Waterford Institute of Technology Executive MBA students completed an international management study trip to Boston in September of this year. This was the sixth biennial trip by WIT students and once again an excellent mixture of academic lectures, practitioner talks, company and Boston parliament visits was included.
Monday was a day spent at Suffolk University where WIT has long established links and included lectures on a range of topics such as Supply Chain Management, Innovation, Corporate Crises, Networking and Negotiation Skills. Tuesday was a day of practitioner talks hosted by Professor Liam Fahey of Babson College - this included guest speakers from Du Pont and Active International on topics such as Corporate Marketing, Marketplace Intelligence, Organisational Culture and Developing Insights. Wednesday saw the group visit the Boston State House (home of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate) in the morning and visit Genzyme in the afternoon where an excellent session by Pat O'Sullivan on leadership was given. Thursday saw the group visit the headquarters of State Street which has extensive Irish links and included a series of talks by senior executives as well as a tour of its trading floor. Later that afternoon, the group visited the headquarters Delaware Life (formerly part of Sun Life Financial) which also has extensive Waterford links.
Pictured from)left – Dr. Tom Egan (Executive MBS course director), Richard Hickey, Anne Lucey, Eamon Lonergan, Kevin Quinn, Tom Curran, Mark Rogers, Karen Reynolds, Elaine Sheridan, Jack Doyle, Suzanne Ryan, Dr. Denis Harrington (Head of Department of Graduate Business), Richard Curtis (Vice President, University Relations, State Street Bank), Niall O’Higgins, and Jurgen Wegner.