Oxford Strategic Innovation Programme

Create an environment where innovation thrives

Start date:


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,300

About the programme

Challenge your assumptions and develop a mindset for innovation.

The Oxford Strategic Innovation Programme approaches innovation as a tool for handling challenges that cannot yet be predicted. You’ll deconstruct and redefine what innovation means, why it’s essential in business, and how it can be mobilised within organisations for competitive advantage.

With a critical thinking and analytical approach, you’ll explore ways to navigate the innovation process, and learn how to incorporate it within your organisational design, structure, and culture.

Over six weeks, you will be empowered to:

  • Enhance your organisational value by incorporating innovation into the way you work and respond to challenges
  • Analyse various innovation systems, strategies, and processes, and apply them within your own context
  • Understand the ethics and governance considerations for business innovation

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

Introduction to the programme


It’s never the technology alone, it’s actually the set of sensibilities, awareness, and imagination that let us work with current technologies and turn them into new purpose

Marc Ventresca

Associate Professor of Strategic Management


  • A mindset that deconstructs and redefines what innovation means
  • A toolkit to build capacity for and mobilise innovation in order to face future challenges and gain a competitive advantage
  • Knowledge of various innovation systems and strategies that you can apply in the strategic management of your organisation
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty
  • Membership of the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn

The thinking behind the programme

Oxford is the natural home for innovation, with one of the most diverse multidisciplinary environments, bringing together both academics and practitioners across multiple sectors.

Our programme benefits from the thriving Innovation Research area at Saïd Business School, and draws upon partnerships across the University of Oxford, including the Oxford Internet Institute, the Blavatnik School of Government, the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, the Technology & Management Centre for Development, and with affiliated researchers in the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Programme curriculum

Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

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

Module 1

A primer on innovation

Challenge popular cultural notions of innovation to understand the language and types of innovation, and the principles of building innovation systems.


Module 2

Organising for innovation

Explore organisational design and the structural and cultural elements of a business that allow it to innovate.


Module 3

Drivers of innovation: Technology and beyond

Explore models of innovation beyond popular notions of technological change and ‘disruption’.


Module 4

4IR technology: Ethics and governance

Reflect on the ethics and governance considerations prompted by emerging technology.


Module 5

Corporate innovation strategies and platforms

Consider the corporate landscape of innovation, how platforms organise market competition and, in turn, shape the nature of innovation.


Module 6

Innovation in practice

Consider your context and the future of innovation in light of what you have learnt in this programme.


Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Marc Ventresca, whose areas of expertise include market and network formation, entrepreneurship, governance, and innovation and technology strategy.

You will also be guided by prominent industry thought-leaders who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge related to innovation in strategic management.

Experts and contributors

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

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 across teams.