Oxford Digital Disruption and Platforms Programme

Explore the world of platforms to drive transformation


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,200

About the programme

The emergence of digital platforms in every industry is driving change throughout the global economy.

Platforms create new-market disruption and result in opportunities for firms to generate revenues in ways that have not existed before.

Along with platforms, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are disruptive technologies that can challenge the way entire industries work, and beyond that, can create societal change. This programme is designed to help those in leadership, policy making, government, legal, and entrepreneurial roles learn how to effectively navigate these challenges.

Looking at industry-specific use cases, participants will gain critical knowledge of what differentiates between successful digital transformation, why some transformation efforts fail, and adopt the tools to drive digital transformation in business.

An introduction to the programme

The rise of the platform business model provides a window of opportunity for new entrants looking to leverage artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies.

Pinar Ozcan

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  • An understanding of why platform-based business models, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology are
    considered disruptive technologies.
  • Skills to evaluate whether an industry is ready for disruption.
  • A strategic plan to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented. 
  • Critical insights from leading industry experts and University of Oxford faculty.
  • Access to the Oxford Executive Education Alumni LinkedIn group.



Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Introduction to digital disruption

To develop a foundation, gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Core concepts of digital disruption
  • Models and technologies that are leading the disruption
  • Key differences between, and impacts of, platforms, AI and blockchain technology.

Module 2

Platform disruption

Explore the mechanisms and competitive advantages of the platform model including:

  • The variety of industries that have been, and currently are being, disrupted by platforms (including music, ridesharing, finance, hospitality and healthcare)
  • What factors enabled the industry to be disrupted by platforms
  • How to develop the foresight to identify the industries that are ready for platform disruption.

Module 3

Disruption from AI and blockchain technologies

Learn what makes applications of AI and blockchain technology truly disruptive:

  • Examine a variety of examples of disruptive applications of these technologies
  • Explore the conditions that enabled/will enable them to become disruptive
  • View different disruptive applications of these technologies
  • Examine what makes an industry ready for transformation from either AI or blockchain technology.

Module 4

Responding to disruption I

Look at how incumbents can respond to digital disruption by using scenario planning to determine where they should focus their digital transformation efforts:

  • Evaluate what needs to be done in order to embrace AI or blockchain technology in a product's strategy and transition a product to a platform model
  • Conduct a scenario planning exercise and use experiential learning to develop a strategy for how to respond to the disruption(s).

Module 5

Responding to disruption II

Explore how to change the identity of a business to embrace digital transformation, including:

  • How to approach process changes as a result of new technologies
  • Which key strategies prepare people for change

Module 6

The future

Embrace the future of digital disruption:

  • Examine emerging regulation
  • Understand the impact of regulation on technology and its disruptive power
  • Create a strategic plan for preparing a specific business for digital disruption.

The thinking behind the programme

This programme is a practical way to access active research, and uses evidence-based insights, case studies, and real-world application to help you understand how to drive digital transformation in the face of disruption as part of your organisational strategy.

Research from Oxford Saïd faculty forms a platform to the programme's teaching, combined with cutting edge thought leadership from across the University of Oxford. 

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Pinar Ozcan, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology Initiative at Saïd Business School.

You will be guided throughout the programme by expert insights from industry leaders and University of Oxford faculty, who will share their personal experiences and cutting-edge research to support your learning.  

Experts and contributors

Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience.


For a more in-depth conversation about our online programmes speak to the Oxford team.


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