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Janet Parker

Degree:

EMBA

Location:

United States

Industry:

Industrial Automation

Year:

Jan 2015 - Sep 2016

By Janet Parker

“And now you know why in the Mexican drug cartel they spend so much time trying to kill each other”

In 2015, for the first time in many years, it was my life that took center stage with an Executive MBA program at the venerable Oxford University, founded in 912 AD…and some of the dorm room beds feel like they date to that era. In 12 months, I have traveled to Oxford eight times for one week visits. In January, we donned mortarboards and gowns, referred to as sub fusc, for matriculation. Our director rose from a gilded throne, waved a hefty three-foot long deadly silver mace, and proclaimed in Latin that we were scholars and members of Oxford. It was quite English. One unique benefit of the program includes a formal (black tie) meal each module at one of the colleges – Exeter, Rhodes House (alums include Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela), and New College (c. 1379, not exactly new) to name a few. The professors are rock stars of academia and sitting through a lecture you might hear something like this:

“And now you know why in the Mexican drug cartel they spend so much time trying to kill each other.” Mungo Wilson
(Because it is an Oligopoly and they want to reduce the number of competitors.)

“Estimates, assumptions, and judgements are what make accounting fun”… “Who are you going to trust, managers?”… “Revenue recognition is the recipe of choice when” [corporate officers] want to ‘cook the books.’ When is revenue earned? When are you reasonably assured you will collect the revenue?’ Jacob Cohen

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