Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

Course starts 27 November 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 November 2019
Course Starts:
27 November 2019
6 weeks, excluding orientation
12–15 hours per week (recommended)
GBP £2,350
Payment Options
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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While blockchain technology was initially reserved for firms operating in the field of finance, its potential is now being realised across industries, including the energy, telecoms, and pharmaceutical sectors.

As blockchain advances beyond its original applications, executives are shifting their focus to the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’ of incorporating blockchain into business strategies.

This Saïd Business School, University of Oxford programme explores the applications, impact, and implementation strategies of blockchain and decentralised networks.

By exploring what it is, how it works, and its organisational and industry implications, you’ll gain the knowledge and insights to practically incorporate blockchain into your business systems.

Discover the latest innovations in value transfer, smart contracts, and tokens, and consider expert predictions for the future of blockchain.

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What will set you apart

After successfully completing this highly interactive and supported online learning journey, you’ll walk away with:

  • A comprehensive understanding of how blockchain works, and its potential impact on economies and financial structures
  • Expert insights to apply to any business context, by utilising frameworks designed specifically for this programme: Oxford Blockchain Strategic framework, Oxford Blockchain Regulation framework, and the Oxford Blockchain Ecosystem map
  • A strategic roadmap to integrate blockchain applications into your business

Is this programme for you?

This programme is designed to give business leaders, managers, and professionals across industries the insight to understand the effects of blockchain on short and long-term business strategies, as well as its value.

Anyone with an interest in blockchain technology will be able to use the programme frameworks to evaluate opportunities for innovation within their organisation, and incorporate blockchain into their greater business strategy. Professionals undergoing or planning a career transition will also benefit from improving their knowledge of blockchain technology, and preparing for market disruption.

Course curriculum

Collaborate with a network of global business leaders and innovators as you work through the weekly modules of this programme.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1: Understanding blockchain
  • Module 2: The blockchain ecosystem
  • Module 3: Innovations in value transfer
  • Module 4: Decentralised apps and smart contracts
  • Module 5: Transforming enterprise business models
  • Module 6: Blockchain frontiers

Updated programme content as of August 2019.
Updates include a host of new guest speakers, up-to-date case studies, and recent blockchain developments with a focus on the strategic benefits of tokens and value transfers.

Lead effective blockchain strategies

This Oxford Saïd online programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop a strategic roadmap for blockchain applications in your business.

Your Programme Co-convenors

The design of this online programme is guided by Oxford Saïd faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the programme.


Prof Nir Vulkan

Nir Vulkan

Associate Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Nir is a leading authority on e-commerce, market design, applied research, and hedge funds. Alongside his role at Oxford Saïd, he is also a Fellow of Worcester College.

David Shrier

David Shrier

Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

David is a futurist, author, entrepreneur and CEO of Distilled Analytics. He has driven over $8.5 billion of growth initiatives for various Fortune 1000 companies, and has served as CEO, COO or CFO for six privately-funded companies.


Your Blockchain Expert

Meltem Demirors

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares

Meltem has specialist knowledge of blockchain in the form of the crypto asset class which she applies to offering consulting services to investment firms and early stage developers of digital currencies. Between 2015 and 2018, she was the Development team leader at Digital Currency Group where she was responsible for the investment portfolio of 120 companies across the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council, and holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.


Your Programme Instructors

Throughout the course of this blockchain programme you'll learn from global experts and industry pioneers, who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you through video lectures and interviews. These instructors contribute to the programme by providing case studies and industry-specific content and information.


Prof Teppo Felin

Teppo Felin

Professor of Strategy at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and the Director of the Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation.

Teppo’s research focuses on the origins of organisational capabilities and markets, the microfoundations of strategy, decision-making, and innovation in decentralised multi-agent systems.

Prof Alex Sandy Pentland

Alex Pentland

Visiting Professor of Management Science at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Alex holds a triple appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a member of the Advisory Boards for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, Tencent, and a variety of start-up firms. For several years he co-led the World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data initiatives.


Guest Experts

You’ll also hear from a number of renowned industry professionals and global experts during the programme, who will share their insights and opinions through video interviews and lectures

Ashley Lannquist

Ashley Lannquist

Project Lead, Blockchain & DLT at World Economic Forum

Eva Kaili

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament

Maya Parbhoe

Maya Parbhoe

Chief Executive Officer at Ourox

Joseph Lubin

Joseph Lubin

Co-Founder of Ethereum Founder of ConsenSys CoinDesk Most Influential in Blockchain 2017

Mary Saracco

Mary Saracco

Co-Founder and CFO at Ubanx

E. David Burt

E. David Burt

Premier of Bermuda

Greg Medcraft

Greg Medcraft

Director of the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs

Greg Schvey

Greg Schvey

CEO at Axoni

Kathryn Harrisson

Kathryn Harrisson

Director of Global Product Management, IBM Blockchain

Caitlin Long

Caitlin Long

Co-Founder of Wyoming Blockchain Task Force

Zaki Manian

Zaki Manian

Director of Tendermint Labs at Tendermint, Executive Director of the Trusted IoT Alliance, and Co-Founder of Iqlusion

Dipul Patel

Dipul Patel

Chief Technology Officer at Soluna

Gilad Shai

Gilad Shai

Founder of BOUND API

Haley Lennon

Hailey Lennon

Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at bitFlyer

Daniel Buchner

Daniel Buchner

Senior PM of Decentralized Identity at Microsoft

Bradley Tusk

Bradley Tusk

CEO of Tusk Holdings
Businessman, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political strategist and writer

Marco Santori

Marco Santori

President and Chief Legal Officer at Blockchain

Craig Sproule

Craig Sproule

CEO of Metavine
CEO of Crowd Machine

Kayla Sanders

Kayla Sanders

Founder and CEO of Remy

Liana Guzmán

Liana Guzmán

Chief Operating Officer at Blockchain

Earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd

Learn about blockchain and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the programme, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 November 2019.

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    The two-part payment option requires one payment up front, followed by a second payment during your programme. 

    If you want to find out more about payment options or the programme itself, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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