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Posted by: on December 23, 2018

Ideas of India: where past and future collide

Namaste! As I wrote in my last blog, the third module of our course was also our first international module – in Mumbai, India. The course, part of the “Global Rules of the Game” series, focused on India’s emergence as a significant economy and what this meant for business – both foreign businesses investing in […]

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Posted by: on December 20, 2018

Non-Market Forces

The third module on the Oxford Executive MBA covers non-market forces, defined as those forces impacting an organization outside of market forces such as competitors, suppliers, and substitutes. The first point we learnt is that although every organization interacts with a plethora of non-market forces, these can be organized in a number of categories. The […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2018

Lost and found in India

I was last in Mumbai 16 years ago. Then a weary, penniless, backpacker at the end of a two- and half-year stint wandering the globe: like most twenty-somethings getting lost and enjoying the process of finding myself. This time I was in Mumbai with 70 of my favourite people – EMBA S18 – for module […]

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Posted by: on December 14, 2018

Visions of Cape Town

There was so much to take in upon arrival in Cape Town; the beauty of the natural backdrop, the ruggedness of informal settlements visible from the highway on the way into town from the airport contrasted with the opulence of Camp’s Bay and the V&A Waterfront, the homeless sitting uncomfortably adjacent to luxurious restaurants and […]

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Posted by: on November 30, 2018

Social Consciousness

“Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.” Bono, U2 This is the quote that came foremost to mind after Module 2 of our EMBA program. While the week consisted mostly of massive hours of Analytics (what we used to call statistics back in my day), we also had our first class meeting […]

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Posted by: on November 21, 2018

There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it will be a butterfly

I like to think that Buckminster Fuller and I would have been friends. Fuller once said that “there is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it will be a butterfly”, beautifully illustrating the challenge – and opportunity – of complexity. The butterfly emerges as the result of a complex interplay between systems. It is […]

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Posted by: on November 20, 2018

One year on…female scholars reflect on their EMBA experiences

After completing a year on the world-class Oxford Executive MBA at Saïd Business School, two female scholarship winners reflect on their first year together at Oxford and look forward to the final few months ahead. The programme is designed to help business leaders to realise their potential whilst continuing to thrive in their careers. Dr Pamela Walker, Head of […]

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Posted by: on November 16, 2018

Kanye learn from Kim? An interview with Jeetendr Sehdev

Move over 4As framework – KKP is the new bedrock of branding strategy. I sat down with Jeetendr Sehdev, Oxford alumnus and bestselling author, right before he delivered the keynote address for the 2018 ‘Silicon Valley Comes to the UK’ event. Within a few minutes of meeting Jeetendr, one can immediately see the allure. A […]

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Posted by: on November 9, 2018

Analytics – DONE!

November 1, 2018 Module 2 has come to an end and along with it the completion of the Analytics portion of the program.  Whew! Our first assignment, due at the end of November, will test our comprehension of the topic.  Regression Analysis, Risk Analysis and Decision Tree Modelling were topics covered during the many hours […]

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Posted by: on November 1, 2018

Lessons in regressions: or, how I learnt to stop worrying and love heteroscedasticity

A cold snap in the UK, and we’re back to Oxford for Module 2. How quickly a group of people we met for a week in September now seem incredibly familiar (aided, perhaps, by a series of never-ending WhatsApp groups…). A schedule filled with lengthy sessions on analytics was the subject of much nervous laughter […]

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