Director, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre
After graduating from Oxford and the University of Tübingen, West Germany, Stephen worked for The Boston Consulting Group for a total of seventeen years before subsequently joining the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre in 2001.
He teaches on executive programmes at several business schools, including Ashridge, and is a regular guest speaker at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He also works as an independent consultant and conference speaker.
His first book on military history, The Most Dangerous Enemy – A History of the Battle of Britain, published in 2000, has now become the standard work on the subject. A second work, Alamein, appeared in 2002.
His book about strategy execution, The Art of Action – How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Resultsappeared in 2011. Some of its key concepts being applied in companies ranging from Shell to the Mercedes Formula 1 team and have featured in international conferences.
In 2004 he appeared as principle historian in the Channel 4 series ‘Spitfire Ace’ and has continued to contribute to a range of television programmes since then.
His current work is focussed on the most effective ways of developing strategy in an environment of high uncertainty.