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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 September 21, 2017

The in-betweens

With the end of Module 10 last week came the end of the first year that I have been in the EMBA programme. Module 10 delivered a punch with the hurdle of a business finance exam, the exhilaration of doing the pitch for the entrepreneurship project with a stellar team, and the start of the […]

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Posted by: on September 18, 2017

My EMBA journey

My Executive MBA journey started nearly a year ago. Over the last year my life has been consumed by this journey from researching business schools to preparing my application and adjusting to the realisation that tomorrow, I will be heading off to Oxford for my first module. It hardly seems real. When I think back […]

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Posted by: on September 15, 2017

The Oxford EMBA’s dead. Long live our Oxford EMBA

Last Friday we celebrated the approaching end of our Executive MBA in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. On Sunday, I told the following story on LinkedIn (connect with me). Within hours it had accumulated over a thousand views: On Monday my Executive MBA Entrepreneurship Project partner (see my posts on Six secrets to success for a brilliant […]

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Posted by: on August 7, 2017

It ain’t over till it’s over

Yoggi Berra’s words are in my mind as we wrap up Module 9 of the Oxford EMBA. There is a chance I am thinking about this phrase as I am moving to New York in seven days for a new job, and one of my classmates has done the unimaginable and scored us tickets to […]

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Posted by: on August 2, 2017

Palo Alto: Bringing Us Closer to Our Unknown Liquid Futures

We were in Palo Alto for the second last Entrepreneurship Finance module of our Oxford Saïd Executive MBA. The key questions we came to Palo Alto to answer were: Why do 50% of NASDAQ companies and 50% of the world’s US$100b+ companies come from this locality – Google Airbnb HP Lyft Uber Apple LinkedIn Adobe […]

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Posted by: on June 28, 2017

Marconi’s crystal and the cat’s whisker

I’m 10% happy that now, having completed the third last module of my Executive MBA at Oxford University, I only have four assignments to do. I’m 95% very sad, though, as the necessity of travelling to/from and being in Oxford for the past 16 months has become a habit it shall be hard to break. I […]

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Posted by: on June 26, 2017

In Fear of Abstractions

“Go in fear of abstractions” said Ezra Pound to the fellow poets of the early 20th century. These words were in my mind as we began our Business Finance class in Module 8 – for somewhere along the line in my past education, numbers in math were replaced with letters and abstract concepts, and my […]

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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 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 graduate students they are […]

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