Almost the End

A week ago, my boss asked me if it has sunk in that I would be leaving Dublin at the end of the week. And honestly, when he asked me that it hadn’t. Even on the last day, after a surprise party was thrown for me and I got a card from everyone in the…

Leaving Madrid

My final week in Madrid was very bittersweet.  It was one of the busiest weeks of the program in a social sense because everyone always wanted to be doing things and take advantage of our final days there.  We all went out to salsa class, karaoke, and (of course) our farewell lunch on Friday. At…

Heading to my Homeland

My Name is Kyle McTiernan and I am a sophomore at The University of Pittsburgh majoring in Accounting and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Economics and a Certificate in Data Analytics. I am originally from West Chester, PA which is a suburb outside of Philadelphia. High school for me was filled with a…

Appropriate Culturalization

As my time in Berlin continues, I have been able to observe many of the political and cultural realities of Germany of which I was not previously aware. For instance, I didn’t even realize Bavaria was a thing (turns out it’s the name given to the entire southern region of the country). Don’t ask me…

Vietnam Fashion vs the World

Today I was able to meet with the Vice Dean of the School of Architecture and the Arts at HUTECH University in Ho Chi Minh City. She explained to me how the fashion industry in Vietnam is almost exclusively compromised of manufacturing for foreign brands and designers. The design side of the fashion industry is…

Taking Over the Family Business

Today I met with Gia, another small business owner, and two UEF students, who served as translators for Gia and me. After meeting up, we decided to walk to a coffee shop nearby to talk. Gia has a cool story of how he not only took over his parents clothing business but how he modified…

Family and their Factory

Today was my first full day in Ho Chi Minh City, and I was eager to get to my first meeting of my trip. I took a Taxi to the University of Economics and Finance where I met with Bruce and Julie, who have been kind enough to help me with my schedule and setting…

Welcome to Vietnam!

After three flights and over twenty-four hours of travelling, I have finally made it to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am excited to be continuing on the next stage of my research project that is looking into the relationship between social entrepreneurship, the economic concept of the Bottom of the Pyramid, and my idea…

A Look into Marketing

This last official meeting in Berlin has both confirmed some of the conclusions drawn from other meetings and introduced new material to my research. I met with a professor from the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and we primarily focused our conversation on marketing. One of the key takeaways from our discussion was the…