Fabric of Innovation

Weaving innovation systems into organisations

Start date:

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • Free

About the programme

The Fabric of Innovation is a uniquely practical innovation management programme designed and delivered by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School. This co-curricular programme has been created for those who want to develop innovation management skills and gain practical innovation experience in implementing innovation systems. You will learn and apply cutting-edge frameworks on innovation systems to real business environments.

The programme is open to current or recently graduated (past three years) postgraduate Oxford Saïd students. The majority of the programme will be held in person, please check the dates before applying.

Applications have now closed.

The frameworks offered include:

  • defining an innovation thesis
  • building an innovation funnel
  • managing a portfolio
  • AI application in innovation management

You will finish the programme with completed live case studies, a toolkit of project innovation tools for lifelong learning, a community of like-minded innovators and industry inspiration from top innovative corporations.

The programme is also open to innovators at mid-market companies to act as case studies. The criteria we seek are:

  • a mid-market organisation
  • with at least one full-time member of staff working in an innovation role
  • with scope for students to create, shape and influence the innovation strategy and design at the organisation
  • with resources to implement the workings of the students after the course.


Inspirational speaker

Thursday 4 May 2023, 4-5pm.

Nicolas Verschelden, Global Head of Digital Solutions at AB InBev.

Evening mixer event

Wednesday 10 May 2023.

In-person, mandatory.

Full-day workshop part I

Saturday 13 May 2023.

In-person, mandatory.

Middle market companies will be invited to take part in live case studies for you to apply your learnings in real time. Businesses will benefit not only from the work completed and access to Saïd Business School talent, but will also be able to learn directly from the innovation framework facilitators by sitting in the masterclasses. 

Full-day workshop part II

Saturday 3 June 2023.

In-person, mandatory.


To students

  • Practical experience implementing cutting-edge innovation frameworks.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of business challenges.
  • Participate in a community of innovators for lifelong learning.
  • Learn from experienced innovation managers and gain insights into the unique challenges and opportunities of the mid-market sector. 
  • Develop a deep understanding of how innovation works in practice. 
  • Work on real-world projects that can be included in your portfolio and showcased to potential employers. 
  • Develop your teamwork and collaboration skills by working with other students from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Gain exposure to a wide range of industries and business models, providing valuable insight into potential career paths. 
  • Develop a practical, hands-on approach to innovation that sets you apart in the job market.

To mid-market companies

Acting as case studies, you will:

  • Have access to top business school talent with a deep understanding of innovation frameworks and trends. 
  • Gain fresh ideas from students who bring unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Observe valuable insights into emerging technologies and market trends. 
  • Implement cutting-edge innovation frameworks and gain practical experience with new methods and approaches. 
  • Learn how to leverage innovation to succeed.
  • Build your professional network and establish valuable connections with other innovation managers and industry professionals.