Oxford Scenarios Programme

Are you considering all the plausible futures for your strategy?

Start dates:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £7,800 all inclusive

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.

Introduction to the programme


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
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

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

Class profile

  • 10+ years professional experience
  • Senior leaders with decision-making responsibility for strategy and planning
  • Experience from private, public or not-for-profit organisations
  • Responsibility for strategic planning, risk assessment or issue management
  • Foundation understanding of scenario planning


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

Participant experiences

Read how past participants have used the learning from the programme in their organisations.

Video insights from programme participants

Academic insights

The following articles apply Oxford research to real-world, business concepts to help you shape your strategy in the space of scenario planning.

Scenario planning thought leadership can be found on our business insights site, Oxford Answers.

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

Award-winning learning

The programme's teaching methodologies has been honoured by the British Academy of Management Education Practice Award since 2017, a perpetual mark of industry excellence.

Our in-person Open programmes have also been ranked 1st in the UK and 5th in the world in the Financial Times rankings 2023.

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