Oxford Scenarios Programme

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Are you considering all the plausible futures for your strategy?

Start dates:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £6,000 plus accommodation

November’s Programme will be delivered virtually over 5 weeks from 2 November until 4 December 2020. Live sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays each week.

About the programme

In an uncertain world scenario planning equips you with the skills and tools to deal effectively with potential opportunities, threats and challenges.

On this programme, you will learn how to develop robust strategies in the face of numerous plausible futures.

You will cover a broad range of themes, including:

  • What can we influence in the context of our organisation and what will most influence success in the future?
  • What is the relationship between strategic planning and scenarios?
  • How do I design a fit-for-purpose scenario intervention?
  • How do scenarios and forecasting relate to each other?
  • Who does what in scenario practice?

Unique to the programme is the live client case study. You will work on a strategic issue as part of a group for a real world client. Through this work you gain hands-on experience and put your theoretical learning into practice, receiving real-time feedback.

Scenario Planning and COVID-19

A collection of resources on the Oxford Scenario Planning Approach (OSPA) in regards to COVID-19.


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How could you plan for the plausible futures? 


To you

  • Understand complex scenario theories, methodologies, approaches and interventions
  • Identify how to deploy effective scenarios and learn why scenarios can fail
  • Opportunity for individual growth and reflection, and to question assumptions

To your business

  • Empowered scenario planners able to creatively drive strategic thinking and practice
  • Able to make key decisions in the context of turbulence, uncertainty, novelty and ambiguity (TUNA)
  • Knowledge of where scenario planning fits in the organisation and its relation to other processes

Award-winning methodology

The programme's teaching methodologies won the British Academy of Management Education Practice Award in 2017.

Meet the faculty

Our faculty are internationally recognised as world leaders in scenario planning and strategy, who teach and conduct research around the globe.

Alumni stories

Scenarios at work is a series of in-depth alumni stories, focusing on the programme's impact for past participants and their organisations.

This programme was a carefully considered investment...we make back many times the cost every month on successful scenarios I have built for clients.

Ian Mann

Partner, Gateways Management Consulting, South Africa


Useful resources to help you find out more about scenario planning.