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Posted by: on May 23, 2017

Why you can never win in Oxford negotiations (Part I)

In our Oxford University Executive MBA elective “Negotiating Strategy and Practice”, we conducted eight different negotiations based on case studies with different sets of and coalitions of our classmates. The results were monitored using software. Each of us rated the others whom we had been negotiating with on several continuums (yielding; compromising; forcing; problem solving; […]

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Posted by: on May 18, 2017

Oxford Saïd’s Samurai Spirit

5 months into the EMBA got me thinking about one of my heroes. Feudal Japan’s most famous Samurai warrior, Myamoto Mushashi. Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, c. 1584 – 1645) was an expert Japanese swordsman and rōnin. He, became renowned through stories of his unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 60 life-or-death duels. His […]

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Posted by: on May 15, 2017

Oxford College Life

Being part of a College is among the many unique facets of life in the EMBA programme, and as I have written before just one of the many communities you can get involved in. The Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham use such a unique college system, and for undergraduate and gradate students they are […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

Restaurant review: Galito’s, Whitefield, Bangalore.

Walking into Galito’s in the Whitefield section of bustling Bangalore is entering a welcoming spotless clean interior that motivates you to hit the reset button and feel at ease. Friendly quotes on the wall and Mexican inspired art and artifacts provide the ultimate setting for a culinary trip that is long to be remembered. The […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

A privilege to be a part of the larger Oxford family

Module four brought the EMBA-J17 cohort back to Oxford (we were abroad last module) – and for this I am quite thankful.  I am continually reminded that I am fortunate to be a part of this cohort and a part of the greater Oxford University family.  These two realities stand out at this very moment, […]

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Posted by: on April 28, 2017

Your EMBA cohort is a safe zone

The third EMBA module took place in Bangalore, India. One whole week of classes, company visits, and socializing. Absolutely brilliant. Staying in the Leela Palace with close to 70 students plus SBS staff was nothing less than unforgettable. But something interesting happened. This module I observed and experienced a deepening of relationships. We all took […]

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Posted by: on April 24, 2017

Plutus – an EMBA group project

On Friday morning we received our first assignment for group work from Analytics Professor James Taylor. We received several data tables with the rather simple sounding task to use multiple regression analysis to prove whether there is a pattern of gender discrimination at a bank. The bank is named after the Greek god of wealth, […]

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Posted by: on April 20, 2017

FOMO or as a pre-emptive strike? Why foreign firms must be in China

Before the China Oxford University Executive MBA module, I wondered: Should I take extra time off work to sight-see? A wise old-hand advised: Sure, if you have any vacation-days from work remaining. After 14 EMBA months; 14 modules; 32 written assignments (averaging 3,000 words and 50 footnotes each); and having read about 2m words from […]

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Posted by: on April 7, 2017

‘An Oxford moment’

A topic of discussion across the Module 6 was why each of us chose the EMBA. This was obviously a question many of us had asked before signing up for the programme, but 7 months later as the work load increased, the exams loomed ahead in the summer, and papers became due, it seemed this […]

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Posted by: on April 6, 2017

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -” – Heraclitus

Spring is upon us once again in Oxford. It was exactly a year ago when I first set foot on this historic campus for my Executive MBA admissions interview. Six months into the programme now, I have made fifty-seven new friends from around the world, who are travelling on this intellectually stimulating and fast-paced journey […]

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