Oxford Advanced Management & Leadership Programme

A transformational leadership and general management programme for experienced senior leaders

Start dates:


  • 21 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £19,100 (plus accommodation)

An introduction to the programme

Is the programme right for you?

This programme is for senior leaders at or near the top of their organisation. Typically, candidates will have held senior roles for at least 10 years.

You will be curious, motivated, and searching for solutions to the challenges facing your organisation and business and society more generally. Applying to the programme signals that you are ready to take stock of your own career, decide where you want to go next, and shape a lasting legacy.

You will be learning alongside people with roles including:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Member of the board
  • Business or function head
  • Managing Director
  • Executive Director
  • Senior Political Leader
  • Senior Government Official
  • Country Head
  • Regional Director

Would you like us to review your profile and assess whether this programme is a good match for you?

Why do people attend this programme?

About the programme

A Financial Times ranked programme for experienced senior leaders.

You will discover and discuss the challenges facing business in the 21st century – from climate change and inequality to cybersecurity, AI, and the future of work. And you will explore specific responses and a long-term transformation that will allow you to turn today’s and tomorrow’s challenges into powerful opportunities.

The programme comprises six modules:

  1. Your proposed leadership initiative
  2. 21st-century challenges
  3. Scenarios
  4. Your organisation’s purpose
  5. Your organisation’s performance challenge
  6. Your leadership initiative redesigned

Working alongside a diverse peer and faculty group at the cutting edge of organisations and industries worldwide, you will refocus your own leadership and stimulate a bold new strategic direction for your organisation, ensuring sustainable growth and societal impact built around an explicit purpose.

The Oxford Double Prism Model

The programme is based on the Oxford Double Prism Leadership Development Model, which is used to guide you through an intense process during which your leadership challenge and experience are carefully deconstructed, reflected on, strengthened and reconstructed.

This takes place in a highly collaborative learning environment. You will engage with leading academics and expert speakers who will offer a wide range of different perspectives on today’s leadership challenges. More importantly, you will discuss, debate, and test your responses to these perspectives with your fellow participants – senior leaders from around the world, representing a diverse mix of public and private sector organisations, and NGOs.

The Oxford Double Prism Model
The Oxford Double Prism Model


To you

  • A highly personalised development journey
  • Your leadership style and values explored and stress-tested
  • A deep understanding of the new global context
  • Confidence to lead through complexity and navigate uncertainty
  • Meaningful links and co-learning with an experienced group of global leaders
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

To your business

  • You return with new thinking and enthusiasm
  • You are better able to align context, purpose, and business strategy
  • You develop innovative ways to support future success
  • You encourage critical thinking and challenge the status quo

Programme outline


There is a one-on-one application interview with the Programme Director to discuss your leadership initiative and to explore how the programme can assist you in achieving this. This is supported by executive psychometric and 360 feedback analysis.

Module 1: Your proposed leadership initiative

Your leadership initiative placed in today’s business, societal, and geopolitical contexts. Setting the trajectory to enhanced performance.

Module 2: 21st-century challenges

Insights from cutting-edge research and new perspectives on how leaders make sense of, and thrive through, rapid political, social, and economic change. Key topics include: trust in the digital economy; the impact of global events; and the climate emergency.

Module 3: Scenarios

Developing and using scenarios to systematically explore the potential impact of the 21st century challenges for organisations and your leadership initiative.

Module 4: Your organisation’s purpose

Working through a detailed analysis of the purpose of your organisation and the strategic choices it compels; resolving paradoxes between purpose and performance to combine doing the right thing for society with long-term commercial success.

Module 5: Your organisation’s performance challenge

Translating purpose into performance through topics such as leading digital transformation, financing large-scale investments, strategic negotiations, sustaining competitive advantage and superior performance; and diversification and sustainable growth.

Module 6: Your leadership initiative redesigned

Examining successful execution, including adaptive leadership, presence and mindset. Bringing everything together to finalise your ‘Leadership Playbook’ of personalised, contextualised, and fully stress-tested strategies; consolidating your learning and using it as a springboard for innovative thinking, with action plans that will take your new leadership initiative forward.


  • Tangible Leadership Playbook ready to put into action
  • Follow up coaching session further consolidates learning 
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

Your Oxford experience

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At the heart of your experience is the development journey you take as an individual leader.

