Michael Fischer

Program Director, Inspiring Healthcare Leaders

PhD, Imperial College Business School, University of London
  • Senior leadership in complex and knowledge-intensive organisations
  • Mobilising research-based knowledge for organisational impact
  • Professional practice risk and regulation
Open programs

Michael’s 25-year career in clinical practice and healthcare management and his extensive research in organisational leadership make him a highly effective educator and coach of health sector leaders.

He has advised the UK Department of Health, the Professional Standards Authority, the Commission for Healthcare Audit & Inspection, New Zealand Ministry of Health, UK Council for Psychotherapy, British Psychoanalytic Council, The King’s Fund and PA Consulting Group.

He has also worked as a Lead Consultant Psychotherapist and Service Director in the UK National Health Service and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Group Psychoanalyst at leading UK teaching hospitals.

Before moving to the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Workplace Leadership as a Senior Research Fellow, he was senior faculty at University of Oxford Saïd Business School, where his research was rated as ‘world leading’ in Oxford’s Research Excellence Framework results.

He was previously a research fellow at King’s College London and holds a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Imperial College Business School, University of London.

His research focuses on the intersection between leadership work, organisational logics, and risk. He has a particular interest in how leadership dynamics operate and develop in less visible areas of organisations, often challenging traditional views of leadership.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with executives and other senior leaders since the early 2000s, and supported by extensive first-hand observations, his research shows that effective leaders create complex, network-like linkages of influence across organisations, rather than leading from positions of formal authority.