 12th September and were welcomed by Dr. Emer Mulligan, Head of School and  Dr. Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director together with MBA teaching faculty and school staff.  The new MBA students come from diverse backgrounds and have expertise within the medical device industry, I.T., consultancy, retail and public sector.  


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Photo Caption: (L-R) Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway; Dr Rachel Hilliard, Lecturer; Mr Mike Feerick, Founder & CEO ALISON & Ireland Reaching Out;  Ms Suzanne Ryan, Chair MBAAI Western Chapter, Dr Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director Mr. Mike Feerick, MBA (Harvard Business School) and CEO of ALISON and Ireland Reaching Out recently delivered the 8th NUI Galway Executive MBA Masterclass on the role of disruptive innovation. ALISON, the company which Mike Feerick founded, has become a world leader in offering free courses online and was the first MOOC (massive open online course).  This disruptively innovative approach to education has seen him open up the education market through offering short training courses with no fees and operating a business model that generates operating income from advertising revenue.  Commenting on the role that education has as a means to empowerment, he signalled the commoditization of some forms of education that were happening currently and a levelling of the playing field in the sector.  The event was attended by MBA alumni, current MBA students and business leaders.

Friday, 27 September 2013

NUI Galway’s Executive MBA recently hosted the 7th Masterclass entitled “Powerful Conversations”.  Leadership is a Conversation. Smart leaders today engage with employees in a way that resembles an ordinary person-to-person conversation. The essential attributes of interpersonal conversation are Intimacy, Interactivity, Inclusion, and Intentionality. In addition, the key to a powerful conversation is a powerful question. These were some of the key points shared by Barry Walsh and panel guests, business owners and MBA graduates themselves Paul Glynn – Topform, Gene Browne - the City Bin Co. , Alan Mulholland - Mulholland Bookmakers and Barry Walsh - the People Development Co.  hosted by Dr. Christine Domegan. The four are members of a peer group of eight business leaders that meet every second month to share ideas and experience and help resolve critical challenges each is facing in their business and their leadership. Together for almost eight years the panelists spoke about the benefits of being in such a Powerful Conversation group, how it gives them an opportunity to step back from their businesses, reflect and get advice from others in the group who may have experienced similar situations. Being a member of the group and seeing what it does to support business leaders Barry Walsh (a professional business coach) was inspired to establish other groups known as ‘the Power of Seven’. With several groups in existence and new groups available to join, Mr Walsh said “what business executives get from a peer group like this is more than they could ever get from a training or coaching programme, it really does help them to think and act differently”.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A group of NUI Galway Executive MBA students took part in a week-long Global Gateway Programme at the world renowned Fordham University in New York City in June 2013. Students met with experienced academics and attended seminars and lectures from finance, leadership and change to teamwork through Jazz. One highlight was a Breakfast Panel organised and sponsored by the Galway University Foundation entitled “Reflections on Professional Success”. All of the speakers, many of whom are NUI Galway graduates, have distinguished international careers and shared their experiences in the corporate world together with the challenges encountered in achieving ‘balance’ in their personal and senior executive lives. The Executive MBA students learned the importance of embracing change, on-going learning and development, mentoring and building relationships. The event was hosted at the exclusive New York Athletic Club on Central Park. “The NUI Galway event was extremely beneficial and in a wonderful location which really complemented the programme in Fordham”, said John Evans, Executive MBA 2012-14.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

