Alan Keeso









Oxford 1+1 MBA alum, former management consultant, and lifelong ice hockey player, I write on topics ranging from education to nature and sustainability, hockey, and technology.

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Posted by: on May 5, 2015

What might Artificial Intelligence do with the Natural World?

Over a recent pub dinner, Oxford MBA classmate and good pal, Joel Usher, went cerebral over his favourite topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Joel discussed how rapidly AI could usurp humans as the dominant player on Earth. He highlighted that some of the world’s most influential people, such as Stephen Hawking (Oxford alum) and Elon Musk, […]

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Posted by: on April 14, 2015

Through Term Two: The Transformation Report

Continuing from, “Through Term One: The Transformation Report”. Term Two featured many interviews for Oxford MBA students. For those who explored management consulting careers, it was a time for case-based interviews. Case interviews vary in structure depending on the firm, but they generally go as follows: The interviewer introduces a business problem that a client […]

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Posted by: on February 23, 2015

Role Reversal: Increasing Nature Connectedness through Technology

I’ve written before on the value of the MSc dissertation as a component of Oxford’s 1+1 MBA programme. Through my dissertation, I explored the emerging frontier of big data and environmental sustainability. Fortunately, I’ve found similar opportunities during my MBA year to research a topic I’m passionate about, namely, our connectedness with the natural world, […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

(Ice) Hockey’s Continuing Benefits and Oxford University Sports

For roughly two decades of my life, hockey – or ice hockey so as not to confuse my British friends – occupied the majority of my time. If I wasn’t playing it or training for it, I was thinking about it. While playing junior hockey in Strathroy, Ontario, our coach and mentor, Pat Stapleton, a […]

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Posted by: on January 5, 2015

Through Term One: The Transformation Report

I came to Oxford to achieve a career transformation. Specifically, I’ve been looking for something that my father has often repeated he is fortunate to have found in his work: a spiritual connection. No. Allow me to explain. Since 1872, my family has been stewards of the land in the hardwood lumber industry. In addition […]

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Posted by: on December 2, 2014

A User’s Guide to Building Your Own Master’s Program

To Build Your Own Master’s Program, You’ll Need: Collaboration Collaboration is what can make a Master’s program massive for your enjoyment, development, and career. Regardless of which school you go to, your Master’s pursuit serves as a platform to build something much larger than what’s on paper. The MBA program at Oxford University offers scales […]

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Posted by: on October 27, 2014

Year One of the 1+1 MBA, Credit where it’s Due, Paying Tribute

Over dinner in the 18th century Radcliffe Observatory at my home college, Green Templeton, my MBA classmate, Denise, asked our group of four, “What’s been your favourite experience since arriving in Oxford for the MBA program?”   Jamie said that her first try at rowing had been her favourite experience to date, Ren had the most […]

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Posted by: on October 13, 2014

Baseball, The Three Stooges, Romance

When Derek Jeter, one of the greatest baseball players in history, singled in the winning run in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium (try watching this without getting the shivers), sports broadcaster Michael Kay had the perfect words for the storybook finish: “…Where fantasy becomes reality.” The University of Oxford is known everywhere. It’s […]

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