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Professor of Strategic Media Management, Bournemouth University

Prof. John Oliver is an experienced academic who has published in international media and business journals. He has a successful track record of delivering world class instrumental impact from his research. Most recently his research on the impact of crisis events on the levels of innovation and corporate financial performance influenced the UK Govts new ‘Build Back Better: our plan for growth’ and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee's new 'Innovation Strategy’ which aims to incorporate long-term strategies that centre on business investment that drives innovation in the UK economy.

His research has made a demonstrable impact on UK Communications policy and regulatory decisions relating to Sky Plc and influenced the public policy debate on internet regulation. His research into ‘strategic organisational transformation’ created financial benefits for several world class management consultancies which resulted in direct economic impacts in terms of new jobs and multi-million pound investments made by FTSE 100 firms. The reach and significance of his Scenario Planning research has also extended outside the UK with a number of Middle East Government agencies changing their strategy practices, operational structures and capacity building capabilities in strategic communications.

He is an advisory board member for the Horizon Scanning & Foresight Committee (UK Parliament), and member of the Centre of Excellence and Profession in the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (UK Parliament). He is a former President of the European Media Management Association, Academic Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, and former Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Prof. Oliver has also held senior leadership roles as: Deputy Dean (Business School), Head of Research; Head of International Development (Faculty of Media & Communications); Professoriate representative to the Academic Standards Committee. As an executive trainer he has delivered executive education to clients like the BBC, ITV, Virgin Media, Sky, UKTV, Channel 4, FremantleMedia and Bell Pottinger.


  • –present
    Professor of Strategic Media Management, Bournemouth University


  • 2004 
    Bournemouth University, Doctor of Business Administration