Sean Lloyd






International relations


Sep 2018 - May 2020

Sean is a career Australian diplomat and lawyer. He has managed both traditional and emerging foreign policy interests for Australia, living and working in the Pacific, Africa and Europe. Most recently, Sean led an executive planning and evaluation unit, focusing on strategic planning, internal governance reform and organisational performance evaluation.

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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

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 June 10, 2019

Customer-centric politics?

As we headed to Oxford for Module 7, the Australian federal election turned up a result that surprised most pundits and pollsters: the minority coalition government was returned with an increased majority. And in the UK, as the module got underway, Theresa May announced her resignation as Prime Minister after her Brexit path became unnavigable. […]

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Posted by: on April 29, 2019

An ode to the generalists

There are times during our Executive MBA (particularly when you reach the stage of discussing process theory…) when you look round the room and marvel at the specialisations of some of your classmates: expertise and experience in areas like neurosurgery, financial risk, biotech or satellite technology. And there are times when, as a consummate generalist, […]

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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 February 6, 2019

Marginal costs in minimal temperatures

We spent the last module learning about the interplay between business and government in India. This module, we returned to Oxford to underpin that with the fundamentals of economics – microeconomic theory. Fittingly for the subject known as “the dismal science”, Oxford was bitterly cold and grim! Building on what we learnt in India, economic […]

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Posted by: on December 23, 2018

Ideas of India: where past and future collide

Namaste! As I wrote in my last blog, the third module of our course was also our first international module – in Mumbai, India. The course, part of the “Global Rules of the Game” series, focused on India’s emergence as a significant economy and what this meant for business – both foreign businesses investing in […]

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Posted by: on November 1, 2018

Lessons in regressions: or, how I learnt to stop worrying and love heteroscedasticity

A cold snap in the UK, and we’re back to Oxford for Module 2. How quickly a group of people we met for a week in September now seem incredibly familiar (aided, perhaps, by a series of never-ending WhatsApp groups…). A schedule filled with lengthy sessions on analytics was the subject of much nervous laughter […]

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Posted by: on October 9, 2018

A Diplomat goes to Oxford…

“A diplomat goes to Oxford”…? Perhaps not the most surprising byline for a blog, but “Australian diplomat goes to Saïd Business School” is slightly more unusual. What’s in a career for a diplomat? Cocktail parties, tuxedoes and high intrigue? Rarer than we might like! Grinding through minute details of trade deals, seeking to understand the […]

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