Driving Disruptive Growth

A market-focused, customer-obsessed approach to growing your business

Start date:


  • 4 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £7,000 plus accommodation

About the programme

A new programme designed to inspire senior leaders with responsibility for driving growth through disruption.

Discover, discuss and reflect on the forces of change and disruption within organisations, industries and the world, and turn these into new and unique opportunities for driving business growth and creating value for today’s and tomorrow’s customers.

To help facilitate engagement across the organisation and to foster a common sense purpose, we offer you the option to invite others responsible for delivering growth to join the opening day. Attendance for your colleagues is free of charge and includes the evening meal. We recognise this may not be possible for all participants and is not compulsory.

Led by Oxford Saïd’s Associate Dean of Research and L’Oréal Professor of Marketing, Andrew Stephen, the programme is supported by senior faculty members from across the University of Oxford, as well as thought leaders engaged in the Oxford Future of Marketing Initiative and industry experts.

An introduction to the programme

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To you

  • Discover unique opportunities for driving disruptive growth
  • Develop a robust and substance-driven action plan
  • Unparalleled access to University of Oxford faculty and influential leaders
  • Skill-set to lead the next evolution of your organisation
  • Lifelong membership of the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network

To your organisation

  • Develop a culture of innovation
  • Engage with an annual forum at the University of Oxford
  • Shared enthusiasm for your growth strategy
  • Expand knowledge-base through participant diversity  


Day 1 - Discover

Based on the latest thinking from key industry experts and world-leading research you will discover the opportunities and challenges that exist across industry sectors and in the world more broadly and consider how they could impact your ability to drive growth in your organisation.

Option to bring your colleagues responsible for delivering growth along to the first day and evening meal (entry included in programme fee). 

Day 2 & 3 - Develop

Develop fresh thinking and ground-breaking ideas that you will transform into successful strategies facilitated by unparalleled access to Oxford faculty and industry experts.

Day 4 - Deliver

Deliver an action plan that has been debated and challenged through deep and insightful discussions between your peers and the faculty in a safe, risk-free environment.

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Professor Andrew Stephen, one of the world’s leading academic marketing experts with a particular emphasis on issues that lie at the intersection of marketing and technology; and supported by industry experts and faculty from the wider University.

Meet the speakers

The programme also brings in industry experts from global brands to talk about their expertise and experiences. This years 2019 speakers included: 


Julie Kollman

Chief Research Officer, Kantar

Geoff Skingsley

Chairman, L’Oréal

Marc de Swaan Arons

Founder, Institute for Real Growth

Is the programme right for you?

The programme attracts senior executives from a range of organisations, based all over the world.

The programme is designed for senior leaders who are responsible for driving growth within their organisation, in particular:

  • Senior leaders within large established companies who need to reinvent their organisations approach to growth
  • Senior entrepreneurs within successful start-ups looking to scale their business
  • Senior leaders within SME’s seeking to explore new opportunities for growth both regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Senior public officials seeking to better understand how to respond to changing environments and stakeholder demands and expectations
  • Senior leaders within NGO’s needing to understand how to drive growth and impact for their stakeholders through disruptive technologies

Industries will include, but are not limited to: financial services, technology, health care, education, utilities, government, non-profits; and professional service firms including: law firms and accounting.

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Joining the programme


15 -18 June 2020

Recruitment for the programme will close one week prior to the programme start date, unless it becomes fully subscribed in advance.


Programme fee includes all tuition, education materials, all daytime refreshments and evening meals: £7,000

Accommodation fee: £869

Total: £7,869

Confirmation of attendance is subject to receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits for organisations are available when three or more participants attend one of our executive programmes within 12 months.

Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

The CEO Report

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In partnership with Heidrick & Struggles.

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. Assured of their anonymity, these senior executives reflected openly on their leadership challenges and experiences. Taken together, the interviews underscore the ways in which the role of senior executive is changing, and point to the capabilities that can help today’s leaders - and tomorrow’s - thrive in a business environment marked by uncertainty and  disruption.

CEOs routinely speak of the pressure today’s pace of change imposes on them, citing factors such as disruptive new competitors and new market channels, often digital. Anticipating how, when, and why different contexts may interact to disrupt an organisation requires leaders to develop 'ripple intelligence,' as well as the ability to harness doubt more effectively in order to improve decision making.

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