In co-operation with internationally renowned acedemic and business alliances, doctoral students at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business may participate in PhD seminars and workshops organised by participating member schools. Each year, the Centre for Doctoral Research provides funds which enable students to attend and develop develop a network of colleagues with similar interests across different disciplines – a very important element in the development of a multi-disciplinary approach in one's research.
The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is a member of a number of such alliances among which are CEMS, EDAMBA and EIASM.
CEMS is a strategic alliance of leading Business Schools and multinational companies. Members of CEMS form part of a highly professional, multicultural exchange of management ideas. As Ireland's leading business school, UCD Smurfit School represents Ireland in this community.
In 2007, co-operation in research and doctoral education was identified as a core strategic objective for the CEMS alliance. The Research and Doctoral Education Committee (RDE), composed of Doctoral Programme Directors at the CEMS schools, was created to identify co-operation priorities and to initiate joint projects.
Further it is a major goal of CEMS to expand its activities in joint research and teaching at a doctoral level. The CEMS Faculty Co-operation Platform facilitates and supports academic knowledge management in the CEMS community with special regard to faculty members of the CEMS member universities and their PhD students.
CEMS partner universities include: ESADE (Spain); the London School of Economics (UK); HEC School of Management (France); University of Cologne (Germany); Università Bocconi (Italy), as well as other leading business schools.
CEMS corporate partners include: Reuters, Dresdner Bank AG, JP Morgan, Kerry Group, KPMG, L’Oreal, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Shell and Siemens AG.
The purpose of EDAMBA is to promote and facilitate cooperation within the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration by providing and managing a network to exchange information, to exchange PhD candidates and to promote research cooperation.
In many ways, EDAMBA helps the participating schools to increase the quality of their PhD programmes, as well as to create an environment of excellence with a European perspective, all the while pursuing diversity.
The ultimate goal is to have the EDAMBA network reach as far and wide as possible, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the various programmes within the network.
EIASM is an international network for management research and teaching that includes more than 40.000 management scientists from all over the world. Specifically, EIASM hosts EDEN – EIASM Doctoral Education Network. By offering the annual EDEN Programmes, EIASM contributes to the most critical phase in a scholar’s journey – his/her introduction to and early growth in the academic market, details of which can be seen at the following website