Lecturer in Organisation Studies
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Chris’s research is driven by one question: how do leaders and organisations deal with the complex demands of pluralistic environments?
From museum directors to CEOs of Fortune 500 multinationals, Chris’s work sheds light on how leaders can ‘square the circle’ of creating economic value, all while making diversity and sustainability work for their stakeholders.
Chris’s research has been featured in media outlets around the world, such as CNBC, NBC, Forbes, Telegraph, AP News, Guardian, CBC, Outlook India, Asahi Shimbun and the Times of Israel.
He is an award-winning teacher, with more than ten years' teaching experience teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and executive students the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, Sydney Business School, and Fulbright University Vietnam.
Chris teaches a broad range of topics, from leadership, teamwork, decision making, motivation, power and influence, organisation design, to organisational culture and organisational change.
Chris joined Saïd Business School after being awarded a PhD in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which recently named him alum of the month.
He is also a member of the Academy of Management and a Senior Common Room Member and College Advisor at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
Chris's expertise is in:
- leadership, in particular CEOs
- institutional complexity, pluralism and paradox
- social evaluations like rankings, accreditations and awards.
Currently, he is developing a configurational approach to institutional pluralism, showing how stakeholders evaluate organisations’ efforts of operating in diverse, pluralistic environments. Chris’s research on how CEOs deal with competing demands and complexity has been nominated for a best paper award and featured in the Academy of Management Proceedings. He is also the author of several case studies focusing on technology firms like Google and Uber.
Chris uses a variety of methods, including in-depth analysis of interviews with leaders, and configurational approaches to data sets spanning the public, cultural, and corporate sectors.
Prior to academia, Chris worked in the energy industry in Germany, and as a management consultant for Deloitte in Mexico, with a focus on organisation design and leadership. He has been translating his research into practice through his work on the Earth Security Index, in recognition of which he was named an Associate of the Earth Security Group.
Chris is the recipient of the highly coveted Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Oxford’s Social Sciences Division.
At Oxford Saïd he teaches on the:
- Executive MBA
- Diploma in Organisational Leadership
- MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership
- MSc in Major Programmes Management
- various Executive Education programmes
Chris’s classes are highly interactive, focusing on critically examining models and their applicability in business contexts. He encourages his students to engage with materials by testing them against their personal business experience and applying it to real-world case studies, simulations, role plays and highly interactive exercises. For example, Chris regularly takes his students to the world-famous Oxford Union to practice their leadership, persuasion and influencing skills.
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