​Custom Executive Education

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.

Public Value leadership

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Our custom programmes are designed to reflect the unique context and needs of public value leaders and organisations. Through decades of working with public value leaders on world scale challenges, we know how to support them to drive strategic change and deliver on their purpose.

Our clients include governments, public sector bodies, sectors and systems, private sector businesses and NGOs from around the world. These clients are often working to a transformational agenda – at scale. Examples include:

  • Developing public sector leaders
  • Strengthening public services
  • Addressing wicked problems
  • Reinforcing national competitiveness
  • Driving sector level change
  • Leading futures and foresight.

ESG Sustainability Programme


Investing in a sustainable future

We will work with your company to co-design a tailored programme that addresses your companies specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns and opportunities. 

The programme we create together will help your leaders discover how ESG strategy can impact your company’s value and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Educating entrepreneurs


Globally, small businesses account for 90% of all firms and are responsible for 50% of employment. Our mission is to ensure entrepreneurs with growth aspirations can access and benefit from our world-class business education. There is no leadership role that demands more continuous reinvention than that of the founder of a growth business. 

We offer the support structures and learning needed to realise your dreams and ambitions by creating a space for entrepreneurs to learn alongside like-minded peers.

Our partnerships include the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme, which was launched to address the support gap for growth-orientated small businesses, helping them to unlock their economic and job creation potential. 

The Oxford Collaborative Strategy Lab


The purpose of the lab is to provide a creative space for networks of organisations to connect and experiment. Participants work in a safe, collaborative environment where they can strategise and design a future they could not achieve alone.

Each lab iteration is customised to the specific purpose and needs of the unique group of organisations participating, and can be conducted online, in-person, in Oxford or another location, or a mix of online and in-person.

The Oxford Sprint process


Developed by the Custom Executive Education team, the Oxford Sprint process brings University research and provocations from leading scholars to rapidly test solutions in an accelerated timeframe. In a custom programme, a sprint is organised around a specific, systemic problem, where participants are encouraged to move quickly, think expansively, take chances, collaborate effectively, and work across disciplines.

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Insights for leaders and organisations

Our custom programmes have Oxford University research at their core. Here, we offer some recent practitioner insights from academics who work with large and complex organisations and teach on our Executive Education programmes. Talk to us about how they may help reframe or transform the internal and external contexts in which your enterprise operates.

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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. Written by Jon Stokes, Senior Fellow in Management Practice and Sue Dopson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, this paper defines the nature of these challenges and sets out the necessary leadership capabilities needed.


Strategic learning and development 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 factors changing how firms fundamentally operate. Saïd Business School and Meridian West have co-authored an award-winning series of papers to answer the most important strategic questions on the agenda of professional services today.

The CEO Report: Embracing paradoxes of leadership

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'.


We design creative learning interventions to help organisations develop and execute their strategic goals.

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.


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

Ignite programme


A short course to tackle the gordian knots of business

Ignite is a programme for senior leadership groups to tackle a key, systemic challenge within their enterprise.

We have partnered with world-renowned leadership development firm, Meyler Campbell, to allow participants to stretch their skill-set and mind-set through executive coaching, and also access the full-range of insights and teaching from the University of Oxford.

Meet our experts

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.


Send us an enquiry

+44 (0)1865 422580