Leadership happens in a context, which is why we devote time to understanding that context – particularly considering your organisation, industry sector, and the wider society in which you operate. But the programme structure and teaching is designed to ensure that you make the connections between the context and your own leadership style and values.

You will be learning in a community where people are prepared to address the unknown and start to develop sustainable long-horizon international strategies. The faculty members working with you are involved in tackling global problems.

The free exchange of knowledge, sharing of assumptions and tolerance of alternative views are what make the programme unique. Time will be taken to help you customise the programme learning experience for you. The tutoring and coaching you receive after the programme will significantly help you embed the changes you have made during your learning into your organisation and your own life.

Programme community

Typical class profile






Broad sectors



15+ years

Work experience



What our alumni say

The time for reflection possible in the three-week programme meant I could really consolidate my learning. I could think about how I can do things differently, about how I can motivate my team to transform my organisation and to transform society.

Helen Brume

Head Oil & Gas, Corporate Banking Group

Joining the programme

Who can apply?

This programme is for senior leaders at or near the top of their organisation. Typically candidates have held senior roles for at least 10 years.

How to apply


Next programme dates:

  • 4-24 June 2023 - fully subscribed, contact us to join the waiting list
  • 8-28 October 2023



£21,700 - accommodation at our Executive Education Centre, Egrove Park is included in the package.

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

Fee breakdown:

  • £19,100 for programme tuition, education materials, coffee breaks and most meals.
  • £2,600 for accommodation at our Executive Education Centre, Egrove Park (a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom).

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation attend any of our open programmes across a twelve-month period.

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.

Profile review

Would you like us to review your profile and assess whether this programme is a good match for you?


To help increase women's influence and impact in the world, we have several scholarships for exceptional female candidates.

Eligibility criteria

Open to female senior leaders at or near the top of their organisation. Typically, you will have held senior roles for at least ten years.

The scholarship amount is decided by a committee and may vary. They will cover up to 50% of the programme fee.

How to apply

Complete an application and email hassan.malik@sbs.ox.ac.uk a covering letter answering these questions:

  • What makes you stand out as a leader?
  • What has been the greatest challenge you have overcome in the last five years?
  • If we were to meet up three years after attending the programme, what would you hope to have achieved in your area of expertise?

Applications are reviewed by the business development team and candidates invited to an interview with the Programme Director. The application and interview outcome are presented to the Director's Committee to award the scholarships.


For the 8-28 October 2023 iteration, the submission deadline is 30 June 2023.

Meet the faculty

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The programme is led by Andrew White, Senior Fellow in Management Practice at Saïd Business School. Andrew is joined by a collection of faculty from across the School, including Sue Dopson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, a noted specialist on the personal and organisational dimensions of leadership and transformational change; Trudi Lang, a global strategist who was previously Director and Head of Strategic Foresight at the World Economic Forum; Professor Andrew Stephen, recognised by the American Marketing Association as one of the world’s top marketing academics; Jonathan Trevor, author of Align: A Leadership Blueprint for Aligning Enterprise Purpose, Strategy and Organisation; and Rachel Botsman, author of What’s Mine Is Yours and Who Can You Trust?, a WEF Young Global Leader, and one of Fast Company’s Most creative people in business.

In conversation with the faculty

In this series of videos Programme Director, Andrew White interviews some of the faculty you will engage with during the programme. Discover how you will learn, be challenged and supported by their insights drawn from the Oxford Saïd's latest research.

  • Trust with Rachel Botsman
  • Doubt with Michael Smets
  • Coaching with Sue Dopson

Alumni and faculty reflections

Women in classroom

Participants, alumni and faculty reflect on the frameworks, experiences and opportunities the programme offers.

  • An opportunity for self-reflection
  • Exposure to cultural diversity
  • Frameworks for strategic thinking
  • A transformational experience

Corporate and alumni network

To explore the programme in more depth, we're happy to connect you with someone from our programme community within your organisation, sector or region.

Selected organisations who have previously attended:

  • Fosters Group
  • Brunei Shell Petroleum
  • Hong Kong Office of the Communications Authority
  • China Steel Corporation
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Hewlett Packard
  • The World Bank
  • BBC
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • De Beers Group
  • Maersk
  • BAE Systems

Programme impact

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.

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