Past Events

Best Business Reads of 2021

As part our Christmas event in the RDS. Frank Dillon, business book reviewer with The Irish Times and editor of Decision, recently gave us his list of favourite  business books of 2021: The Invincible Company by Alex Osterwalder et al: The latest from the inventor of the business model canvas summarises his key ideas on […]

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Whistleblowing Policy and Process

Grainne Madden, founder of GMJ Associates, a consultancy offering advice and training in business ethics and responsible business practice, recently hosted a webinar for members on Whistleblowing Policy and Process. The EU Whistleblowing Directive has introduced common minimum standards for the protection of whistleblowers in EU countries.  In Ireland, the General Scheme of the Protected […]

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Creative Conflict with HBR’s Bill Sanders

The MBA Association was delighted to invite Bill Sanders, co-author of Creative Conflict: A Practical Guide for Business Negotiators, to host a webinar on negotiation in September. Negotiation is stuck. It’s time for something new. Almost everything is negotiable. Almost every interaction is a negotiation. And in no field is this clearer than in business, […]

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Changes in the Pensions Landscape

The MBA Association was once again delighted to invite Ralph Benson and Olive Ryan of pensions adviser Moneycube for a lunchtime webinar on pensions. The event covered the following: Changes in the pensions landscape Legislative, professionalisation of governance Control, costs and transparency What’s around the corner? IORPS II, auto enrolment 5 big opportunities to enhance […]

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Wedell-Wedellsborg: ‘What’s Your Problem’

In this insightful interview with Frank Dillon of Decision, made available for MBAAI members, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, author of ‘What’s Your Problem’ (HBR Press), looks at how to reframe business and personal problems to achieve better outcomes. Thomas has worked with managers in nearly all parts of the globe, including China, India, Russia, Singapore, Britain, France […]

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Why developers are central to your business

We are delighted to bring members an exclusive interview with Jeff Lawson, CEO of software giant Twilio and author of ‘Ask Your Developer’, talking to Decision’s Frank Dillon about why developers should be central to your business. Lawson is a serial inventor with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience. You can view the […]

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Out-think the Competition: Kaihan Krippendorff

To coincide with the Association’s National Strategy Competition 2021, we were delighted to have world-renowned strategy expert Kaihan Krippendorff of outthinkers.com address members on the subject of  “Outthink the Competition: Excelling in a Digital, Agile, Purpose-Driven Future” .  One of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the world, Kaihan was participating as a judge in […]

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TU Dublin wins National Strategy Competition

A team of MBA students from TU Dublin has won the prestigious National Strategy Competition for 2021, organised by the MBA Association of Ireland. The competition is open to all MBA programmes across Ireland, past winners having included UCD, NUIG, DCU and WIT. The students had four hours to prepare a strategic analysis and presentation […]

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Cybersecurity & Internet Fraud

The MBA Association recently hosted a webinar with Donal Murphy of Intuity Technologies on the pressing topic of Cyber Security and Internet Fraud. In light of the high profile cyber-attack on the HSE IT systems, this webinar was designed to provide businesses and managers with relevant guidelines on how best to protect themselves and their […]

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Why Brand needs to be on the board agenda

We were delighted to welcome Gillian Horan, CEO and founder of branding consultancy The Pudding, recently to speak on the subject of “Brand – why it needs to be on the board agenda”. Companies dramatically underestimate the value of a strong brand. Now more than ever, executives need to consider how building and developing purposeful […]

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Marketing Effectiveness with Paul Dervan

The Association was delighted to welcome Paul Dervan, Chief Marketing Officer with National Lottery, to speak on marketing effectiveness recently. Paul is author of Run with Foxes: Make better marketing decisions, a contributor to WARC, the online effectiveness website, and has judged the European Effies Effectiveness Awards. Prior to The National Lottery, he was the […]

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Out-Innovate with HBR’s Alex Lazarow

The Association was delighted to invite acclaimed HBR author Alex Lazarow for a virtual fireside chat recently. Alexandre (Alex) Lazarow has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation, and economic development in the private, public, and social sectors. He is the author of Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs – from Delhi to Detroit […]

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Using AI to optimise business decisions

The Association was delighted to welcome change management consultants Sia Partners for a virtual event recently centred on Artificial Intelligence and how it can be used to optimise business decisions. The session provided an overview of some of the most common topics tackled nowadays in business: Customer centricity, Marketing and Productivity and connect them to […]

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Blockchain 2021 with Dr. Aidan Duane of WIT

The South East chapter of the Association was delighted to host a webinar in February with Dr. Aidan Duane of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on the ever topical subject of blockchain. Designed as an introductory business-oriented presentation to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, the session included examples from across multiple industries to suit all […]

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HBR’s Dorie Clark: Entrepreneurial You

In conjunction with Decision, the Association was delighted to host a virtual event in November with renowned author Dorie Clark of Harvard Business Review. Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognised as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall […]

