Associate Professor of Management Practice
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Dr Jonathan Trevor is a leading expert on strategy and organisation and the author of the best-selling book, Align: A Leadership Blueprint for Aligning Enterprise Purpose, Strategy and Organisation (Bloomsbury, 2019).
Jonathan is a noted management researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher on the subject of strategy and organisation alignment. Jonathan consults extensively to executive leadership teams in all sectors and internationally to apply his research to help them to transform their organisations to be fit for purpose.
Jonathan’s thought leadership is published in leading journals, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. His research regularly features in the media, and he has provided expert comment for the Financial Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, CNN and Forbes.
Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Management Practice at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. He teaches on the Oxford MBA, Executive MBA and international executive education programmes.
Previously he was a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School and Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. He holds a PhD in management studies and economics from the University of Cambridge and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Strategic alignment (aligning corporate purpose, strategy and organisation)
- Business strategy and organisational effectiveness
- Future of work and next generation organisation
- Enterprise leadership and business transformation
Watch Jonathan’s live lecture on strategic alignment on the School’s LinkedIn page.
Why do some businesses thrive, while many more struggle and fail?
A key reason – and the focus of Jonathan’s research – is strategic alignment. This is the careful arrangement of the various elements of a business – from its business strategy to how it is organised – to best support the fulfilment of its long-term purpose. The best-aligned organisations are the best performing.
Most executives recognise that their organisations should be managed in this aligned way, but lack a robust system of thought to allow them to execute strategic alignment effectively and realise its full benefits. There are thousands of organisations globally that are operating below their potential simply because they are not aligned.
Jonathan’s research aims to change this.
“In Align, Jonathan Trevor passionately shares why connecting core purpose, strategy and organization lead to a highly successful and sustainable enterprise. Many of us business leaders have relied on our instincts and experience; now Align articulates an alignment framework that enables us to better bridge these critical components to seamlessly navigate our teams into in the rapidly changing future.” Angela Ahrendts DBE, former SVP, Apple Retail & CEO, Burberry
Learn more about Jonathan’s latest book, Align: A Leadership Blueprint For Aligning Enterprise Purpose, Strategy and Organisation.
- Business Book Awards 2020, shortlisted finalist
- Chartered Management Institute Management Book of the Year 2020, longlist finalist
- Financial Times business books of the month, November 2019
Read about an example of Jonathan’s research engagement with leading companies, including AXA, Bayer, BNY Mellon, Evonik, HSBC, IBM, JLL, Ricoh, Shell, Siemens, Unilever, Vodafone and Zurich.
Towards a new web of rules: an international review of institutional experimentation to strengthen employment protections
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Prospects for strategic pay
Strategic human resource management: An agenda for Japanese companies in the 21st century(opens in new window)
The Limits on Pay as a Strategic Tool: Obstacles to Alignment in Non-Union Environments(opens in new window)
Jonathan is the recognised authority on strategic alignment and has worked with hundreds of leadership teams across the world to apply his ideas
Jonathan coaches and consults extensively with executive leadership teams in all sectors and internationally to apply his research to help them to transform their businesses to be fit for purpose.
In terms of public engagement, Jonathan is a regular commentator in national and international media, including the Financial Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, CNN and Forbes.
Jonathan’s teaching is described as authoritative and highly engaging by executives and students alike.
Jonathan is a top-rated teacher on international executive education programmes and Oxford’s Executive MBA, MBA and diploma courses. Jonathan’s approach is to make complex academic concepts easy to understand and impactful by applying them to real-world situations as much as possible.