​Custom Executive Education

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Transformational learning to drive business success
  • Oxford
  • International

How we can help you

We specialise in creating bespoke learning solutions for organisations to help address critical business challenges and to drive change.

Our unique approach

Drawing on Oxford’s leading-edge research and subject matter expertise, we can work with you to:

  • Design and deliver milestone/transitional leadership programmes to develop your future leaders
  • Create leadership and cultural change programmes to drive transformation
  • Build new core competencies (e.g. innovation and major project leadership) to enable you to professionalise and compete
  • Engage your clients more effectively using education as a relationship asset

What we offer

Our learning solutions take a variety of formats, including:

  • Blended learning, using a combination of face-to-face (in Oxford or client local) and technology-enabled delivery
  • Action learning and business projects to deliver impact back in your organisation
  • One-to-one coaching support

Our goal is to ensure that the learning delivers real value back in your organisation, and work with you in partnership at every stage to tailor this learning to your business, culture, strategy and goals.

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News & insights

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Leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

From Ego to Eco: Leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Leaders are under scrutiny like never before. In a world which appears to be changing fast and in unpredictable ways, leaders have to make sense of the context people are working in, and to lead their people and organisations to respond effectively. This is no easy task; to lead today requires a rich and varied set of skills and capabilities.

This paper attempts to define the nature of these challenges and set out what the the necessary leadership capabilities might be.

Written by Jon Stokes, Senior Fellow in Management Practice and Sue Dopson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour.

Secrets to being a great college leader

  • The skills challenges facing further education and training leaders today are unprecedented and complex. Having personally overseen more than 250 participants on the Education and Training Foundation's portfolio of programmes delivered by Oxford Saïd, Client Director Dr Louise Watts and colleagues reflect on what they feel are the '6 secrets to being a great college leader' in this article written for the Times Educational Supplement.
Eleanor Murray
Eleanor Murray

A Step in the Resilience Direction

Senior Fellow in Management Practice, Dr Eleanor Murray, explores how taking advantage of changing conditions in a disruptive business arena may rely on nurturing innovation and entrepreneurialism.

In this article she highlights the fundamental features of organisational resilience, and by purely focusing on efficiency, businesses may become 'brittle' and unable to anticipate not just opportunities, but threats too.

First published in theHRDIRECTOR July 2019. Reproduced with permission.

  • Leading major projects - IEDP Developing Leaders talks to Nick Borwell, Director of the Government Project Delivery Profession at the IPA about our MPLA initiative.
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Strategic L&D in Professional Service Firms

The business model of professional services is rapidly evolving: new technologies, changing competitive landscapes and complex client requirements are just some of the factors that are fundamentally changing how professional firms do business. 

Saïd Business School and Meridian West have co-authored a series of papers that seek to answer some of the most important strategic questions on the agenda of professional services today.

  • At Oxford Saïd, we are acutely aware that the world is on the cusp of great change in the way that companies must be run. Our Executive Education magazine looks at different challenges and solutions businesses face today, with insights from faculty, practitioners and partners, as well as our performance review.
Dave Tullett
Dave Tullett

Tipping point: A time for new leadership

Ilona Haaijer, Dave Tullett and Andrew White look at how we can develop leaders who can cope with uncertainty in an unclear context.

The article, written for the IEDP’s Developing Leaders publication, looks at how our society is yearning for a new, relevant and sustainable leadership archetype, and share key tips from a vast array of Leadership Journeys they have seen. 

Learn how to emerge as a leader who is able to live and lead with purpose, creating greater value in a business environment at this tipping point in time.

  • Our collaboration with Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) to design a new executive education programme will provide their high-potential future leaders with key understandings of ‘strategic alignment’ and business-critical leadership skills.
  • How do senior executives develop the skills they need to lead in a changing world? To answer that question, we partnered with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to speak to 152 CEOs representing a wide range of sectors around the world to create 'The CEO Report: Embracing paradoxes of leadership'.
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We design creative learning interventions to help organisations develop and execute their strategic goals

The Education & Training Foundation's portfolio of leadership programmes

Education and vocational training are key to the prospects of individual children and young learners all over the world. Saïd Business School is proud to have been working in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation for the last three years on a series of leadership programmes for the Further Education (FE) sector in the United Kingdom. Over 150 CEOs, Principals, Chairs of Boards, and senior managers from FE colleges across the country have benefited from programmes designed to deepen leadership across the sector, helping college leaders plan and adapt for a future of complex change.

FE colleges provide high quality professional education and technical training for over 2.2 million learners across the country, meeting the needs of young people, adult learners, and employers, and providing the foundation for economic and social prosperity by meeting the evolving skills-needs of the nation.

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Oxford Saïd and the Education & Training Foundation's portfolio of leadership programmes

Meet our experts

Trudi Lang
Trudi Lang, Senior Fellow in Management Practice

The support required to meet our clients brief and expectations is multi-faceted and complex. It requires the global orchestration of Staff, Faculty, Associate Fellows, Coaches, trusted partners, and the wider University, and is underpinned by a flexible, agile, and integrated approach to client service delivery.