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“Meet the Entrepreneurs” at the GEC

Once again the Association partnered with the Guinness Enterprise Centre to host our annual Meet The Entrepreneurs event, which took place as a webinar in October. We heard about the major development taking place at the GEC in Dublin, whose capacity will double in 2021, and a number of start-ups inspired us with their ideas, […]

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Isolde Norris on Setting Up Teams for Success

Experienced executive and team coach Isolde Norris shared her insights at an event in September on a compelling question that all organisations grapple with – what makes teams effective in the workplace? Often when there is a problem in teams, personalities are blamed and people can be scapegoated. Drawing on research from Hackman and Wageman, […]

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Economic Outlook with DAVY

Once again the Association was delighted to welcome Davy for its annual economic review at a genuinely unprecented time for the Irish and global economy, with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding around Covid-19 compounded by the possibility of a no-deal Brexit and the upcoming US elections. Donough Kilmurray, Chief Investment Officer at Davy lent his expert insights on the prospects […]

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The politics of conversations at work

The Association hosted a virtual event in September with Professor Megan Reitz from Ashridge Business School in the UK. Reitz’s latest book, Speak up – say what needs to be said and hear what needs to be heard, has been described as a ‘how-to guide to navigating the power and politics of conversations at work’. […]

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The future of work

We were delighted to have careers expert Ciara Garvan as host of a virtual event on The Future of Work. The Future of Work as a topic has accelerated due to the pandemic. Hot themes such as remote working and flexible working are no longer trending but realities we are all grappling with. What does this mean for highly skilled […]

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Musgrave: adapting in a crisis

The Association was delighted to have David Codd, Group Transformation Director at Musgrave, as our speaker for a webinar in July. The Covid-19 crisis has brought the importance of food retailers in our lives to the fore like never before, and none more so than Musgrave. With over 1,450 stores, and brands including Supervalu, Centra, Donnybrook Fair and others, the Group feeds […]

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Diversity & Inclusion

Most Diversity and Inclusion initiatives are developed to comply with corporate governance and self-regulation (often under the heading “Corporate Social Responsibility” or CSR). But most fail to move the needle and are just a box check. At a webinar in June, expert John Rankin  enlightened us on how to move the needle substantially and make […]

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Pensions webinar with Moneycube

The Association was delighted to host a webinar with Ralph Benson and Feargal McKenna of pensions adviser Moneycube on trends in the pensions market and what “auto-enrolment” – where an employee worker will be automatically enrolled in a pension scheme when starting a job – is likely to mean for Irish industry, both from an […]

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Site visit: Waterford Distillery

The MBAAI South East Chapter, in collaboration with the WIT Graduate Business School, recently hosted a visit to the Waterford Distillery facility located at the converted former Guinness Brewery building. Head Distiller Ned Gahan facilitated the group on the day. Waterford Distillery was established five years ago by entrepreneur and third-generation wine merchant Mark Reynier. […]

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Career Readiness at UL

The MBAAI Mid-West chapter recently hosted an event at the University of Limerick on career progression with John Fitzgerald, Managing Director of Harmonics Ireland. The 4th Industrial revolution is disrupting traditional approaches to how we build and grow a 50-year career. Career progression is no longer predictable. Stability has been replaced by the constant need […]

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Can you hear me?

The MBA Association of Ireland was again delighted to team up with Harvard Business Review to welcome Dr. Nick Morgan to Dublin for a breakfast event on Wednesday, 20 February in Mason Hayes & Curran in Barrow St., at which he spoke on the challenges of communicating in a virtual world. We’ve all felt disconnected […]

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How long will your job last?

Panel discussion with Cpl at UCC What can you do to prepare for the upcoming technological revolution? The MBAAI Southern Chapter, in conjunction with UCC and Cpl, was delighted to host a panel discussion and Q&A on this most compelling of topics. In our talk we discussed: The Future of Work What jobs will be […]

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Christmas event at RDS

It was tools down as the RDS was the venue for our annual Christmas gathering, which this year was run jointly with the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland. We were delighted to have Diageo as sponsor of this year’s event and to welcome Eamon DeBurca, Commercial Manager Diageo Ireland, who explored key themes facing the […]

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Innovation Capital Event

Innovation Capital

The Association was delighted to have Curtis Lefrandt visit from London to speak on Innovation Capital. Published by Harvard Business Review, Lefrandt’s book Innovation Capital: How to Compete and Win Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders features case studies with the superstars who made the list of the top 25 people in the world with […]

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WIT take MBAAI Strategy Prize

Congratulations to WIT who were victorious in the annual MBAAI National Strategy Competition, which took place in 2019 at Microsoft. From left, winning team members Jon Hawkins, Ann Keenan, Tommy Murphy and Tony Lonergan receive the trophy from Alacoque McMenamin, MBAAI President. The annual Competition presents an opportunity for students from MBA Programmes from all over […]

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