Sabbatical Post – Crossing The Line

Nicosia is the last divided city in Europe - a title inherited when Berlin was unified over 20 years ago. You can step across the Green Line dividing the city without much fuss these days. The authorities on the south side minimise the perception that this is a de facto border. Those on the north side make every attempt to convince you that you have stepped into another jurisdiction.  Most of what first hits you in the narrow lanes there are street vendors selling cheap goods of all sorts to attract the southern and tourist euro. But there are some interesting sights to see that have been left over from previous occupations. Selimye mosque is one such venue. Built by the Lusignans in the 12th century it was subsequently taken over by the Ottomans in the Middle Ages when it became a mosque. Continue reading here [...]

Sabbatical Post – One Week In

This is one of the abiding images of Cyprus. It is the representation of the flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (recognised only by Turkey). It is etched into the Pentactylos mountain range in the occupied area across the Green Line that divides the two communities on this beautiful island. Inhabitants of Nicosia come face to face with this image daily as it is visible from almost every part of the city. It is, perhaps, meant to be a provocative reminder to those on the south side of the line of everything they have lost as a result of the Turkish invasion of 1974. One hesitates to ask older residents what they feel about this for fear of stoking up hurt or anger. But maybe that's my issue because although I focus on this image, Cypriots seem to ignore it. This is mostly true Continue reading here [...]

Added Value in Africa: Social Enterprise Making Good Business Sense

When we talk and think about International Marketing, big names such as Coca Cola, Unilever, P&G, Tesco, IKEA, IBM... and many more come to mind for their operations and their market dominance in countries such as America, Australia or one of the BRICs. Successful Companies in Developed Countries. However, On Tuesday 26th February, students of MN313 International Marketing got an another perspective of what it means to be an International firm but this time in the developing country of Africa... not the typical country of choice we may first think of when thinking about these Big Brand firms! Conall O’Caoimh, Director of Added Value in Africa provided an insightful and very exciting presentation of Africa as a market of opportunity for foreign investment as well as outward investment... Conall Continue reading here [...]

Teaching Business During a Climate Crisis

Twitter practically lit up this week with welcomes for the discussion of climate change in the Irish Times Business Supplement. Colm Keena's article made the point that conducting business in a world of volatile weather fluctuations was going to be a huge challenge in the future.  There is nothing new in this for the increasing numbers working, teaching and researching in business schools globally who have been saying just this for some time, of course, but what is interesting is that it represents another step for 'business sustainability' from being a niche area of interest into the mainstream of business and management thought. This, of course is not to say that mainstream business thinking thinkers are just waking up to the need for sustainability now.  Harvard Business Review's Green Continue reading here [...]