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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 January 20, 2017

Turning Points

It was Wednesday night at 2100hrs and our GOTO group was still debating and discussing the finer points of our assignment:  what were the future implications of work in financial services when analyzed through the lens of selected macro trends?  It had been a long day full of classes with new material, intensive discussions, followed […]

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Posted by: on January 17, 2017

What’s the adjacent possible?

I didn’t get the feeling, as my Executive MBA at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School began exactly one year ago, that many of my classmates intended to use the EMBA course as a career transition mechanism. Yet, a transformation in many of us has taken place over the past twelve months. From business case studies in […]

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Posted by: on December 7, 2016

What’s Inevitable About Innovation? (Part II)

Reading the FT yesterday, I noticed the following paragraph in a story about a letter Apple wrote to regulators recently (attempting to sculpt laws governing nascent innovations and markets is just as important to innovators and inventors as the technology itself, so we have been learning – see “What’s Inevitable About Innovation? (Part I)”): “…Despite […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2016

What’s Inevitable About Innovation? (Part I)

Now, during this ninth module, we started: “Strategy and Innovation” – the first elective course of my Executive MBA at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Our “Strategy and Innovation” module follows a by-now familiar pattern of learning. First, we’re convinced that “Innovation” is a natural product of an equilibrium that mysteriously coalesces in the space […]

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Posted by: on November 8, 2016

Of Poets and Quants

One of the many valuable aspects of Oxford University is the sheer number and diversity of groups and communities you can (or must) be involved with and/or belong to. There are study groups, working groups for assignments, communities that form around your occupation, sporting, or personal interests, those available through your College, and of course […]

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Posted by: on October 17, 2016

How to Discount Accurately the Value of Business Education

Valuing today a future cash flow is the essence of Corporate Finance. There’s a risk that a cash flow promised today for delivery in the future may not be delivered. So it’s sensible to pay less today for that promise of future performance. In Corporate Finance during Module Eight of my Executive MBA at Oxford […]

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Posted by: on September 23, 2016

Making a little right from out of all the wrong

My friends do not know this, but I have – what I humbly believe to be – a stellar collection of country music albums on my phone. As a Canadian, perhaps this is required. And so last week as my bus from Heathrow pulled up to Gloucester Green in Oxford for the first module of […]

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Posted by: on September 9, 2016

Autumnal X-ray Accounting and Libraries’ Sofas

Learning accounting at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School was surprisingly interesting. I remember reading, as an undergraduate, about how double entry bookkeeping’s invention was a condition for the industrial revolution. I’m glad now to understand more of what double entry bookkeeping actually is. I’ve managed the finances of an organisation. But then I just copied […]

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