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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Celebrating 50 Years of Management Studies at Oxford

Founding origins & the first 50 years

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.

The opening of Egrove Park by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh 

As well as supervising Oxford's early Management degree programmes, OCMS oversaw the development of a pioneering executive education programme rooted in practice, starting with the Senior Management Development Programme, then establishing a Strategic Leadership Programme and an Advanced Management Programme and commissioned programmes with major companies such as Marks and Spencer, P&O, Standard Chartered Bank and BMW.

As the University embraced and developed Management Studies, Templeton College became the natural collegiate home for management scholars and students.

In recent years, Management Studies at Oxford has expanded rapidly, and all the following are contributing to Oxford’s unique approach to this discipline: the Saïd Business School (SBS) was founded in 2001 and runs a comprehensive executive education portfolio (with its origins at Templeton College) and a top-class MBA programme; The Oxford Martin School explores global issues and futures; and the Blavatnik School of Government aims to bring wider management thinking to governance and government on a global scale.

Following the merger between Templeton and Green in 2008, Green Templeton College (GTC) is now home to over 500 students and over 100 fellows, researchers and visiting practitioners, in the areas of management, medicine and the social sciences.

Making a difference in the next 50 years

How will the discipline of Management need to evolve over the next 50 years in order to remain relevant and to continue to make a difference to the major challenges facing the world?

Thanks to its distinctive heritage, GTC as a graduate college is uniquely placed to help its future development. GTC's fellows and students, based at SBS and in the wider University, already work on many issues relevant to today's wider challenges, such as complexity; risk and resilience; gender and diversity; new forms of organisation and enterprise; the digital world and big data; futures and scenarios; evidence-based healthcare; governance and government; and social responsibility.

The College promotes a flow of ideas across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries, with an expertise in medicine, health and social sciences, as well as in business and management.

These exciting opportunities for interaction between disciplines are evident in the range of academic initiatives that are blossoming at GTC and which bring together academics, professionals and practitioners from all over the world to discuss major issues relating to public policy and professional practice. Examples include the Oxford Praxis Forum and the Oxford Health Experiences Institute.

As part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Management Studies in Oxford, we asked alumni to share their views on the next 50 years. 

Some Oxford Management Studies alumni who are part of the GTC fellowship gave us their views in an article about the anniversary in the GTC Magazine 2014: download a copy here.