Dr Michael Fischer
Programme studied: Doctoral 2005
Nationality: British and German
Undergraduate degree: University of Manchester & Manchester University Hospitals, and the Institute of Group Analysis
Employment before studying at the Business School: Senior Clinical Consultant Psychotherapist, working in leading teaching NHS hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool and London, most recently at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
Employment after studying at the Business School: Senior Research Fellow & Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School
Why did you choose to study at Imperial College Business School?
I came to Imperial because of its world-class research and teaching in Organisational Behaviour and its global reputation in health management. My PhD was supervised by leading international scholars in each of these fields, which was a major deciding factor.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
My time at the Business School was a formative experience, working with exceptionally talented colleagues. This created firm and trusting friendships, along with a strong network of colleagues that has endured over many years.
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
My PhD training was certainly a major influence on my career. Although it was not my original intention, I was inspired to shift careers from clinical practice into academia, where I now specialise in executive leadership and impact in knowledge-intensive organisations. I am engaged in major projects focusing on knowledge mobilisation in university-industry-government collaboration, with a particular interest in the health industry. Such areas of collaboration are increasingly important across diverse industries, because of their potential to rapidly translate cutting-edge research into ‘real world’ business and societal impact.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I am passionate about the potential of university-industry collaboration to tackle major societal problems. So one of the most satisfying aspects of my work at the University of Oxford is working with business leaders, regulators and governments in tackling some of the key leadership challenges facing society today. Of course this also presents a very significant intellectual and practical challenge of developing ideas that have ‘real world’ impact.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
I attend the Business School Professional Interest Networks, which are a great way to stay connected with developing ideas in the specific interest areas.