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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

What the [Sub] Fusc are you wearing?

I looked around. There was nothing heavy within reaching distance. I decided to take the plunge. For probably the fifth time in as many days I asked my wife the most pressing question for the upcoming trip to Oxford, “So, you definitely think this grey suit is dark enough for Sub Fusc?”. The advanced risk […]

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Posted by: on October 6, 2017

I got in! Now to see where the rabbit hole goes

I’m sitting at my laptop surrounded by a pile of papers… on my left, the first draft of my formative assignment. The equivalent to a pre-season friendly that will no doubt show us how much work we have to do to start producing outputs worthy of a Master of Science degree from the number one university in the world*. […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

Module 4, and a trip down the Thames with the MPA

Upon reflection, May was a very busy month in the most satisfactory way. We have formed strong professional and personal friendships over the course of the last 10 months, supporting each other during modules and remotely. It is difficult to imagine a more hardworking, interactive and fun-loving group of people to be assembled in one […]

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Posted by: on March 6, 2017

Challenge your expectations

The number 6 bus from Wolvercote to Magdalen Street. You don’t get much more of a glamorous start than that do you? But I’ve got a few minutes spare as we weave our way through the early morning Oxford traffic to put down some thoughts for this blog. If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to […]

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Posted by: on November 3, 2016

A Life in the Day

As published in Kellogg College News Michaelmas 2016 I work from home in south-west London. Commuting on crowded Tube trains every day was sapping. Everything in my office has a purpose or means something to me, from the photographs of my parents and my children, to the books, journals and pictures. On the wall is my degree certificate from London, so […]

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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 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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