Jonathan Knowles is the coauthor of five articles in the Harvard Business Review and fifteen in the MIT Sloan Management Review (nine of which form “The Strategy of Change” series). His articles have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Professional Investor, Intellectual Asset Management, the Review of Marketing Research, the Journal of Interactive Marketing, The Marketing Journal and the AMA’s Marketing Management.

He has coauthored chapters on “The Marketing Implications of Financial Accounting” (2021) and “Orientation and Marketing Metrics” (2009), as well as a Marketing Science Institute working paper on “The Value Implications of Corporate Branding in Mergers” (2011).

He is coauthor of the book “Vulcans, Earthlings & Marketing ROI” (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008).

His writing focuses on three main topics – business strategy (especially the role of purpose, reputation, and brand in value creation); mergers (intangible assets, post merger integration, brand architecture); and performance measurement (economics vs accounting, performance metrics, valuation).

Mergers Video

Type 2 Consulting - YouTube - Brand Strategy Post-Merger

Video: Brand Strategy & Post-Merger Returns

A short video I recorded to summarize our findings into the relationship between corporate branding and post merger returns.

Measurement Video

Type 2 Consulting - YouTube - What Marketers Need to Know About Finance

Video: What Marketers Need to Know About Finance

My observations on the points of commonality – and points of difference – between marketers and finance professionals.

Measurement Video

Type 2 Consulting - YouTube - Intangible Value

Video: The Importance of Intangible Value to Your Business

My short explanation of the financial significance of intangible assets – and the difference forms they take.

Article Measurement

T2C HBR Article: Accidental Brand

HBR - July 2010: Do You Have an Accidental Brand?

Our commentary about how companies with strong science or engineering prowess may misunderstand the true basis for their brands. Customers only care about your technology to the extent that it enables them to achieve their outcomes!


Article Measurement

Type 2 Consulting - Published Article - How to Define Your Brand & Determine Its Value

AMA: How to Define Your Brand & Determine its Value

My explanation of the multiple definitions of “brand” and the circumstances in which each definition is relevant.


Article Measurement

Type 2 Consulting - Published Article - Reconcilable Differences

HBR - May 2007: Reconcilable Differences

Marketing and Finance have a famously fractious relationship, but each is a source of vital insight. Marketing illuminates the task of value creation while Finance illuminates the task of value capture. Together they form the basis for sustainable business success.


Article Measurement

Type 2 Consulting - Published Article - Value-Base Brand Measurement & Management

Journal of Interactive Marketing: Value-Based Brand Measurement & Management

This article review the findings from the integration of the Stern Stewart database on corporate performance with the Y&R database on brand strength. Together they reveal the extent to corporate valuation is a reflection of current financial performance and brand equity (serving as the proxy for anticipated future financial performance).


Slideshare Strategy

Type 2 Consulting - SlideShare Presentation - Marketing Finance: Vulcans & Earthlings

Presentation: Marketing Finance: Vulcans & Earthlings

A brief overview of how the mindset of a homo economicus (aka Vulcans) differs from the mindset of real people

Article Mergers

Wall Street Journal M&A Blind Spot Article

WSJ - July 2007: M&A Blind Spot

Only about one in five merger transactions actually creates shareholder value. We argue that marketing’s focus on value creation is a vital ingredient to a process that is currently focused too heavily on the things that might cause the deal to fail, rather than the things that will make it succeed.

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