Graduate Business School News

Take charge: DIT MBA Open Evening - Thursday, 5th July 2018

15 June 2018

If you’re not exactly bounding into work with the energy of a spring lamb, you might want to consider why.. It could be a case that you’ve outgrown your role, and you’re eager for the next challenge in your career.


Find out how studying with DIT could revitalise your career in 2018 and register today for your place at the MBA Open Evening in the College of Business on 5th July. The DIT MBA is designed to develop your management potential and to encourage your strategic thinking. We aim to help you become a leader and innovator in your organisation and business field, to equip you with the knowledge, the business frameworks and the entrepreneurial outlook you need to advance your management career in an increasingly global environment.

Focusing on critical themes; Strategy & Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & the Global Perspective, the DIT MBA is an immersive and challenging learning experience that will transform your critical thinking. Attendees of the MBA Opening Evening will benefit from the opportunity to speak one-to-one with programme management, lecturers and alumni about all aspects of the programme including our applied curriculum, the international study visit and the practicalities of enrolling. 

MBA Open Evening

Date:  Thursday, 5th July 2018

Time: 18:00 – 19:15

Location: College of Business, DIT Aungier Street

Register: DIT MBA Open Evening 

Download the MBA brochure for more in-depth information on the programme or learn first-hand from our MBA students on their transformational experience of the International Study Trip to San Francisco


The highlight of DIT’s MSc in Advertising is almost here again- June 7th

28 May 2018

The annual opportunity for aspiring ad executives and creatives to sell themselves – and kick-start a career selling for others – is almost upon us.

Preparations for the DIT AdGrad 2018 are well and truly underway, with a fresh twist on the format in store for industry guests come June 7th. No longer a mere pitch, the event is getting an upgrade as ‘The Showcase’ – a veritable feast of research, insight, strategy and creativity.

This time around, three agency teams made up from DIT's MSc in Advertising will present a complete marketing communications campaign for Lynx, as the men’s personal care heavy-hitter enters an exciting new phase. Previous AdGrad briefs have come from such household names as Tayto and Budweiser and worthy charities like Trócaire and Focus Ireland. The students will take on real-life agency roles to answer a trio of challenges – a deep dive research study, a creative task and a consumer-focused brief.


Not only that, the competitive element is being ramped up. The teams are already presenting on their brief responses behind the scenes, battling it out for the chance to take the stage on the day itself. The aim is to ensure that the finest work gets the lion’s share of The Showcase spotlight. As ever, it gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice and really show what they can do.

AdGrad 2018 will serve as the capstone on an intense academic year renowned for setting many of the Irish industry’s most decorated players off on the path to greatness.

The Showcase takes place in DIT Aungier Street on June 7th. Further information on the event can be found, and by searching #AdGrad18 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Product Camp Dublin Thursday, June 14th 2018

28 May 2018

Product Camp Dublin invites ambitious Product Management and Product Marketing professionals to the largest event to date on June 14th

DIT College of Business, home to the world's only Msc Product Management is proud to partner with Product Camp Dublin. Now in its seventh consecutive year, we welcome you to join us for the largest event to date on Thursday 14th June (12 noon – 6 pm), where you can network with senior product management and product marketing professionals from Ireland’s top technology companies.

Also on the day, you can peruse the jobs board and connect with companies who are looking for talented product management and marketing candidates.  

Among  topics slated  for this year’s Product Camp Dublin are: From Design to a Design System – The perfect customer case study – The impact of GDPR on product management – Empowering women product managers - The power of Design Sprints – Best practice Road mapping – Product management in start-ups versus established organisations – How to really understand your customer using the Value Proposition Canvas – Deciding what to build next – Working effectively with internal stakeholders – Crafting ‘killer demos’ – Finding your Product Management Mentor/Mentee.

The final sessions, topics and discussion themes are decided on the day based on attendee votes.

What Is Product Camp?

