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Posted by: on October 20, 2016

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Is this Really the Case?

This afternoon I was passing my time with a close friend and we reflected upon some of our personal achievements to date. As I sipped my coffee, a thousand thoughts were simultaneously running through my mind. I was thinking about my career, my family, my life experiences and what it takes to accomplish an aspiration. […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2016

It’s Happening… Matriculation, Study and Realising a Dream

Taking my first step onto High Street, the reality of my arrival at Oxford finally began to sink in. Alighting the requisite double decker bus on a breezy September morning, I paused to appreciate my surroundings, momentarily forgetting the large suitcases I held in each hand. Their weight eventually brought me back to reality and […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2016

On Chicken Wings, Gettier Problems, Popper’s Falsification, Black Ravens a...

Das Wissen ist der Tad der Forschung. {Knowledge is the death of research}— Walther Hermann Nernst The consumption of copious quantities of chicken wings (with gin) at The Four Candles[i] has almost become a ritual, signalling the start of a module on the MSc programme. On one such ceremonious occasion, the lady behind the bar […]

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Posted by: on September 30, 2016

New Horizons, New Perspectives

In a major step for the future, I’ll be soon joining the special part-time programme MSc in Major Programme Management of Saïd Business School and one of the most reputable and high ranking universities of the world, University of Oxford. The challenge is big but the excitement of taking up this challenge is even bigger […]

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Posted by: on August 12, 2016

Why Oxford? Why MMPM (Masters in Major Programme Management)??

Almost everyone I’ve met in the past nine months ever since I’ve started with the MMPM course at Oxford had these two pertinent questions, why Oxford and why MMPM ? Initially I was perplexed why everyone is asking the same questions, have I made some major blunder, I mean a course from the University of […]

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Posted by: on August 11, 2016

Promises made, promises broken – contracts in major programmes

Commenting on one of Bent Flyvbjerg‘s posts about making life as difficult as possible for the major programme manager, I suggested applying the fairy tale framework. This blog starts with a continuation of that idea. Contract law or managing contractual relationships? Be careful with your words. Think of the spoiled princess who promised all kinds of rewards […]

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Posted by: on August 10, 2016

My Journey to Oxford

As a child, I often heard my parents emphasise the value of education. Reading the biographies of Prime Ministers and other prominent individuals attending Oxford University, I was transfixed by the unparalleled transformative capacity of an Oxford education. For someone whose mother and father had emigrated to Australia at a young age with no greater […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2016

Contract law and why Gödel says a mind map of law can never be consistent and c...

In Season 6, Episode 7 of the Game of Thrones, the character Sansa Stark is shown sending a note to Petyr Baelish with the following terms   “[…] to protect me. Now you have a chance to fulfill your promise. […] Knights of the Vale are under your command. Ride north for Winterfell. Lend us […]

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Posted by: on June 3, 2016

The missing 50%

I work in what has for many decades been a male dominated environment, being a mechanical engineer working in the nuclear industry. As an industry we have acknowledged that we could be missing out on 50% of a talented workforce. I was recently invited to take part in a panel at a conference in the […]

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Posted by: on May 17, 2016

Module Four

Whatever your expectations of the MMPM programme, did they include Jesuit cash boxes, mediaeval churches, balloons as nuclear waste, the ambiguous nature of bottles of water and the question of evil? Including crises of spirituality in a textbook on management accounting and control systems was unexpected. Like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag, the quantity and variety of […]

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