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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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Posted by: on September 2, 2016

Applying to Oxford: An Insider’s View

It was a spontaneous business trip last summer that initially got the wheels rolling. I was in London for a week and was asked to give an unplanned presentation for my client at their office just outside Oxford. Afterwards, I had some time to walk through town. As I passed by grand stone facades and […]

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Posted by: on September 2, 2016

A spirit of discovery and self-challenge…

A spirit of discovery, self challenge, “self inflicted pain” some would say, are some of the factors that have defined my journey to date and led me to this point, the start of my next chapter as I embark on an EMBA at Oxford. What lies ahead has been described to me by Oxford alumni […]

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Posted by: on August 15, 2016

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Laozi

It was June 2015. I was sitting at my office desk in New York City and reviewing the current day’s financial news headlines as part of my morning routine. Futures were up, XYZ Company reported earnings, and U.S. unemployment rate is down… Suddenly, a banner ad popped up. While I usually find these ads a […]

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Posted by: on August 10, 2016

Pure wisdom coming from a wealth of experience

In this blog, I need to start with a confession. I am worried to make injustice as this is my second blog and first one was about China module and this one is about Silicon Valley/Entrepreneurial Finance module. There might be comments that may create the impression that one was superior to the other but, […]

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Posted by: on August 8, 2016

“It was the best of times….” – Charles Dickens, 1859

I have said here, in this blog, that our cohort “bumps up against each other” every 5th week for one week. Please allow me to try to include you in this adventure – at least as best I can with written words. Last night was Friday night, the last night together. I sat at a […]

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Posted by: on August 4, 2016

Part 2: Why Segregating the Sexes at Heathrow Makes no Strategic Sense

As I was flying back to my job as a diplomat in a conflict zone, I found myself at Heathrow musing on what I had just been learning about during the sixth module of my Executive MBA at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. A dominating KSF (Key Success Factor) of an airport must be the […]

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Posted by: on August 2, 2016

Part 1: Aligning Operations and Marketing with Strategic Intent

Hopefully, I’m wrong when I detect that my Oxford Saïd EMBA programme is speeding up. Usually we have two courses per module. Last week we had three: Marketing; Operations and Technology; and Behavioural Strategy. “Alignment” was one of many common themes running through these courses. Privileging alignment as a unit of organisational focus is, of […]

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Posted by: on July 19, 2016

Eating IRR in Silicon Valley

With leading industry professionals candidly sharing their insights from their experiences as entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley our Entrepreneurial Finance module effectively became supercharged last week. The EMBA module builds on concepts studied in core Business Finance, and through a great mix of academic and practical knowledge Professor Tim Jenkinson and industry veteran Allan […]

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Posted by: on July 15, 2016

EMBA-12 | Silicon Valley | Day 3 | Crunching the Numbers

Day 3 of the Silicon Valley module began with luminary VC legend Brook Byers, founder of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, Byers, joining our class and participating in an interview by Allen and a Q&A with EMBA-12. Feeling very much at home and at ease, Brook perched up on a chair, kicked off his shoes, and began […]

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