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Michael John Earl is Dean of Templeton College, Oxford and Professor of Information Management in the University of Oxford.

Earl was educated at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA) and the University of Warwick (MSc). He is also a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford.

From 1974 until 1976 he was Lecturer in Management Control at Manchester Business School. From 1976 until 1990 he was a Fellow of Templeton College, Oxford and founding Director of the Oxford Institute of Information Management. He then spent eleven years at London Business School, where he held positions including Professor of Information Management, Deputy Director of the Centre for Network Economy, and Acting Dean. During this time he remained an Associate Fellow of Templeton College. In 2002 he became Dean of Templeton and Professor of Information Management in the University of Oxford. Until 2004 the President of the College was both Chairman of the Governing Body and Head of House. Since 2004 Earl has been Head of House. On 9 February 2005 his position was approved by The Queen-in-Council. He is also University's Chairman of Executive Education.

He has been a member of Her Majesty's Government's task force on e-commerce.


  • Andrew M. McCosh and Michael J. Earl, Accounting control and financial strategy: a casebook (London: Macmillan, 1978)
  • Andrew M. McCosh, Mawdudur Rahman, and Michael J. Earl, Developing managerial information systems (London: Macmillan, 1981)
  • Michael J. Earl, ed., Information management: the strategic dimension (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988)
  • Michael J. Earl, Management strategies for information technology (London: Prentice Hall, 1989)
  • Brian Edwards, Michael J. Earl, and David Feeny, Any way out of the labyrinth for managing IS? (Oxford: Oxford Institute of Information Management, 1989)
  • Michael J. Earl and Anthony G. Hopwood, From management information to information management (Oxford: Templeton College, 1994)
  • Michael J. Earl and Bushra Khan, 'How new is business process redesign?', European management journal 12:1 (1994), 20-30
  • Michael J. Earl and David F. Feeny, 'Is your CIO adding value?', Sloan management review 35:3 (1994), 11-20
  • Michael J. Earl, Information management: the organizational dimension (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • John F. Rockart, Michael J. Earl, and Jeanne W. Ross, The new IT organisation: eight imperatives (London: London Business School, 1996)
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Knowledge as strategy: reflections on Skandia International and Shorko Films', in L. Prusak, ed., Knowledge in organizations (Butterworth Heinemann, 1997)
  • M. Benson and Michael J. Earl, 'IT in Japan', in C. Kemerer, ed., Electronic networks and markets (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997)
  • Michael J. Earl and J.L. Sampler, 'Market management to transform the IT organization', Sloan management review 39:4 (1998), 9-17
  • M. Bensaou and Michael J. Earl, 'The right mind-set for managing information technology (Japanese and American methods)', Harvard business review 76 (1998), 119-129
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Crafting business strategies in the information age', in W. Currie and R. Galliers, eds, Rethinking management information systems: an interdisciplinary perspective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)
  • Michael J. Earl, J.L. Sampler, and J.E. Short, 'Strategies for business process reengineering', in V. Grover and W.I. Kettiner, eds, Process thinking: winning perspectives for business change in the information age (Idea Group Publishing, 1999)
  • M. Bensaou and Michael J. Earl, 'Corporate strategies: the right mindset for managing information technology', in G. Garten, ed., World view (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Business School, 2000)
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Are CIOs obsolete?', Harvard business review 78:2 (2000)
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Evolving the e-business', Business strategy review 11:2 (2000)
  • Michael J. Earl, ' B2C e-commerce', Business strategy review 11:4 (2000), 49-60
  • Michael J. Earl and D. Feeny, 'Opinion: how to be a CEO for the information age', Sloan management review 41:2 (2000), 11-23
  • Michael J. Earl and Bushra Khan, 'The new Face of IT: how e-commerce is shaping perceptions and practices', Sloan management review (2001), 64-72
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Knowledge management strategies: towards a taxonomy', Journal of management information systems 18:1 (2001), 215-33
  • Michael J. Earl, 'IT: an ambiguous technology?', in B. Sundgren, P. Martensson, M. Muhring, and K. Nilsson, eds, Exploring patterns in information management (Stockholm: Stockholm School of Economics, 2003) pp. 39-48
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Prototypes are not pilots (and vice versa): reflecting on a 25 year old idea', in K.V. Andersen M.T. Vendelo, eds, The past and future of information systems (Elsevier, 2004) pp. 7-12
  • Michael J. Earl, 'Issue-driven research in knowledge production in management research', in J. Lowstedt and T. Stjernberg, eds, Producing management knowledge (Routledge, 2006)

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