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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 April 29, 2019

Choosing a College as an Oxford EMBA

Choosing an Oxford College as an Executive MBA student entails considering a number of points. First, whether the college allows members to book rooms for multiple nights in a row, similarly to how a hotel or bed and breakfast would. This can be researched on the website of each college, and the key point is […]

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Posted by: on April 29, 2019

It’s Oxford, innit?

There are many EMBA schools globally that will certify your competence for business. They produce “how to“ graduates in sausage factories. There is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. But none aims to develop “critical thinking” in the manner that only Oxford could. Having been asked on multiple occasions the reason for doing the EMBA at […]

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Posted by: on April 25, 2019

The five things I learned during my first week in Delhi

Wait, what?  First week in Delhi?  What happened to Oxford? Well, for the third module of the Oxford EMBA, entitled “Global Rules of the Game”, Oxford went to New Delhi, India.  And so did I. Here’s what I learned. To understand India, you need to go to India. I’ll admit it, I was once a skeptic. […]

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Posted by: on April 24, 2019

One year from now and it will be over!

Module 6 is now behind me.  It was a beautiful week of Spring weather in Oxford.  Invigorating walks and energizing jogs made the module special (especially since it is still cold and dull in Canada).  As always, this module was chock-full. Classes commenced at 9 a.m. and ended mostly at 7:30 p.m. We completed the […]

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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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