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Providing global insights for the retail industry

A research initiative of Saïd Business School, combines industry knowledge with analytical rigour and objectivity.

Established in 1985, the Institute has worked for over 30 years to relate sound scholarship to the practical needs of retailers, service companies and public sector agencies.

Members of the Institute run executive education programmes, carry out research with direct relevance to academics, practitioners and policy-makers, and contribute to building a world-wide network of experts in retailing.

The Institute's teaching and research is undertaken at national, European and international scales.


The Institute is selective in the projects for which it bids; choosing projects with the most significant potential for improving retail knowledge and policy formulation. 

Past research

Oxford Retail Futures Conference 2018

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Understanding outcomes of data-driven research in retailing

This year's conference topic was 'Understanding outcomes of data-driven research in retailing'.


The Retail Digest

For 20 years the Oxford Institute of Retail Management produced the Retail Digest.

Published first in 1993, the Digest provided retail practitioners, analysts and academics with worldwide perspectives and authoritative insights into the retail industry. Drawing on the Institute's unique global network, it combined articles, interviews, reviews, forecasts and commentaries written by industry experts from within each of their respective countries.


  • Oxford Retail Summer School Masters Programme and a biannual Asia Pacific Retailing conference.
  • Teaching units for on the Oxford MBA programme.
  • Supervise Oxford MBA and Oxford Executive MBA student projects within retail and related firms.
  • Co-ordinate careers discussions and panels for graduate students.

Research workshops (for practitioners and policy-makers)

Upcoming trainings and workshops will be displayed here.