Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
John is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, alongside his role at Saïd Business School.
Over the years, he has developed an interest in running seminars on Leadership in the Humanities using the Socratic method of asking questions – aiming for, and usually getting, 100% participation. The idea is not to get across a known body of material but to give participants the opportunity to react to and discuss a piece of literature (often Plato) which raises the kinds of issue that they are faced with in their organisations.
John has worked in the field of algebra, publishing 70 papers and co-authoring two volumes in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series. He has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, which have been translated into many languages.
See John's website for details of his research and latest news.
From 2007 to 2018, John taught a module on 'Leadership and the Humanities' for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. He has also held similar seminars for various companies such as MAN, SABMiller, State Farm, IBM, Vopak (for the Executive MBA at the School), the Financial Conduct Authority and the Tutu Fellows Programme for the African Leadership Institute.
Currently, John is teaching a module on the 'Prep for CEO programme' for further education colleges.