Product Camp Dublin joins an extensive range of cities throughout the world which already host Product Camp events – Silicon Valley, Washington, Austin Texas, Sydney, Berlin, London, Vancouver and many more. It's a collaborative, user organised unconference, focused on Product Management and Marketing topics where there are no “attendees,” since everyone participates in some manner: This means you get to present, lead a roundtable discussion, share your experiences, help with logistics, help secure sponsorships, or volunteer.

Product Camp is a great opportunity for you to network, teach learn and share with professionals involved in the product management, marketing, and the development process.

Rich Mironov, adjunct faculty member on DIT’s MSc Product Management, founded the first Product Camp in Silicon Valley.

Learn more about Product Camp Dublin and make sure to register today

Professor Paul Donnelly, DIT College of Business, appointed to National Economic and Social Council

28 May 2018

Established in 1973, the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) advises the Taoiseach on strategic policy issues relating to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in Ireland. The 28 Council members are representatives of business and employers’ organisations, trade unions, agricultural and farming organisations, community and voluntary organisations, and environmental organisations, as well as heads of Government departments and independent experts.


On May 23rd,Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, appointed Prof. Paul Donnelly (DIT College of Business, School of Marketing), along with Ms. Sinead O'Flanagan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Prof. Eleanor Denny (Trinity College Dublin)  and Prof. Geraint Ellis (Queens University, Belfast) as Independent Members to the NESC

The composition of the NESC Council means that it plays an important and unique role in bringing different perspectives from civil society together with Government, which helps the Council to analyse the challenges facing Irish society and to develop a shared understanding among its members of how to tackle these challenges.

The Council also works at international level with the national economic and social councils of other EU member states and is a member of AICESIS, the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions.

Lessons from Ireland's Most Trusted Leader 2018- Senior VP Global Operations at Workday, Chris Byrne visits DIT College of Business

20 April 2018

Pictured left to right: Cathal Divilly- Managing Director- Great Place to Work, Dr. Amr Arisha- Head of Graduate Business School- DIT College of Business, Chris Byrne- Senior VP Global Operations at Workday and Colin Hughes- Assistant Head of School of Retail & Management.

On Tuesday 17th April, DIT College of Business were delighted to welcome Chris Byrne of Workday for our breakfast briefing 'Lessons from Ireland's Most Trusted Leader 2018' in association with Great Place to Work Ireland. 

As Senior VP Global Operations at Workday, Chris Byrne has a unique insight into an organisation that has grown rapidly while ensuring that they developed a sustainable culture. With more than 800 employees in Ireland, Workday have regularly featured amongst the very best workplaces in Ireland – topping the Best Large list in 2017.

Guests from DIT College of Business and Great Place to Work Ireland Community gathered at the Aungier Street campus to hear first-hand, as Chris recounted her career journey, and the values and principles she brings to her leadership style. She also enlightened the audience about the practical importance of truth, integrity, and authenticity. Attendees left with key takeaways on how to build a culture of trust within their business that helps to retain and attract talent, while gaining specific insights on practices that build trust levels.

DIT College of Business Postgraduate students visit the IBM Technology Campus

13 March 2018

Claire McBride (far left) Senior Lecturer in Innovation & Technology Management organised the trip to IBM for DIT Postgraduate Students

On Friday 9th March, a group of  DIT College of Business Postgraduate students from various programmes to include MSc Strategic ManagementMSc Product Management and the DIT MBA were invited to the IBM Technology Campus in Dublin 15 for a tour of the campus and presentations from key members of the team. Firstly, John Evans gave an introduction to IBM Watson, Dr. Claire Penny presented on Internet of Things followed by Bora Caglayan Urban Reasoning Applications from the Innovation Exchange. 

Rory O' Dea, a student in MSc Strategic Management shared his experience "On arrival, we were lucky enough to catch the presentation of a fully-automated homemade R2D2 replica that one of the developers had been working on in his spare time (complete with working sound effects). Following on from that, we had three talks from IBM team members who delved into a number of projects that they’re were currently working on. These ranged from their highly impressive AI ‘Watson’, to the use of data, and AI capabilities to develop smart cities and smart buildings. A lot of this was tied into the work that we’d been doing in our innovation and technology class, so it was fascinating to see how it was being developed and implemented directly in the real world. Overall, I think everybody had a really great experience, and IMB we’re more than happy to answer any of our questions, of which there were many!”

