Welcome from the Dean

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Soumitra Dutta, Peter Moores Dean

An extraordinary school and community.

Thank you for visiting our website. Of the thousands of business schools in the world, and even among the handful of elite schools, Oxford Saïd is an extraordinary School and community embedded in the world’s best university. This was true before Covid-19 struck and is even more so today. 

Three elements combine to define us: people, approach and mission. 

People

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You’d expect to find extraordinary people at Oxford and you’d be right: from our award-winning faculty whose research is transforming how businesses and governments do their work, to our world-wide, cosmopolitan student body, to our alumni who are changing the world, to our outstanding staff. What makes them extraordinary is their curiosity, intelligence, challenging nature and tenacity.

One of our strengths is the diversity of our community. Yet, this diversity does not mean that we can be complacent in a world where issues of racial justice continue to manifest themselves painfully. Also, while our community is ambitious and competitive we are still respectful, gracious, and collaborative. In a world sounding a retreat to national borders, we proudly celebrate that we are truly global. 

Embedded approach

Other business schools may claim they know everything. We don’t. The events of the past year provide ample evidence of how much we don’t know. We acknowledge that the problems and opportunities facing business and the world are complex. We believe our best way to understand and grapple with issues lies in cooperating with our colleagues across Oxford, and beyond. We do this in our research, teaching and engagement.

Our programmes are intertwined with other parts of our historic institution. If you are studying one of our degree programmes, you will also be a member of one of Oxford’s Colleges, enjoying long dinners and conversations with colleagues from across all departments. At the Oxford Foundry, the University’s home for student entrepreneurs, you can meet people from medical sciences, engineering, social sciences, natural science, humanities and more for your ventures. 

Quite simply, we are stronger together. 

Mission

We work with individuals, leading business, governments and civil society organisations to take on the challenges we face and make the world a better place.

We believe business can play an integral part to address the systemic issues that will alter the future for generations to come: planetary threats; public health challenges; structural racism; rising inequality; the mismatch of education, skills and employment opportunities; growing nationalism and challenges to the institutions of democracy. As a community, we use our wealth, power, and influence to make progress against these challenges across all sectors.  

In recent times we have been sharing our expertise through our online Leadership in Extraordinary Times event series. In this series our academics and world leaders interrogate the challenge to emerge from the current crises into a stronger, more just world. Locally, we supported Covid-fighting entrepreneurs and we opened the doors of our Executive Education facilities to house the homeless.

I look forward to working with each one of you, not only to help you advance in your personal journey, but also to be part of something bigger. 

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Soumitra Dutta

Peter Moores Dean

Saïd Business School

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