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How Big Data Can Drive Strategy

Strategy is a funny old word. Although it’s bandied around a lot, almost everyone has a different meaning. If asked, for example, what a general’s strategy is in war, most people would say, “It’s to beat the enemy and win.” But surely apart from traitors and the deluded, that is every general’s strategy. In business,…

Can Innovation be Applied to Professional Sports?

This is Part II of the MBA Beauchamps Series October event, ‘A Conversation on the Business of Sport.’ Part I is here. Asked about innovations they have seen or would be beneficial, McDonald of Horse Sport Ireland said, “Professional sport is all about TV.” Show jumping does not feature as prominently on TV as it…

Management Juggling Sports, Business & Volunteers

More than mere entertainment but much more than a business, Ireland’s sporting bodies present unique challenges for their leadership teams.

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Managing Your Career

When Brian McIvor started his career in insurance, it was in a different age. His boss told him he would be working in insurance to age 65. Now a career coach and author, McIvor said the jobs environment has changed radically. In a climate where fear, uncertainty and pressure are the norm, the adage is…

Upbeat Mood in Ireland’s Entrepreneurial Community – Part II

This is Part II. Part I is here. Another example, O’Carroll told of was a businessman with 40 years’ franchising experience who has developed a franchised early education model for kids in deprived areas. Despite, or because of the recession, EI has seen a jump in the number of business proposals coming their way, O’Neill…

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Upbeat Mood in Ireland’s Entrepreneurial Community – Part I

Despite a national mood of doom, where the only relief seems to be bouts of gloom, the feeling in Ireland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is positively buoyant. At a good-humoured and lively panel discussion in the MBA Association of Ireland’s Beauchamp’s Speaker Series, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists gave an upbeat assessment of Ireland’s current start-up climate. Some…