School of Business MSc shortlisted for award

The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management has been shortlisted for the best new postgraduate programme at the upcoming GradIreland awards. The winners will be announced on April 30th. The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation of Ireland and in particular Irish Aid, in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need. Recently students of the MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management participated on Exercise Viking 2014 in the Curragh from April 2nd to April 5th.  VIKING 14 is a Command Post Exercise/Computer Assisted Exercise in the “Spirit of Partnership for Peace” Continue reading here [...]

Why study innovation?

If you've just joined the business school, you are embarking on the study of innovation at a wonderful time. In fact, there has never been a better time to study it.  Innovation has worked its way up to the very top of the corporate agenda and is now the number one priority for businesses all over the world.  But it is now also the central plank in the Irish government’s plans for economic recovery and prosperity.  In short, innovation is the only game on town.  Companies that succeed in innovation will create new and sustainable businesses and will dominate the commercial landscape of the future.  Companies who fail at it will find themselves irrelevant and will be brutally swept aside.  But innovation is, and always has been, an intractable problem for managers.  It is difficult; Continue reading here [...]

Funding for Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian aid is being stretched. Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with conflict and its legacy; natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan have the power to disrupt and sometimes even paralyse economic and social infrastructure; recovery and reconstruction remain uneven following large-scale conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; and political turmoil is escalating in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In many instances the people already affected by crises face additional threats, their livelihoods made more insecure by the effects of climate change and the vagaries of the global economy. The international humanitarian response to these needs reached US$16.7 billion in 2010. If this preliminary, partial estimate proves to be accurate Continue reading here [...]

The Humanitarian Urban Risk Divide

An earthquake can bring hospitals, schools and homes tumbling down with unspeakably tragic consequences. A volcano can throw city airports into chaos. Flood waters can turn well-kept streets into detritus-strewn canals. The drug trade can turn an inner city into a war zone.An epidemic can spread rapidly through a crowded slum. As the pendulum of human development swings increasingly away from the countryside to the city, we see that rapid urbanization and population growth are combining to create enormous new challenges for the humanitarian community and pushing us out of our comfort zone to deal with a strange new urban world. When it comes to the impact of natural disasters, well-run cities can be among the safest places on earth. They can also be the best places to raise a family, for schooling, Continue reading here [...]

Looking at the world through Google glasses…

Many people ask what's the difference between radical and incremental innovation; the difference between 'renovation' and innovation.  The study of innovation has not been well served by definitions and the language that describes types of innovation can be ambiguous.  You often hear phrases like game-changing, breakthrough and disruptive used interchangeably.  But, as is often the case, one of Google's projects illustrates the difference better than a bookshelf full of Harvard textbooks (or whatever is the collective pronoun). Google Glasses is a perfect example of radical innovation.  The term 'radical' implies not just that the sponsoring organisation is embracing new technology or has a new offering to the market - but it also requires that the customer segment being targetted be new Continue reading here [...]

What does the Apple dividend say about it’s strategy?

In January I predicted that we would see Apple deliver dividends in Q3 2012. I got it wrong, they are going for Q2 (that July 1 which is Apple’s fiscal Q4 2012) and this table is going to look very different for the foreseeable future. So what does that mean for Apple’s future [...] Continue reading here [...]

How even the biggest brands can lose their sparkle

I have just two words to say to companies who think they don’t need to innovate on their brand: Waterford Glass.  Innovation is at the top of every business agenda.  Peter Drucker says that companies should concentrate on innovation and marketing –‘everything else is just costs.’  But many businesses are justifiably cautious about investing in innovation.  There is a fine balance between, on the one hand, the imperative that companies that don’t innovate die and, on the other, 90% of innovations fail.  Moreover, there is often considerable organisational discomfort around embracing the chaos that is necessarily a part of the innovation process.  Let’s face it, it doesn’t take long in any meeting for someone to innocently ask ‘how, exactly, are we going to measure that?’ Continue reading here [...]