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Posted by: on October 16, 2019

The magic of Oxford

The day had come and I was finally there! The doors of the Ashmolean Museum were welcoming me! A place pervaded by history where tradition meets the future, well presented during the welcome dinner of the latest Executive MBA class and its 67 students selected from all over the world. For months I was immersed […]

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Posted by: on October 11, 2019

A rite of passage, she then said

It is a widely shared view that Oxford University is imbued with a rich history and traditions. And at last – on the Thursday of my first week – we became fully-fledged members of this century-old institution, by way of matriculation. It is something I did not expect to be honest. Having never been to […]

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Posted by: on September 30, 2019

Black cab: 3 days down the row

My first day in the city of Oxford is also my very first time at Oxford University where I am about to embark on a 21-month Executive MBA programme. Ranked impressively as the best university globally, Oxford University is the oldest global hub of knowledge. The university is a hive of knowledge activity. Today isn’t […]

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Posted by: on September 27, 2019

And so the adventure begins!

Earlier this month, Said Business School welcomed the S19 Executive MBA cohort – a group of 67 accomplished individuals, who hail from 26 different nationalities and who I am so pleased to call my classmates. I met many of my fellow students for the first time at our welcome dinner at the Ashmolean Museum and […]

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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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