Oxford Strategic Alignment Programme

Strategic alignment is the careful arrangement of the various elements of an organisation – from strategy planning to systems management – in order to best support the fulfilment of its long-term purpose. It ensures organisational capability and strengthens teams by driving individuals within the enterprise to work together toward a common goal. In a highly competitive, complex, and shifting marketplace, this alignment can determine organisational success or failure.


6 weeks, excluding


7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

Other Detail

Learn alongside a global cohort of
business professionals

You'll walk away with:


An understanding of the critical role that strategic alignment plays in determining your enterprise’s long-term performance and competitiveness.


The ability to lead change, implement and motivate for alignment throughout your enterprise value chain, including your business strategy, organisational architecture, and management systems.


Practical frameworks and an intellectual toolkit for developing and executing market-winning strategies that align with, and support, your enterprise purpose.


Exclusive insights and thought leadership from Oxford Saïd, supported by real-world case studies and guest experts from some of the world’s biggest enterprises including Google and IBM.

Programme outline

Over the duration of this online programme, you’ll work through the following modules:

Module 1
The importance of strategic alignment

What is strategic alignment and why does it matter?

Module 2
The purpose-led enterprise

What do you do as an enterprise and why do you do it?

Module 3
Crafting a winning business strategy

What is your enterprise trying to win at?

Module 4
Superior organisational capability and architecture

What does your enterprise need to be good at to win and what makes you good?

Module 5
Fit-for-purpose management systems

What delivers the performance your enterprise needs to win?

Module 6
Leading your enterprise to win

How can you lead your enterprise to sustainable success?

Programme Director

Jonathan Trevor

Associate Professor of Management Practice
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Jonathan is the authority on strategic alignment. He works extensively with executive leadership teams across the globe, and in all sectors, using his research to help transform organisations to be fit for purpose. This research is the subject of his book, Align: A Leadership Blueprint for Aligning Enterprise Purpose, Strategy and Organisation.

Your guest experts

You’ll also hear from over twenty guest experts, including renowned industry professionals and global leaders during the programme, who will share their insights and opinions. Download the prospectus to see the full list.


Major General (retired) Dr Andrew Sharpe
Director of CHACR, British Army
Clara Møhl Schack
Senior HR Business Partner, Maersk Drilling
Jean-Pierre Noel
Executive Coach and Former FTSE 100 Executive
Paul Knowland
VP Real Estate Europe, Middle East and Africa, Shell International Ltd.
Paul Nanninga
CEO, Ricoh Nederland B.V.
Rebecca Cañate
Senior Director, HR Business Partner, McKesson
Simon Meredith
CTO, Strategic Partners, Europe, IBM
Tanushree Gupta
Digital Transformation Practice Lead, Google EMEA


Andrea Bozic<br>Lead Business Designer, IAG image

"When I signed up for this programme, I was looking to build on my strategy execution capabilities, more specifically in relation to advising senior leaders in making better choices when designing future state business and operating models. And the programme delivered exactly that! The case study approach to learning enabled me to apply the tools and techniques in real-time and I was able to extract the value from it from week one. I would highly recommend this programme to any leader faced with designing and implementing effective strategic solutions to enable long term success of the enterprise."

Andrea Bozic
Lead Business Designer, IAG

An online education that sets you apart

This Oxford Strategic Alignment Programme is delivered in collaboration with leaders in digital education GetSmarter. Join a global community of professionals who have already had the opportunity to:


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you learn around your schedule


Enjoy a personalised and supported online learning experience


Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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