Jonathan Trevor is Associate Professor of Management Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His area of expertise includes organisational theory and effectiveness, with a focus on organisational design, human resource management and the future of work. Jonathan's principal research concern is the linkage between strategy and organisational priorities (people, structures, systems and culture) and the development of capabilities that give organisations a distinctive competitive edge.
Before joining Saïd Business School, Jonathan was a University Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisation at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (2007 – 2015). Whilst at Cambridge, Jonathan co-directed the Centre for International Human Resource Management and was a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge (2008 – 2015). In 2005, Jonathan was a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia in 2010, and a Visiting Lecturer at Keio University in 2013. Prior to his academic career, Jonathan was a consultant with Mercer Human Resource Consulting in their London-based Performance and Rewards practice, advising Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies on issues of reward strategy, performance management, mergers and acquisitions and human capital management.
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, 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 in the subject. The contribution to knowledge has been to identify both innovative and best HR practices within multi-national companies.
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, CNN.com, The Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
In addition to his research engagement, Jonathan works closely with leadership teams in an advisory capacity to facilitate critical reflection and assist with strategy and organisational design decision-making. Current and past clients include Zurich Financial Services, Rio Tinto Plc., Maersk, Mars Inc., United States Air Force, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Staffline Group Plc. 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. As faculty at Cambridge, he taught on the Cambridge MBA, Executive MBA and international executive education courses. Jonathan teaches 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.
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