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Posted by: on April 15, 2019

Opportunity knocks at the W20

It is a truism in any professional development that it isn’t what you do in class that counts, it’s what you do between classes that matters. For most on the EMBA the space between classes is fraught catching up at work after a full-on week in Oxford, reconnecting with family and friends who feel increasingly […]

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Posted by: on April 15, 2019

Visiting BUDS School for Street Kids In India

Today three of us from Oxford Saïd Business School EMBA J19, Alexey, Shawn and I  went to see the BUDS school bringing with us our class’ donation. It turned out to be the most emotional experience of my whole India trip. BUDS stands for the Hindi words, “Bal Umang Dryshya Sanstha.” Don’t ask me what […]

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Posted by: on March 28, 2019

Chapter 4: Who is Winning in the Business of Sport?

I am passionate about winning – something I rediscovered being a corner man for my friend and Keble College grandfather – (if you ever meet me in person I will try and explain what this means) in his recent fight.  Fraser got in the ring and put it all on the line in hostile territory […]

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Posted by: on March 27, 2019

Module 5 – down the rabbit hole

Citation. In Oxford citation is important. If you have an academic background this could be natural, but for some of us, who are used to think about business models that we don’t know where they came from, using citation could be a little bit puzzling. There is formal importance to citation, but in essence, knowledge […]

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Posted by: on March 21, 2019

Reflections on completing the EMBA

As many of my classmates remarked, it was wonderful to be back in Oxford as a tourist without any assignments due.  For prospective students I would warn, although some in the Oxford community might joke that the MBA is a minor degree, the EMBA program is not for the weak of heart.  In my case, […]

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Posted by: on March 20, 2019

“When you know, you know”

Not exactly love at first sight, but something like that.  I first stepped foot on Oxford’s campus in June 2018, having been invited to interview with Associate Dean of the MBA and Executive Degree Programmes, Kathy Harvey. It wasn’t exactly love then, as I was more stressed about missing my train from Paddington to Oxford; […]

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Posted by: on March 20, 2019

Leaders with sustainable development mind-sets are a must!

Having experience in chemistry, oil-gas, heavy steel and construction materials production, energy demand optimization is one of my favourite topics in general. Energy demand reduction during the production is in the agenda of managers or business owners, but usually as a cost saving factor, to save energy costs, to make more profit, not as one of the […]

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Posted by: on March 14, 2019

Disruption or distraction?

Where is disruption really valuable and when does it distract rather than lead to real change? As part of the Global Opportunities and Threats programme at Oxford, this week we presented on our findings on a range of “future of energy” themes. This saw visual analysis on topics ranging from battery storage and electric vehicles […]

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Posted by: on March 14, 2019

Strategy as an Oxford Executive MBA

There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about strategy as a topic as a student on the Oxford Executive MBA. First, the Strategy module, which is a year one module taken by all candidates, covers both strategy frameworks and theory, and thinking around strategy implementation. The course is highly interesting, and the interactions between […]

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Posted by: on March 13, 2019

A gown, a baby and a spreadsheet

“damn it. I am wearing the wrong trousers.” It’s 10:45am on the Thursday of Module 1 and I am staring down at a very tall cup of black coffee, and I just realised that I am not wearing “dark coloured” trousers for our welcome ceremony tonight. The instructions to go with our gowns is to […]

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