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Biography

Dr John Oliver is an Associate Professor of Media Management and an experienced academic who has published in international media and business journals. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Reuter's Institute for the Study of Journalism (University of Oxford) and a former Deputy President and current Executive Board Member of the European Media Management Association.

Dr Oliver has led Bournemouth University's Creative & Digital Economy Research Theme, the Advances in Media Management Research Group and the Professional Doctorate in the Creative Industries. Dr Oliver has also held senior leadership roles as the Head of Research and Head of International Development in the Faculty of Media & Communications.

As an executive trainer at the European TV & Media Academy (Strasbourg) he delivered programmes in Media Strategy to directors, managers and producers from across the European audiovisual sectors. In the UK, he has delivered executive education to clients like the BBC, ITV, Virgin Media, Sky, UKTV, Channel 4, FremantleMedia and Bell Pottinger.

Research

Media Management with a specific emphasis on media business transformation and adaptation (dynamic capabilities)

Favourites

Journal Articles

Chapters

  • Oliver, J.J., 2016. Developing a digital research profile & network. In: Natalia Kucirkova and Oliver Quinlan, eds. The Digitally Agile Researcher. Open University Press (McGraw-Hill Education).
  • Oliver, J.J., 2015. Dynamic media management capabilities: a case study. In: Lowe, G.F., ed. Managing Media Firms and Industries: What's So Special about Media Management?. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 1-367.
  • Singh, S. and Oliver, J., 2015. Innovating and trading TV formats through brand management practices. Handbook of Media Branding. 187-197.

Conferences

  • Oliver, J.J., 2017. Successful Strategic Transformations in the Media. In: European Media Management Association Conference 11-12 May 2017 Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Oliver, J., Seyed Esfahani, M. and Chapleo, C., 2017. The importance of media brand personality fit between audience and channel brands; an exploration. In: European Media Management Assocation 10-12 May 2017 Ghent, Belgium.
  • Oliver, J.J., 2017. Dynamic Capabilities: linking corporate strategy, resource management and financial performance. In: Strategic Management Society 2-4 June 2017 Banff, Canada.
  • Oliver, J.J., Chapleo, C. and Seyed Esfahani, 2016. Media brand architecture: managing network, channel, programme and talent personalities. In: European Media Management Association 11-12 May 2017 Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Oliver, J.J. and Parrett, E., 2016. Managing uncertainty: exploring multiple futures with multiple strategies. In: European Media Management Association 11-12 May 2017 Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Oliver, J.J., Chapleo, C. and Esfahani, M., 2016. Managing media brands: avoiding multiple personality disorder. In: European Media Management Conference 2-4 June 2016 Porto, Portugal.
  • Oliver, J.J., 2016. Successful Strategic Transformations in the Creative Industries. In: Research Fellows Symposium 26 February 2016 Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.
  • Oliver, J.J., 2016. Managing Media Firms: the only advantage is Adaptive Advantage. In: World Media Economics and Management Conference 2 May-5 February 2016 New York, USA. 1-22.
  • Oliver, J.J., 2015. Dynamic Capabilities: exploring industry level capabilities in UK Publishing. In: Negotiating Culture: Integrating Legacy & Digital Cultures in News Media Conference. 28-30 October 2015 Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University.
  • Oliver, J., 2015. Dynamic Capabilities and Adaptive Advantage in UK Media. In: European Media Management Associaiton 28-29 May 2015 Hamburg, Germany.
  • Oliver, J.J., 2014. Dynamic capability in the Media Industry: a media executive perspective. In: World Media Economics & Management Conference 12-16 May 2014 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Oliver, J.J, 2014. Dynamic Capabilities; exploring media industry level capabilities. In: Media Convergence and Multi-platform Strategies 12-14 June 2014 European media Management Association, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Oliver, J.J, 2013. Dynamic capability and superior firm performance in the UK Media Industry. In: Strategic Management Society: Strategy in Complex Settings 20-22 June 2013 Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Wills, A. and Oliver, J., 2010. The future of non-terrestrial broadcasters in the UK television industry: the shape of things to come? In: European Media Management Education Conference (EMMA 2010): The Future of TV 5-6 February 2010 University of Westminster, London.
  • Oliver, J., 2009. Making Media Strategy in Times of Uncertainty. In: European Media Management Education Conference: Media after the Mass 13-14 February 2009 Paris, France.
  • Oliver, J., 2008. Making the case for action learning as an effective framework for strategy making. In: Pedler, M., ed. International Action Learning Conference 17-19 March 2008 Henley Management College, UK. 1-20.
  • Oliver, J., 2008. Making the case for action learning as an effective framework for strategy making. In: The Media School Seminar Series, Bournemouth University 28 January 2008 Poole, Dorset. Unpublished.
  • Oliver, J. and Rowles, N., 2008. Strategy as Learning: Capturing Emerging Knowledge. In: Strategic Management Society September 2008 Cologne, Germany.

