Oxford is a town that projects knowledge and history. During the week the participants will be challenged on the balance between the “short-term and long-term” view. To ensure maximum learning, before departure the participants will be asked to bring a performance development project from their own organization that they will gain new perspectives on throughout the week.

The Oxford module combines focuses on leadership in the context of innovation, operations/performance, and entrepreneurial activity.

We will be working with the following:

Performance Improvement Projects

During the week time will be dedicated for the participants to work on an individual performance improvement project from their own organization.

Value Creation in Context - – Leading for Tomorrow

Why the focus on value creation? What is driving theshift in strategy and the focus on innovation? How does this affect what leaders do? This module introduces the critical ratio of “exploit & explore”.

Delivering and Securing Performance Improvement

We examine the nature of performance improvement and what this means for the participants and the teams and organisations they lead. In doing so, we demonstrate the opportunities that exist for creativesolutions and how this can be tapped into and directed towards delivering improvements.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

The readings on social networks and the discussion case “Jerry Sanders” introduce insights for the work ofleading in distributed, resource-scarce organisational contexts, where ‘rules of the game’ are not formalised or routine and where ‘projects’ are the focus of action. How to be an entrepreneurial leader, in an old organisation?

Developing a Performance Management system

We consider organisational performance measurement and how to motivate, direct and secure performance improvement through developing a performance management system.

Delivering performance improvement

The aim is to support participants to deliver performance improvements. This is achieved through looking for inspiration outside their own industry and then to work on their own projects.

Factory visit

  • The aim of the day is to encourage participants tolook for inspiration outside their own industry. Eg. a visit to Aston Martin Lagonda where the participants are encouraged to consider the following points:
  • The link between company strategy and thefactory: For example, why are Aston Martins only assembled in the UK?
  •  Brand management: What does Aston Martin stand for, and how is this achieved?
  • Customer focus: What do customers like about Aston Martin, and how do manufacturing and assembly operations support the customer proposition? For example, how is configuration to individual customer order enabled by factors such as: vehicle design and assembly sequencing (the order that items are assembled). Is responsiveness an issue?
  • Performance improvement / innovation: What are the targets for improvement over time and how is this achieved? How are suppliers involved in this?

Think Tank – Performance Improvement and Leadership

After working with your own performance improvement projects we will end the week with reports in small seminar format. The reports provide an opportunityto integrate the different learnings throughout the week. We will also host a few Oxford EMBA colleagues and others for the presentations and have the opportunity to get acquainted and share experiences.

Getting Things Done

We focus on issues of leadership and getting things done.


The participants have a position in their organisation that is characterised by:

  • Strategic responsibility
  • Has a management role with high complexity
  • Must have an eye for the entire business and the importance of the interaction between the different departments /business units
  • Lead management group
  • Must integrate functions, plans, and strategy
  • Is often director or head of a department, deputy director or CEO

Preliminary travel Itinerary


Departure from Copenhagen Airport Arrival at London Heathrow Airport.
Travel time: 2 hours

At the airport we will be picked up by bus. It takes approximately one hour by bus.


We will be picked up by a bus to take us to the airport. Departure from London Heathrow Airport. Arrival at Copenhagen Airport.
Travel time: 2 hours.

During the week there will be plenty of networking opportunities and time to share experiences, and of course we will have the possibility to go sightseeing in Oxford.


Preparing for the week you should read a selection of articles, as well as consider which project from your own organization you want to work with during the week.

Time difference: -1 hour

Included in the price is lectures and workshops, hand-outs, articles, accommodation, meals, as well as transport from and return to Copenhagen.

 Members: kr. 44.000,- / Others: kr. 51.800,-  (Ex. vat)

 Extra fee for hotel, food and flight ticket kr. 15.100,- (Ex. vat)