Michael Earl is Emeritus Professor of Information Management at the University of Oxford. His expertise is in the management of IT and strategic management, and his current and recent work has been on IT in post-merger integration and on rethinking information as a strategic resource.
Michael has held a series of leadership posts in academe. Most recently, he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External affairs) at Oxford, responsible particularly for overseeing most of the active phase of Oxford’s £1.3bn fundraising campaign, “Oxford Thinking”. Prior to that, as Dean of Templeton College, Oxford, and working with the late Anthony Hopwood, Dean of Saïd Business School, he led the restructuring of business management studies in Oxford. This involved redesigning the role of Templeton College and creating one integrated Oxford business school, Saïd Business School. This was followed by initiating and driving the first-ever merger of Oxford colleges, namely of Templeton College and Green College to form Green Templeton College.
Michael returned to Oxford in 2002 from London Business School where he was Professor of Information Management and variously Chair of the Strategic and International Management Group, Director of the Centre for Research in Information Management, Deputy Principal, and Acting Principal. During this time he also coordinated all the e-business activities of the School and LBS was ranked Number One in the world for e-business.
From 1976 to 2000, Michael had his first spell at Oxford and was much involved in pioneering undergraduate teaching of management studies. He also created and directed the Oxford Institute of Information Management, a leading research group working on the management, application and impact of IT.
Michael was Visiting Professor at The Stockholm School of Economics for several years and also has taught for INSEAD, Harvard, MIT and Columbia, amongst others.