Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO)


Global Opportunities and Threats

About GOTO

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

Global Opportunities Threats: Oxford 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 2024

In GOTO's eleventh year, we are once again partnering with global organisations to provide MBA and Executive MBA students the opportunity to engage with ‘actual’ challenges, requiring a systems-level analysis and collective action. This year’s organisations are: 

Each partner organisation has identified a specific challenge they are grappling with related to economic, social, environmental, or health (ESGH) issues. Student teams will provide a system-level analysis and develop an intervention. The top three teams for each challenge will pitch their solutions to the organisations' top leaders. 

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 2023 Winners

Learn more about GOTO 2023
GOTO 2023 winning team

In 2023, GOTO’s tenth year, the winning team submission was: Global Parametrics: Creating the Stakeholder Ecosystem for Anticipatory Insurance in the Philippines

The team was made up of the following MBA students: Chamaiporn AngubolkulChi-Ping TanNicole CataldoOmenah OkoguPaaras Belandor, and Sugiarto Erifin

The 2022 Winners

Find out more about Team 41

2022's GOTO summit reflected the change we need for the UK’s female founders

The winner of the 2022 GOTO 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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