​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.


Environmental, Social and Governance Accelerator Programme 

Investing in a sustainable future

Our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Accelerator Programme shows business leaders how to utilise ESG criteria to expand positive social impact. Working closely with your organisation, we will co-design a tailored programme that speaks to your specific ESG concerns and opportunities.

Gathering the combined wisdom of the University of Oxford, this accelerator programme will help you discover how ESG strategy can impact your company’s value and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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, Interim Dean and 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.