NUI Galway has today (22 May) announced the attainment of the global AMBA accreditation for its MBA programme offered in the School of Business and Economics. AMBA provide the only dedicated accreditation regime for MBA Programmes and now positions NUI Galway against the best worldwide. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation is internationally recognised as the global standard for all MBA programmes. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in MBA education and is earned only by the best programmes. AMBA accredits 200 Schools in over 70 countries.  “The number of MBA qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to our rigorous international criteria” says Mark Stoddard, Accreditation Manager at AMBA. The NUI Galway MBA is one of the leading management development programmes in the country. A general management programme which enhances and develops business and management capabilities while preparing students for strategic leadership roles, the programme places an emphasis on strategic decision making and develops practical and professional skills for success in increasingly complex environments. Speaking about the achievement, Dr Alma McCarthy, Executive MBA Programme Director, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, said: “The NUI Galway MBA this year celebrates its 40th anniversary and it is fitting that we successfully attained AMBA accreditation demonstrating the world-class quality of our MBA programme. Employers and top business recruiters looking to acquire the best managers and future business leaders know that graduates of the AMBA accredited programmes have received the highest quality management education. We are proud to now confirm that to recruit a graduate from the NUI Galway MBA is to recruit top talent in Ireland.” Dr McCarthy added: “We know for students, the decision to study an MBA represents a major commitment, both in terms of time and money. This AMBA accreditation ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest MBA education available. We have constant engagement with the business community and our programme reflects and aligns with developments in industry both nationally and internationally. Our class sizes are kept small, our lecturers are leading experts in their respective fields and keep teaching relevant to the changing demands of the business world which overall results in greater one to one attention and learning experience.” Graduates of the NUI Galway Executive MBA have significantly advanced their careers with many being promoted, starting their own business, or changing careers after completing the programme. Applications for the next programme will be accepted from September 2013. Further information on the Executive MBA at NUI Galway is available athttp://www.cairnes.nuigalway.ie/mba/ ENDS   //

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway recently hosted the 6th Executive MBA Masterclass entitled “Customer Service as the Heart of Business”.  A panel of speakers shared their insights and personal experience of customer service, people and leadership in a discussion chaired by Dr Ann Torres.  The panel discussed the critical role employees play in customer service delivery and that good leadership at all levels lies at the heart of successful organisations and effective customer service.  Myles McHugh gave insights from his experience in a large semi-state organisation, Irish Rail while Oisin Browne gave insights on social media from the perspective of a fast-growing SME in the services sector with impressive internationalisation plans.  Barry Walsh has worked for large MNCs and now provides specialised consulting advice and services to the SME sector.  The chair, Dr Ann Torres, said “it was wonderful to learn from a panel of experienced practitioners about the role and importance of customer service as the heart of business and the importance of the human factor in delivering customer service excellence

Thursday, 3 January 2013

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway is organising a conference and gala dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of the first intake to its Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.  To celebrate this milestone, the MBA 40 Conference and Gala Dinner which will take place Friday January 25th 2013 in Galway.  All MBA alumni as well as past and current teaching faculty are invited to attend. The conference, "40 Years A-Growing in Business & Management: Learning from the Past, Leading the Future" will draw together a panel of very impressive contributors from business and academia, many of whom are NUI Galway MBA alumni including: Dr Alan Ahearne, Economist & Lecturer, NUI Galway;  Mike Higgins, MD and Head, CIBC World Markets Corp. and Chair of NUI Galway US Foundation;  Seamus Kavanagh (MBA), Vice President, Hollister, Chicago; Paschal McCarthy (MBA), Vice President, GE Healthcare; Prof John Mchale, Chair National Fiscal Council and Chair of Economics, NUI Galway; and Helen Ryan, CEO, Creganna Tactx Medical.  The conference will focus on a number of contemporary business, management and leadership issues and challenges.   “We very much look forward to welcoming back our very successful MBA alumni.  This is a great opportunity for them to return to the University, see the new Cairnes Business School, reconnect with their MBA classmates, and to network with other NUI Galway MBA graduates and potential business partners” said Dr Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director.  A number of alumni who are located oversees have registered to attend the event and the conference has received funding from The Gathering.  “The NUI Galway MBA programme is the second oldest MBA programme in the Island of Ireland and is the flagship programme in the School.  The quality of our graduates is reflected in multiple successes in national MBA competitions with many of our alumni holding senior management positions in a variety of organisations nationally and internationally” said Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of the Cairnes School of Business and Economics.  For further information about the conference and gala dinner, please contact the Alumni Office on 091-493750.

