Course information

Registration Closes:
17 March 2020
Course Starts:
25 March 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
Said Business School, University of Oxford


For years, innovation has been coupled with technological advancement – as a process that develops new solutions to the challenges of today. However, in such a fast-paced world, businesses need the strategic capacity to respond to the unforeseen challenges of tomorrow.

The Oxford Innovation Programme approaches innovation as a tool for handling challenges that cannot yet be predicted. Designed by Oxford Saïd’s leading expert on innovation, Marc Ventresca, you’ll deconstruct and redefine what innovation means, why it’s essential, and how it can be mobilised within organisations.

With a critical thinking and analytical approach, you’ll explore different ways of navigating innovation and learn how to incorporate it within your organisational design, structure, and culture.

Learn to build systems for innovation, making it a sustainable and routine practice within your organisation.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in this online programme and be empowered to:

  • Challenge your assumptions and develop a mindset for innovation that transcends technology and ‘disruption’

  • Enhance your organisational value by incorporating innovation into the way you work and respond to challenges

  • Analyse various innovation systems, strategies, and methodologies, and apply them within your own context

  • Understand the ethics and governance considerations for innovation

Course curriculum

Develop a toolkit for innovation as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online programme:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 A primer on innovation
  • Module 2 Organising for innovation
  • Module 3 Drivers of innovation: Technology and beyond
  • Module 4 4IR technology: Ethics and governance
  • Module 5 Corporate innovation strategies and platforms
  • Module 6 Innovation in practice

Create an environment where innovation thrives

This Oxford Saïd online programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore various innovation models and strategies that expand beyond the notions of technology and ‘disruption’.

Your Programme Director

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


Marc Ventresca

Marc Ventresca

Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Marc is an expert in innovation, strategy, and transformation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College since 2004. He’s also a research affiliate at the Center for International Security and Development (CISAC), Stanford University, and the Centre for Organisations, UC Irvine.

His research and teaching focus on innovation, institutions, and infrastructure, with empirical work on emerging technologies in complex institutional context. By training, he is an economic and organisational sociologist and a specialist in organisation-rich approaches to market dynamics.

Marc works closely with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and is also the convenor for the Ideas to Impact (I2I) Programme at Oxford Saïd. He is the academic director for the Oxford Fintech Lab as well as the postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation, a specialty diploma in digital transformation with IBM. He is an advisor to many startups, as well as Global Thinkers Forum, The Civic Foundry, and the World Economic Forum. Follow him on Twitter at @marcventresca.

Earn a certificate from Oxford Saïd

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford – and use it to set yourself apart as an innovative leader geared to face new challenges.

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


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 25 March 2020.

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    When paying for your programme, you can choose to pay the full amount, prior to programme start, or you can opt for a two-part payment plan option when you register.

    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?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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.