Straightforward personalisation and application of global best practice in strategy.
Working with you, we use proprietary diagnostic tools to establish the key issues and choices facing your organisation, identify which of 200+ global best practice strategy frameworks are most relevant to those issues and choices, apply those frameworks, and communicate the recommendations and conclusions in plain English.
Strategy is the top priority of all world class businesses.
Strategy Empowers Business
Business owners and leaders have many competing calls for their attention, from operations to sales, from marketing to finance. Strategy flows through and guides all areas of the firm. As such a good or improved strategy has a disproportionately positive impact across the entire business.
Innovation Creates Disruption
Technology drives ever-accelerating change. Whether this becomes a threat or an opportunity to your business depends less upon your positioning as an incumbent or innovator, and more upon how your strategy evolves to reflect the changes in your business environment.
Strategy is Choice
Strategy is the big choices that set the reference points for your entire business; for example, which markets to compete in, how to create new markets, the degree of vertical integration, what products to offer, how to invest in technology, or how to organise yourself. Strategy is about making choices, not planning.
Strategy as a Distraction
Traditional strategy advice typically fails on generalisation, complexity, and execution. Template solutions are proposed for all companies in an industry regardless of their specific circumstances, jargon hides the frailty of the underlying advice, and the ultimate goal of the advisor may be to sell an implementation project for a solution that is over-complicated.
Oxford Strategy is Different
Oxford Strategy pursues a lean approach to strategy advice. We use management's insights into their firm and industry to guide our work, thus avoiding expensive and unnecessary research projects, and our strategy recommendations are designed to be implemented by company management, avoiding complex implementation projects.
Oxford is the home of global best practice in strategy and innovation.
Oxford is the home of global best practice in strategy and innovation. Oxford University is the world's leading university, for both undergraduate and postgraduate study (Times Higher Education Rankings, 2018). Of the top ten global business schools, Oxford Saïd is the only one to offer a masters level qualification in strategy and innovation.
There is huge opportunity to bring high quality strategy advice to firms and businesses of all sizes, Oxford is the logical place to create and inspire this business.
Oxford Strategy is independent of Oxford University and Saïd Business School, but builds on the knowledge and skills shared by those institutions, and leading global thinkers in strategy and innovation. Combined with world-class investing skills and commercial experience of disrupted and innovative industries, this is Oxford Strategy.
Founder and Principal of Oxford Strategy
Philip gained a Distinction from Saïd Business School at Oxford University for his work on the strategic challenges facing the automotive industry, alongside the Saïd Prize in his (masters-level) Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. He holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant.
European Fund Manager of the Year
Philip won the prestigious Extel European Fund Manager of the Year award in 2013, as well as numerous other sector-specific awards in automotive, media, retail, leisure and luxury, recognising his long-term success in investing in fast-changing disruption-facing consumer businesses.
World-class real-world commercial and strategy experience
Philip's success in investing was founded on his deep commercial understanding of innovation and disruptive change, gained during the 1990s and 2000s when he held senior positions in strategic planning and business development at blue-chip companies in the global technology, media and telecoms industries.
Co-Founder and Principal of Oxford Strategy
Academic and Teaching Excellence
Adjunct and executive education lecturer
Chris gained his Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Saïd Business School at Oxford University alongside his research on the strategic impacts of blockchain adoption on the audit industry. He also holds an MBA and BSc in Management Engineering. Chris teaches MBA and Executive Education students, particularly on Transformation Leadership, and is a member of the Practitioner Panels at Saïd Business School.
Leadership in Strategy and Innovation
World-class enterprise strategy experience
Chris pioneers and leads product management and experience design teams. Most recently, as interim CEO of a technology innovation start-up, he built and led the team which completed two innovative alpha product candidates for the disruption of the financial reporting and crypto-currency industries, both in less than five months.
