We teach both degree and executive education programmes for senior executives and not-for-profit professionals. Doctoral students within the group contribute to research and teaching, and doctoral student applications are encouraged.
The Oxford strategy group takes as its starting point that strategy today has above all to take the broad as well as the long view.
Our group examines strategy through a wide lens, exploring the processes, practices, and people associated with organisational strategy. We examine both market and non-market strategy. We are equally interested in organisations in the private sector, the public sector, and civil society. Our research explores strategy communications as well as strategic competition and collaborations; institutional environments as well as competitive environments. We examine strategy processes and practices that emanate from the bottom of organisations and societies, as well as from the top, and from the outside as well as from the inside.
Our research is interdisciplinary – grounded in sociology, psychology, economics, cognitive science, and political science, as well as the arts and the humanities. We are as passionate about human welfare and societal thriving, as about the traditional strategy outcomes of profit and shareholder value.
Our research aims to help leaders with strategies that improve individual, organisational and societal outcomes.
For example, we investigate:
- platforms and ecosystems
- strategy practice and decision-making
- strategy communication
- the institutional foundations of markets and industries
- scenarios and futures.
We publish regularly in leading academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and the Strategic Management Journal. Members of our group have also published in the British Medical Journal, Genome Biology, Nature, and Science.
Group members serve currently – or have recently served – in leadership positions for professional associations such as the Academy of Management, the European Group for Organization Studies, and the Strategic Management Society, as well as in senior editorial positions for journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, and the Strategic Management Journal.
- Increasing dispositional legitimacy: progressive legitimation dynamics in a trajectory of settlements
Journal article | Academy of Management Journal | 19-10-2020
Sofiana Baba, Innan Sasaki, Eero Vaara
- Why investing in procurement makes organizations more resilient
Journal article | Harvard Business Review | 17-6-2020
Rafael Ramirez, Ciaran McGinley, Steve Churchhouse
- Political Dynamics in Organizational Identity Breach and Reconstruction: Findings from the Crisis in UNICEF Germany
Journal article | Academy of Management Journal | 13-4-2020
Claus D Jacobs, Karin Kreutzer, Eero Vaara
- Inhabited ecosystems: propelling transformative social change between and through organizations
Journal article | Administrative Science Quarterly | 7-2-2020
Rich DeJordy, Maureen Scully, Marc J Ventresca, WE Douglas Creed
- Maintaining strategic ambiguity for protection: struggles over opacity, equivocality and absurdity around the Sicilian Mafia
Journal article | Academy of Management Journal | 21-1-2020
Giulia Cappellaro, Amelia Compagni, Eero Vaara
- Editorial essay: The tumult over transparency: Decoupling transparency from replication in establishing trustworthy qualitative research
Journal article | Administrative Science Quarterly | 6-11-2019
Michael G. Pratt, Sarah Kaplan, Richard Whittington
- Dealing with revered past: Historical identity statements and strategic change in Japanese family firms
Journal article | Strategic Management Journal | 22-7-2019
Innan Sasaki, Josip Kotlar, Davide Ravasi, Eero Vaara
- Playing Cat and Mouse: Contests over Regulatory Categorization of Dietary Supplements in the United States
Journal article | Academy of Management Journal | 24-10-2018
Pinar Ozcan, Kerem Gurses
- Inequality, institutions and organizations
Journal article | Organization Studies | 20-8-2018
John M Amis, Kamal A Munir, Thomas B Lawrence, Paul Hirsch, Anita McGahan
- Growing with the market: How changing conditions during market growth affect formation and evolution of interfirm ties
Journal article | Strategic Management Journal | 01-02-2018