Oxford Programme on Responsible Ownership

Said Business School

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Said Business School


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Who should attend

The programme is open to current and future leaders of a family-owned business established over at least two generations.

About the course

Influence, impact, and sustainability for leading business families

Building on research with the world’s leading business families, this programme is tailored for current and future owners of large family businesses.

A unique programme to hone the strengths of family businesses as innovators and change agents in the global economy.

To achieve and sustain long-term, meaningful tenure, families must be equipped to lead across five levels of influence. Via a powerful mix of research-based teaching and live case studies from leading business families, the Oxford Programme on Ownership takes current and future business owners on a journey towards impact that outlasts any one organisation.

We leverage three unique perspectives:

  • The historical view from some of England’s longest standing business families
  • The intellectual and cultural tradition of Oxford
  • The rapidly evolving dynamics of family offices in London

Through a considered mix of experiential and course-based learning, you'll be encouraged to understand the ‘why’ behind family ownership, and identify higher-impact means of ‘how’ to own, now and in future.

Family business owners value the experiences of their peers. We pair world-class academic content with guest speakers from some of the world’s largest family businesses. Contributors to the programme may vary with each cohort as we tailor speakers to learning objectives. We lean into, rather than avoid, controversies in responsible ownership topics. Through this, we equip participants with the analytic abilities necessary for their futures as owners.


To you

  • Build a Personal Action Plan with achievable short, medium and long-term objectives
  • Become a better informed, higher impact business owner – present or future
  • Develop an influence map of your ownership objectives
  • Establish a powerful network of family business owner peers

To your business

  • Equip yourself for the good of your family enterprise and of society
  • Build a family that leads, across generations
  • Engage your family and your business at a higher level of influence
  • Develop long-term, purposeful ownership


Learning Methods The course comprises a mix of lectures, case studies, panel discussions, and small and large group discussions.

Prior to the start of the course

  • 1-on-1s with course directors, pre-reads, Personal Action Plan
  • Preliminary discussions and meeting with other participants via videoconference

Module 1: Ownership & Leadership in a Changing World What does it mean to ‘future proof’ your enterprise? We begin by focusing on the global trends that are shaping the 21st Century and the strategies for current and future family owners that are required for strong and enduring performance of the family enterprise in this changing world.

Module 2: Family Dynamics and Implementing Purpose We start with interactive multimedia exercises to map your family dynamics and understand your purpose at the individual and family level, and then discuss high-level and granular strategies to implement this purpose throughout the family enterprise. In this module, we do not shy away from differences in opinion or assume alignment, rather, we provide frameworks and strategies for navigating complexity.

Module 3: Long-termism and Impact A classic explanation for why large family businesses benefit the economy is their long-term outlook, and their commitment to their communities. We put these to the test, covering in-depth strategies and tools to take family aspirations for long-term thinking and positive impact and make them a reality that can carry the business into the future.

Module 4: Purpose in Action: Stakeholders Across Generations


Pegram Harrison

Pegram Harrison is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and of Exeter College, Oxford. Pegram's research and teaching concern entrepreneurship and leadership in an entrepreneurial cont...

Peter Tufano

Peter Tufano was appointed Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School on 1 July 2011 and is a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to b...

Belen Villalonga

Belén Villalonga is a Professor of Management and Organizations, a Yamaichi Faculty Fellow, and a Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Between 2001 and 2012 she was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School. Professor Villalonga’s work focus...

Colin Mayer

Colin is an expert on all aspects of corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions and the role of the corporation in contemporary society. He teaches the elective course on Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings on the MBA and the Masters in Financial Ec...

Mary Johnstone-Louis

In her role as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Dr Mary Johnstone-Louis is Programme Director of the Ford Foundation-funded Ownership Project led by Oxford Saïd’s Dean Peter Tufano and Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA. Mary is interested in how firms bui...

Bridget Kustin

Bridget is a Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead on the Oxford Ownership Project at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Bridget is an economic anthropologist (PhD, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, 2017) who studies the complexity and ethics of corporations, financial systems, and ...

Anette Mikes

Anette is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Oxford Saïd and a Fellow at Hertford College. Anette was the 2017 laureate of the prestigious ACA Prize of the University of St.-Gallen for her contributions to the field of risk management and financial governance. Between 2014-2019, she was a...

Peter Drobac

A global health physician and social entrepreneur, Peter Drobac is the Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Centre promotes social innovation by developing talent, promoting actionable insight through research, and catalysing deep exchanges with a global community o...

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