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Ron Brown Business Development Program

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The Irish Institute at Boston College announced its newest managerial-education endeavor, The Ron Brown Business Development Program, held from October 11 to 25, 1997.  A joint project of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and the Irish Institute of Boston College, the Ron Brown Business Development Program is named in honor of late US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown for his dedication to building viable business relationships between the United States and Ireland.  Irish Institute director Dr. Sean Rowland notes that "The Carroll School of Management at Boston College was selected from among the top management schools in the US because of its strong executive programs in Ireland."   The agreement between the IFI and the Institute was announced in early May of this year at Boston College.

The program will team participants selected from small- and medium-sized businesses and community enterprises in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland with strategic placements in the Boston business community.  Participants will learn US management practices, as well as distribution, marketing, and human-resource management techniques.  Prominent Boston College Carroll School of Management faculty have designed a program of lectures that focuses on strategic management, the global marketplace, marketing management, information technology, financial management, and professional development.  In addition to classroom instruction, participants will visit targeted, successful businesses in the Boston area.  Program organizers said this option enables executives to watch the principles they learn in the classroom applied in realistic commercial situations.  It also allows them to make valuable business  contacts in the US marketplace.

Taoiseach Meets Top Executives Setting Off for Boston College

Twelve top business executives met with the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D., on 22 September 1997, before they set off to the US as a part of a unique Boston College business development program designed for Irish managers.

From small and medium sized businesses and community enterprises in Sligo, Louth, Leitrim, Donegal, Monaghan, Derry, Belfast, and Armagh, the executives are participating in the Ron Brown Business Development Program, which is sponsered by the Center for Irish Management at Boston College.  The participants will be placed in the Boston Business community where they will experience US management, distribution, marketing, information technology, and human-resources management techniques.

The Ron Brown Business Development Program, which commemorates the late US Secretary of Commerce for his exceptional contribution to economic development in Ireland through US International trade, includes lectures on strategic management, the global marketplace, marketing management, advancements in information technology, financial management, and professional development.

Commending Boston College for its contribution to the development of Irish industry, the Taoiseach said that he welcomed the work of Boston College's Center for Irish Management in Dublin.  "This program, which was established by the board of the International Fund for Ireland, is a wonderful example of the US government making a worthwile contribution to the development of the Irish business community.  It offers senior Irish executives an opportunity to benchmark their own operations among their American peers, while providing an opportunity to develop joint partnerships," said the Taoiseach at the Center for Irish Management's Dublin office in St. Stephen's Green.