Media Invitation: Re-setting the Business Agenda, an Oxford symposium to explore key challenges facing businesses

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The Saїd Business School symposium 'Resetting the Business Agenda' will explore some of the big challenges facing businesses. Leading commentators, critical thinkers and internationally renowned experts will join Oxford faculty, senior business figures and others to address three challenging issues.

• How to regulate the financial sector to regain trust?

  • How to responsibly harness the massive flow of ‘big data’?
  • How to lead complex organisations in the 21st Century?

Panel One: Regulation and Trust in Financial Markets
Chair: Hector Sants (former Chief Executive of the FSA)
Panel: Sir Alan Vickers (Warden of All Souls, British economist, Chair of UK’s Independent Commision on Banking)
Robert Peston (BBC Business News Editor)
Ana Botin (CEO, Santander UK),
Professor Alan Morrison (Saïd Business School Professor of Finance, Economic advisor to the House of Lords Treasury Select Committee)

Panel Two: Big Data: Hype or Hope?
Chair: Professor Peter Tufano (Peter Moore’s Dean, Saïd Business School)
Panel: David Kay (VP Sales, IBM UK & Ireland)
Anand Rajaraman (SVP Global eCommerce, Walmart)
Stephen Shelton (Head of Data Services, BAE Systems Detica)
Major General Jonathan Shaw (former Head of Cyber Security, MOD)

Saїd Business School and IBM will also present key findings from a joint survey of the corporate adoption of big data ‘Analytics: The real-world use of big data; how innovative enterprises extract value from uncertain data’.

Panel Three: Enabling Transformational Change
Experience some of the transformational work the School has undertaken with companies and governments during workshops introduced by Associate Dean Andrew White. A series of seven short interactive sessions (each 10 minutes) will consider the following themes:

  •     How scenario planning can assist strategic formulation and foresight: Rafael Ramirez, Fellow in Strategy
  •     21st Century Challenges: Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School
  •     Leadership: Tim Morris, Professor of Management Studies
  •     Strategy: Thomas Powell, Professor of Strategy
  •     Managing Major Programmes: Bent Flyvbjerg, Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management and Paul Chapman, Fellow in Operations Management
  •     Coaching for Leadership Development: Sue Dopson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour
  •     Experiential learning: Peter Hanke, Chief Conductor with Voces Copenhagen and Contemporary Opera Denmark

Leading faculty from the School will present their work in an Ideas Fair.

Over 60 faculty will discuss their work via twenty ‘poster sessions’ or clinics which will showcase some of the School's latest research on subjects from healthcare to hi-tech start-ups, from consumer finance to non-profit enterprises, India, China, Africa and much more.

Hugo Dixon (financial journalist, former editor of Lex) will close the Symposium.

Read the full agenda

To register to attend or for further information, please contact the Press Office at Saїd Business School:

Clare Fisher, Head of Press Relations,
Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090 ;
Email: clare(dot)fisher(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

Josie Powell, PR Coordinator,
Mobile +44 (0)7711 387215
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403
Email: josie(dot)powell(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk or pressoffice(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

Notes to editors
About Saїd Business School
Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2011) Saïd is ranked 10th. It is ranked number one in the UK (7th worldwide) in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2012) and 20th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2012). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the 2011 FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (June 2012). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2012) and has ranked first in eight of the last nine years in The Times. For more information, see


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