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Posted by: on March 14, 2019

Strategy as an Oxford Executive MBA

There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about strategy as a topic as a student on the Oxford Executive MBA. First, the Strategy module, which is a year one module taken by all candidates, covers both strategy frameworks and theory, and thinking around strategy implementation. The course is highly interesting, and the interactions between […]

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Posted by: on March 13, 2019

A gown, a baby and a spreadsheet

“damn it. I am wearing the wrong trousers.” It’s 10:45am on the Thursday of Module 1 and I am staring down at a very tall cup of black coffee, and I just realised that I am not wearing “dark coloured” trousers for our welcome ceremony tonight. The instructions to go with our gowns is to […]

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Posted by: on March 12, 2019

EMBA Module 5: Economics

“Leave the Equilibria to Me!” If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on Keynes or Friedman (or Smith), If you can trust yourself when both your microeconomic and macroeconomic tutors doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can reflect and not be […]

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Posted by: on March 11, 2019

Inclusive Business In Africa

One of the electives for my MBA at Oxford that I was most excited about was a [5] day immersive course in Cape Town, South Africa. The focus of the course was inclusive business in Africa, defined as business for social impact rather than for profit. Cape Town was incredible, being a city of contrasts; […]

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Posted by: on March 11, 2019

“It has to be a loose fit”

January in Oxford can be bleak for an Australian. While friends lounge about in endless 30 degree C+ sunshine, I am standing on a snow-covered corner in Oxford, suitcase in my hand, and finding it hard to dislodge the Velvet Underground’s earworm Sweet Jane. Like Lou Reed’s protagonist, I’m feeling a little out of place, […]

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Posted by: on February 22, 2019

My Most Amazing Week Yet

I arrived at the Cape Town International airport on the 3rd of February 2019 for our Inclusive Business in Africa elective.  I met Frank, a taxi driver who helped me get to the University of Cape Town’s Graduate Business School. He gave me a first-hand account of the history of South Africa and the aftermath […]

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Posted by: on February 21, 2019

It is all about “People”: reflection on my journey at Oxford Saïd

It took me years to decide in which school I should have taken my Executive MBA. I met all the top business schools around the globe, over 4 years. I finally decided that Oxford Saïd was the right school for me, at this stage of my life; and I was right. I worked hard to […]

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Posted by: on February 11, 2019

“Believe you can and you are halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

In June 2013, at the beautiful graduation ceremony held at the Oxford University’s Church of St Mary the Virgin, I thought that it was the last time when I was a student and my last time at the school. I was wrong! Six years after, I am a student again and SBS has welcomed me […]

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Posted by: on February 10, 2019

Cutting-edge entrepreneurial school in a castle of science

I prefer ancient universities with traditions, values and buildings with thick walls. But sometimes it is difficult to imagine the modern skills of a rapidly changing world in old castles. Before going to study the EMBA program at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, I imagined high profile teachers, real networking, learning and sharing opportunities. The first week […]

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Posted by: on February 8, 2019

Entrepreneurship as an Oxford EMBA

As an Oxford EMBA student there are numerous opportunities to learn more about entrepreneurship, get feedback on ideas, and either start or scale entrepreneurial ventures. First, all EMBA students take the Entrepreneurship Project (EP) module. The course combines theory with application by first providing an overview of entrepreneurship frameworks and literature, and then having students […]

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