In a unique collaboration, the graduating Executive MBA class at NUI Galway have completed a strategic study of the Alan Kerins Projects (AKP ) charity. The study was undertaken with NUI Galway lecturer, Mike Moroney, during the second and final-year of the Executive MBA programme and was conducted on a pro bono basis. The study was presented to Alan Kerins and the board of AKP at a recent function at NUI Galway.
Welcoming the study as “very timely”, Jacqui O’Grady, Chairperson of AKP, commented: “It certainly gives us food for thought, particularly as we move into a new and exciting phase in our development. We will be reviewing carefully the findings and will take on board many of the suggestions”. Dr James J. Browne, NUI Galway President, commented that the study was an exemplar of the university’s civic engagement through its Community Knowledge Initiative.
Based on in-depth research, the study represents a fundamental strategic review of AKP, which raises considerable funds for the benefit of thousands of poor and disadvantaged families in Zambia.
The study outlines a platform for strategic renewal through investment in the capabilities, infrastructure and management of AKP. In addition to specific operational measures, it envisages augmenting management, leveraging AKP as a networked organisation and an international roll-out strategy.
Commenting on the study, Alan Kerins said that AKP is very grateful for this excellent report and that it is overwhelmed by the amount of work involved in the study and by the quality of the analysis and proposals.
“We will be giving serious consideration to a lot of the proposed ideas and strategies,” he said.
The study also has considerable learning and other benefits for the Executive MBA students involved. Brian Molloy, student class representative, found that working with Alan Kerins on the AKP study “was a truly humbling experience for the MBA class.
Not only did we get to learn how to apply our skills in a ‘live’ environment under the expert guidance and mentorship of Mike Moroney, but we also got the opportunity to contribute in some small way to the great work that Alan is doing.”
Professor Willie Golden, Dean of the College of Business and Law, stated that it is policy to actively promote the engagement of students with businesses and other external organisations, which generates considerable two-way benefits.