The dynamic nature of the modern business environment means traditional project management metrics such as time, cost and scope are no longer sufficient to gauge success. To create long-term sustainable value for organisations, a strategic approach and shift towards project leadership is required.
This online programme teaches project leaders to utilise strategic approaches in project delivery to achieve organisation-wide success.
Over the course of six weeks, you’ll discover the benefits of strategic project leadership and equip yourself with the tools needed to implement upfront planning to respond to potential business risks, complexities and uncertainties.
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What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
- The skills to lead strategic projects through uncertainty and tools to manage potential project risks, and capitalise on opportunities
- The ability to respond to complexities faced when dealing with people, power, and politics
- A set of personalised leadership skills to help you guide teams to successful project delivery and achieve organisational objectives
- Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty, and access to the official Oxford Executive Education Alumni group on LinkedIn.
Is this programme for you?
This programme is geared towards professionals seeking to introduce strategic approaches and techniques for project leadership. It is relevant to anyone interested in creating a more sustainable environment for project success, and improving their ability to achieve organisation-wide objectives.
Whether you’re in a senior strategic position or working within a project environment, you will benefit from the skills and knowledge shared in this programme. Managers will improve the success of their projects by learning a more strategic approach, while business and operations professionals will understand how to effectively implement strategic projects they’re responsible for. Professionals will also improve their leadership skills to manage project teams and strategic initiatives more effectively.
Explore principles and practices for leading strategic projects as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.
- Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
- Module 1 Strategic projects: Understanding complexities and risks
- Module 2 Reinterpreting success and performance in strategic projects
- Module 3 Structural complexities: responding to the challenges of scale and pace
- Module 4 Sociopolitical complexities: responding to the challenges of power, people and politics
- Module 5 Emergent complexities: responding to the challenges of uncertainty and change
- Module 6 Success by design
Lead strategic projects more effectively
This Oxford Saïd online programme is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop your ability to lead successful strategic project delivery.
Your Programme Co-Convenors
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 programme.
Associate Professor in Management Practice
Harvey is a specialist in major projects and organisational project capability. At Oxford, he is a programme director of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA), for leaders of the UK government’s 140 most significant projects, and teaches on the MSc in Major Programme Management.
Harvey’s research focuses on systems of work, and the interface between formal systems and behaviours. He also works as a consultant to major corporations including Shell, Airbus and UBS.
His books include Project Management¹ and Researching Business and Management².
¹ 4th edition (2010) Prentice Hall. The 5th edition is due for release in 2020.
² 2nd edition (2017) Palgrave Macmillan.
Fellow in Management Practice in the Field of Information Systems, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Alexander develops and teaches courses on project and programme management, risk management, and systems thinking. At Oxford Saïd he is part of the faculty teaching on the Oxford MBA, the MSc for Major Programme Management, and the Major Projects Leadership Academy.
Having completed his doctorate degree with the School in 2014, his research focuses on the challenges of managing projects in the field of IT, as well as hard and soft infrastructure, energy, mega events, and organisational change.
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Learn strategic project leadership 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.REGISTER NOW
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WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.
If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.
WILL I HAVE THE TIME?
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.
CAN MY EMPLOYER ASSIST WITH PAYMENT?
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.
WHAT IS THE ONLINE CAMPUS?
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.