Business: the next 25 years


#Biz25 is a thought-provoking series on the changes our academics think business leaders of the future need to consider. This new collection of forward-looking features covers a range of subjects, created in recognition of the School’s impact over the past 25 years.

To coincide with the articles, we are hosting a series of hybrid events with our academics discussing what business will look like over the next 25 years.

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'Business: the next 25 years' is our thought-provoking series on the changes our academics think business leaders of the future need to consider.

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Upcoming episodes


Dr Albert Bourla in conversation with Prof Sue Dopson

23 May 5:45-6:45pm, in-person event 

Dr Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer will be in conversation with Interim Dean, Professor Sue Dopson. They will discuss the story of his career, how he steered the iconic company through the greatest public health threat in a century.


Innovation for the 2030s and onwards: Beyond technology 

8 June 6-7pm, online event  

Marc Ventresca convenes three Oxford-affiliated researchers and thinkers whose work plays a critical role in this rethink about the agenda for innovation.  

Save the date for this conversation, with debates and even some agreements about innovation in policy and practice into the 2030s and on. 


Founders & Funders: Purposeful Innovation 

15 June 6-7pm, online event

Oxford's Entrepreneurship Centre and Enterprising Oxford are proud to bring this session to you fully focused on innovation across three areas: agriculture, DNA/RNA sequencing technology and UNICEF's approach to innovative solutions that can easily be adopted and scaled up. 


Leading in crisis - in the thick of it as CBI President, lessons learnt and what next 

22 June 6-7pm, in-person event

Join Lord Bilimoria, President of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), for his final keynote lecture to get the inside story of his past two years working with the captains of industry and government. 

Catch up on previous episodes


The power of doubt and the rise of trust

In this event, Rachel Botsman, Michael Smets and Andrew White discuss the rise of trust and the power of doubt in the face of 21st challenges to leadership.


Technology and life

Andrew Wilson, Chief Digital Officer at Microsoft, shares his unrivalled experience and expertise in the role technology plays in our working lives, both now and in the future, with Agni Orfanoudaki, Associate Professor at Saïd Business School.


A view from the top

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky discusses vaccine production, AI, and what healthcare will look like in 2047.


The path to net zero - Why and how for business and financial markets

How will businesses and the financial markets deliver on Net Zero ambitions? Rupert Younger brought together several world experts for an in-depth discussion for episode 3 of #Biz25.


The future of business: What has gone wrong, what needs to change, and how to do it? 

Colin Mayer CBE and Paul Polman in conversation at the launch event for Business: the next 25 years.


Crucibles of leadership learning: In conversation with John Flint

John Flint, CEO of UK Infrastructure Bank, shared lessons on leadership and building resilience from his 30-year career at HSBC during episode 2 of #Biz25.