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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 March 1, 2017


On my way home from Module 1, I was still trying to wrap my head around this inspiring, fast-paced week that felt like the beginning of a transformational journey. During the application process, during the trip to Oxford for the interview and after the truly unbelievable moment of receiving a letter of acceptance, I tried […]

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Posted by: on February 28, 2017


One of the criteria for professors to gain tenure at Saїd Business School is that they must be funny. This doesn’t feel like going to class, it feels like 8 hours a day of stand-up comedy. I don’t know what they put in the water here, but these guys are very entertaining. If you have […]

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Posted by: on February 22, 2017


We walk slowly in procession past Roman and Greek statues on a cold Sunday evening in January. At least two dozen frozen faces stare down at us. Nobody says anything. It feels like we have entered a Stanley Kubrick movie. At the end of the long hallway there is some noise. We enter a room […]

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Posted by: on October 3, 2016

The one-employer career is dead

If the marketing department at the Saïd Business School had set out to write a book to attract EMBA students, they could not have come up with a better offering than The Hundred Year Life. Written by Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton, and published this summer, it points out, using standard data, that likely applicants, […]

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Posted by: on October 2, 2016

Writing Home – Initial Impressions

It’s a rainy morning in Leipzig and I am down with a cold right now, sipping my breakfast tea. I worked through to Friday, but my throat has been scratchy all week. Hard to believe just two weeks ago I spent a wonderful, Indian summer week in Oxford. I’ve been meaning to write about my […]

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Posted by: on September 2, 2016

Applying to Oxford: An Insider’s View

It was a spontaneous business trip last summer that initially got the wheels rolling. I was in London for a week and was asked to give an unplanned presentation for my client at their office just outside Oxford. Afterwards, I had some time to walk through town. As I passed by grand stone facades and […]

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Posted by: on July 19, 2016

Eating IRR in Silicon Valley

With leading industry professionals candidly sharing their insights from their experiences as entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley our Entrepreneurial Finance module effectively became supercharged last week. The EMBA module builds on concepts studied in core Business Finance, and through a great mix of academic and practical knowledge Professor Tim Jenkinson and industry veteran Allan […]

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Posted by: on July 1, 2016

The value of critical thinking

After being enrolled at the university and becoming a student of Saїd Business School, I am often asked questions about the difference between educational system in Ukrainian universities and in Oxford. Besides, many are curious if I really feel the value of education, which consumes tons of my time, energy, and resources. In this relation, […]

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