Friday, 23 November 2012

NUI Galway’s Executive MBA, in association with the MBA Association of Ireland Western Chapter, recently hosted its fifth Masterclass event. Entitled Maximising Human Potential & Performance: Lessons from Sports Psychology and Business the Masterclass included a line-up of high-profile speakers including Professor Eamon O’Shea, Caroline Currid, Martin Conroy and Seán McGowan, who shared their insights and personal experiences in a discussion chaired by businessman Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Professor Eamon O’Shea is a Professor of Economics at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway and has recently been appointed Manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team for 2013. Professor O’Shea was also the coach for the All-Ireland Champions in 2010. Caroline Currid, Performance Coach with the National Athlete Development Academy, has had a profound impact on Gaelic games. She has worked with All-Ireland Football Champions Tyrone in 2008 and helped the Tipperary hurlers and Dublin footballers bridge 10 and 16 year gaps, respectively, attain silverware. Martin Conroy is Director of Continuous Improvement, Global Vascular Operations at Medtronic, Galway. Martin is responsible for developing and deploying the corporate lean strategy across a number of global sites for over 5,000 employees. Seán McGowan, Ocean Rower, spent 118 days at sea alone, crossing the Atlantic in a small boat. He is a qualified Engineer and holds an MBA and assists with organisations in turnaround situations. During the event Seán spoke very personally of his solo journey across the Atlantic and attributes much of his achievement in doing so to the power of the mind. The panel discussed the effects of attitude on human potential and the importance in self-belief concluding that Irish people need the move away from their current negative ‘I’m not too bad’ state of mind to an ‘I’m great’ culture. The power and importance of values and the panel’s failures and success were also discussed by the panel. Dr Alma McCarthy, Director of NUI Galway’s Executive MBA programme, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to receive insights on the psychology of success which are relevant to any context and incumbent on all of us to use the learnings in our personal and professional lives.”

Monday, 3 September 2012

The role of Networking in business has been well known and it is seen as an essential skill for business managers today.  However, the ability to network and how to effectively manage your networks are skills that evade some managers and business professionals.  The Western Chapter of the MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI) addressed this issue in their seminar entitled “The Importance of Networking” recently held in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway.  The seminar was delivered by Liam Bluett, MBA CIMA of the Ballybane Enterprise Centre.  Liam (formerly Finance Director with Nortel Networks) who has in excess of thirty years experience in executive leadership provided tips and insights into successful networking. This exciting seminar coincided with the launch of the local MBAAI programme of events for 2012/2013.  The Western Chapter of the MBAAI have lined up an exciting array of events and opportunities for MBA graduates to connect and engage over the next twelve months.  The number of MBA graduates based in the West of Ireland has been increasing and represents many business and industry leaders and innovators.  The MBA Association of Ireland both locally and nationally provides a representative voice for those members and offers opportunities to meet and engage with other members both formally and informally. Further details on the seminar, the MBAAI and the upcoming calendar of events for 2012/13 can be obtained from www.mbaassociation.ie, or by email to:  info@mbaassociation.ie.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A team from the NUI Galway Executive MBA class are the proud winners of the MBA Association of Ireland National Strategy Competition 2012 held in DublinSaturday 23rd June.  This is an outstanding achievement for the winning team, the Executive MBA programme, the School, and the University.  The win follows NUI Galway’s success in 2010, when it last entered the competition.  The winning team members are: Myles McHugh, Suzanne Ryan, Mike Parkinson, Ashwin Kher and Roger Sweetman.  “This excellent achievement is testament to the quality of teaching on the programme and I would like to congratulate all involved in teaching the 2010-2012 MBA class” said Dr Emer Mulligan, Head of School.  Many of the best business schools on the Islandof Irelandtook part in the competition including the SmurfitGraduateSchoolat UCD and UCC.  The competition required the team to prepare a strategic analysis and presentation on a Harvard Business Case (eBay, Inc and Amazon.com) over four hours and then present to a panel of judges.  Commenting on the win by the NUI Galway team, Dr Alma McCarthy, MBA Programme Director stated that “the NUI Galway Executive MBA curriculum has a very strong focus on strategy and prepares students to excel as business and strategy analysts.  Winning the MBAAI National Strategy Forum Competition 2012 reinforces the excellent teaching and learning standards provided to students on our programme”. 

