Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO)


Global Opportunities and Threats

About GOTO

Can global organisations address some of the world’s most pressing challenges?

GOTO challenges MBA and Executive MBA students to consider how global organisations can address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired in other areas of their programmes, and through a combination of interactive in-class activities led by faculty and alumni, team assignments, and individual reflections, GOTO equips students with the skills needed to:

  • Use a systems-thinking approach to understand and address complex global challenges.
  • Apply these skills in a group project designed to engage with systemic problems and generate robust, actionable interventions from a firm-level perspective. 
  • Carry and use these systems leadership skills throughout their future career.

The group project encourages students to link the most pressing threats faced by the world with the corresponding opportunities for innovative organisations and individuals. As future business leaders, they will be asked to negotiate those links; and at Saïd Business School, we are uniquely able to provide this breadth and depth.

This year's theme

GOTO 2023

For GOTO’s tenth year, we have partnered with leading organisations to provide our MBA and Executive MBA students the opportunity to engage with ‘live’ challenges. The 2023 organisations are Aviva Investors, Global Parametrics, Pi Labs, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Each partner organisation has identified a specific challenge they are grappling with related to economic, social, environmental or health issues. Student teams will analyse the challenge and develop an intervention, and the top three teams for each challenge will pitch to the organisation’s senior leadership. The GOTO Summit, which is held after the final team presentations, will be on Friday 17 February.

"GOTO provides students with the opportunity to apply course content to real-world challenges, and in turn, allows our partner organisations to benefit from the innovative thinking of our highly motivated and diverse MBA and Executive MBA cohort.”

Juliane Reinecke

Professor of Management Studies & GOTO faculty

The 2022 Winners

Find out more about Team 41

Last years's GOTO summit reflected the change we need for the UK’s female founders

The winner of last year’s summit focused on addressing the fact that just 1% of venture capital funds went to all-female founded teams in comparison to 90% to all-male founded teams. Team 41, whose proposal Unlocking untapped potential: increasing funding to female founders in the UK, was made up of Saïd Business School students Emily Gill, Andrea Muffoletto, Mari Pacheco, Jordan Sutoko, Tosin Taiwo and Asha Vettoor.

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