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Oxford Institute of Retail Management

Oxford Institute of Retail Management


Degree programmes

The Institute does not offer specialised degree programmes in retailing, but used to offer specially developed teaching units for existing degrees in management studies. In particular, a retailing elective for Oxford’s highly-acclaimed one-year MBA programme was developed in 2007 which was co-taught for seven years by Jonathan Reynolds of the Institute alongside Alan Giles, an Associate Fellow of the Business School and a senior retail practitioner. 

Several senior UK retail CEOs, including Ian Cheshire of Debenhams, Seb James of Dixons Carphone plc, and Doug Gurr of Amazon, have worked with class participants.

This course achieved one of the highest teaching assessments on the MBA from its first year and attracted a high proportion of the total class. As well as learning more about retailing, class participants have significantly improved their career prospects in the sector.

The Institute also facilitates and supervises MBA and Executive MBA student projects within retail and related firms, as well as assisting in co-ordinating careers discussions and panels for graduate students.

Members of the Institute have extensive experience in supervising or co-supervising doctoral students working on topics related to retailing and grounded in an academic discipline within social sciences and business management.

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Executive education

Saïd Business School’s activities extend to running executive education programmes and this provides a further mechanism for the Institute to engage actively with the retail sector. OXIRM currently hosts the Oxford Retail Summer School Masters Programme each spring, and runs a biannual Asia Pacific Retailing conference.

In addition, the Institute runs and contributes to customised education programmes designed to meet the specific needs of retail and related organisations.

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Workshops and training

OXIRM runs a number of one to three-day research workshops aimed at practitioners and policy-makers.

In addition, the Institute co-ordinates the training and capacity-building activity for the ESRC’s Consumer Data Research Centre, which takes place in Oxford, London and Liverpool.

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Contact us

If you have questions about any of our programmes or workshops, please contact the Oxford Institute of Retail Management team who would be happy to assist you in your enquiry. 

Oxford MBA

A rigorous one year programme aiming to provide the world's future business leaders with the skills, knowledge, and qualities needed to meet the world-scale challenges of the 21st century.

Retail Location & Customer Analysis

This 3 day workshop invites senior managers in planning and development roles in the retailing, retail financial services and leisure sectors to explore the latest thinking in locational considerations for the retail environment.