The School & the University
Saïd Business School is deeply embedded in the University of Oxford, creating a dynamic cauldron of ideas, disciplines and perspectives with far-reaching impact in the world.
The School forms part of the Social Sciences Division, one of four academic divisions of the University of Oxford and the largest grouping of social sciences in the UK. Saïd Business School sits alongside 16 other departments, ranging from the School of Anthropology to the Faculty of Law.
Collaboration is an important part of life at both the University of Oxford and Saïd Business School. There is extensive collaboration across departments and divisions, and experts from such diverse fields as medicine, finance, philosophy, literature and law come together to engage in collective research, problem solving and innovation.
Pioneering interdisciplinary programmes
Our collaborative culture enables departments to join forces and design programmes that draw on the breadth and depth of the University’s knowledge. For example, the Oxford 1+1 MBA programme, described by the Financial Times as “remarkable”, allows you to pair Saïd Business School’s one-year full-time MBA with a one-year MSc offered by other departments within the University, such as the MSc Water Science, Policy and Management. Students therefore acquire vital business skills alongside the deeper vocational knowledge of a specific discipline.
Other examples include the Oxford Global Challenges in Transport programmes, delivered by Saïd Business School in partnership with the Oxford Transport Unit, and the Master’s in Law and Finance, taught jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School.
The power of the humanities
Many of the challenges facing organisations have concerned philosophers, historians, novelists and theologians for generations – their writings offer a rich source of inspiration for the modern leader.
Leadership often requires subtleties of judgment in situations where there is no ‘right answer’. The humanities have much to offer executives who seek illumination about themselves, their roles and their organisations.
What is ethical leadership? What is the nature of authority and legitimacy? How does our humanity relate to our role in society and work? These questions have been debated robustly by Oxford’s scholars over the course of the University’s 800 year history.
Drawing on Oxford’s deep knowledge in the arts and humanities we are able to provide an exceptionally rounded and enriching education to business practitioners. One example is our use of Shakespeare’s Henry V, through which participants on our executive programmes explore the rhetoric of leadership. The discussion has the effect of dismantling set ways and habitual language, allowing executives to reconnect to universal truths.
Connecting the University’s dynamic community to drive global action
Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford (GOTO)
GOTO is an innovative learning environment that connects Oxford’s academic, student and alumni community to address some of the most complex issues that face the world today. Students, alumni and faculty can connect via this online platform to discuss, debate, and drive new business ideas that address global issues. The GOTO community addresses problems across generations, across nations and across business sectors. Central issues of high global impact are identified by experts and considered via the platform each year. This year the two topics are Demographic Change and Big Data.
GOTO is a dynamic multimedia platform featuring curated content such as videos from experts and practitioners, Saïd Business School's student and faculty research and publications, infographics, images and debating forums exploring the central issue. Designed to stimulate thinking, GOTO convenes and inspires a wide range of people with a variety of viewpoints to come together to identify business opportunities and generate solutions to challenges arising from high impact global trends.
The unique college experience
The Oxford college system also plays an important role. Faculty and students are attached to one of Oxford’s colleges, a unique way to form strong relationships with tutors and peers who come from extremely diverse academic and professional disciplines. It is an opportunity to venture far beyond the normal realm of knowledge and experience, fuelling discussions that stretch the imagination and build lifelong friendships.
Clubs, societies, sporting and social events play an intrinsic role within Oxford University. It’s easy to get involved and they are a great way of meeting like-minded people.