MBA

Owen Woolcock, London Business School

Business school is more than learning about strategy and financial accounting. MBA blogger Owen Woolcock has discovered that it is also about reflection and a growing self awareness 

Piyush Jain, UCLA Anderson School of Management

The shortest I have lived in a city is six days and the maximum is five years. I was only six days old before my parents moved from Karnal, a small town in northern India to Bangalore, also known as the Electronic City of India. 

Owen Woolcock, London Business School

On a quiet autumn evening, in the middle of an unremarkable week at London Business School, I had the privilege of witnessing a remarkable talk. 

Ignaz Cassar, Telfer School of Management, Ottawa

Ottawa? My decision to depart to Canada’s capital to do my MBA at the University of Ottawa has been met by friends and colleagues by many question marks. “Ottawa?” 

Atul Agarwal, Warwick Business School

Having completed all the academic modules, I am currently in the last phase of my MBA. I am doing an internship with a start-up in London and writing a 15,000-word dissertation on how real-time marketing will help companies increase their bottom line. 

Niladri Gupta, Lancaster University Management School

Niladri Gupta was part of a small team from Lancaster University Management School which took part in a UK-China entrepreneurship competition. Over a period of a few months the team learnt a great deal, especially how to tackle cultural issues between the markets of the UK and China 

Gareth Rees, University of Bath EMBA

The professional life of a sportsman is a short one. Cricketer Gareth Rees is studying for an EMBA at the University of Bath School of Management. He wants to be prepared for his next career. 

Linda Groarke, Open University Business School

Yesterday I took great joy in hitting the ‘submit’ button on the online submission form marking the completion of my first Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) for the finance module I started in May. What a great feeling! 

Philippa Rock, The Wharton School

While going through the MBA admissions process, I was keen to find out about others’ perspectives on everyday life as an MBA student at the schools I was considering. This blog is written with thanks to those who shared their reflections before me and with best wishes to anyone considering business school in the future. 

Kyle Wu, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Kyle Wu is now on his internship. In his latest blog he explains what really is competitive intelligence. 

Michele Lagioia, European School of Management and Technology

As he prepares for his summer break Michele Lagioia reflects on the last few months of his time at ESMT and all that he has learnt about values, interpersonal values and socially responsible values. 

Prakhar Gautam, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

My business school week. Meet: chief executive and managing director Bharti AXA General Insurance; cheif executive Aditya Birla Group Retail. 

Owen Woolcock, London Business School

It is a great privilege to write in this forum through the second year of my MBA programme at London Business School. I hope I offer something for those contemplating, studying in, or reflecting on their own MBA experience. 

Linda Groarke, Open University Business School

Between life and work I sometimes wonder where I’ll find the time to keep up with the suggested 12-hours a week I should be dedicating to my MBA. 

Domitilla Ferrari, EMBA SDA Bocconi

When I was young, every summer my first thought at the end of the last lesson at school was what colour my next bikini would be. 

Veena Viswanathan, Insead

FT MBA blogger Veena Viswanathan spent some time talking to Prof Massa, Insead’s professor of banking. Among the many topics discussed was whether Prof Massa believes that the school’s new Master in Finance programme will cannibalise the MBA programme. 

Christine Cheng, Essec MBA in Luxury Brand Management

While our classes and exams are over, we still have to complete our summer field projects before we can graduate. The field project is like an internship and a thesis. It allows us to gain relevant work experience while requiring us to apply our MBA knowledge to study a topic in depth. 

Niladri Gupta, Lancaster University Management School

Niladri Gupta joined Lancaster University Management School’s MBA programme almost seven months ago. It has, he says, been a journey, a voyage of reflection and learning and self discovery. 

Ramesh Chander, Sai¨d Business School, Oxford

The end of term is near and that nostalgic feeling engulfs us all. All of us have just finished attending the last class of the MBA and for many of us the last classroom situation for quite some time to come. 

Domitilla Ferrari, EMBA SDA Bocconi

New blogger Domitilla Ferrari has learnt a lot since joining SDA Bocconi’s evening EMBA programme. Here she lists her top 10 takeaways so far 

Alexandra Fitzgerald, Rotman School of Management

In spite of the fact that I am busy with my summer internship and going back to school for my second year is the furthest thing from my mind, I received an email this week and it’s time for me to make my course selections. 

Charlotte Clarke, FT

Are you struggling to study in the library? Do you want to meet economists, investment bankers, strategists and corporate financiers from the City’s largest buy and sell-side institutions? FT Alphaville, the daily news and commentary service for financial market professionals, is hosting a debut financial festival on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 and we have discount tickets for MBA students.


The festival will take place in the City of London, in a big white tent at the Honourable Artillery Company. It will feature talks from Peking University professor Michael Pettis and activist Carson Block; problems solved live by FT agony aunt Lucy Kellaway; and a pub quiz run by FT Management Editor Andrew Hill. There will also be a panel discussion titled Is this Nuts? with Bank of England executive director Andrew Haldane and the chance to network inside inflatable igloos. 

Kshitij Gopal, National University of Singapore

A team from the National University of Singapore Business School took part in the recent case competition at Yale. But although the team came third blogger Kishitji Gopal has reservations. The team’s presentation skills were not what they should be he says and Asian schools need to improve in this area