• OXFORD STRATEGY

     

     

    GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE

     

    TAILORED TO YOUR BUSINESS

     

  • OXFORD STRATEGY

    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

    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

    Oxford is the home of global best practice in strategy and innovation.

    Reputation

    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.

    Inspiration

    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.

    Independence

    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.

  • PHILIP GUEST

    Founder and Principal of Oxford Strategy

    Academic Excellence

    Distinction-winning research

    Philip gained a Distinction from Saïd Business School at Oxford University for his work on the strategic challenges facing the automotive industry, alongside his Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. He also holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant.

    Independent Recognition

    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.

    Commercial Success

    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.

  • CHRIS DANUSIAR

    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.

    Transformation Success

    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.

    Orientation

    Understanding You

    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.

    Innovation

    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.

    Comparison

    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.

    Application

    Plain English

    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.

    Strategy Lifecycle

    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.

    Mass Adoption

    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.

    Business Model

    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.

    Internationalisation

    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.

  • CLIENT STUDIES

    Some of our exciting projects for innovative companies in disrupted industries.

    Electrified Mobility

    Moving people

    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.

    Automotive

    Distribution

    Designed a new incentive and relationship structure for maximising up and downstream profitability in the motor vehicle distribution chain.

    Payment Systems

    Innovation

    Created a cohesive roll-out plan and business model for a novel app-based payment system, identifying market opportunities, competitor weaknesses and product focus.

    Healthcare

    Focus

    Helped the directors of a growing and profitable healthcare start-up define the objectives for their next phase of geographic and product expansion.

    Sports Rights

    Exploitation

    Devised new products for the commercial exploitation of new media opportunities in the UK for leading sports organisations.

    New Media

    Diversification

    Managed the launch of the sports channel within a online content portal on behalf of a leading global mobile telecoms business.

    Old Media

    Enhanced Distribution

    Designed new economic incentives for the distributors of branded television channels in the UK and Eire.

    Television

    International Expansion

    Led growth initiatives through the bidding, negotiation and launch of branded television services throughout Europe.

  • GET IN TOUCH

    Let’s start getting more out of your strategy.