 Exclusive MBA Alumni Event- Baldonnel Aerodrome


We are delighted to extend an invitation to members of our DIT MBA Alumni to an afternoon of discovery at Baldonnel Aerodrome. The event will begin with an exclusive guide of the base from DIT MBA graduate Comdt Jay O'Reilly followed by a ‘knowledge exchange’ from DIT MBA faculty and Air Corps personnel. The evening is followed by tea, coffee and refreshments, giving you the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow attendees and catch up with the DIT MBA community. 


1400 - DIT MBA Alumni arrival

1400 - Tour of Casement Aerodrome

1600 – Presentations at Officer’s Mess

1730 – Tea, coffee and Refreshments

1800 – Finish

This is an exclusive event for DIT MBA Alumni and registration via eventbrite is essential

 DIT MBA Graduate Michael Murray

In the News- DIT MBA Graduate Michael Murray- Managing Director for NVP Energy who were announced as finalist in the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017.

The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017 announced their finalists with DIT MBA Graduate Michael Murray representing NVP Energy, as they made the top three in the Energy and Environment category. NVP Energy’s technology turns the wastewater from industrial and other processes into an asset by cleaning it and creating gas for use in combined heat and power systems and other applications. 

The future for the company is sustainable international growth, according to Murray. “We want to internationalise as fast as we can. Will use an indirect model to sell into international markets. We have already set that in train in the US and we are having detailed discussions with potential partners there. We now have a team of 11 people, up from four in March 2016 but it is very much steady as she goes and we won’t bite off more than we can chew. The global market opportunity in this area is worth €35 billion to €40 billion per annum and we believe we have a product that can claim more than a niche share of that.”

DIT College of Business wishes Michael and the team at NVP Energy the best of luck in the finals!

Graduate Business School Welcomes New Head of School - Professor Amr Arisha

15 August 2017

Professor Arisha will ensure that “the focus of the Graduate Business School will continue to be the advancement of professional management practice with an emphasis on leadership and critical thinking skill development.’’


My DIT MBA Journey- Paul Surgenor

28 July 2017

Paul Surgenor is National Director, Information, Support and Education with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is based in Washington DC.

''This time two years ago I started to think about the MBA. Two years later, I now have the skills, language and the confidence to take my career to the next level, and I’m writing this on my way to work in Washington DC. I can honestly say that I would not have got this job without the DIT MBA. The MBA won’t be for everyone, but if you want to take your career to the next level, and are willing to get stuck in to a challenging but rewarding learning experience, then this is for you.'' You can read Paul's full account of his journey on the DIT College of Business Blog

DIT MBA team wins National Case Competition at the MBA Association of Ireland's Strategy Challenge 2017

29 May 2017

A team of four students on the MBA programme at DIT College of Business have won the prestigious national MBA case study competition, this annual competition is hosted by The MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI)

‌This year's competition, held at Guinness Enterprise Centre on Saturday 27th May involved a case study that explored future possibilities around funding and route to market for German energy company Rosch.  Participating teams took four hours to study the case and then made a 20 minute presentation before a distinguished panel of judges.

The DIT MBA team were, in the end, declared overall champions.  The DIT team members included Weldon Mather, Director at WM Consultancy Ltd, who also received a Best Speaker award, Ian O’Shea, Project Manager at W Display, Dara Elliott, Service Manager at Omnisys Ltd and Anthony Duffy, Head of Project Services at Transport Infrastructure Ireland.The team’s mentors were Dr. Pat Kenny and Dr. Eoghan O'Grady.

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 DIT MBA winning team; Ian O' Shea, Dara Elliott, Weldon Mather and Anthony Duffy. 

