Personal profile


Professor Michael Fischer is Professor of Organisational Culture and Leadership in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Health and Social Care Unit, Monash University.

Professor Fischer is an expert on cultivating effective leadership in healthcare organisations, with a particular focus on the emotional and relational dynamics within and between microcultures. In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare industry, organisational culture plays a crucial role in driving knowledge, innovation and performance, as well as shaping employee engagement. As healthcare professionals navigate the interplay between their personal and professional lives, the microcultures they are part of provide a vital link to creating more generative and sustainable workplaces.

Professor Fischer has extensive experience in the challenges faced by leadership in healthcare and other professional service organisations. He is clinically trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (Manchester) and group analyst (London), and served as clinical director and lead consultant psychotherapist at major teaching hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool and London, most recently at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. He has also worked at a national level as a consultant and adviser in cross-sector collaboration in health and social care, leading to significant organisational change.

Since receiving his PhD from Imperial College London in 2008, Professor Fischer has held senior academic positions at top business schools at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, and the University of Melbourne, with a focus on executive leadership development. He has also served as Associate Dean and Director of Research at Australian Catholic University and holds a visiting faculty position at Melbourne Business School.

Research interests

Professor Fischer's research focuses on the role of relations, affect and power in mobilising management knowledge in healthcare organisations.

His research has been published in a variety of prestigious outlets such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, BMJ Quality and Safety, Human Relations, Organization Studies, Social Science and Medicine. He also published a monograph on ‘The Politics of Management Knowledge in Times of Austerity’ with Oxford University Press.

Community service

Professor Fischer has notable expertise in translating and mobilizing business school research into practice in health and social care organizations. In 2018, he won the prestigious Urwick Prize for an "outstanding piece of research relevant to management consultancy."

He actively contributes to several learned societies:

  • Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow, Higher Education Authority
  • Life Member, Oxford University Anthropological Society
  • Founding Fellow, Institute of Coaching at Harvard-McLean
  • Professional Certified Coach and Supervisor, International Coaching Federation


In addition to his work at Monash University, he heads Fischer Consults, a specialist leadership consulting practice. He is an accredited executive leadership coach and supervisor member of the International Coaching Federation. Professor Fischer provides advice to CEOs and senior management teams on interpersonal, group, and organizational dynamics, helps professionals prepare for leadership transitions, and facilitates cultural change.

Education/Academic qualification

Organisational Behaviour & Leadership, PhD, University of London

Award Date: 1 Feb 2008

External positions

Program Director, University of Melbourne

1 Mar 2015 → …

Research area keywords

  • Affect
  • Relationship and Group Psychology
  • Sociomateriality
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Culture
  • Knowledge Mobilisation
  • Healthcare Management