Marc Thompson

Senior Fellow in Strategy and Organisation

  • marc.thompson@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School,
University of Oxford,
Park End Street,


Marc Thompson is an expert on organisational change and is Academic Director of the Oxford-HEC Executive MSc Change Leadership.

He holds a BA (Hons) from Trinity College, Dublin, an MSc (Econ) from London School of Economics and a DSc from Aalto University.

He is a Governing Body Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Marc’s research focuses on organisational change and how to develop more sustainable models of organising. He provides consultation to organisations and leadership teams undergoing change.


  • organising for sustainability and planetary health
  • meaningful work
  • strategic innovation and renewal
  • leadership, ethics and change
  • leadership development
  • institutional change
  • organisation theory
  • pragmatist theory
  • social science of change
  • future of work
  • high performance work systems
  • systems change.

Marc is co-editor and contributor to the Oxford Handbook on Meaningful Work. His latest book, Opening Change: Organising for a Sustainable Future, will be published in 2024 by Bristol University Press.

A chapter on the ‘Laboratisation of Change’ won an award for outstanding scholarly contribution.

He presents a podcast series on change, The Change Pod.


Marc's research activities are focused on:

  • sustainable models of organising
  • developing socio-ecological mindsets
  • negotiating change in complex multi-stakeholder contexts
  • experimental spaces for change
  • purpose, practices and organisational change
  • democratising organisations
  • commoning practices and organisational change
  • cooperation and conflict in change.


The Laboratization of change: what is it with labs and change these days?

  • Chapter
  • Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 29
Organisation Studies
  • Catherine Bailey,
  • Ruth Yeoman,
  • Adrian Madden,
  • Marc Thompson,
  • Gary Kerridge
Organisation Studies
  • M Thompson
Organisation Studies
  • C Bailey,
  • M Lips-Wiersma,
  • A Madden,
  • Ruth Yeoman,
  • Marc Thompson,
  • N Chalofsky
Organisation Studies

Common Knowledge: The Missing Link in Hybrid Value Chains?(opens in new window)

  • Chapter
  • Working Relationally in and across Practices
  • Marc Thompson,
  • Catherine Dolan,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Kate Roll,
  • Ruth Yeoman
Organisation Studies
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Marc engages with practitioners and policy makers through public speaking, seminars, press articles, workshops and teaching through executive education. He has worked with a range of international organisations on complex challenges such as UNWomen and UN Development Programme (UNDP) and supports leadership teams working through strategic change processes.


At the School, Marc teaches on:

  • DPhil programmes
  • Executive MBA
  • MBA
  • MSc Change Leadership
  • MSc Global Healthcare Leadership

He designs, directs and teaches on executive education programmes and has won awards for programme design. His teaching focuses on negotiation, organisational change and leadership.

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