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Posted by: on September 19, 2019

Benchmarks for Sustainable Improvements on the Continent

In our Executive MBA class at the University of Oxford, we agree that there is a need for higher quality institutions on the African continent; making institutional quality visible helps to constrain actors and empower those without means. More depth and a higher frequency of measurement of indicators, than currently performed by organisations, is needed: […]

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Posted by: on September 16, 2019

Preparing for the Oxford Executive MBA

There are a number of steps between the moment in which a person decides that the Oxford Executive MBA is the best choice and the moment that person starts on the programme. This article seeks to cover some experience based points in this space. The very first step, relevant especially to those with less than […]

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Posted by: on September 16, 2019

Thanks

“I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks; and ever thanks.” Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare                       We are a year into our EMBA programme and have learnt so very much and made such great friendships. We have given tremendous time and energy to […]

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Posted by: on September 4, 2019

Road to Oxford…

A few years back, I came across Alvin Toffler’s words: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”. Candidly, it did resonate! However, at that time I did not think in near future how financial industry would be disrupted and […]

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Posted by: on September 3, 2019

Shareholder value: Friedman gets floored?

Last month the Business Roundtable, a group of the US’s most powerful CEOs, appeared to overturn decades of commitment to the belief that the primary purpose of a corporation was to provide ‘shareholder value’. Instead, they broadened the concept to capture ‘stakeholder value’, including employees, customers, suppliers and communities. Much of the concept of shareholder […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2019

Tradition

During startups era, talk about tradition is seen as prehistorical behavior, since disruption and tradition apparently do not go along. Nevertheless, this week in Oxford showed me that long term values and rituals lay a powerful cornerstone for business activities, that are deeper than a business canvas, something called ethics and governance. 9th module of […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2019

Behind the veil: an EMBA in Tehran

If there’s one place that has been in the news a lot lately, it’s Iran. As it happens, that’s where I’m currently based – as what’s known in diplomatic parlance as ‘the trailing spouse’. I haven’t commented much on Iran in my blogs, but I figure given the torrent of bad news lately, understanding a […]

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Posted by: on August 15, 2019

Diversity of Thought

We learnt about Governance and Ethics. Not only was the module insightful and interactive with group presentations, but it also served to enrich our critical faculties and moral compass. The Board of a corporation is the most important element of the ‘corporate mind’ because it sets the corporation’s objectives. We might further add – as […]

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Posted by: on August 8, 2019

When inspiration meets contemplation…

As I write this blog, I reflect on how things came to be and what could be… as the Dean of the Australian College of Intensive Care told me after my primary Anaesthesia exam in 2006… “the world is your oyster.”  I don’t think I quite believed him at the time as I embarked on […]

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Posted by: on August 1, 2019

Categories of Executive MBA Programmes

Executive MBA programmes come in many shapes and sizes, as such for an aspiring student it is helpful to understand the options available. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of some of those options, based on experience of the Oxford EMBA, and on reading up on the topic in general. The […]

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