Microsoft funds Irish ‘CEO summer camp’

4 Oct 2007

A joint initiative between Microsoft and the Irish Management Institute (IMI) which will help CEOs and their senior management achieve organisational productivity through ICT and innovation opened officially today.

This new National Productivity Centre (NPC) was opened by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern and is located at the IMI Campus in Sandyford.

Ahern said that the productivity debate was more relevant now than ever for Irish organisations in both the private and public sector.

The NPC is also supported by big players in the Irish tech sector: Dell, Eircom, Fujitsu Siemens and HP.

Speaking at the launch Joe Macri, managing director of Microsoft Ireland said: “According to research from McKinsey and the London School of Economics the combination of improving technology, management capability and innovation can yield productivity improvements of up to 20pc.

“That’s why bringing together the expertise of both organisations delivers real insight on how to address productivity and gives executives from the private and public sector the opportunity to explore how these kinds of solutions can be applied to their own organisations.”

The €2m centre was originally planned last year when the project was launched at an event with Microsoft international president, Jean-Philippe Courtois.

By Marie Boran