Reports

Theses

  • Oliver, J., 2004. The influence of critical service incidents in a health and fitness club environment: exploring buyer and seller relationship perspectives. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University; Business School.

PhD Students

  • Yasin Al Fahad (Corporate Social Responsibility in digital SMEs)
  • Melanie Gray (The co-creation of brand identity and the implication on brand management. A media industry perspective)
  • Conor O'Kane (Digital privacy and new media: What impact do proposed changes to data protection regulations have on personal information disclosure in online environments?)
  • Jill Quest (Brand Meaning for local food brands)
  • Graham Goode (Brand Orientation and Strategic Collaboration in UK Media Firms)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Media Strategy
  • Corporate Strategy in the Media (MA in Media Management); Strategic Marketing in the Media (MA in Media Management)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Strategic Management for PR

Invited Lectures

  • Research Fellows Symposium, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
  • Organised by the University of Glasgow's Centre for Cultural Policy, this invitation-only event discussed findings of an Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project investigating how digital convergence and growth of the internet are affecting media companies and content. It focuses on the widespread migration of media businesses towards diversified digital distribution and multi-platform growth strategies and the impact this is having on economic efficiency, the organization of production and content. Issues for discussion include economic advantages and implications of multi-platform delivery; managerial and strategic opportunities and challenges; and implications for public policy
  • Managing Media Firms: a short and long-term perspective. Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow (March 2015)
  • Mixed Methods Research in Media Management. Early Career Researchers, British Council (Bangkok,Thailand). 5th November 2014
  • Linking Corporate Media Strategy with Corporate Communications. Bell Pottinger Senior Communicators Programme. London. January 2014
  • Developing Your Publishing Strategy - Early Career Researchers, British Council (Bangkok,Thailand). 4th November 2014
  • Mixed Methods Research in Media Management - British Council (Bangkok,Thailand)
  • Media Brands: Establishing a Research Agenda. University of Zurich, Switzerland. February 2014
  • Managing Media Innovation. Bournemouth University, Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching Media Management - Challenges, Concepts and Visions. Baltic Film and Media School, Tallinn University. 11th June 2014
  • The Future of Journalistic Work Workshop - University of Oxford - This was an invite only event where leading academics presented ideas and scoped out a research agenda going forward. We expect to see a number of reports and research grant applications emerging from this workshop
  • Oxford University - Managing Media Innovation
  • Managing Media Strategy in Uncertain Markets. European Media Management Education Association, Doctoral Summer School, University of Zurich

