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Posted by: on March 15, 2017

Some ruminations on the Oxford MBA experience

I decided to come to Oxford Saïd because I was sold the vision of doing an MBA in a School embedded inside a great University. And, respecting one of the great traditions of Oxford, namely the Socratic Method, I will try to investigate whether this preliminary vision agreed with the physical reality. At a systemic […]

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Posted by: on November 21, 2016

Cleaner Teeth

On the last rainy weekend in Oxford, I was indoors. So far indoors, in fact, that I was in a windowless room. But I had barely noticed. I was dashing about a lecture hall during the Emerge conference, snapping pictures madly. I picked my way through a packed room of attendees, huddled in small groups, […]

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Posted by: on June 24, 2016

A Persian Man in New York

Our intense yet inspiring Pershing Square one-week trek to New York began on 23rd of May when we were warmly welcomed by the Pershing Square Foundation’s board, including Bill Ackman, the founder of Pershing Square Capital Management, and Dr. Olivia Tournay Flatto, the president of the Pershing Square Foundation. The trek is part of the […]

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Posted by: on May 12, 2016

Beware of keeping busy – What the Oxford MBA taught me about being conscious a...

In my MBA, I learned a lot of the skills I had imagined I would. I learned to be a better leader by being a better listener, a better strategist by being able to connect the dots, and a better manager by understanding how different business functions interact to create value. However, some of my […]

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Posted by: on May 3, 2016

MBA Digital Transformation Elective in New York

Having just returned from an extended trip to the US where we had the chance to learn everything there is to know about digital marketing, I can safely attest that Oxford courses taught abroad are at least as outstanding as Oxford courses taught in Oxford. The Digital Marketing course is an elective set up by […]

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Posted by: on April 26, 2016

My 5 Key Learnings From The Oxford South Africa Elective

I recently returned from the Johannesburg elective, taught by the amazing Mthuli Ncube. Over the course of a week, the 40+ participants immersed ourselves in all things Africa. From site visits to Standard Bank and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to meetings with leading South African businessman Mark Alberti of Massmart and Colin Coleman of Goldman […]

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Posted by: on April 25, 2016

A Peek Inside the warehouses of ‘Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company’

“Work Hard. Have Fun. Make History:” these words greeted us when we walked into Amazon’s fulfilment centre at Rugeley, UK. Imagine the plight of someone who has spent her life in cubicles for the past seven and a half years, and suddenly finds herself staring at an 800,000 sq. feet expanse, most of which is […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2016

10 things I learned from digital elective in New York

“This elective will be most relevant to learn innovative methodologies in digital marketing in a place which is the origin for major marketing companies.”  This was the crux of my application for the New York city digital elective held by Saïd Business school for Oxford MBA 2015-16. Let me jump right in with ten hashtags […]

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Posted by: on April 14, 2016

Surviving the Hilary Hell

After taking the Business Finance examination right after the winter break, we all thought, “Well, Hilary is not quite as busy as the Michaelmas term. Then, where does the popular term #Hellary originate from?” Little did we know, that the first few weeks of February are just the calm before the storm. What waits for […]

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Posted by: on January 19, 2016

Pandora’s box, but for opportunities

What do you call something that resembles Pandora’s box but for opportunities? Well, that’s what the MBA programme at Oxford feels like. I feel quite like a kid in a chocolate factory – which can be dangerous! And I have not been to many of the rooms yet, just keeping your eyes open is overwhelming…deciding […]

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