Blockchain for Managers


Blockchain is a shared, replicated ledger that underpins technology such as Bitcoin. Blockchain's reach is far wider than cryptocurrency however, as it sets out to provide the foundation for a new generation of transactional applications that establish trust and transparency, while streamlining business processes.

Are you curious about Blockchain and what it can do?
In this one-day course you will learn the essentials of blockchain:

  • What blockchain (distributed ledger technology) is and why it is important
  • Common use-cases, patterns and pitfalls
  • How to get started on a first project: the costs, tasks and expected returns
  • Where the technology is headed, and its potential for business transformation

Blockchain is a rare technology that has interest from the C-suite to the developer community.

Managers of all levels will benefit from knowledge of blockchain, whether they are implementing a business case for a CTO to help reduce cost, or helping developers understand the potential of distributed transactional programming model.
The course will focus on the use of distributed ledgers in business scenarios, and will thus take into account the various privacy and confidentiality requirements that organisations face, and the various other regulatory frameworks that govern business today.

It will not focus on the use of anonymous blockchains, or the use of blockchains as (and investment in) cryptocurrencies.

This course can be taken separately or as part of Tech for Managers: Discount Registration

Spring 2022 Dates To Be Confirmed

Programme details

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in blockchain.

It will focus on answering the “so-what” question, with the aim of allowing attendees to understand enough about what blockchain is to identify when it is appropriate and its strengths and weaknesses.

The course is perfect for those with management responsibility. It will allow attendees to understand what is necessary to implement blockchain solutions without diving into the engineering, and thus will give attendees a feel for the costs and benefits associated with getting started on this new technology.

It will be delivered through a mixture of lecture, discussion and hands-on demonstration.


Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford certificate of attendance. This will be presented to you prior to the end of the course wherever possible.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.


Description Costs
Course fee £495.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

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If you require an invoice for your company or personal records, please complete an online application form. The Course Administrator will then email you an invoice. Payment is accepted online, by credit/debit card, or by bank transfer. Please do not send card or bank details via email


Matthew Paul Lucas

Global Blockchain Engagement, ‎IBM

Matthew Lucas, MSc BSc FBCS, leads IBM's enablement and education initiatives for blockchain.

He is responsible for ensuring that clients, business partners, students and IBMers understand blockchain technologies and apply them correctly.

Matt authors much of IBM's blockchain material, including presentations, tutorials and courses, and regularly lectures at a wide number of universities world-wide.

He is based in IBM’s Hursley development laboratory in the United Kingdom and has worked with IBM for over 20 years on a variety of integration middleware technologies.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.

Selection criteria

There are no pre-requisites for this course, although any background knowledge of business fundamentals, the management of agile projects and the use of concepts such as Design Thinking would be an advantage.


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.