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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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Posted by: on July 13, 2016

Silicon Valley Blog | Day 2 | Structuring the Art of the Deal

Monday morning was a spectacularly glorious summer day in Palo Alto.  A beautiful crisp sunny morning with American style continental breakfast and strong hot coffee at the Garden Court Hotel on Cowper Street set the stage for EMBA-12’s immersion into sources of capital, understanding financing options, strategic financial decision making and valuation theory. Allen and […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2016

Understanding The Silicon Valley Ecosystem

Approximately 60 EMBA-12 students arrived into Palo Alto, California on Sunday, July 10th for the first day of the Oxford SBS Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Finance Module.  Hosted by two luminaries, Tim Jenkinson, Professor of Finance at SBS and Allen Morgan, a former attorney, entrepreneur and venture capital advisor, the course, according to Jenkinson is designed […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2016

Six Months into EMBA13

Whenever I play Ping Pong I find I play best when I play against a better player. If I want to ski better, I ski behind a better skier. A lot of life is like ping pong. Most EMBA programs I considered were predominantly taught online with limited time with classmates. I found the idea […]

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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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