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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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Posted by: on June 20, 2016

Strategy as the art of creating superior performance

I’ve been a part of various strategy development processes in different jobs over the years. For example: as interim CEO of a political party before and after successful election campaigns and as senior project adviser in an intergovernmental organisation, where we used the Logical Framework Approach for project planning, monitoring and evaluation. The first time […]

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Posted by: on June 14, 2016

Oxford EMBA elective in South Africa

The Executive MBA ‘Inclusive Business in Africa’ elective is taking place this week in Cape Town and is designed to help students explore how businesses, individuals and investors are using innovation, inclusivity and social responsiveness to address the reality of doing business in Africa. It is hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) […]

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Posted by: on June 13, 2016

EMBA South Africa elective

This months module is in Cape Town and is on Inclusive Business in Africa. It’s the first time the School is running this course and it is in response to a number of us requesting to see and learn about Africa. The course already takes us to India, China and San Francisco, so we felt […]

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Posted by: on June 9, 2016


Writing this blog was a long overdue commitment that I promised to do. Since I believe it is never too late to start, I would like to give a brief on my view on some of the modules I have taken so far and reflections they had on me. My biggest concern while starting EMBA […]

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Posted by: on May 23, 2016

“An optimal point in time does not exist”- Rachael Ankrah-Fosu EMBA13

(Dominic Fosu was the husband of our classmate, Rachael Ankrah-Fosu. This post is about both Dominic and Rachael, our EMBA13 classmate.) By the time you reach our age Heroes are memories. And then, one day, you are surprised. Dominic Fosu was born into the Ashanti nation in modern day Ghana. At age 16 he emigrated […]

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Posted by: on May 17, 2016

The Business of Creating Profit and Social Capital

“I have to fight every day to embed social capital in my life” thus spoke one senior executive of a global business at Oxford Saïd’s inaugural Responsible Business Forum on Saturday. This last week saw the publication of the Oxford Executive MBA class profiles’ book. An impressive proportion of my class of 74 people from […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2016

Module 3: India

The most special moment for me during Oxford University’s EMBA class trip to India was when I and a number of our class were being introduced to a group of school children. The children were studying in a school adjacent to a company we were visiting. Instead of simply hanging back while the children were […]

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Posted by: on April 13, 2016


As I write I am flying business class 10,000 meters above the Pyrenees, drinking champagne and wondering what just happened to my soul. India. The street’s energy, the temples, the barbed wired business parks, the people, on people, on people. Handwoven silk sarees of celestial colours against a backdrop of minimalist office interiors, and against […]

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Posted by: on April 1, 2016

Major milestones fly by

Over the last months our EMBA-class has passed several major milestones, and this blogpost – belated due to busy times – will attempt to sum up some of my key highlights and hardships of the winter. First up was the course in accounting and its written exam in November. I must admit that I had […]

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