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Posted by: on June 8, 2018

As the finish line looms, a lesson in teamwork from the Oxford MBA

On the sixth of May 1954, a young medical student toed the line at Iffley Road track in Oxford. Feeling, in his own words, “as if the moment of a lifetime had come,” the Englishman gazed down the long lane of cinder ash and tensed his body like a spring. When the starting gun fired, […]

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Posted by: on May 24, 2018

You must drop the rocks to receive the diamonds

Most people experience that point in the MBA when you simply do not know what to do! I commend you (yes, commend) if you are experiencing this right now. I came into the MBA programme with an intention to learn how I could shift big businesses to be more sustainable and purpose driven, as I […]

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Posted by: on May 20, 2018

Lean impact: How to scale social innovation for good

Ann Mei Chang is the author of the upcoming book, Lean Impact, on how modern approaches to innovation can drive massively greater social impact and scale. She is the former Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID. Prior to her pivot to the public sector, Ann Mei had […]

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Posted by: on May 18, 2018

East Africa Trek

If you had a trust that could generate $200K every year, what would you do with your time? This question was posed to me while I was sunbathing on a boat, in Lamu, with brilliant people representing all of the continents, learning about how to do business in East Africa. I actually could truly in […]

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Posted by: on May 14, 2018

Why do we look down?

I’ve cycled or walked by thousands of people in this city: some living homeless on the street, many students, hundreds of tourists with their cameras and guidebooks, and townies trying to avoid all of the others. Occasionally they make eye contact with me, but most of the time they just trundle past me without even […]

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Posted by: on May 3, 2018

How to win a case competition

Ah, case competitions. You’ve heard the phrase thrown about, but it usually produces a look of confusion outside of business schools! Case competitions are a unique beast, but they offer a number of fantastic opportunities to MBA students that you should not miss as part of your MBA at Oxford. And if you’re in next […]

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Posted by: on April 20, 2018

6am to midnight: reflections on Hilary term

Johannesburg, April 7 2018 Hello to you all and greetings from Johannesburg, where I am sitting in my hotel room before the beginning of a week-long Saïd Business School international elective – Growth Prospects and Opportunities for Business in Africa. Fifty-three of us (16% of the class!) have given up a week of a short […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2018

Experiments in Empathy

We live in a world that is increasingly fractured and divided. The rise of populism has seen ‘othering’ and fear damage our social fabric and it has never been more important to have empathy for one another. It’s from understanding each other that we can begin to create a path forward together. Early Tuesday morning […]

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Posted by: on April 16, 2018

Democracy in crisis?

The 2018 Skoll World Forum is a celebration of proximity. But could this proximity–proximity of people, of ideas, of cultures–actually be the root cause of so many of our problems? That was the provocative opening to one of the Forum’s most anticipated panels: “Democracy in Crisis? Populism, Polarization, and Civic Engagement,” moderated by New America […]

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Posted by: on March 28, 2018

Crossing the ford: my hardest lesson yet from the Oxford MBA

The City of Dreaming Spires takes its nickname from a little-known poem by Matthew Arnold. But when it was published in 1865, just one of 240 lines paid tribute to that celebrated skyline. The rest more or less memorialized the town’s incessant wetness—from “an upland dim” where the author walked, chased by “volleying rains and […]

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