Claus D. Jacobs

Claus D. Jacobs

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Claus is Professor of Public Management and Organization at the University of Bern, KPM Center for Public Management. He specialises in strategy work and organisational change in pluralistic settings.

As Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF) Professor at the University of St. Gallen, he headed two consecutive NSF projects (2008 to 2013) on discursive perspectives of strategy work in public and private sector firms as well as non-governmental organisations.

Claus holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a Master's in Business and Economic Studies from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.

He has also worked as a management consultant and executive educator with the Imagination Lab Foundation, Lausanne, and Gemini Consulting, Germany.

Claus is a co-director of the University of Bern's KPM Center for Public Management, a visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen as well as a fellow of the Daimler and Benz Foundation.


Claus's research interests include:

  • strategy work
  • strategic change
  • pluralistic settings
  • public management and governance

Claus's work has been featured in numerous publications, including Organisation Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organisation, Long Range Planning, the MIT Sloan Management Review, the Journal of Management Inquiry, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, the Journal of Organizational Change Management and Human Relations among others. He has received several Best Paper Nominations at the Academy of Management.

For a complete list of Claus's publications, please take a look at his website.



At the School, Claus teaches on the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.