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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 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 April 6, 2017

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -” – Heraclitus

Spring is upon us once again in Oxford. It was exactly a year ago when I first set foot on this historic campus for my Executive MBA admissions interview. Six months into the programme now, I have made fifty-seven new friends from around the world, who are travelling on this intellectually stimulating and fast-paced journey […]

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Posted by: on March 7, 2017

The healing power of the “other life”

When you come back to Oxford after such an inspirational first week you wonder if this will be the week when reality hits and the magic of week 1 starts fading away. But as I sit in the bus to London Heathrow airport at the end of week 2 I am still full of magic. […]

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Posted by: on March 6, 2017

Not your ordinary Business School: the power of difference

Imagine a classroom where almost no one was like you. Different nationalities (34 in our case), genders (33% female), ethnicities, skills, languages, socio-economic backgrounds and certainly different personalities. Yet here we all are, in other ways just the same; eager, committed, experienced in our respective fields, driven by a desire to learn more, understand ourselves […]

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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 March 1, 2017

Making the Most of the College Experience

One of the truly differentiating factors of an Oxford education is, indeed, the chance to engage outside of one’s department within one of the many colleges and halls of the greater University. In the EMBA programme, it is often thought that one will have little opportunity to take advantage of the college experience offered to […]

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Posted by: on February 28, 2017

Six Secrets to Success for a Brilliant Oxford Entrepreneurship Project Pitch (Pa...

1. ID brilliant, agreeable, like-minded team members This one is easy. I heard one classmate’s brief presentation of another classmate’s plans to use machine learning in her project about predicting global water scarcity. I wanted immediately to be part of their team. My role as Chief Business Officer is to develop a market for our […]

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