Jamie MacAlister

MA (Hons), MBA (Hons)

Jamie is an experienced executive coach, facilitator, strategist and commercial manager, having previously been Commercial Director at Ashridge and played a key part in a significant change programme. He specialises in risk in strategy and commercial management, based on Ashridge research on “how leaders work with risk”, and is about to publish his first book as part of the Bloomsbury-Ashridge business book series entitled: “Risky Strategy: Understanding Risk to Improve Strategic Decisions”. He has also been part of a team publishing research on corporate approaches to modern slavery, with a focus on risk in the global supply chain.  

Previously, Jamie was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and held management roles with Procter & Gamble and Comco (a Swiss technology start-up).  As a management consultant, he has frequently worked with business leaders and senior teams to facilitate strategic decision making.

Jamie has an MA Engineering from Cambridge University and MBA from Wharton Business School.  He is a Member of the Market Research Society, an experienced and part-qualified management accountant and an Ashridge accredited executive coach.  He is also accredited for Hogan, MBTI and Korn Ferry Profilor psychometrics.

Jamie MacAlister

Publications

What managers need to learn for 2020

MacAlister, J. (2015) 'Learning to take the right risk: A framework for leaders

Learning to take the right risk: A framework for leaders

MacAlister, J. (2015) 'Learning to take the right risk: A framework for leaders'. In Hind, P. (Ed) Management Development that Works, Libri Publishing Ltd

Corporate approaches to addressing modern slavery in supply chains: A snapshot of current practice

In October 2015, compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act became a legal requirement for at least 12,000 companies in the UK and around the world. The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult Business School and the Ethical Trading Initiative worked together on this research to investigate company perspectives and responses to the risk of modern slavery in their global supply chains. 

Find out more about this research project, and download the report.

Lake, Q., MacAlister, J., Berman, C., Gitsham, M. & Page, N. (2015) Corporate approaches to addressing modern slavery in supply chains: a snapshot of current practice.

Working with Risk In practice and in principle: Lessons from the field

This research focused on understanding how senior managers perceive and respond to risk, both in principle and in practice. The research aimed to provide clarity for managers around good and bad practice, and to offer evidence based approach that recognises the complexity of risk for managers.

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West, T., MacAlister, J., Mookherjee, D. and Brown, M. (2014) Working with Risk. In practice and in principle: Lessons from the field. Ashridge report.