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Posted by: on January 27, 2016

Why should business engage with the humanities?

“The business of business is business”—right? Well, maybe. But Milton Friedman’s glib comment needn’t be taken at face value. What does “business” mean? Can it not do more than just maximising shareholder value or pursuing profit? How much more, and more in what way, and what kind of more—those questions remain. But if you want […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2016

Introduction

Saïd Business School aims to make the wider intellectual richness of Oxford available to its students and staff in various ways by engaging with ideas, activities, and scholarship from the humanities. The work of historians, philosophers, classicists, as well as the study of literature and artefacts from diverse cultures and traditions, can shed light on […]

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Posted by: on May 31, 2017

Heritage as business

‘We are in the business of conservation access.’ So did Hilary McGrady, Director of Operations and Consultancy at the National Trust, introduce the conversation evening I took part in on Thursday 4 May, hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and their Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership. This was the fourth event […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2016

Case Studies and Narrative

Case studies are an import element of almost every business school course and programme. They have been a key teaching method since the start of formal business education in the 1910s. Pioneered at Harvard Business School, they rapidly spread to more or less every other school, in almost every subject of the business curriculum, and […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2016

Managing Cultural Organisations: a research conference

Few universities are older than Oxford, but the Università di Bologna is most certainly one of them.  Founded in 1088, it is the Alma Mater Studiorum, the nourishing mother of intellectual study, and the oldest continually operating university in the world.  Bolgona provided a very suitable location for a conference on Managing Cultural Organisations, being such an organisation itself and running one […]

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