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Our Field Trips + End of Markstrat

Posted by Martha on 27 May 2007

Almost 3 weeks ago stream B -about 70 enthusiastic students- travelled to Leipzig for our Operations Management trip to Porsche. The factory was awesome and those nights out were some of the best. Other streams are travelling to Italy next weekend while others have just been to Amsterdam.

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These are all good learning experiences that happen to be great night outs too. A highlight of the class, other than our Italian professor Andrea Masini, was the on-line Littlefield simulation. It was constructive but also fun and for some people even addictive. Needless to say, most teams did better than the "donothing" team, which shows we actually learnt something!

The end of Markstrat was quite an event for B6 -my study group-. Markstrat is a simulation that resembles a business environment in which firms compete for market share, launch products to market and aim for the highest stock price index. Teams -study groups- made decisions over several periods without really knowing the dynamics of the simulation. Just like in the real world of business, we had to make educated guesses, based on past data.

Peter Kolev, Diogo Vasconcelos, Rajat Maaker, Vivek Kohli and Andrew Bate, my study group members, beat everyone else by reaching the highest stock price index. Stories like this don't happen by chance. A lot of planning, effort, passion, individual and teamwork went into it. Well done team!

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"Doth the moon shine the night we play our play"

Posted by Manish on 23 May 2007

The 3rd annual London Business School summer play was held last week on 2 nights. Roughly 3 weeks of preparations culminated in a night of 3 performances which included scenes from Denise Deagan's "Daisy pulls it off", Charles Webb's "The Graduate" and William Shakespeare's "A mid summer night's dream". The summer play was organized by the acting and creative communications club and was attended by over 200 members of the school community including students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners.

The plays were directed by David Lightbody (MBA2003) and John Lightbody, who have been involved with the club since its inception. The best part about this experience was that while the summer term of our MBA has been grueling and there was really no time for anything but projects and homework, every minute spent on rehearsals was unbelievably relaxing. Most of the participants had taken acting I classes offered by the club. I was an exception though and it was a pleasure learning from John and David (thanks for shepherding us!). One of our actors had painstakingly put together wonderful costumes for our play (case in point ‘the magical Puck’). I played the part of Snug the joiner in "A midsummer night's dream". Kudos to the school facilities staff that helped us put together a great night with food, drinks and performances.

It was great to participate in this fabulous event because it was an opportunity to exercise our creative sides (and as they say, use the left side of our brains). Img_8575 Img_8795 Img_8704 Img_8878 Img_8902 Img_8987

Mighty Mighty London!!! MBAT Champions 2007...

Posted by Stephen on 21 May 2007

It is official, London Business School are the greatest athletes in the MBA world!

The London squad spent the weekend battling against the best the other business schools around Europe could muster and destroyed them in almost every sport. London Business School won rugby (men’s and woman’s), cross country, tug of war, swimming, volleyball, salsa, woman’s football, cricket, partying, drum playing and many more.

MBAT took place at the HEC campus just outside Paris. The squad travelled together on the Eurostar on Thursday and returned victorious on Sunday night. Other schools involved included Oxford, Cambridge, CASS, MBS, IESE, IE, HEC, Rotterdam and Bocconi.

With a squad of around 250, London Business School was the best represented of any school at MBAT. We also had the distinct advantage of having a big red bus full of beer. This kept the athletes and supporters refreshed for the many battles that took place on the field and provided a base for post competition parties.

I was involved in some of the running events. The standard was extremely high. For example the 1500m was won by a guy from IESE in 4:21. The same guy thrashed me in the cross country by 5 minutes. However, Cross Country was a team competition and because London had 5 people in the top ten we won. Overall, in athletics London came a close second.

Thanks to the SA and in particular Martyn Buttenshaw for organising the London team this year. We will be back stronger than ever next year.

Pictures from the weekend. Thanks Brendon -