Jonathan Trevor

Jonathan Trevor

Associate Professor of Management Practice

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Jonathan's areas of expertise include organisational theory and effectiveness, with a focus on organisational design, human resource management and the future of work.

Jonathan Trevor is Associate Professor of Management Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is a management researcher, author, adviser, speaker and teacher on the subject of Strategic Alignment - how all elements of a business, including market strategy and the way the company itself is organised, are arranged in such a way as to best support the fulfilment of its long-term purpose. The best companies are the best aligned, and Jonathan works extensively with executive leadership teams in all sectors and internationally to apply his research to help them transform their businesses to be fit for purpose. His academic work is featured regularly in leading publications, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Professor Trevor teaches on the Oxford MBA, Executive MBA and international executive education courses. He began his research and teaching career at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, where he received the distinguished teaching award in 2011. He was the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2010 and a Visiting Professor at Keio University in Tokyo in 2013.

Jonathan received his doctorate in management and economics from the University of Cambridge on a full Economic Social Research Council scholarship and was a visiting doctoral student on a funded scholarship at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to his doctorate, he worked as a management consultant in London. Jonathan continues to consult extensively to industry at board level on strategy and organization decisional making.


  • Strategic Alignment (aligning corporate purpose, strategy and organization)
  • Future of Work
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Strategic human resource management


Jonathan engages closely with organisations across all industries in his research, executive teaching and consulting.

Jonathan engages closely with organisations across all industries in his research, executive teaching and consulting to foster close links and knowledge exchange between business and academic networks. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences on subjects ranging from organisational behaviour issues, next generation organisation and the future of work. Jonathan has led a number of industry consortiums and networks designed to build strong links between management research and practice and address critical challenges facing businesses and scholars.

Prior to his current research programme focussing on strategic alignment, Jonathan was closely involved in developing and managing the Global Human Resource Research Alliance, a research group involving 30 companies worldwide – including American Express, BAE Systems, BT, EDF, GE, General Mills, IBM, IKEA, Infosys, Matsushita, Oracle, Procter and Gamble, Rolls-Royce, SANYO, Sealed Air, Shell, Siemens, TCL, TNT, and Unilever. The research programme remains one of the most comprehensive worldwide research studies of human resources practice.

Jonathan’s research has been published in numerous academic and prestigious practitioner journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Management Studies and the British Journal of Industrial Relations. In 2010, Jonathan was a recipient of the Academy of Management International HR Scholarly Research award. His work has been featured in-depth and internationally by numerous media outlets, including the BBC,, The Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit.


  • Chris F Wright,
  • Alex J Wood,
  • Jonathan Trevor,
  • Colm McLaughlin,
  • Wei Huang,
  • Brian Harney,
  • Torsten Geelan,
  • Barry Colfer,
  • Cheng Chang,
  • William Brown
Organisation Studies

Prospects for strategic pay

Chapter  |  The Routledge Companion to Reward Management  | 
  • J Trevor
Organisation Studies
  • JP Trevor,
  • M Kotosaka
Organisation Studies

Changing Routine: Reframing Performance Management within a Multinational(opens in new window)

  • Philip Stiles,
  • Jonathan Trevor,
  • Elaine Farndale,
  • Shad S Morris,
  • Jaap Paauwe,
  • Guenter Stahl,
  • Patrick Wright
Organisation Studies

The Limits on Pay as a Strategic Tool: Obstacles to Alignment in Non-Union Environments(opens in new window)

  • Jonathan Trevor,
  • William Brown
Organisation Studies
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In addition to his research engagement, Jonathan works closely with leadership teams in an advisory capacity.

In addition to his research engagement, Jonathan consults to leadership teams to facilitate critical reflection and assist with strategy and organisational design decision-making. Current and past clients include Zurich Insurance, Rio Tinto Plc., Maersk, Mars Inc., United States Air Force, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Development Bank of Japan.

Jonathan was until recently a Non-Executive Director of Shakespeares LLP, serving on the Main Board and advising the Chairman and Chief Executive on issues relating to strategy and organisational effectiveness. Jonathan also served for a number of years as a member of the Vice President’s Panel on Reward for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, advising the UK professional body on academic research and policy. Many consulting clients become research case studies facilitating the exchange of knowledge and insights between business and academic communities.


Jonathan teaches widely on the subjects of organisational behaviour and effectiveness, strategic human resource management and change management.

Jonathan teaches widely on the subjects of strategic alignment, future of work, organisational behaviour and strategic human resource management.

Jonathan teaches regularly on custom and open enrolment executive education courses, designed to equip participating executives with conceptual frameworks and applied knowledge to lead meaningful change within their organisations, irrespective of sector. To ensure high impact, Jonathan uses a variety of teaching methods, including evidence based applied frameworks, in-depth case studies, vignettes, scenarios and expert speakers (academic and industry) on his programmes.

Jonathan has also taught on the Oxford MBA, Executive MBA and diploma courses.

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