Erivan K. Haub School of Business

Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives

International Residency: MPE 720 Global Corporate Strategy in Ireland

MAY 27 - 31, 2013



SJU Students and Industry Professionals across Europe have the opportunity to visit Dublin, Ireland to study the strategies of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that have expanded globally and the implications of their business models. Students may potentially also participate in an Independent Study MPE 770 research project that will fulfill SJU’s elective requirement. Visitors from the local and adjoining areas are welcome. 

The Global Corporate Strategy course focuses on the management of multinational corporations (MNCs) with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical, healthcare, medical device and diagnostic companies operating within different global markets. While these international environments imply greater opportunities because MNCs have access to new markets and resources, they also imply greater organizational and managerial challenges. The aim of this course is to investigate whether these challenges are worth it and how they can contribute to a company’s “triple” bottom line. To accomplish this, the course will be held in Dublin and assess the opportunities from MNCs operating within that country as well as consider:

  • the strategic imperatives motivating companies to go global;
  • organizational challenges in international markets;
  • the managerial challenges in global environments;
  • planning requirements for successful project implementation

Dates:  Class will be held Monday, May 26, 2014 through Thursday, May 29, 2014. Students will visit several pharma / bio / healthcare companies located in Dublin and Cork, and learn from guest speakers from within the European commercial and regulatory sectors. Industry visitors are welcome to join us.

Who Is Eligible: ACE Center and Online Students who need to take MPE 720 – Global Corporate Strategy or who have not yet fulfilled their elective requirement. Students in our Certificate Program may also attend, as well as returning alumni. Visitors welcome.

Time: Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We will have one group dinner, and evenings will be available for students to explore the city on their own.

Tuition: SJU Students will pay tuition for the Global Corporate Strategy course according to the University’s tuition schedule for 2014-2015.  In addition, an additional Program Fee will be applied to cover planning and coordination fees, local guide, motorcoach and travel insurance. Local industry professionals may participate in this experience as a seminar, but must apply for acceptance into SJU's online program in order to receive academic credit.

Airfare: SJU Students will be responsible for air transportation to and from Dublin, Ireland. Darlene Meely of the SJU Travel Department will be happy to help students with their travel options, and can issue an official statement reflecting these expenses in relation to this course. Darlene can be reached at 610-660-1316 or

Passports: Visitors to Ireland must have a valid passport. The airline industry recommends that your passport should be valid for 6 months following the date of entry travel. However, this is not a legal requirement of the Irish Governement. 

Visas: Visitors to Ireland for tourism are NOT REQUIRED to obtain a visa for trips less than 6 months in duration. 

Lodging: SJU Students will be responsible for their lodging in Dublin, Ireland.  A block of rooms will be reserved at O'Callaghan's Saint Stephen's Green Hotel.  Since the hotel contract will be through SJU, all rooms must be reserved through our office.  The cost of the hotel from arrival on Sunday, May 25, through departure on Friday, May 30, will be $1,100.00 (price can vary slightly based on conversion rate), which includes breakfast each day. These accommodations are included for Online students as per their original tuition agreement.

Site Visits: Confirmed visits with Pfizer, ICON, BMS and Boston Scientific. A representative from AbbVie will visit our class on Thursday.  In addition,the group plans to join the Chief Editor of Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine, Bill Looney, for a live panel discussion with industry leaders.        

Final Note: Although you will be traveling on your own and booking your own hotel rooms, SJU requires that you sign a Risk and Release form and other disclaimers at the time of your course registration. This is customary for any/all SJU-hosted trips abroad. Additionally, as required, we will be contracting for motorcoach transportation to get our group to and from the hotel to any on site visits. 

To Register: If you are interested in attending the residency, please click the link below. You can also email Jon Dart at or Kathy Klarich at  We will email all necessary forms to you.  Four required forms, a copy of your passport and the program fee of $500 are due by February 28, 2014.