Professor Louise Fitzgerald is Visiting Professor, (Organisational Change) at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford & Emeritus Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester. She has a PhD; B.A. (Econ.) Hons.; and Dip. in Personnel Management.
Louise has previously held management posts in the private sector, working in HRM and organisation development. And subsequently, she has held academic university posts at Warwick, City, De Montfort and Manchester universities.
Throughout her academic career, Louise has maintained a core focus on applied research and on the impact of academic work on practice and policy. She was a member of the pioneering Centre for Corporate Strategy and Change under the leadership of Professor Andrew Pettigrew. This was one of the earliest research centres to engage with a consortium of supporting firms.
From 2008-2015, she has been a member of the Implementation Strategy Group of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). This group guides the NICE strategy on the implementation of all clinical guidelines in the U.K.
Her work with the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) on the prevention of diabetes was recognised through awards as the winner of the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Award and as a finalist in the Health Services Journal (Care integration) award.
Her writing has received international recognition through prizes at the Academy of Management in the USA for the best article published in the Academy of Management Journal (2006) and nominations for the best international paper or symposium at the AOM conferences (2010; 2009). Our book, ‘Knowledge to Action’ published by Oxford University Press was shortlisted for an award by the journal Sociology of Health and Illness. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
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Throughout her career, Louise has developed a range of expertise in organisational change and organisational development. This expertise ranges across an extensive and productive research portfolio, experience and expertise as a consultant and also managerial experience in the management of change projects. Progressively, she has developed highly specialised experience in organisational change in professionalised organisations, and she has substantial knowledge of the U.K. and international health care sectors.
Louise’s main research interests focus on the implementation of organisational change in complex organisations and she is especially interested in the nature of professional work. Throughout her academic career most of her research has centred on these themes and increasingly her work has been in the health care sector.
She has held numerous grants for grant funding research, totalling over £800k. Her most recent research examined health care managers’ utilisation of research evidence. This research displays intriguing findings concerning the roles of ‘knowledge leaders’ who facilitate the sharing of knowledge across professions and transpose knowledge into use in organisations.
2009-2011 Grant of £400,000, NIHR, S.D.O. programme, Dept. of Health. Lead Researchers: Professors Sue Dopson, (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford), Ewan Ferlie (KCL) and Louise Fitzgerald (De Montfort University/MBS). To study: “Increasing the motivation and ability of health care managers to access and use management information”.
Prior to this she worked with her collaborator Professor Ewan Ferlie (KCL) on a project to study the Management, Impact and Performance of networks across the health and social care sector. This project has analysed the significant issues facing managers in responding to cross sectoral issues, such as care of the elderly and sexual health.
2006-2009 Grant of £302,000, S.D.O. programme, Dept. of Health. Lead Researcher: Professors E. Ferlie (Royal Holloway College) and L. Fitzgerald (De Montfort University); with Drs M. Exworthy; R. Addicott and Gerry McGivern (Royal Holloway College) & Melanie Ceppi (DMU). To study “Different Networks in Health Care: Their Management, Impact and Performance”.
From 2008 until the present, Louise has been a member of the Implementation Strategy Group of the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE).
In 2012, the work her team in Greater Manchester Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) completed on the prevention of diabetes was recognised through awards as the winner of the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Award and as a finalist in the Health Services Journal (Care integration) award.
She is the elected Secretary to the Society for Studies in Organising Healthcare, (S.H.O.C.), a learned society, affiliated to AcSS and a registered charity of which she is a trustee. The Society organises a bi-annual conference and from the paper submissions, has produced a series of books and each conference produces a special Issue of a journal. The next conference will be held in Copenhagen, in 2014.
With colleagues, she created the Standing Working Group of EGOS, entitled "Managing the public sector" and organised sub-themes for conferences in Bergen, Norway (2006), in Vienna (2007); in Amsterdam (2008); in Barcelona (2009); in Lisbon (2010); in Gothenburg (2011) and in Helsinki (2012).
Louise remains active in the research community. She gives seminars, invited presentations and speaks engagements at conferences.
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