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Posted by: on August 3, 2022

10 tips for the incoming MBA class

It was only around 18 months ago when I received my Hogwarts letter calling me to a year of rich tradition, history, self-reflection, and development. And this past year has been just that. From being an absolute wreck overwhelmed with the idea of traveling and moving continents in the middle of a pandemic to a […]

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Posted by: on August 1, 2022

Classes, climate and college

It’s that time of the year when one blogs about reflections. It has now been well over 11 months since I moved to Oxford, and in one more month, I will be leaving my university flat in Castle Mill. There will be a state of semi-nomadic existence for a few weeks as I travel a […]

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Posted by: on July 26, 2022

Finding comfort in discomfort

Until I started researching business schools, the term “impact” exclusively recalled nebulous 90s action films. “Impact” in business school means there is some objective, usually linked to people or planet, which is not exclusively bound to maximizing shareholder value. I learned that from a business perspective, my entire career has been in “impact”, so I […]

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Posted by: on June 30, 2022

A culture of collaboration like no other

I recently had a call with an acquaintance who was interested in learning more about the MBA experience. “Isn’t it competitive?” they asked me. I could not repress a chuckle. Although I could understand their assumption about business students, I was very proud to tell them that Saïd Business School (SBS) was quite the opposite. […]

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Posted by: on May 12, 2022

Increasing Funding to Female Founders in the UK

Female founders in the UK receive dramatically less funding than their male counterparts. In 2021, despite unprecedented levels of capital raised within private markets, only 1% of venture capital funds went to all-female founded teams in comparison to 90% to all-male founded teams (CEE Report, 2021). This is a missed opportunity. Up to £250 billion […]

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Posted by: on May 9, 2022

Making memories during Hilary term on the Oxford MBA

  In the book I’m reading, Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, there’s a scene where the characters face a crossroads. Four people are on a motorcycle trip across the United States approaching the Great Plains, an expansive flatland east of the Rocky Mountains. The Great Plains make for rough riding, and one character […]

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Posted by: on May 3, 2022

How my MBA has been a year to venture out, express, and be the best version of myself

212 days or 7 months in, 5 more to go. Phew, that flew by way faster than I had imagined! This reminds me of something Steve Jobs quoted, “One cannot connect the dots looking forward, but only when you look backward”, I can now see why. I have begun to trust in the process of […]

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Posted by: on March 17, 2022

Reflections on OSEF

By Bartek Ogonowski and Youmna Sirgi, Oxford MBA 2021-22 On February 25th, over 500 attendees made up of students, alumni and externals, as well as 27 global speakers, came together at the Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (#OSEF22). The annual event was momentous as for the first time it was in a truly hybrid format, apt […]

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Posted by: on March 3, 2022

Top three pieces of advice for incoming Oxford MBA students

And just like that, the Oxford MBA class of 2022 is over halfway through the Hilary term. This has been a life changing year and given the recent milestone, here follows some reflection on my journey to date. The MBA class is vibrantly diverse and I am no exception. Growing up in a small Cumbrian […]

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Posted by: on March 1, 2022

Strategy and pottery

This past August, I hung up my clay-stained overalls and crocs and dusted off my blazer and heels (which hadn’t seen the light of day since the pandemic started). I had just spent several months at an artist residency in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, deliberately taking time off to explore the craft […]

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