Friday, 20 April 2012

The second event in the NUI Galway Executive MBA Masterclass was recently held at the J.E. Cairnes Business School.  Chaired by Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Adjunct Professor and Chair of Aer Arann, the event provided insight into business finance and investment options across the business life cycle from early stage to mature levels of growth. The panellists were:  • Danuta Gray, Chairman, Telefónica O2 Ireland • Ted Webb, Managing Director, IBI Corporate Finance • Martin Kelleher, Partner, Mason, Hayes + Curran • Gerry Mackey, Director, Halo Business Angel Partnership, Westbic Speaking about the challenges for early stage start-ups, Gerry Mackey from Halo Business Angel Partnership said “angel investment is particularly suited to high rish high potential start-ups.  Angel investing is private equity investment where investors contribute to the management of the business.  Angel investment is the credit union equivalent of the venture capital market”.  Many very successful global brands started from angel investment partnerships including Starbucks, Amazon and HP. Danuta Gray, Irish Business Person of the Year 2010 and Chair of Telefónica O2 Ireland talked about growing a very successful publicly quoted company.  Danuta discussed the challenges and opportunities of bringing O2 from a start-up to demerger to acquisition by Telefónica.  She referred to the critical role that organisational culture plays in mergers and acquisitions and highlighted the need for cultures to be compatible.  Ted Webb, IBI Corporate Finance has extensive experience in venture capital and talked about the opportunities and growth in the biotech, medical devices, IT, healthcare and food sectors nationally and internationally.  Commenting on the key challenges of venture capital, Ted said “getting the right level of investment for the right level of equity is critical”.  He talked about the importance of the management and business structure in attracting venture capital investment.  The event was attended by the Executive MBA class, MBA alumni, and the MBA Association of Ireland management team as well as others involved in business in the locality and region. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Students on the Executive MBA programmes at NUI Galway and at the University of Limerick benefit from the recently announced strategic alliance between the two universities. MBA students will have the option of choosing summer electives in Year One of the programme either at NUI Galway or at the University of Limerick. This alliance provides students with greater choice in their elective subjects and more flexibility to tailor the programme to their particular needs. The alliance also allows for expanded networking opportunities with other MBA students. This year, students are taking two electives from the following list of those on offer in UL and at NUI Galway: Business Negotiations, International Management, Technology Management and Strategic Sales Management.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

NUI Galway’s Executive MBA recently hosted a Masterclass event entitled Corporate Social Responsibility – Where are we now and where are we going?.  The Masterclass included a panel of speakers from diverse sectors and diverse backgrounds including John Lonergan, former Governor, Mountjoy Prison, Tina Roche, CEO, Business in the Community Ireland and John O’Shea, former Founder and CEO of Goal.  The speakers shared their insights and personal experiences on Corporate Social Responsibility in a discussion chaired by Frank Conaty, Lecturer, Accountancy and Finance, NUI Galway. John Lonergan Drawing on his unique personal experience, John talked about the critical importance of good corporate governance as a pre-requisite to being socially responsible and the necessity of giving every individual in society the chance for redemption.  John O’Shea John treated the audience to a passionate reflection on his years of experience overseas with Goal and, while giving some great examples of CSR in practice, highlighted the enormous social challenges that are still an everyday reality in the ‘Forgotten World’. Tina Roche Tina focussed on what CSR means for companies and MBA graduates.  As CEO of Business in the Community Ireland, one of her aims is to get companies to look at what their impact is on community and what CSR means to them.  For MBA graduates, it is important for them to realise how CSR works in their own companies and how they as business leaders can drive CSR to achieve going forward. Frank Conaty Frank chaired a lively and passionate disussion which, in truth, could have continued long after the proceeding ended. In drawing the discussion together, Frank highlighted the diverse and changing nature of CSR its growing imporatnce in the board room and in practice while also presenting the challenge of developing a deeper understanding of the breath of CSR.   Martin Hughes In the closing summation Martin, Director of NUI Galway’s Executive MBA programme, said: “While we had a passionate, thrilling and lively contributions from the panel and from the floor it is hugely encouraging that our panel is united in their belief that Corporate Social Responsibility is an idea on the cusp of its time that has the potential to make an enormous difference to the challenges facing the modern world.”  The NUI Galway MBA programme is AMBA accredited.  AMBA accreditation is the global standard of excellence for MBA education and places NUI Galway among the top 2% of business schools worldwide to have attained the accolade.