Claus D Jacobs

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Claus Jacobs specialises in creative strategising and strategic change.

Claus is director and founder of critical junctures, a Swiss-based consultancy that offers process consultation for strategy formation, organisational development and change.

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

He has worked as a management consultant and executive educator with the Imagination Lab Foundation, Lausanne, the Universities of St Gallen and Bern as well as with Gemini Consulting.

As a consultant and educator, his collaborations include Arvato, Bombardier, Celgene, CERN, LGT Venture Philanthropy, UNICEF Germany and University Children's Hospital Zurich among others. He is also a co-director of University of Bern's KPM Center for Public Management.

Claus has been contributing to the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme (OSLP) since 2005 as faculty and tutor.

Together with his OSLP colleagues, he has explored the role of critical thinking for leadership development in the Oxford Answers series. He has also reflected on the pivotal role of metaphorical reasoning in strategy work in 'Crafting Strategy: Embodied Metaphors in Practice' (Cambridge).

View a list of Claus' other publications.


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.