Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO)

The world in our hands

Hear from Dean Peter Tufano

About GOTO

An action-oriented problem-solving community geared towards addressing some of the most complex issues that the world faces today.

Students, alumni and faculty can connect via skills sessions and tutorials to discuss, debate, and drive new business ideas that address global issues. The community addresses problems across generations, across nations and across business sectors. This provides our students with the skills to solve complex challenges and to help them become innovative leaders.

Designed to stimulate thinking, GOTO convenes and inspires a wide range of people with a variety of viewpoints to come together to identify business opportunities and generate solutions to challenges arising from high impact global trends.

An issue of high global impact is identified by experts and considered each year. 

GOTO gives you two critical things: 

  1. Access to Oxford’s most famous pedagogic institution: the tutorial. Oxford tutorials have sharpened students’ thinking, analysis, critique of evidence and powers of persuasion for centuries. 
  2. It allows a critical analysis of the global opportunities and threats that will be, or already are, part of the business landscape for the coming few years.

The project introduces the critical skills of linking large-scale, system-level trends to your own career and to the opportunities available in your chosen sector and region. It cultivates a broad perspective and deep insights and links the most pressing threats faced by the world with the corresponding opportunities for innovative organisations and individuals. As future leaders, you will be required to negotiate those links; we are uniquely able to provide this breadth and depth.

This year's theme

GOTO future of energy introduced by Dean Peter Tufano

Each year students are tasked with a different problem to solve and assigned tutors from across the broader university, who aid and assess their work. 

In 2020, MBA candidates will focus on the complex issue of: climate action.

Last year's theme

Aoife and Peter

2019 saw MBA candidates tackle the future of energy. 

‘Energy is interconnected with so many of the grand challenges we face as a society,’ replied Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise Aoife Brophy Haney, co-convenor of the programme this year alongside Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Peter Drobac. ‘Regardless of the industry they go into, the students will be impacted by it.’