Oxford Programme on Responsible Ownership

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Influence, impact, and sustainability for leading business families
Start date:
  • 3 days on campus (plus 2 days online)
Time commitment:
  • Short programme
  • Oxford
  • United Kingdom


  • £9,200

About the programme

Building on research with the world’s leading business families, this programme is tailored for current and future owners of large family businesses.

A unique programme to hone the strengths of family businesses as innovators and change agents in the global economy, and as forces for stability and responsibility during the Covid-19 era.

To achieve and sustain long-term, meaningful tenure, families must be equipped to lead across five levels of influence. Via a powerful mix of research-based teaching and live case studies from leading business families, the programme takes current and future business owners on a journey towards impact that outlasts any one organisation.

We leverage three unique perspectives:

  1. The historical view from some of England’s longest standing business families 
  2. The intellectual and cultural tradition of Oxford
  3. The rapidly evolving dynamics of family offices in London 

Through a considered mix of experiential learning, one-on-one faculty engagement, and online teaching in both large and small groups, you'll be encouraged to understand the ‘why’ behind family ownership, and identify higher-impact means of ‘how’ to own, now and in future.

Family business owners value the experiences of their peers. We pair world-class academic content with guest speakers from some of the world’s largest family businesses. Contributors to the programme may vary with each cohort as we tailor speakers to learning objectives. We lean into, rather than avoid, controversies in responsible ownership topics. Through this, we equip participants with the analytic abilities necessary for their futures as owners.

    Video introduction to the programme

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    Programme locations across the UK; encompassing the Oxford experience, dynamism of London, and unparalleled historicity of heritage British businesses.

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    British heritage


    An interdisciplinary mix of research expertise drawn from the worlds of finance, economics, anthropology and social impact. 

    The programme allows business families a rare opportunity to reflect on why they own their businesses, and map that to action.

    Colin Mayer CBE

    Principal Investigator, The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd


    To you

    • Build a Personal Action Plan with achievable short, medium and long-term objectives
    • Become a better informed, higher impact business owner – present or future
    • Develop an influence map of your ownership objectives
    • Establish a powerful network of family business owner peers

    To your business


    • ​​​​Equip the business to emerge stronger after crises
    • Engage senior executives for greater alignment 
    • Build a business fit for future challenges
    • Develop long-term, purposeful ownership

    Our research

    Learn more
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    The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd

    Our teaching is based on research from The Ownership Project, led by Professor Peter Tufano, current Dean of Oxford Saïd, and our former Dean, Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA.

    Starting with family firms, we investigate how ownership influences the endurance, value, conduct and stakeholder relationships in corporations.

    Professor Mayer's book, 'Prosperity,' was voted one of the best business books of 2018 by the Financial Times. Our research builds on its central theme of 'profitable solutions to problems of people and planet,' equipping families to be effective and responsible business owners, now and in the future. 

    Who can apply?

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    The programme is open to current and future leaders of a family-owned business established over at least two generations.

    Joining the programme

    How to apply

    You can apply to join the programme by email:


    2 - 4 June 2021


    For two participants (owner and future owner, etc.) from the same family attending together, the price is £8,200 per person.

    Programme fee includes all tuition, education materials, activities and some meals (excludes accommodation fee).

    Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.


    Visa requirements

    Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

    Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.            

    Terms & conditions

    FT rankings 2020

    Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.