Grants

  • European Media Management Summer School (European Media Management Association, 04 Jul 2018). Awarded
  • Visiting Fellowship (University of Oxford) (Santander : Staff Mobility & Networking, 01 Mar 2016). Completed
  • Successful Strategic Transformations in the Creative Industries (British Academy/Leverhulme, 01 Mar 2016). Completed
  • European Media Management Association Conference (European Media Management Association, 13 Jun 2013). Completed
  • London 2012 – BU Creative & Digital Economies Exhibition (BU Research Development Fund – Small Grants Scheme, 02 Jul 2012). Completed
  • World Media Economics & Management Conference (BU European Network Fund, 24 May 2012). Completed
  • Media Management Tools and Trends (BU Fusion Investment Fund, 02 Jan 2012). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • International Conference on Media and Communication - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Scientific Committee (2017-)
  • World Media Economics & Management Conference, Scientific Committee (2015-)
  • Journal of Media Business Studies, Editorial Board Member (2014-), http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/romb20#.VZ0zT_lViko; Journal of Media Business Studies (Taylor & Francis)
  • Media, War & Conflict (Sage Journal), Reviewer (2013-)
  • Journal of Media Business Studies, Editorial Board Member & Reviewer (2011-)
  • International Journal on Media Management, Reviewer (2011-)
  • European Media Management Association, Deputy President/Executive Board Member (2012-2016)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Digital Strategy & Business Transformation
  • ESRC - Festival of Social Sciences Open Innovation Jam. Keynote Lecture
  • Silicon South & Digital Horizons bring together practitioners and education leaders discuss the challenges of recruiting and nurturing talent in the South Coast's Creative Industries.
  • Martin Baron, Editor of The Washington Post, hosted a Q&A at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (University of Oxford).
  • The changing nature of UK Media. Keynote lecture to the 'Media Research Group' London.
  • ‘Teaching Media Management – Challenges, Concepts and Visions
  • What would TV look like without the BBC? Funding the future of public service television
  • Academic consultants from Bournemouth University hosted an event for local businesses at the BU Centre for Entrepreurship last week. The theme of the session asked local business leaders to consider whether they were making the most of one of their most valuable assets…their brand! The team provided a thought provoking seminar on issues such as brand identity, image, values, co-creation and protection. The topic created alot of discussion and interesting questions from the audience, so much so, that a number of local businesses have subsequently been in touch with the team to develop consultancy projects.
  • BU Creative & Digital Economies Exhibition (London 2012).BU/UKTI/Dorset Olympic Group staged a weeklong programme of sector-focused business events in Weymouth. BU Creative & Digital Economies research theme celebrate the work of digital SMEs in Dorset.
  • Channel 4 - Pop Up: Speaker at the national outreach programme of skills workshops and challenges targeting young people with a range of different talent in areas largely untouched by Channel 4 previously (9th May 2015)
  • The RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. University of Glasgow (Sept 2014)
  • Course Development : MSc in Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative. University of Glasgow (March 2015)
  • European Media Management Association, Annual General Assembly, Hamburg (May 2015)
  • European Media Management Association, Annual General Assembly, Tallin, (June 2014)
  • European Media Management Association, Annual General Assembly, Bournemouth, (June 2013)
  • European Media Management Association, Annual General Assembly, Budapest, (February 2012)
  • Executive Board Meeting, European Media Management Association, Hamburg, Germany (March 2015)
  • Executive Board Meeting, European Media Management Association, Tallin, Estonia (March 2014)
  • Executive Board Meeting, European Media Management Association, Bournemouth, UK (March 2013)
  • Key Note Speaker, Doctoral Summer School, European Media Management Association. University of Zurich, Sept 2012
  • Academy of Marketing - Doctoral Colloqium - July 2014, Bournemouth University
  • The evolution of media branding - Locating an interdisciplinary research area. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 6-7th February 2014. Moderator and summariser for the international workshop
  • BU Centre for Entrepreneurship - Invited lecture to SMEs in local Digital Media business community. 97% of attendees said that this talk was "Excellent"
  • Keynote speaker at Media Management events

Networks

  • Reuter's Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxfrord
  • European Media Management Association / Strategic Management Society

Conference Presentations

  • Strategy in Complex Settings, Dynamic Capability and Superior Firm performance in the UK media Industr, 19 June 2013, Glasgow, UK
  • European Media Management Association, Annual Conference, Dynamic Capabilities: understanding media industry level dynamic capabilities, 11 June 2014, Tallin, Estonia
  • European Media Management Association Annual Conference, Media management in a transformative digital environment, 13 June 2013, Bournemouth, UK
  • European Media Management Association Annual Conference, It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: a tale of two dynamic media management capabilities., 9 February 2012, Budapest, Hungary
  • Academy of Marketing Annual Conference, Exploring the impact of music on young health and fitness club member loyalty., 5 July 2006, London, UK
  • Action Learning: Practices, Problems & Prospects, . Making the case for action learning as an effective framework for strategy making, 5 March 2008, UK
  • European Media Management Association Annual Conference, Making media strategy in times of uncertainty., 5 February 2009, Paris, France
  • European Media Management Association Annual Conference, The future of non-terrestrial broadcasters in the UK television industry: moving from uncertainty to competitive strategy., 4 February 2010, London, UK
  • European Media Management Association Annual Conference, The Dynamic Capability of European Television Broadcasters, 2 June 2010, Moscow, Russia

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Business Studies in Marketing (Marketing, 1986)
  • Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Marketing (1997)
  • Doctor of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Marketing (2004)

Honours

  • Visiting Scholar (University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands, 2003)
  • Visiting Scholar (Media Management & Transformation Centre, Jonkoping University, Sweden, 2015)
  • Deputy President/Executive Board Member (European Media Management Association, 2012)
  • Visiting Fellow (University of Oxford (Reuter's Institute for the Study of Journalism), 2014)

Memberships

  • European Media Management Association, Executive Board Member (2009-),
  • Media Research Group, Member (2016-), http://www.mrg.org.uk/
  • Strategic Management Society, Member,
  • University of Oxford, Visiting Fellow (2016-),
  • World Media Economics & Management Association, Member (2015-),
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