About

Michael D Fischer

I am a business school social scientist and group analyst with a strong research and teaching focus on the microsociological foundations of organisational life. I have a particular interest in postgraduate and executive education, and the role of business schools in a rapidly developing knowledge economy.

I previously worked for five years as senior faculty at the University of Oxford, where I am now Visiting Scholar; at the University of Melbourne, where I am now a Program Director at Melbourne Business School; and as a research fellow at King's College London. I hold a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Imperial College London, University of London.

My career in public services has focused mainly in the healthcare sector, where I have held senior clinical, managerial and policy adviser roles. Before joining academia, I worked as a Lead Consultant Psychotherapist in major teaching hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool and London (most recently at St Thomas' Hospital, London).  With specialist trainings as psychoanalytic psychotherapist (Manchester University Hospitals) and group analyst (Institute of Group Analysis, London), I have an enduring interest in the interpersonal and group relations that constitute organisational life.

I am an active member of several international learned societies, including as Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Life Member of Oxford University Anthropological Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.  Within the field of organisational behaviour, I am an active member of the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organizational Studies.