Successful technology transformation leader
Chris led the delivery of the world’s first global digital audit ecosystem, based on server-less cloud-based technology solution delivery, the single most successful technology programme in the Big 4 firm's history. With a focus on employee engagement, he specialises in the delivery of large-scale innovative technology projects; on time, on budget, and beyond scope. His work led to significant global enterprise audit engagement wins for the firm in the years following its delivery.
HOW OXFORD STRATEGY WORKS
Four common elements combine to create bespoke projects.
Your strategy must differentiate you from your competition, so your strategy needs to be unique to you. Understanding your company, the specific challenges and opportunities it faces, is as important to us as understanding your industry.
Strength or Opportunity
In a fast-changing world, are you an innovator who needs to industrialise, or an industrialist who needs to innovate? We will bring ideas relevant to your current innovation positioning and industrial ambition.
Global Best Practice
We use over 200 leading strategy frameworks which represent the leading edge of current strategy thinking. We will identify those most relevant to your industry and your business.
We deliver bespoke advice in plain English, ready for implementation by you. We offer practical solutions not academic theories, choosing the most relevant insights for your business.
EXAMPLES OF STRATEGY FRAMEWORKS
Just some of the 200+ frameworks, models, theories and tools from which we choose the most relevant for your business.
Should you be planning to innovate, or industrialise?
Based on our own work at Oxford Saïd, the strategy lifecycle defines companies by their current positioning (incumbent or disruptor) and ambition (innovation or consolidation). Positioning within the strategy lifecycle has a significant influence on the strategy choices that need to be made by individual firms. Let us help you understand your position in the strategy lifecycle, and how that informs the strategic choices you face.
Taking your innovation into the mainstream
Many innovations enjoy rates of take-up that are initially very high. But moving demand from early adopters to mainstream customers is a challenging hurdle. Building on the seminal work of strategic thinkers such as Moore and Rogers, we have developed our own unique framework for anticipating and overcoming the barriers to mass adoption. Ask us about our work on adoption patterns in innovative industries such as electric vehicles and card payment services.
Focus or Diversify?
Probably both, but selectively
Customer focus can reap large rewards for some companies, but for others it creates problems of over-diversification. Whether to serve the many needs of a narrow set of customers, or the narrow needs of a wider set of customers, is a critical strategy choice. We can guide you through that choice and help your streamline or grow your business in a way that makes sense for you, your customers and the markets in which you operate.
Fitting the pieces together
Every business knows its own business model, but in no business does every element of that business model operate with full effectiveness. We can deconstruct your operations into their nine constituent business model elements, help you identify those with potential for improvement, and re-assemble them with into a coherent whole that more effectively supports your wider strategic goals.
Local, International or Global?
Some businesses are naturally local, but some are naturally international or even global, especially those based around technological innovation. There are opportunities to exploit economies of scale by aggregating critical functions across geographies, and capture cost arbitrage across borders and currencies. But the regulatory and market environment may well be different, demanding that you adapt your business model away from that of your home market. We can guide you through these challenges, with commercial experience and academic insight.
Some of our exciting projects for innovative companies in disrupted industries.
Acceleration of research and development to support fundraising initiatives, using a bespoke prioritisation tool developed specifically for the client.
Developed a strategy for an existing emobility business to transition from a services business model to a platform business model, driving growth and create barriers to entry.
Designed a new incentive and relationship structure for maximising up and downstream profitability in the motor vehicle distribution chain.
Created a cohesive roll-out plan and business model for a novel app-based payment system, identifying market opportunities, competitor weaknesses and product focus.
Helped the directors of a growing and profitable healthcare start-up define the objectives for their next phase of geographic and product expansion.
Devised new products for the commercial exploitation of new media opportunities in the UK for leading sports organisations.
Managed the launch of the sports channel within a online content portal on behalf of a leading global mobile telecoms business.
Designed new economic incentives for the distributors of branded television channels in the UK and Eire.
Led growth initiatives through the bidding, negotiation and launch of branded television services throughout Europe.