Commenting on the win Dr. Katrina Lawlor, Dean & Director, DIT College of Business said: "Congratulations to the DIT MBA students and staff on their achievement – we are very proud of all involved. Winning the MBA Association of Ireland's MBA Case Study Challenge is testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by both the team members and their mentors.  It is also a testament to the excellent teaching and learning environment available to our MBA students.

Learn more about the DIT MBA here or contact Helen Vahey, Programme Manager to arrange a personal meeting by telephone on 01 402 7074 or email

MBA Alumnus Appointed President of FIFTH Council Europe

MBA alumnus Ronan Kelly has been appointed president of FIFTH Council Europe.

The FTTH Council Europe is an industry organisation whose mission is to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

Created in 2004 by five founding members: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Corning, Emtelle and OFS, the FTTH Council Europe now has more than 150 members and a contracted team working to promote the benefits of fibre access across the continent.

Read more about Ronan's appointment here.


DIT MBA Graduates Join the Board of the MBA Association of Ireland

Congratulations to two DIT MBA graduates who recently joined the Board of the MBA Association Ireland. Kelle Link (DIT MBA Graduate 2015) has taken on the role of Operations Director and Darragh McGonigle (DIT MBA Graduate 2014) is the new Finance Director.  They join Michael Keaveny (DIT MBA Graduate 2013) who is also on the MBAAI Board.  The MBA Association Ireland is the representative association for all MBAs in Ireland and aims to extend the value of the MBA qualification over a lifetime.

MSc. Strategic Management Welcome Guest Lecturer Donie Wiley

The MSc Strategic Management class recently welcomed Donie Wiley who presented to them as part of their Strategy and Leadership module.  He spoke on the interesting, and often forgotten topic of the role and contribution of leadership and culture in the financial crisis that followed the so called Celtic Tiger.  Drawing on his extensive experience of the banking and finance sectors he provided deep insights into challenges facing managers and leaders in what is now a very complex global industry. 


Donie has recently completed a varied career working in line, HR and corporate roles in financial services in Ireland.     He has recently set up a new advisory and development company called In Pursuit of Potential (IPoP) which is working with individuals, teams and organisations across all sectors in executing transformative and sustainable change based on authentic leadership values.

He is a graduate of Trinity College and the National College of Ireland.  

Senior Change Manager with Permanent TSB, Ms. Jean Santry, gives a Guest Lecture to students of MSc. Strategic Management

Jean Santry is an experienced Senior Programme Manager with over 13 years proven success in executing programme and change management within the financial services industry. Earlier this year Jean was appointed as a Senior Change Manager within Group Change Management in Permanent TSB. Specific responsibilities within this role include delivering change programmes focused on strategy implementation, regulatory, technology, risk management, business growth and other change initiatives. Jean holds a First Class Honours Masters in Strategic Management (2013) from Dublin Institute of Technology and a BSc Business Information Systems from University College Cork.


Jean recently provided a presentation to the MSc Strategic Management students on the topic of Change Management. Change Management involves applying a set of tools, processes, skills and principles for managing change to achieve the objectives of a project or initiative. In today’s fast paced environment, organisational change is primarily triggered by key forces such as technology, innovation, regulation, risk mitigation, strategy, customer and competition. Some key ‘Tips for Effective Change Management’ from the presentation included the following points, to secure an accountable Executive Change Sponsor to support the initiative from a top down perspective, to plan, organise and control on an iterative basis, to incorporate valuable bottom up feedback and to always prepare for the unexpected. In addition, Jean strongly believes in the mantra that ‘Change is a process and not an event’. As part of rolling out a change programme then time must be dedicated to embed the initiative into the organisation or team culture. Incorporating some mutual and win-win benefits for impacted audiences will help support this objective.

Traditionally and in the past, change was implemented through a phased waterfall and staged approach. However, in today’s industry we are experiencing change implementations on a more iterative and ongoing basis. Constant change is the new norm and it must be embraced in order to survive in today’s dynamic environment.