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Posted by: on October 7, 2016

Being a Rep: up, close and personal with the Business School

As DPhil students, we are in a position that is somewhat in between everyone at the Saïd Business School. We are not just students, not yet faculty. We work next to the MBA or executive students in the library or sit with them in the cafeteria on a daily basis. At the same time, several […]

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Posted by: on September 14, 2016

Summer Conferences

It is summer in Oxford. This means that most undergraduate students are gone, the colleges are more quiet except for the tourists and conference participants roaming around. It is also the time for us DPhil students to go to conferences. There are several big conferences and depending on the subject we focus on, they happen […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2016

DPhil Conference- A fun milestone to reach

As researchers, it is crucial to present our findings and ideas to the world. We DPhils at the Saïd Business School had the opportunity last week to present our work during an annual student conference. This conference provides a safe, friendly environment to talk about what we are doing, to get feedback and to connect […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2016

From student to researcher

Recently, we, the first year DPhils in the management research track, had an interesting discussion on identity. Why and how do people think about themselves as part of a certain group? In my case: why do I see myself as a student? How will I change this identity and see myself as a researcher? What […]

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Posted by: on November 27, 2015

The numbers game of a business DPhil

At a top business school, numbers are very important. Rankings are ever-present, the GMAT or GRE score is a constant concern for applicants and once admitted, a number grade decides about passing or failing every course. Numbers then also play a key role in industry once we leave the academic world. Why am I even […]

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Posted by: on November 2, 2015

Are we all training to be wizards?

I am still new at Hogwarts, um, I mean Oxford. I know, comparing Oxford with Hogwarts has been done a million times and is such a cliché that I hope I am not turning readers away with my very first sentence of this blog.  But I can’t help it: I arrived in Oxford only about […]

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Posted by: on June 22, 2015

On interdisciplinarity, your advertising scepticism, and children’s picture books

Needless to say that given the morally dubious status of the business realm, the prejudice seeps through to the business school’s academic denizens and their research activities. But I suspect only a small percentage of my colleagues would agree the bulk of their work can be described as narrowly as ‘how to make more money.’ […]

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Posted by: on June 4, 2015

A place for learning

One may argue that Trinity is the prettiest of the termly triad. It is quintessentially Oxonian, more so than Michaelmas’ fresh-faced hearties, or Hilary’s frost-covered spires. As the limestone warms under a delicate spring sun, Oxford’s gardens and lawns come into their full verdant glory, while the punts reclaim the Isis and the Cherwell. My […]

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Posted by: on February 22, 2015

On doctoral colloquia

One year ago, my colleague and fellow blogger Guillermo Casanovas detailed the proceedings of 2014’s Spring Doctoral Conference with revealing insight. This year’s doctoral research event, held on February 12, differed in little but name—the Winter Doctoral Conference was as much a success and revelation as its predecessor. Our brothers and sisters in arms presented […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2015

Hand in the honeypot

One of the perks (and curses!) of doing a DPhil is the endless opportunity to learn more. Not just from books, from your supervisor, or your immediate colleagues, but from the vast university network of scholars who all have incredible knowledge to share. Be it a standalone lecture, a lunchtime seminar, or a full-blown course, […]

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