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Organisational Effectiveness Programme

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Course description

Organisational Effectiveness Programme

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from University of Oxford

The Oxford Organisational Effectiveness Programme is a specialised business strategy programme that highlights the impact of aligning purpose, strategy, and capability. The programme takes a fresh approach to an established concept by proposing strategies devised from insights in a new field of research termed ‘strategic alignment’.

Strategic alignment encapsulates the intersection of leadership and strategy to ultimately improve the effectiveness, operations, and performance of an enterprise and its project management. It also 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.

Based on active research at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, the programme investigates each link of the enterprise value chain that forms the core foundation of every organisation. Over the course of six weeks, it uses evidence-based insights, strategic frameworks, project case studies, and real-world applications to help you understand this new concept. As you develop a mindset for purposeful, enterprise-wide transformation, you’ll gain the practical skills to produce and apply a fit-for-purpose business strategy for your organisation’s unique context.

This Oxford Organisational Effectiveness Programme is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The programme has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

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  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

This programme takes a unique view on organisational effectiveness, aligning purpose, strategy, and capability. It aims to equip you with the intellectual toolkit to facilitate strategic alignment in any enterprise, be it in the private, public, government, or not-for-profit sector. While the practical application of your learnings, as well as stakeholder buy-in, is dependent on your level of influence, the principles taught are industry-agnostic. Guided by Oxford Saïd faculty, heads of department, middle management, HR professionals as well as those in the field of project management, will learn how to strengthen their teams and facilitate strategic alignment between departments and within projects. Executives, directors, and business leaders tasked with operational transformation will benefit from the strategic approach to improving performance, creating future-facing objectives, and enhancing leadership skills. Consultants will explore the latest research and improve their ability to advise on clients’ organisational effectiveness.

Training content

Programme curriculum

Drive organisational performance through the alignment of purpose, strategy, and capability as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

The importance of strategic alignment

Module 2

The purpose-led enterprise

Module 3

Crafting a winning business strategy

Module 4

Superior organisational capability and architecture

Module 5

Fit-for-purpose management systems

Module 6

Leading your enterprise to win

Course delivery details


  • 6 weeks Excluding orientation
  • 7–10 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

About the certificate

Learn how to implement strategic alignment in your chosen enterprise and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the programme handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the programme.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Strategies for improving organisational effectiveness based on the concept of strategic alignment, as well as an understanding of the role it plays in determining your enterprise’s long-term performance and competitiveness.
  • An ability to motivate for, and implement, transformation throughout your enterprise value chain, by aligning enterprise purpose, business strategy, organisational architecture, and management systems.
  • An intellectual toolkit, along with practical frameworks, for developing strategies that support and fulfil the organisation’s purpose.
  • Enhanced knowledge supported by real-world case studies, guest experts from some of the world’s leading enterprises, and exclusive insights from Oxford Saïd.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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