Celebrating 50 Years of Management Studies at Oxford and exploring what is next for management

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50 years after Management Studies was first established as a discipline in Oxford, Saïd Business School and Green Templeton College are holding a conference to explore the future of management and examine new trends in the field.

Trust and ethics in business; authenticity with consumers; globalisation; new and emerging markets; talent shortages; digital disruption: these are just some of the critical challenges organisations in the 21st century are facing both within and beyond the world of business. The study of management itself has moved on from the functional and technical focus of the field’s early years and is responding to these new concerns with a desire to secure real world benefits from innovative thinking. It is an approach that, in Oxford, is embedded in the intellectual traditions of the University but also firmly rooted in practice.

50 years after Management Studies was first established as a discipline in Oxford, Saïd Business School and Green Templeton College, the graduate college specialising in management and human welfare, are holding a conference to explore the future of management and examine new trends in the field. How will management change? What are the new challenges on the horizon likely to be? What will managers and businesses have to do differently? And how will business education need to change as a result?

The conference will conclude with the 2015 Barclay Lecture delivered by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster on the theme of Management: Challenges and Responsibilities in a Changing World. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Professor Peter Tufano, Saïd Business School Dean, John Barton, Chairman of NEXT plc, easyJet and Catlin Group Ltd, and Director of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, Tracey Camilleri. You are invited to join us for any of the conference sessions. The full programme is here.

Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of Saïd Business School said: ‘I look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of management studies at Oxford with many who have studied business here in these past 50 years. At an 800-year-old University, management or business may seem like a young discipline, but five decades is a long time in business thinking, and our contribution to the business practice and policy making in that time is truly significant. In this time, thousands of our graduates and executives who have completed our programmes have made major contributions to the success and advancement of their organisations. We look forward to the next 50 years of business at Oxford, and to developing leaders who navigate complexity confidently; who connect deep thinking with resolute action; and most of all, who make responsible decisions based on a profound understanding of the wider global context in which they operate. In 50 years we have built an extraordinary and enduring community and together we create new ideas and approaches that have the potential to change the world.’

Kathryn Bishop, Conference Chair and an Associate Fellow of both Green Templeton College and the Business School, added: ‘This Conference will bring together Oxford faculty and alumni from many different fields in an important and informed conversation about the challenging leadership issues which face us in the 21st century, and the ways in which universities, colleges and business schools can contribute both ideas and potential solutions.

‘The stimulus sessions will build on recent work at both Saïd Business School and Green Templeton College to provoke discussion and generate ideas that will help us begin to answer the question: “Management – where next?”’

The stimulus conference has four sessions:

13.30–14.30    Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities
Chaired by Professor Michael Earl, Honorary Fellow Green Templeton College, Co-Founder Emerging Markets Symposium
This session will focus on the distinguishing characteristics of emerging market economies today and entrepreneurship in emerging market countries, with a special case study of venture philanthropy in India.


Management for Healthcare and Human Welfare
Chaired by Liz Padmore, Barclay Fellow, Green Templeton College, Chair Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
An interactive session considering ways in which we might obtain better value from our health care systems. What are we doing to support clinical leaders within the system, and to bring research-based evidence to the practice of management? How might we optimise value and equity across the system, focusing less on organisations and more on outcomes?

15.00–16.00        Professional and leadership development
Chaired by Dr Andrew White, Fellow Green Templeton College and Associate Dean of Executive Education, Saïd Business School
This will look at the changing role of CEOs of major corporations; how senior managers are making the leap from being successful implementers at a junior level to the wider perspective and competences demanded by senior posts; the leadership qualities that are now a vital part of the skill set of doctors; and the personal and professional management training for postgraduates here at the University. Among other insights, we will see how the demands for behavioural change in management, especially to drive multi-cultural managerial capabilities, will be paramount in the years ahead.


New Models and Mindsets for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Chaired by Ron Emerson, Barclay Fellow Green Templeton College, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, Chair British Business Bank
This session will use three contextual lenses – trust and ethics, skills and capabilities, and disruptive forces – in an attempt to understand how organisations, their structures and our approaches to running them, will need to change in order to be relevant in this new age.

To join the conference, speak with any of the contributors, or for further information please contact:

Kate Richards, Press Officer,
Mobile: +44 (0) 7711000521; Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288879
Email: kate.richards(at)sbs.ox.ac.uk

Jonaid Jilani, Press Officer,
Mobile +44 (0)7860259996; Tel +44 (0)1865 614678
Email: jonaid.jilani(at)sbs.ox.ac.uk or pressoffice(at)sbs.ox.ac.uk

Notes to editors

1    About 50 years of Management Studies at Oxford
In 1965 the Oxford Centre for Management Studies (OCMS) - later Templeton College - was founded to provide mid-career, post-experience management education and to apply Oxford teaching methods and research to Management, a subject which had not been formally studied at the University before. As well as supervising Oxford's early Management degree programmes, OCMS oversaw the development of a pioneering executive education programme rooted in practice. With the establishment of Saïd Business School in 1996, Management Studies at Oxford expanded rapidly, with the launch of an MBA programme that year, followed by an Executive MBA in 2004 and other degree programmes and diplomas. Responsibility for running the executive education business devolved to Saïd Business School in 2005.

2    About Saïd Business School
Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2014) Saïd is ranked 10th. It is ranked 10th worldwide in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2015) and 22nd in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2015). The MBA is ranked 7th in BusinessWeek’s full time MBA ranking outside the USA (Nov 2014) and is ranked 5th among the top non-US Business Schools by Forbes magazine (Sep 2013). The Executive MBA is ranked 21st worldwide in the FT’s ranking of EMBAs (Oct 2014). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 7th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (Jun 2014). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2015) and has ranked first in nine of the last eleven years in The Times (Sept 2014). For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/

3    About Green Templeton College
Green Templeton College (GTC) is Oxford’s newest College, founded in 2008 by a merger between the University’s pioneering Medical (Green) and Management (Templeton) Colleges.

GTC incorporates a unique and powerful intellectual equation, bringing together education, research and development across business and management, health and medicine, as well as set of social sciences that serve to glue them together. The outcome is innovative, interdisciplinary and practical thinking that defines and seeks to understand and offer solutions for major problems related to human welfare in the 21st century.
For more information visit http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk


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