6-Week Oxford Digital Disruption Programme

Secure your spot before registration closes

6-Week Oxford Digital Disruption Programme

Secure your spot before registration closes

February 1, 2023
Registration closes February 7,2023

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February 1, 2023
Registration closes February 7, 2023


Payment options

Why study digital disruption and platforms?

Disruption and growth are the defining features of digital transformation: Amazon harnessing AI to take over retail and the cloud, Netflix and Uber growing as platforms that upended entertainment and taxis, blockchain technology cutting out middlemen with smart contracts.

In this 6-week collaborative online programme, busy executives will learn from faculty from across the University of Oxford, and industry leaders who have pioneered digital business models.

You’ll develop the strategy skills to leverage AI, platforms and blockchain for business growth, and you’ll also develop a proposal for how a business should respond to disruption – tools to help you advance your career.

“The rise of the platform business model and the double-edged sword of new banking regulations provides a window of opportunity for new entrants looking to leverage artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to impact the future of banking.”

Pinar Ozcan,
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology Initiative at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Is this programme right for you?

You will benefit from this programme if you are:

  • A business executive overseeing a digital transformation and looking to better leverage cutting-edge digital technologies for a competitive advantage.


  • A business leader with deep expertise and passion for digital, looking to hone roles and products and develop more impactful strategies.


  • A business leader looking to better understand the rapidly-shifting digital priorities of your customers, clients and competition.


  • A product, operations or unit manager building out or overseeing digital initiatives within your organisation.


  • An entrepreneur looking to integrate disruptive digital technologies into your business strategy.


  • A professional looking to deepen your knowledge about the power of AI, platforms and blockchain in a business environment.


  • A motivated and intellectually-curious professional looking to future-fit your career and lead a tech division in your current organisation or a new one.


Programme content

Module O: Orientation

Meet your instructors and international cohort members while engaging in your AI-enabled next-gen learning platform. Preview the programme content and capstone project, in which you will develop a proposal for how a business should respond to disruption.

Module 1: Introduction to Digital Disruption

Understand what makes a product or service disruptive, and learn the relationship among platform business models, AI and blockchain technology.

Module 2: Platform Disruption

Learn what makes a platform business model successful and evaluate whether an industry is ready for platform disruption.

Module 3: Platform Disruption From AI and Blockchain Technologies

Learn why a sector, organisation or industry could be disrupted by AI or blockchain and identify the opportunities and risks associated with AI and blockchain.

Module 4: Responding to Disruption: Product

Identify challenges incumbents face when changing their product or organisation and utilise scenario planning to focus digital transformation efforts.

Module 5: Responding to Disruption: People and Process

Learn how to change processes to support digital transformation and understand how digital transformation affects people in an organisation.

Module 6: The Future

Speculate on the future of regulation for platforms, AI and blockchain technology, and develop a plan for implementing new digital technology into a product strategy.

What you will gain

    • Proof of knowledge through the prestigious Certificate of Completion issued by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


    • A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and programme participants


    • Coveted industry knowledge from market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution


    • Acquisition and retention of new skills supported by an AI-driven learning platform, individual and team-based programming, and individual success coaching

Your programme director

Pinar Ozcan,
Programme Director

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology Initiative at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Pinar Ozcan specialises in entrepreneurship and strategy in technology markets. Her current research includes the open banking project, where she examines industry disruption in banking through regulation and entry of fintechs, and the development of the sharing economy. In 2018, Pinar received the Strategic Management Society Research in Organisations Award for her work on the disruption in the banking sector in partnership with Swift Institute. She was recently selected to the global Thinkers 50 list for emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice. Finally, in 2019, she was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for her work on the disruption of banking in Europe and the UK.

Your programme instructors

Additional instructors will be added up to the programme commencement date.

Guest experts

Alex Connock - Fellow in Management Practice; University of Oxford. /Alex Mari - University of Zurich. /Ariel Ezrachi - Director, Center of Competition Law & Policy; University of Oxford. /Christer Holloman - Founder & CEO Divido. /Dan Jones - CEO and Founder of Bext360. /Eugenie Teasley - Head of Social Impact, International Markets; Uber./Jonathan Reynolds - Senior Fellow Saïd Business School. /Pinar Akman - Professor of Law and Digital Competition, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Digital Governance. /Rachel Botsman - Trust Fellow; University of Oxford. /Robert Norton - CEO and founder of Verisart. /Trudi Lang - Senior Fellow Saïd Business School. /Andrew Baum - Professor of Practice. /Megan Cooper - Chief Platform Officer at Barclays. /Farzam Ehsani - Co-Founder & CEO at VALR. /Rafael Ramirez - Senior Fellow Saïd Business School. /Annabelle Gawer - Visiting Professor of Innovation. /Rupert Younger - Director, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation./Thomas Hellmann -Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. /Andrew Stephen - Associate Dean of Research & L’Oréal Professor of Marketing. /Gretta Corporaal. /Fabian Stephany - Researcher in Computational Social Science. /Michael Smets - Professor of Management - Saïd Business School. /Peter Evans - Managing Partner Platform Strategy Institute. /Mathias Holweg - American Standard Companies Professor of Operations Management. /Jeroen Meijernink - Assistant Professor HRM,University of Twente. /Madeline Bailey - Norton Rose LLP / Co-Head of Technology Consulting. /Peter McBurney - Norton Rose LLP / Co-Head of Technology Consulting.

How you will learn:

  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the course
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment

  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration

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