Oxford Leading Strategic Projects Programme

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Redefine success with a strategic approach
Start date:
  • 6 weeks
Time commitment:
  • Short programme
  • Online


  • £2,200

About the programme

Strategic projects are not getting any less complex or easy to deliver, a solid and systematic approach to lead such projects is required.

The dynamic nature of the modern business environment means traditional management metrics such as time, cost and scope are no longer sufficient to gauge success. To create long-term sustainable value for organisations, a strategic approach and shift towards project leadership is required.

Unique in its contemporary approach, the programme utilises the latest Oxford thinking around measures for success and performance review; whilst also embedding the key principles of practice that participants will take forward in their future careers.  

Delivered in partnership with online learning provider, GetSmarter, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

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GetSmarter is approved by PMI as a Registered Education Provider (REP) providing you the opportunity to join the largest global project management network. Find out what PMI membership means for you.

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We see that the complexity of the work people are doing is increasing all the time. I'd really encourage people to take on a broader tool set, and look at how they can respond to the big challenges that are faced in delivery in strategic projects.

Harvey Maylor

Associate Professor in Management Practice


On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The skills to lead strategic projects through uncertainty and tools to manage potential project risks, and capitalise on opportunities
  • The ability to respond to complexities faced when dealing with people, power, and politics
  • A set of personalised leadership skills to help you guide teams to successful project delivery and achieve organisational objectives
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Harvey Maylor and Alexander Budzier, Oxford Saïd faculty with extensive expertise in major project planning and delivery. They are joined by industry experts who will share personal insights to complement your learning. 

The thinking behind the programme

This programme provides the opportunity to share new cutting-edge research and build a solid strategic approach to project leadership. It benefits from the well-established expertise built up at Oxford Saïd over many years, and present in the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) and MSc in Major Programme Management.

A core focus of the learning is the application of theory and insights to practical examples. This is embodied in the programme through the exposure to a diverse range of Oxford faculty combined with leading industry practitioners. 

Participants on the programme will benefit from models and tools developed by Oxford faculty, including:

  • The Complexity Assessment Tool (CAT)
  • The House of Success

Programme curriculum

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Strategic projects: understanding the complexities and risks.

Reflect on the value of strategic project leadership and determine the complexities inherent in leading strategic projects.

Module 2

Reinterpreting success and performance in strategic projects.

Re-evaluate the definition of success for strategic projects and the role of leadership in determining performance.

Module 3

Structural complexities: responding to the challenges of scale and pace.

Learn about the complexities of scale and pace in strategic projects, and explore techniques to address these challenges effectively.

Module 4

Sociopolitical complexities: responding to the challenges of power, people and politics.

Learn about the challenges faced when dealing with the various complexities of people, power, and politics in strategic projects.

Module 5

Emergent complexities: responding to the challenges of uncertainty and change.

Learn about the complexities of uncertainty and change, and how to address these in strategic projects.

Module 6

Success by design.

Developing principles and practices for leading strategic projects.



Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s Learning & Development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.