April 23, 2007

WOxBridge Starts Here

In the gallery on the left are photos from the first official “WOxBridge” event – the JBS Spring Doctoral Conference featuring selections of doctoral students from the business schools of Warwick, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The WOxBridge students seemed to work well enough together, JBS were excellent hosts, and the weather was gorgeous.

Long may this tradition continue!

August 16, 2006

New for August – pictures!

Photos from Elvira's dinner are available in a gallery.

Note also the pictures of Uncle Christopher and his new niece Eleanor!

June 08, 2006

The World Cup Prediction Competition Entry Form

The WBS PhD World Cup Competition 2006



Nationality (optional)

Please rate your level of expertise! (1-4)
_1 I know nothing about this "soccer" thing!
2 I know a little / I've heard Brazil are quite good
3 Reasonably knowledgable / Have read a few reports in the press / Discussed it in the pub
4 Expert / Studied 32 years of data / Ran Monte Carlo simulations to predict the results_

Should there be further rounds to the PhD competition?
(Yes / No / 1 round after the Group stage / fresh rounds after each stage / etc.)


Last 16






*Quarter Finalists *(Winner from Second–Round Games described)
1 (A1vsB2)
2 (C1vsD2)
3 (E1vsF2)
4 (G1vsH2)
5 (B1vsA2)
6 (D1vsC2)
7 (F1vsE2)
8 (H1vsG2)

*Semi Finalists *(Winners from Quarter Finals above, listed in order of occurrence)
1 (QF1)
2 (QF2)
3 (QF3)
4 (QF4)

Finalists(Winners from Semi Finals)
1 (SF1)
2 (SF2)


Top Scorer

The WBS PhD World Cup 2006 Prediction Competition

The 2006 football World Cup is nearly upon us, and to mark this event I am organising a prediction competition for Warwick Business School PhDs and their associates.


Entry is open to all WBS PhDs, their partners and friends (though these may need to tell me who they are in relation to WBS).

How to enter?

Fill in the "Entry Form" Excel worksheet I sent out, or use the following blog.

To help you, I have included a list of who is playing and in which groups. (Remember, during the group stage everyone plays everyone else in their group. Then the top two teams in each group go on to the "Last 16" stage.)

I have also listed who will be able to appear in each match (i.e. which of the qualifiers for the last 16 can meet in a quarter final etc.) You are not obliged to follow this – if you want to list 3 teams from group A in the Last 16, then you can. You are however, obliged to submit only 16 teams for the "Last 16"!

For tips on the teams you could consult the newspapers or the BBC website:

Email your entry back to me:
The easiest way to do this is probably to copy–paste the contents of column B into an email.

Entries must be received before kick-off of the opening match on this Friday!!!
This doesn't give you much time to lose!Get working on it now – I'm sure your supervisor will understand…

Scoring is as follows:
For each correctly predicted team you score:
4 Last 16
6 Quarter Final
8 Semi Final
10 Final
12 Winner
There is a bonus also:
12 Predicting the top scorer of the World Cup ("Winner of the Golden Boot")
So you can score up to 188 points in total.

Prizes - two competitions in one!
Some of you like financial incentives, some of you don't (or can't email them, anyway)
Therefore there will be two versions of the PhD competion.
1) Version with a cash prize for the winner – to enter this give me £1 (I'm in S0.62 for those who don't know)
2) Version with no cash prize – free to enter, winner gets the aclaim ofhis or her peers!
I will know who has entered which version, because I will keep a record of who has given me £1 (honest).

Aditional questions:

I am asking for your nationality to test whether nationality relates to success and whether nationality determines who you favour in your predictions.The PhD community is obviously rather diverse, however, so we might not get large enough samples of any nationality to test any of these.

Note also the question asking you to assess your level of expertise. This is to test the hypothesis that experts are no better than non–experts in predicting the World Cup.

Further Rounds:
A common problem to these competitions is that some unfortunate people see their predicted Semi–Finalists and Finalists knocked out during an early stage, and then have little interest in the remaining competition. Subject to demand, there may therefore be further rounds to this competition. More details to follow if people request it.

I will post news of the competition on my blog

  • who has predicted what
  • what the scores currently are
  • who finally won
  • what the additional questions told us
  • who would have won under alternative scoring systems

Finally, remember not to take too seriously Bill Shankly's famous saying:
_'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death.
I'm very disappointed with that attitude.
I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.'_

November 07, 2005

Back from Berlin

My pictures from the European Youth Cultural Meeting in Berlin are now available.

All who attended had a great time – excellent operas, lots of good food and drink, excellent company. We veterans of these events have to admit this was one of the very best. Many thanks to organisers Jan-Frederik and the two Constanzas ("2 Constanze"?)

For those who ask "European Youth… what?", see Juvenilia at
for more information.

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