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Posted by: on June 9, 2020

Events in Minneapolis… and across the globe

I have spent most of my life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. I joined Saïd Business School’s MSc in Major Programme Management in October 2010. My curriculum focused on the science of implementing major programs, which are defined as enormous transformational initiatives that can fundamentally revolutionize companies, cities, and […]

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Posted by: on February 17, 2020

Connect the dots

One of my earliest memories of school was being in pre-kindergarten. I must have been four years old? Miss Wheeler. It’s incredible how the mind works. Thinking back, I can still hear the voices of insecurity and feel the panic of a beating heart. The excitement. Wonder. Passion. What’s changed? Is learning any different now? […]

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Posted by: on November 6, 2019

Why and when should we bother with such a cliché as change?

The Oxford context of change It was our last taught session. Our last module where we could be together for the last time from early morning up to the evening, solving business cases and discussing the challenges of the modern business environment. One could read from our faces a mixture of feelings – from the […]

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Posted by: on March 25, 2019

Interview with alumna Ann McCall

How the Oxford MSc in Major Programme Management helps PMs navigate career challenges and progress their careers to the next-level In today’s fast-paced climate, major programmes are under more pressure to deliver on time and on budget than ever before. We speak to Ann McCall, alumna of the Oxford MSc in Major Programme Management at […]

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Posted by: on November 23, 2018

The unique business society of Oxford – professors, consultants, managers,...

The beginning. Where is my comfort zone? It has been one year since I matriculated and officially became an Oxford student. I believe that now is the best time to share at least a small portion of my experience which may be helpful for prospective students or people who are just curious about how the […]

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Posted by: on June 4, 2018

On the beaver, the tortoise and candlelight dinners: A college primer

Playing croquet on the lawn of an 800 year old college before a concert in the chapel and settling down for a lovely black-tie dinner. That is perhaps the romantic notion we have of college life as a part-time students at the business school. The Oxford glamour without the massive under-graduate pressure. The reality is […]

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Posted by: on March 15, 2018

Major programme risk management explained by kitchen table poker

Major Programmes are large scale initiatives that have the potential to impact millions of people, can take a decade or more to complete and cost upwards of a £1bn. Kitchen poker takes a couple of days to organise, is done in an evening and has a budget that equates to roughly pizza and beer for […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2018

Mastering Scaling: Lessons from the Oxford MPM Conference

Innovation Must Not Diminish your ‘Business as Usual’ Function . . . However Innovation is Vital for Survival. In this present rapidly evolving and competitive landscape all businesses across all sectors are now being disrupted by digital evolution, that includes Major Programmes. How is it that some organisations are getting this right?  It is often […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2018

Direct from the Oxford MPM Conference 2018

It’s an exceptionally cold morning here in Oxford, however I have made my way to a very warm Oxford Said Business school. Here it’s bustling with conference goers – professionals and scholars from around the world and across many sectors. They are here to dive into the 2018 Major Programme Management Annual Conference. I am […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2018

Why I studied for a Masters in Major Programme Management

Last week, I quietly update my LinkedIn profile, adding my newly-awarded MSc from Oxford. Looking at other posts, I see that was a very old-fashioned and low-profile approach. Rather than act out of character, let me explain why I studied for a Masters in Major Programme Management. Recruiters were turning me down for interesting work […]

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