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Posted by: on July 29, 2019

The first 5

So it all started in January 2019 with excitement, uncertainty, apprehension, doubt, and…expectations. When I started the Oxford EMBA J-19, life was going through a transition as my firm divested its assets in the USA and I was concluding affairs in New York and moving home to Canada (#GoRaptors). Looking back I would like to […]

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Posted by: on July 25, 2019

10 top factors in shaping the success of countries

I usually ponder over the question of why some countries are doing well, and some are failing… Why some countries are interesting for global businesses and some are not at all. What are the intentions, rules, and institutionalized practices that shape the long-term success of a nation? During the last decade with several questions in […]

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Posted by: on July 18, 2019

Process Improvement

Everything is a process, and each process has variation. (Process Theory) In God We Trust… Everyone else must bring data. (E.Deming) It is so true. If you look at anything which surrounds you, if you start to dissect everything which you do in your daily life, you will recognize – it is so true. The […]

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Posted by: on July 18, 2019

A Haiku, in memory of Haruno Yoshida (EMBA S-18) 

A sudden Farewell Fragility and Power Japan, Forever.

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Posted by: on July 5, 2019

Oxford Executive MBA scholarship winners reflect on legacy

The Oxford Executive MBA has come to an end for our 2017-2019 scholarship winners, Dr Pamela Walker-Geddes and Elena Mariotti. Here they reflect on Legacy: Pamela: ‘A legacy for my children.’ Returning to Oxford in 2017 for the EMBA was a brave step for me, both intellectually and emotionally. I had a baby and a […]

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Posted by: on June 13, 2019

“Break Time!”

Wednesday night, the new Friday night for us at Oxford.  It is, after all, a free evening kindly given to us by Oxford that typically ends somewhere close to 4am on the dance floor – whether one likes it or not. Who said anything about regressing, right? Well, in some ways, that is exactly what […]

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Posted by: on June 10, 2019

Customer-centric politics?

As we headed to Oxford for Module 7, the Australian federal election turned up a result that surprised most pundits and pollsters: the minority coalition government was returned with an increased majority. And in the UK, as the module got underway, Theresa May announced her resignation as Prime Minister after her Brexit path became unnavigable. […]

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Posted by: on June 3, 2019

The Devil is in the Detail

Marketing could be described as the art and science of persuasion. And in order to persuade, one must have an understanding of human nature. As we plunged into marketing, it seemed to encompass almost everything under the sun. At one moment we were psychoanalysts for commercial ends, at another, financiers calculating the lifetime value of […]

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Posted by: on May 31, 2019

The GOTO experience

The GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford) project at Oxford SBS allows students to attempt to solve a world-scale problem. It helps to understand the complexity around those problems and to apply different frameworks and strategies learnt during the classes. It is worth mentioning that each cohort has a unique task. Our EMBA-S18 cohort had […]

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Posted by: on May 30, 2019

Differences and Commonalities Between the EMBA and MBA Programmes

For applicants with very limited or very extensive professional experience the choice of whether to apply for the MBA programme or to the Executive MBA (EMBA) programme may be straightforward, but for candidates somewhat in between there is a degree of leeway. This article covers some of the distinctions and common elements between the two […]

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