Trinity Business School, University of Dublin

Trinity Business School Snapshot

Business is a long-established discipline in Trinity, having originated with the School of Commerce offering BA and BComm degrees in 1925.  It transformed into the School of Business Studies in 1962. The evolution of a School of Commerce to a School of Business marks one of the earliest recognitions among Irish and British universities of the emergence of the Business School as distinct from the earlier model of a School of Commerce.  It was followed quickly by the launch of one of the three original European MBA programmes.  In 2016, the School embarked on a transformative high growth strategy, which resulted in the School growing by 150%, and moving into an Eco-friendly, community-based and award winning 72,000-sqm building.  This new building is on campus at the heart of the city adjacent to the Government, the Financial Services Centre, retail and the digital capital of Europe in Silicon Dock.  The School’s DNA underpins all of its activities.  This places an emphasis on the value of being a force for good (expecting all our stakeholders to ‘put in more than you take out’ of every activity) alongside education driven by both rigorous international research and industry expertise. In parallel, real-world relevant research and thought leadership are key objectives as well as pan-School research centres (which include the Centre for Social Innovation and the Centre for Digital Business & Analytics) which implement projects and address major research themes/questions relevant for business, society, the environment and public policy.


The School’s DNA also entails a major focus on the well-being of the entire Business School community – students, staff, alumni, the wider University, organisations engaging with the School and wider society from Dublin to all the School’s international stakeholders.   These values, methods and objectives permeate the School’s degree and executive education portfolio, its research and its extensive outreach activities from thought leadership through to programmes designed to ‘give back’ to society or ‘help up’ those from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Throughout this period, the School has launched and grown its international research with a very significant increase in both the volume and ranking of its research publications.  It has also extended its impact in thought leadership.  This occurs through executive education senior executive programmes and through the media with articles in leading international business media such as Forbes and the FT.  Likewise, it contributes to the international business school community itself with the School’s strategic vision and activities featured in the publications of the major accreditation agencies – AACSB, AMBA and EFMD.  The School is triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS placing it amongst a select 0.6% of business schools in the world who have achieved this distinction.


Over the next decade, the School intends to continue along its current trajectory of development with an aim for further internationalisation of the School involving partnerships with other top tier business schools and a wider offering in the flexible learning space to facilitate international blended remote and on-campus learning.  This latter approach also aims to meet the needs for lifelong learning and those requiring a more flexible approach to learning to fit in with the career and life objectives.   The School is also committed to becoming carbon neutral and making a positive contribution to the bio-diversity challenge.  Alongside these objectives, the School will be expanding its Pathways to Business programme, which encourages, enables, and supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study and graduate successfully at Trinity Business School.


The School also intends to deepen its research and thought leadership activities in line with the DNA, research clusters in the School and in fields critical to the industry which are literally on its doorstep - namely finance, digital business, data analytics, international business and strategic management. The Assistant Professor in HRM will be a key part in this future development being able to contribute research and provide thought leadership to deliver this broad agenda; particularly through leadership of the design of HRM education on Diploma, MSc, undergraduate, MBA and executive education programmes.


The following is an outline of the School’s mission, values, and DNA.


Our Mission:

We are the business school at the heart of a world-renowned university located at the core of Dublin, an international capital city and hub for global business.  In this context, we are dedicated to education and research for students and organisations which instil a mind-set focused on improving business and society based upon creative and critical thinking, ethical awareness and values, cutting-edge knowledge, and professional behaviour.


Our Values:

Our values commit us to a liberal environment where independence of thought is protected and where all in the School community are encouraged to become fulfilled by realising their potential to enhance business and society in a manner which involves ‘putting in more than you take out’.


Our Vision and expected outcomes:

To be a business school for good and of greater consequence by deepening our DNA and delivering on five key objectives:


  1. Education focused on careers and good business performance. Delivering programmes which realise the career potential of our graduates and generate responsible excellent performance for the good of society in the organisations in which they work. Our graduates learn cutting-edge real-world management from both leading researchers and high-performance business executives and entrepreneurs.


  1. A set of values – “put in more than you take out”. We take a deep and responsible view of the term ‘business performance’ which creates an awareness beyond profit to include the impact of business on the wider economy, society and ecology. We expect our graduates to be a force for good in business by ‘putting in more than they take out’ in all of their activities and so leaving things better than they found them.


iii.        The personal development and well-being of our students. We provide opportunities for our students to explore and to develop their business and personal potential on our degree programmes as well to prepare them for a healthy career existence in today’s dynamic but often stressful work environment.


  1. A real-business educational environment. The University is located right in the centre of the vibrant and friendly European and Irish Capital City. We are adjacent to: the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC), Europe’s digital industries capital, government and public sector management headquarters, city centre retail, professional services industries and Ireland’s cultural industry sectors. Quite simply, we have cutting edge global corporations and high- performance new ventures on our doorstep. We are based in a highly entrepreneurial university and provide students with the education which they need to excel in established and new businesses. We have an entrepreneurship hub located at the core of our new business school building and we already provide students with excellent opportunities to develop new ventures.


  1. Rigorous research which serves and critically evaluates business. Creating and then disseminating research which addresses questions which both serve and critically engage with real-business practice, impact and public policy.