Oxford Executive Strategy Programme

Drive business strategy within complex environments

Start date:


  • 7 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £2,495

About the programme

In a rapidly changing business landscape, strategy development needs to evolve to adopt a broader view of thinking.

Working environments are becoming increasingly uncertain and traditional approaches to business strategy are no longer sufficient. The highly practical Oxford Executive Strategy Programme uses rich global case studies to engage with new concepts, directly associating the theory to practical application.

Designed for business leaders and senior managers responsible for creating and driving strategic objectives within their organisation. The programme will provide you with tools to better prepare for the future and tackle the nuances of contemporary business management.

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated online campus.

Introduction to the programme


  • New approach to business strategy that focuses on breadth in strategic thinking, informed by the unique Oxford strategy framework
  • Ability to lead an organisational strategy that considers stakeholders, goals and complexities within changing environments
  • Personalised strategy playbook that combines theory and practice, which you can apply immediately to your own business management context to achieve strategic objectives
  • Insights from renowned thought leaders, based on research from Oxford faculty and significant experience from global industry experts
  • Membership to the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford executive education elumni group on LinkedIn


Orientation module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Unlocking strategy: The Oxford view.

Module 2

Working with futures: Addressing changing environments.

Module 3

Making strategy purposeful: Accommodating key stakeholders.

Module 4

Engaging players: Developing strategy statements that count.

Module 5

Building partnerships: Collaborating and competing.

Module 6

Broadening strategy processes: Designing new strategy processes.

Module 7

Strategy as practice: Assembling your playbook.

There is much to be gained by both companies and by the economy as a whole, from professionalising the practice of strategy. Strategy is changing..making new demands upon its practitioners..and we must support practitioners in honing these skills.

Richard Whittington

Professor of Strategic Management, Saïd Business School

Meet the faculty

The Oxford Executive Strategy Programme is led by Richard Whittington and Trudi Lang, Oxford Saïd faculty with extensive expertise in organisational strategy and scenario planning. They are joined by Oxford Saïd faculty and industry experts from the public and private sectors, who will share personal insights to enrich your learning and development.

Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

Drawing on the extensive knowledge across the School's leading Strategy research area, you’ll learn about the Oxford view of strategy, guided by the Oxford 4-Ps model, which comprises the following themes: 

  • Purposes: The fundamental aspirations calling for action in an organisation
  • Players: The key stakeholders who drive the successful delivery of an executive strategy
  • Partnerships: The web of competitive and collaborative relationships that sustain a strategy
  • Processes: The means by which strategies are made and delivered

The programme is enriched by insights from Oxford faculty and practitioner alumni exemplifying the 4-Ps model of strategy in action. Throughout the modules, the emphasis will be on applying insights from the 4-Ps model to your own business, enabling you to complete the programme with your own strategy playbook ready for execution.

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Options for organisations

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