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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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Posted by: on July 29, 2019

The first 5

So it all started in January 2019 with excitement, uncertainty, apprehension, doubt, and…expectations. When I started the Oxford EMBA J-19, life was going through a transition as my firm divested its assets in the USA and I was concluding affairs in New York and moving home to Canada (#GoRaptors). Looking back I would like to […]

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Posted by: on July 25, 2019

10 top factors in shaping the success of countries

I usually ponder over the question of why some countries are doing well, and some are failing… Why some countries are interesting for global businesses and some are not at all. What are the intentions, rules, and institutionalized practices that shape the long-term success of a nation? During the last decade with several questions in […]

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Posted by: on July 18, 2019

Process Improvement

Everything is a process, and each process has variation. (Process Theory) In God We Trust… Everyone else must bring data. (E.Deming) It is so true. If you look at anything which surrounds you, if you start to dissect everything which you do in your daily life, you will recognize – it is so true. The […]

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Posted by: on July 18, 2019

A Haiku, in memory of Haruno Yoshida (EMBA S-18) 

A sudden Farewell Fragility and Power Japan, Forever.

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Posted by: on July 5, 2019

Oxford Executive MBA scholarship winners reflect on legacy

The Oxford Executive MBA has come to an end for our 2017-2019 scholarship winners, Dr Pamela Walker-Geddes and Elena Mariotti. Here they reflect on Legacy: Pamela: ‘A legacy for my children.’ Returning to Oxford in 2017 for the EMBA was a brave step for me, both intellectually and emotionally. I had a baby and a […]

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