Louise Fitzgerald

Louise Fitzgerald

Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour

  • louise.fitzgerald@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Professor Louise Fitzgerald is Visiting Professor, (Organisational Change) at Saïd Business School and Emeritus Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester.

She has a PhD; BA (Econ) Hons; and Dip. in Personnel Management.

Louise has previously held management posts in the private sector, working in HRM and organisation development. Subsequently, she has held academic university posts at Warwick, City, DeMontfort 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 to 2015, she has been a member of the Implementation Strategy Group of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). This group guides the NICE strategy on the implementation of all clinical guidelines in the UK.

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.

Louise's writing has received international recognition through prizes at the Academy of Management (AOM) in the USA for the best article published in the AOM Journal (2006) and nominations for the best international paper or symposium at the AOM conferences (2010; 2009). Her book, ‘Knowledge to Action’ published by Oxford University Press was shortlisted for an award by the journal, Sociology of Health and Illness. Louise is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


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, including experience and expertise as a consultant and also managerial experience on change projects. She has highly specialised experience in organisational change in professionalised organisations and substantial knowledge of the UK and international health care sectors.


Louise’s main research interests focus on the implementation of organisational change in complex organisations and in the nature of professional work.

Throughout her academic career, most of Louise's 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.

View Louise's research.


Louise has served as a member of the Implementation Strategy Group of the National Institute for Health and 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 the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Award and as a finalist in the Health Services Journal (Care integration) Award.

Louise is the elected Secretary to the Society for Studies in Organising Healthcare, (SHOC), 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, she has produced a series of books and each conference produces a special issue of a journal. 

With colleagues, Louise created the Standing Working Group of EGOS, entitled 'Managing the public sector' and organised sub-themes for conferences in Bergen, Norway (2006), Vienna (2007); Amsterdam (2008); Barcelona (2009); Lisbon (2010); Gothenburg (2011) and Helsinki (2012).


Louise remains active in the research community. 

She gives seminars, invited presentations and speaks at conferences.